Jamie Dupree 

Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

No end in sight for partial shutdown as new Congress convenes Thursday

  • 8:43 pm Sunday, December 30th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A funding lapse for part of the federal government which started on December 22 shows no signs of ending in Washington, with President Donald Trump continuing to blame Democrats for not backing his plans for a wall along the Mexican border, as GOP leaders in Congress have no votes scheduled on the partial government shutdown, seemingly leaving the next step in this political battle to Democrats – who will take charge of the House when the 116th Congress convenes at 12 noon on January 3.

In a letter to House Democrats this weekend, Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi said the first order of [More]

Chief Justice delays penalties against unknown company in mystery subpoena case

  • 9:05 pm Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 by Staff Writer

The Chief Justice of the United States on Sunday evening put on hold a lower court order which levied a daily fine against an unknown foreign company owned by an unnamed foreign country, giving that company until New Year’s Eve to submit arguments as to why it should not be subject to a secret grand jury subpoena, which many believe is related to the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In a short written order, Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily stayed a secret ruling by a U.S. District Judge in Washington, which fined the unknown company an undisclosed amount of money [More]

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

  • 8:34 am Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 by Staff Writer

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]

Partial government shutdown to continue past Christmas

  • 4:05 pm Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 by Staff Writer

With little sign of any headway on an agreement to end a funding lapse which has shutdown part of the federal government, the Senate adjourned on Saturday afternoon and set a schedule which doesn’t provide for any votes on a funding deal until next Thursday at the earliest, signaling that the funding standoff between Congress and the President will continue past Christmas.

“When these negotiations produce a solution that is acceptable to all parties,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor, “at that point, we will take it up on the Senate floor.”

“Senators will be notified when a [More]

In fight over border wall, Trump, Congress, stumble into partial shutdown

  • 7:44 pm Friday, December 21st, 2018 by Staff Writer

With Congressional leaders unable to reach agreement on a short term funding plan because of differences over President Donald Trump’s demand for billions of dollars to fund construction of a wall along the border with Mexico, about a quarter of the federal government was heading into a shutdown mode on Friday night, impacting as many as 800,000 federal workers just before Christmas.

“This is a large portion of the federal workforce,” complained Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), whose state is home to thousands of federal employees who would be furloughed during a funding lapse.

But even after an afternoon of high level talks [More]

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

  • 3:32 pm Friday, December 21st, 2018 by Staff Writer

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]

With Friday night deadline, funding fight shifts to Senate

  • 4:00 am Friday, December 21st, 2018 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump’s call for action on extra money to build a wall along the Mexican border could run aground in the U.S. Senate on Friday, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill were girding for a possible weekend session and the chance of a partial government shutdown, if the Congress and the White House can’t come to an agreement on a temporary funding bill for part of the federal government.

“I’ve made my position very clear,” the President said as he signed a major farm policy bill on Thursday. “Any measure that funds the government must include border security. It has [More]

At odds with Trump over Syria withdrawal, Mattis quits as Defense Secretary

  • 6:38 pm Thursday, December 20th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after President Donald Trump ordered the surprise withdrawal of U.S. military forces in Syria, Defense Secretary James Mattis submitted his resignation as Pentagon chief, telling the President in a letter that Mr. Trump deserved someone who agreed with his foreign and defense policies.

“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis wrote in a letter that clearly rebuked the President’s world view.

“While the US remains the indispensable nation [More]

Shutdown chances jump as Trump demands money for his border wall

  • 1:42 pm Thursday, December 20th, 2018 by Staff Writer

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 Staff Writer

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]