- 9:18 pm Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Setting up a vote in the full House later this month, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Wednesday evening to approve a bill to extend background checks on gun sales to all private gun transactions, along with a separate measure to give law enforcement more time to deal with background check investigations, as Democrats moved forward on one of their prime agenda items now that their party controls the U.S. House.
“This is common sense legislation to protect the public,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said of the bill to extend the requirement for background checks to all gun [More]
- 7:29 pm Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A federal judge in Washington ruled on Wednesday that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort – while he was cooperating with an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign – intentionally made false statements to the FBI, Special Counsel, and a federal grand jury, as Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that prosecutors were no longer bound by their plea bargain agreement with Manafort, opening the door to a longer term in prison.
- 2:57 pm Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
At almost the same moment that Vice President Mike Pence was calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Omar tangled Wednesday with the Trump Administration’s special envoy on Venezuela, bringing up a guilty plea made by Elliot Abrams in 1991 for misleading the Congress about details of the Iran-Contra affair.
“I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful,” Omar said to a somewhat stunned Abrams, who was testifying at a House hearing on the situation in Venezuela.
- 9:17 pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Even as President Donald Trump publicly grumbled on Tuesday about the details of a border funding agreement worked out by House-Senate negotiators, some of his supporters in Congress were convinced that the President would sign that bill into law, and then swiftly move to use executive powers to funnel other money into construction of a border wall, all but assuring a legal fight over such a unilateral move.
“I’ve heard a variety of different numbers,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a key House ally of President Trump, as the head of the House Freedom Caucus said he expected the President to [More]
- 3:21 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Amid building criticism in both parties over her statements on Israel, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) publicly apologized on Monday for a series of tweets which Jewish lawmakers had said wrongly given voice to anti-Semitic Jewish tropes, as the newly-elected Muslim Democrat from Minnesota said she never intended any harm.
“I unequivocally apologize,” Omar said.
“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” Omar tweeted, an hour after Democratic leaders in the House delivered a stern public rebuke.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Pelosi and other top Democrats [More]
- 1:18 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With a growing debate on social media and in political circles about the impact of the GOP tax cuts as Americans file their taxes for 2018, the Treasury Department on Monday disputed reports that the tax cutting plan had failed to deliver tax savings, amid stories of a drop in the size of tax refunds early in the tax filing season.
“News reports on reduction in IRS filings & refunds are misleading,” the Treasury Department tweeted, though that was followed up with a recommendation for all taxpayers to make sure their tax withholding is being done correctly on their paychecks.
“Go to [More]
- 4:00 am Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
As President Donald Trump takes his call for funding for a border wall to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Monday evening, House-Senate negotiators are struggling to finalize a 2019 funding deal on border security and the operations of the Department of Homeland Security, raising the possibility of another partial government shutdown at the end of this week if no agreement can be reached.
“The Border Committee Democrats are behaving, all of a sudden, irrationally,” the President said in one of a flurry of tweets aimed at Democrats on the border security talks and funding for the wall on [More]
- 10:56 am Friday, February 8th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With just days left in his service as the Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker flatly told the House Judiciary Committee on Friday that he had not meddled or inserted himself into the Special Counsel investigation of Russia interference in the 2016 elections, and had not funneled any type of information about that probe to President Donald Trump.
“I have not interfered in any way with the Special Counsel’s investigation,” said Whitaker, who was installed at the Justice Department when President Trump pushed out former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, angry over how Sessions had dealt with the Russia investigation.
“I have not talked [More]
- 3:37 pm Thursday, February 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A group of more liberal Democrats in Congress unveiled a plan Thursday to dramatically shape the debate over climate change in the United States, calling for action to make the nation carbon-neutral in ten years, as supporters set out a broad series of climate goals, without going deeply into any specifics or the financial costs of such a plan.
“This is one of the most urgent moral issues and crises that we have in American right now,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who told a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol that climate change represents ‘one of the biggest existential threats’ [More]
- 10:58 am Thursday, February 7th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
When President Donald Trump used his State of the Union Address this week to again call for action on a major infrastructure plan in Congress, he once more received bipartisan support for his call to action, but Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill face a problem which has stymied action by lawmakers for years – where to get the money for billions and billions in spending for roads, bridges, ports, and airports.
“The number one critical thing we need,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), “is additional funding,” as DeFazio noted that federal gasoline taxes – used exclusively to fund new road [More]