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Text of President Donald Trump’s address to Congress

  • 9:09 pm Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Here is the text of President Trump’s address to Congress:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we [More]

Trump ready to lay out agenda in first speech to Congress

  • 10:29 am Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After a non-stop first five weeks in office, President Donald Trump goes before Congress tonight with the opportunity to frame his legislative goals before the nation, as he addresses the Congress for the first time, ready to focus on immigration, a bigger defense budget, extra border security, health care reform, and much more.

“You can expect a speech grounded firmly in solving real problems for every American,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

“The President will address the Americans who have been waiting for help from their leaders for too long, and let them know that help is on the way,” [More]

Trump to renew call for Obamacare repeal as GOP struggles with details

  • 3:45 am Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.

“There is no consensus, whether it be in the Senate or in the House at this particular point,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the head of the more conservative House Freedom Caucus, as he vowed to vote against a plan [More]

Senate confirms Ross for Commerce, as Democrats keep up delays on Trump Cabinet

  • 7:51 pm Monday, February 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.

“It’s our hope that Democrats will stop the obstruction,” President Trump said at the White House, as he derided opponents who have vowed to ‘resist’ his administration.

“They want to resist everything, including Cabinet members,” Mr. Trump said.

“It’s called obstruct and resist,” the President added.

The vote in the Senate to approve Wilbur Ross as the next Secretary [More]

Trump budget would add $54 billion to defense, cut same from domestic

  • 10:39 am Monday, February 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump will ask Congress to add $54 billion in spending for the military in his first budget, paying for that with offsetting cuts in non-security spending in the federal government.

“This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government,” the President said at the White House, as he said his budget would be one of “great rationality.”

“We’re going to do more with less,” Mr. Trump added. “The government must learn to tighten its belt.”

White House officials did not have any examples to give of where the [More]

GOP Congress returns with big blanks to fill on health care

  • 3:30 am Monday, February 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After talking for the past six years about why they would repeal and then replace the Obama health law, Republicans lawmakers in the Congress return to Washington this week with many in both parties still waiting to see exactly what choices the GOP will make on changes to the nation’s health care system.

“Republican Senators are leading the charge to repeal Obamacare,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) on Sunday.

Just before the Congress left town for a ten day break, Speaker Paul Ryan said he would be ready as early as this week to roll out the fine print of the GOP [More]

Trump pick for Navy Secretary withdraws nomination

  • 7:32 pm Sunday, February 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

For the second time in recent weeks, a choice for a top Pentagon leadership job by President Donald Trump has withdrawn, as Philip Bilden on Sunday evening gave up his nomination for Secretary of the Navy, unable to get around financial ethics restrictions related to his own personal investments.

“This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests,” said Defense Secretary James Mattis in a statement issued by the Pentagon.

Bilden’s decision to drop out mirrored that of Mr. Trump’s original choice for Army Secretary, Vincent Viola, who gave up [More]

Trump speech to Congress this week offers chance to push agenda

  • 7:43 am Sunday, February 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While President Donald Trump has spent a good chunk of time in recent days battling with the news media, his speech to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday will give him the chance to spur some momentum for his legislative agenda, as Republicans struggle to find final agreement on a plan to repeal and replace the Obama health law.

“The theme of the address will be the renewal of the American Spirit,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who told reporters that Mr. Trump will emphasize a series of issues.

“The address will particularly focus on public safety, including defense, [More]

Governors gather amid uncertainty on future of Obama health law

  • 8:23 am Saturday, February 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As the nation’s Governors assemble in Washington, D.C. this weekend for their annual winter meeting, not all Republicans are united behind a big drive in the Congress to repeal the Obama health law, as some in the GOP are worried about what would change with Medicaid and the coverage provided to millions of low income Americans.

“I’m very optimistic that the President heard my concerns about the Affordable Care Act,” said Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), who went a day early to D.C. to meet with President Trump at the White House and raise issues about efforts to repeal and replace the [More]

Trump, White House stir Friday feud with news media

  • 2:50 pm Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump drew loud cheers as he denounced the news media at a gathering of conservative activists on Friday outside Washington, as the White House scrapped with reporters over a stories related to Russia in the morning, and then barred certain news organizations from an afternoon briefing with the Press Secretary.

“A few days ago, I called the fake news the “enemy of the people,” and they are, they are the enemy of the people,” the President said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I’m against the people that make up stories make up sources,” as Mr. Trump said that reporters [More]