Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Frustrated with Democrats, Trump again hints at national emergency on border wall

3:00 am Feb. 2, 2019

As President Donald Trump left Washington, D.C. on Friday night for a weekend at his Florida retreat, the President again made clear his displeasure with the pace of negotiations in Congress on funding for border security, as Mr. Trump indicated to reporters he is ready to declare a national emergency in order to access money to build a wall along portions of the Mexican border.

“We will be looking at a

More than a shutdown stalemate – Trump agenda sputters in Congress

4:00 am Jan. 29, 2019

As President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress try to settle their differences over funding for border security and immigration following a bitter 35 day partial government shutdown standoff, there is little moving forward in the Congress on President Trump’s legislative agenda, which has essentially been on hold since before the 2018 election.

While the President was able to win approval in 2017 of his signature tax cutting plan, his record

Congress sets border talks as Trump threatens unilateral action on wall

4:00 am Jan. 26, 2019

While President Donald Trump backtracked on Friday to end a controversial five week partial government shutdown, Congressional leaders kick started work on a border security funding agreement, even as the White House threatened to use a national emergency declaration if no border wall money is approved by a February 15 funding deadline.

“We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” the President said Friday in

Senate sets votes Thursday on rival plans to end partial shutdown

4:00 am Jan. 23, 2019

With no evidence that President Donald Trump’s weekend speech on immigration and a border wall had changed the dynamic in Congress related to a partial government shutdown, Senate leaders set a pair of votes on competing plans from Democrats and Republicans for Thursday afternoon, the first time Senate Republicans have allowed votes to end the shutdown since before Christmas.

“The President’s made a comprehensive and bipartisan offer,” said Senate Majority Leader

Democrats offer plan to raise federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

3:00 am Jan. 17, 2019

With the federal minimum wage of $7.25 cents an hour unchanged for ten years, Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a plan in Congress to more than double that pay rate over a six year period, arguing it’s past time for lawmakers to make it easier for working Americans to earn enough money to support their families.

“President Trump isn’t going to stick up for American workers – we Democrats will,” Senate Democratic

AG nominee urges better focus on stopping mentally ill from buying guns

4:00 am Jan. 16, 2019

President Donald Trump’s choice to be U.S. Attorney General told Senators on Tuesday that he favors stronger measures by the federal government to insure that people who suffer from mental illness are not able to purchase firearms in the future, arguing that would be the simplest way to strengthen efforts to stop gun violence in America.

“The problem of our time is to get an effective system in place that can

Judge blocks Trump bid for citizenship question on 2020 census

3:30 pm Jan. 15, 2019

In a legal defeat for the Trump Administration, a federal judge in New York ruled on Tuesday that efforts by the Commerce Department to add a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census was ‘unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons’ – not because of the substance of the question – but for how officials circumvented normal procedures to approve the query.

In a 277 page decision issued

Federal workers miss paycheck as partial shutdown hits 21 days

4:00 am Jan. 11, 2019

With no agreement between Congress and the President in the ongoing dispute over funding for a border wall, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will not receive their scheduled paychecks on Friday, even though over 400,000 have had to continue working for the government, as the partial government shutdown reached 21 days.

“Let’s stop this shutdown now,” NASA engineer Steve Ching said to cheers at a rally near the White House,