- 12:46 pm Saturday, January 31st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The Obama administration has started to take the initial public steps to implement the President’s controversial executive actions on immigration, setting the date for the first applications from those brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Feb. 18, 2015,” reads the announcement posted on a special website dealing with the immigration change.
The move was swiftly denounced by Republicans in the Congress.
“President Obama is stubbornly forging ahead with his plan, ignoring both the constitutional limits placed on his authority and the will of the [More]
- 9:19 pm Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The Obama Administration announced on Thursday that the President will propose a budget next week which increases discretionary spending by $74 billion, busting through spending caps put in place by Congress and the President back in 2011.
The White House defended the move to raise discretionary spending by 7 percent, arguing that with falling deficits, it was time to increase investments in plans to help the middle class; President Obama briefed House Democrats about the details at their party’s retreat on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
“It’s pretty rare when you have two visions – a vigorous debate, and then you test who’s [More]
- 1:11 pm Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Two days after a recreational drone crash landed on the grounds of the White House, officials at the Federal Aviation Administration very publicly told Americans not to even think about taking out their own drones at the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
“The Super Bowl is strictly a “No Drone Zone,”” read a missive from the FAA, as the agency issued a Notice to Airmen detailing flight restrictions around the nation’s biggest sporting event.
“If you want to see video of the Big Game, watch it on TV. Leave your drone at home,” the FAA said.
As for planes flying in the vicinity [More]
- 6:21 pm Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
It’s not often you see a proposal talked about in the State of the Union Address abandoned a week later, but that’s what has happened in the case of one plan from President Obama, which would have taken away favored tax treatment for 529 college savings plans.
Republicans had denounced the original plan, and they quickly celebrated the news that the White House had backtracked.
“The President’s dropping his misguided plan is a victory for common sense,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).
The original plan was part of an effort by the White House to argue that 529 savings plans were tilted in [More]
- 12:25 pm Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A day after Republicans took a border security bill off of the House schedule this week because of internal opposition, Speaker John Boehner acknowledged to reporters that it has not been smooth sailing so far in 2015 for House GOP leaders.
“Yeah, there have been a couple of stumbles,” Boehner told reporters at a U.S. Capitol news conference, though he argued it’s part of “the effort to show the American people that we’re here to listen to their priorities.
For Boehner, it was yet another week where GOP infighting was on display – last week, a revolt by moderates and Republican women [More]
- 9:21 pm Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In their first successful filibuster of 2015, Democrats in the Senate on Monday evening delayed the march to final action on a bipartisan plan to force the start of construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, demanding more debate and more votes on proposed changes to the measure.
Four Democrats voted with Republicans to bring an end to debate, but several others withheld their votes, supporting opponents of the pipeline who charged their amendments were being shut out by the GOP.
“There are many of my colleagues that had amendments they wanted to offer,” complained Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Democrats were angered by [More]
- 2:41 pm Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
With looming questions about internal support for a limited border security bill amongst House Republicans, GOP leaders bumped the measure from this week’s legislative schedule in the U.S. House, and did not immediately give lawmakers an idea as to when it might be revived.
The move came as House leaders delayed votes set for Monday becuase of a large winter storm going up the East Coast, which also bumped the border security bill from this week’s legislative plans.
“This is a change from the previously announced schedule,” a note to lawmakers blandly explained.
A Monday evening meeting of the House Rules Committee on [More]
- 8:59 pm Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After an internal party squabble last week derailed an abortion bill backed by pro-life groups, U.S. House GOP leaders hope to avoid the same fate in coming days on a border security bill that’s already drawn the ire of the Obama Administration.
“This is a national security issue of the highest order,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, as he argued for quick action on the first step of a GOP legislative effort to combat illegal immigration.
“The border is not secure; that is a simple fact,” McCaul said as his panel approved a limited border [More]
- 11:12 pm Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Stepping up the rhetoric over immigration, the head of the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday night denounced a new bill on border security from Congressional Republicans, charging it was “not a serious effort” to restrain illegal immigration over the southern border of the United States.
“The bill is extreme to the point of being unworkable,” said Secretary Jeh Johnson in a written statement sent to reporters, as he accused Republicans of creating a plan that “undermines the Department of Homeland Security’s capacity to adapt to emerging threats, and politicizes tactical decisions.”
- 8:48 pm Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill, Democrats on Wednesday thought they had Republicans right where they wanted them, ready to force votes on a pair of amendments that required GOP Senators to publicly go on the record on whether or not they believed in climate change.
But it didn’t work out so cleanly for Democrats.
The first vote came on a plan from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, whose non-binding amendment simply said that it was the “Sense of the Senate” that “climate change is real and not a hoax.”
“Forget addressing climate change, Republicans remain politically incapable of even [More]