- 8:13 pm Sunday, November 30th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
After being in session only four weeks since August 1, it’s no surprise that as the Congress returns from a Thanksgiving break, there is little chance of wrapping up work on a slew of major legislative items, as much of the work may simply be booted into the New Year.
“This is no way to do business,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) just before lawmakers jumped on planes to go home for Thanksgiving.
But the late rush in the month of December has pretty much become standard operating procedure in recent years – no matter which party is in charge of the [More]
- 11:09 pm Monday, November 24th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Appealing for calm in Ferguson, President Obama told reporters at the White House that a discussion is still needed in America about race relations, but he directly urged those disappointed with the grand jury decision not indict a police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager to divert their fury into something other than violence.
“To those in Ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concerns constructively,” Mr. Obama said in a late night statement from the White House Briefing Room.
“There’s never an excuse for violence,” the President added.
While the President urged all sides to show restraint, the reaction [More]
- 12:03 pm Monday, November 24th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
In a surprise announcement, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, as President Obama said Hagel had concluded that now was an “appropriate” time for him to leave the Cabinet.
“When I nominated you for this position, you said you would always give me your honest advice,” the President said, adding, “you have.”
While Hagel thanked the President for allowing him to lead the Pentagon, the event in the White House East Room gave off the vibe that the former GOP Senator was being shown the door by Mr. Obama.
And reporters here in D.C. certainly felt that, too.
- 8:19 pm Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Even though his party took a drubbing on Election Day, President Obama has moved aggressively in recent weeks to push his own agenda, capping it with last week’s roll out of executive actions on immigration reform, the first of many battles with a Republican Congress over next year’s legislative agenda.
“Pass a bill,” the President said repeatedly at an event in Las Vegas on Friday, as some in the crowd heckled Mr. Obama over the lack of action in the Congress act on immigration reform legislation.
The President has also made clear he wants Congress to move on plans to raise the [More]
- 10:42 am Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Republicans on Friday denounced President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform, as one party leader accused the White House of “sabotaging” efforts in the Congress on immigration reform and vowed some sort of legislative response.
“The President has taken actions that he himself has said are the actions of a King or Emperor,” said House Speaker John Boehner.
In a statement to reporters just outside his office in the U.S. Capitol, Boehner said the move will not help foster a deal on immigration reform in the new Congress.
“With this action, the President has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan [More]
- 6:30 pm Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Before the President’s speech to the nation on immigration, the White House released details of Mr. Obama’s executive actions, which features plans to shield over 4 million people now living illegally in the United States from being deported.
As for the legal authority behind these moves, the Justice Department released a memo on that, which can be found at http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/olc/opinions/attachments/2014/11/20/2014-11-19-auth-prioritize-removal.pdf.
Here are the details as provided by the White House press office:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2014
FACT SHEET: Immigration Accountability Executive Action
The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million [More]
- 11:26 pm Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Even before any details were known about President Obama’s speech on immigration, members of both parties were already locked in a verbal duel about the merits of his executive actions, signaling what may be a sharply contested debate that seems sure to spill into the New Year.
“I don’t think it’s in the best interests of the country,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) to reporters gathered off the House floor.
“I don’t think it’s in the best interests of immigration reform,” Cole added.
But just a few feet away, Democrats praised the President’s unilateral action, arguing immigration changes cannot stay on hold in [More]
- 1:41 pm Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
After months of delay, the White House on Wednesday announced that President Obama will speak to the nation at 8 pm ET to lay out his plans for immigration reform, as officials indicated his executive actions could shield upwards of 5 million people now living illegally in the United States.
“Tomorrow night, I’m going to be announcing, here from the White House, steps we can take to fix our broken immigration system,” the President said in a video posted on the White House website.
“What I’m going to be laying out is the things that I can do – with my lawful [More]
- 7:01 pm Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
In a rebuke to one of their endangered colleagues, Senate Democrats blocked a bill to jump start construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada by a single vote, as Republicans immediately vowed to bring the plan up next year, when they will control both houses of Congress.
“It is so clear to the people of Louisiana that this pipeline should be built,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who used the debate to try to infuse some momentum in her re-election campaign, now headed to a December runoff against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
“Enough is enough,” said Landrieu about delays in [More]
- 12:25 pm Monday, November 17th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Giving off fresh signals that President Obama will act on immigration reform “this year,” the White House touted a weekend story that showed Republican Presidents using executive orders to allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, as both parties prepare for a major political showdown over immigration.
With the President just back from an eight day trip to Asia and Australia, the White House message focused Monday on social media, as Press Secretary Josh Earnest used an Associated Press story to counter criticism from Republicans on immigration executive actions.
The headline on the story linked in this tweet from [More]