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President Trump presses Congress for $18 billion to build border wall

  • 8:33 pm Friday, January 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Trump Administration on Friday urged Congress to approve a series of immigration enforcement measures, along with $18 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border, as part of any agreement with Democrats to shield illegal immigrant “Dreamers” from being deported in the future, a move that Democrats said could derail talks on the DACA program.

“I am appalled by this report that President Trump wants to waste $18 billion of taxpayer money on an ill-considered border wall,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA).

The White House plans were sent Friday to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who promptly released the details to [More]

Trump renominates two Georgians for federal judgeships

  • 12:50 pm Friday, January 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Two weeks after the Senate returned 100 nominations made by President Trump to various positions in the federal government, the White House on Friday again nominated 21 of those choices, including two judicial picks from Georgia, officially re-starting the nomination process for six appeals court judges and fifteen federal district judges, but leaving out three more controversial nominees who had run into Senate opposition in recent months.

Selected again were two judges from the Georgia Court of Appeals, Judge Elizabeth “Lisa” Branch, who was nominated for a spot on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge William Ray II, who [More]

President Trump to huddle at Camp David with GOP leaders on 2018 agenda

  • 11:18 pm Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Top Republicans in the Congress head with President Donald Trump to Camp David on Friday for two days of meetings about the GOP agenda for this year, as the White House looks to build on legislative momentum from approval of a sweeping package of tax cuts at the end of 2017, and turn that into positive results in the House and Senate this year – as well as at the ballot box for the 2018 elections.

“Look, the President was elected because of his ambitious agenda and his desire to get a lot of things done,” White House Press Secretary Sarah [More]

White House bars personal cell phone use in West Wing

  • 9:37 am Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Trump Administration on Thursday announced that guests and staff will no longer be allowed to carry personal cell phones in to the West Wing of the White House, as officials cited security concerns for the change in policy.

“The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a written statement sent to reporters.

Sanders said the change starts next week.

“Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people,” Sanders added.

The [More]

In surprise move, President Trump disbands voter fraud commission

  • 7:01 pm Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Beset by controversy, the threat of lawsuits, and resistance from some states to participate in any investigation, the White House announced late Wednesday that President Donald Trump was ending a special panel on voter fraud, which had not uncovered evidence to support claims by the President and some Republicans that millions of votes had been illegally cast in the 2016 elections.

“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action,” the [More]

GOP edge in Senate shrinks as two new Senators are sworn in

  • 12:09 pm Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the start of the Second Session of the 115th Congress, Republican control of the U.S. Senate shrunk to a narrow 51-49 margin on Wednesday with the swearing-in of Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama, as Democrats again celebrated their upset victory in the Yellowhammer State, which prevented controversial Republican Roy Moore from going to Capitol Hill.

Signaling the importance of the victory to Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden – who served in the Senate – escorted Jones to his swearing-in.

Jones replaced Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who lost to Moore in a hotly contested GOP primary runoff, giving Democrats an unexpected [More]

On Twitter, President Trump comes out swinging in 2018

  • 9:42 pm Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Back at the White House from an extended holiday break at his Florida retreat, President Donald Trump used Twitter on Tuesday to celebrate the work of his administration, take a few shots at the news media, lob some jabs at Democrats over immigration policy, and escalate a nuclear feud with the leader of North Korea, prompting cries of concern from some Democrats in the Congress.

“I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Trump said of Kim Jong Un, a day after the North Korean leader had [More]

Sen. Orrin Hatch R-UT to retire as GOP departures mount in Congress

  • 2:31 pm Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After shepherding a major tax cut package through the Congress, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced on Tuesday that he would not run for re-election in November, possibly opening a path for former GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for Senate from his home state.

“I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term,” Hatch said in a message to Utah voters. “I’m deeply grateful for the privilege you’ve given me to serve as your Senator for these last four decades.”

Hatch’s decision came despite public efforts by President Donald Trump to convince the most senior Republican Senator to try [More]

President Trump back in Washington as 2018 gets underway

  • 7:00 pm Monday, January 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump returned to the White House from his Florida holiday retreat on Monday evening, making clear that he’s ready for upcoming policy fights in 2018, as the President vows to press for action in Congress on money for a wall along the Mexican border, immigration law changes, welfare reform, and other GOP legislative priorities.

“Much work to be done, but it will be a great New Year!” the President tweeted on New Year’s morning, as he headed out for a seventh straight day of golf at his West Palm Beach, Florida club.

Here’s some of what we can expect as [More]

Taking you behind the scenes – for reporters – on Capitol Hill

  • 4:30 am Sunday, December 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While 2017 has been quite the year when it comes to politics, the only thing that really changed for reporters on Capitol Hill was the pace of news associated with President Donald Trump’s administration and the Republican Congress. It was busy. At times, it seemed overwhelming. But it didn’t stop us from doing our job.

So, let’s try to pull back the curtain on what goes on for me and my colleagues who try to cover the U.S. House and Senate.

1. It’s the best beat in Washington by far. While the White House is far more prestigious for reporters, covering [More]

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