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Nancy Pelosi elected House Speaker as 116th Congress convenes

  • 2:14 pm Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) became the first person to regain the post of Speaker since the 1950’s on Thursday, with Democrats exercising their new control of the U.S. House by electing the veteran California lawmaker as Speaker, as a wave of new Democratic women and minorities took office, vowing to push a much different legislative agenda in the 116th Congress than that of the outgoing Republican leadership and President Donald Trump.

“I am particularly proud to be the woman Speaker of the House of this Congress, which marks 100 years of women winning the right to vote, as we serve with [More]

As shutdown continues, Democrats take charge of House in 116th Congress

  • 12:00 am Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

After defeating thirty sitting Republican lawmakers and gaining a net of forty seats in the 2018 elections, Democrats will officially take charge of the U.S. House Thursday afternoon on Capitol Hill, as a record number of women will serve in the 116th Congress, with Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) resuming the post of Speaker, the first person to do that since Speaker Sam Rayburn (D-TX) in the 1950’s.

“Democrats will be ready to deliver For The People on Day One,” Pelosi told her colleagues this week, as the new House will approve a plan from Democrats to end a funding lapse for part [More]

No signs of progress in talks to end partial government shutdown

  • 6:01 pm Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Even as President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in Congress expressed optimism about reaching a deal to end a funding fight over money for the President’s border wall, the first substantive talks between the White House and Congressional leaders since before Christmas produced no obvious progress on Wednesday, as the dispute was assured of sliding into the new Congress, which convenes at 12 noon on Thursday.

“I don’t think any particular progress was made,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters as he returned to the Capitol from a bipartisan leadership meeting at the White House.

McConnell told reporters that it could [More]

Mystery case on grand jury subpoena now at U.S. Supreme Court

  • 8:34 am Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A secret case involving an unknown foreign corporation owned by a foreign government reached the U.S. Supreme Court this weekend, as the mystery company asked the Chief Justice of the United States to block orders by lower courts forcing that company to comply with a secret grand jury subpoena, in a case which many believe is related to the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Case No. 18A669 quietly appeared on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, after a federal appeals panel last week rejected the bid of an unnamed company from an unnamed country to [More]

With impasse over wall funding, federal workers gear up for shutdown

  • 3:32 pm Friday, December 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Officials at a number of federal agencies on Friday told their employees to prepare for a partial government shutdown, as no deal was emerging to solve a spending spat between Congress and President Donald Trump over funding for his border wall, an impasse which could create a lapse in funding for an estimated 800,000 workers, about one quarter of the federal workforce.

In conference calls and emails, officials at various agencies were making sure employees and their supervisors were submitting time cards, pay sheets, and more, trying to get as much prep work done before a midnight funding deadline.

“Everyone will be [More]

Shutdown chances jump as Trump demands money for his border wall

  • 1:42 pm Thursday, December 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Aggravated at the lack of action in Congress on his calls for $5 billion in money for his border wall, President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the chances of a possible partial government shutdown on Friday night, as he told House GOP leaders that he would not accept a short term funding bill for the government unless money for his border wall is included.

“The President informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening, because of his legitimate concerns for border security,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters at the White House.

It [More]

House GOP turns Civil War battlefield bill into last minute tax cut plan

  • 8:41 am Thursday, December 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With their time in the majority almost over in the U.S. House, Republicans on Thursday approved a package of GOP tax cuts on a mainly party line vote, using a parliamentary maneuver to stuff a variety of tax provisions – as well as changes to last year’s GOP tax law – into a bill originally designed to expand the boundaries of a Civil War battlefield in Tennessee.

On a vote of 220-183, the House approved a plan to use the ‘Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act,’ as amended by the Senate, transforming that into ‘Retirement, [More]

Lawmakers, Pentagon, surprised by Trump plan to pull troops from Syria

  • 4:31 pm Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Amid criticism from stunned Republicans in the Congress, the White House on Thursday defended President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would pull U.S. military forces out of Syria, though a top official was unable to give reporters any details of when the withdrawal of American troops would take place.

“The timeline is being designed,” a senior administration official told reporters on Thursday afternoon, referring questions on specifics of the withdrawal to the Pentagon.

Told by reporters that the Pentagon was referring questions about that subject to the White House, the official said there were no details to offer on the withdrawal details.

“It’s [More]

Democrats start to flex new power on Trump Administration oversight

  • 2:01 pm Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Two weeks before Democrats officially take charge of the U.S. House, one key lawmaker sent out over four dozen letters on Wednesday to various branches of the Trump Administration, reiterating demands for documents made during the last two years, and previewing a taste of what will be much more rigorous Congressional oversight for President Donald Trump in the 116th Congress.

“These are documents that even the Republicans on the Oversight Committee — at least at some point in time — believed we needed to conduct effective oversight,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who will be the Chairman of the House Oversight [More]

Trump ban on ‘bump stocks’ to face immediate legal challenge

  • 3:03 pm Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after the Trump Administration signaled that it would administratively move to ban ‘bump stocks,’ which allow semi-automatic weapons to be fired at a much more rapid rate, lawmakers in both parties said it was time for the Congress to enact those regulations into law, as opponents of the decision vowed to immediately challenge the President’s plan in court.

“We will be filing our lawsuit very, very soon,” the Gun Owners of America said in a written statement.

“After all, in the coming days, an estimated half a million bump stock owners will have the difficult decision of either destroying [More]