Jamie Dupree 

Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Republicans to release tax reform “outline” the week of September 25

  • 10:51 am Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Republicans in the Congress said Wednesday that they would take another small step forward later this month on the issue of tax reform legislation, as Speaker Paul Ryan promised to release an “outline” of GOP tax plans, setting the stage for committees in the House and Senate to then produce a bill, in what would be the first major tax changes since President Ronald Reagan joined with Congress to pass a sweeping reform in 1986.

“It’s the beginning of a very important process to achieve for the first time in a generation overhauling the tax system, and giving middle class families [More]

Trump reaches out to Democrats on tax reform, DACA and more

  • 8:11 pm Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

After a surprise deal last week with Democratic leaders in Congress on a disaster relief bill for victims of Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump is continuing to woo Democrats on other issues, having dinner with several Senators on tax reform, as a top White House official publicly signaled on Tuesday that the President may accept a bill to legalize immigrant “Dreamers” without tying it to his campaign vow to build a wall along the Mexican border.

“He wants to continue building unity by working on more issues supported by both parties, especially restoring fairness to our broken tax code and cutting [More]

President Trump to visit Florida on Thursday to assess damage from Hurricane Irma

  • 3:08 pm Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The White House announced Tuesday afternoon that President Donald Trump will go to Florida on Thursday to see some of the aftermath from Hurricane Irma, as that state continues to clear debris, and figure out exactly how much damage was done in a wide swath from Jacksonville through South Florida and into the Florida Keys.

This would be the second trip in recent weeks to an area hit hard by a tropical system; Mr. Trump made two trips to the Gulf Coast, stopping in Texas and Louisiana, to get a look at damage and recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

“The President’s action [More]

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) and wife recovering after I-40 car wreck

  • 2:42 pm Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk and his wife were said to be recovering from “non-life threatening injuries” after being involved in a severe car wreck in Tennessee, as the pair were driving back to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

In a statement sent to reporters, Loudermilk’s office said the Georgia Republican was returning by car to Capitol Hill, when his vehicle was hit from behind by another vehicle.

The force of the impact caused the Loudermilks’ car “to leave the road and flip multiple times, coming to rest on the passenger side. Both the Congressman and Mrs. Loudermilk were transported to the hospital with [More]

With short term increase, nation’s debt tops $20 trillion for first time

  • 8:27 pm Monday, September 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

After President Donald Trump signed legislation on Friday to allow for an increase in the nation’s debt limit, the Treasury Department reported on Monday that new numbers showed the public debt going over $20.1 trillion, jumping by $317 billion.

“What a travesty,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), one of a number of Republicans who expressed dismay at last week’s deal by Mr. Trump to fund $15.3 billion in relief aid for Hurricane Harvey, but not add any spending restraints on to the new debt limit increase.

“I hope the $20 trillion mark is the point at which we say enough is enough [More]

President Trump honors 9/11 victims, pledges aid to those hit by Irma

  • 10:25 am Monday, September 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

After leading a moment of silence at the White House to mark the first attack of Nine Eleven, President Donald Trump honored the victims of that day in a ceremony at the Pentagon, vowing to safeguard the U.S. homeland from further terrorist strikes, saying American ‘cannot be intimidated.’

“Those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle,” Mr. Trump said on a gorgeous, sun-filled September morning, much like September 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 people lost their lives after terrorists hijacked four passenger jets, destroying both towers of the World Trade Center [More]

Federal disaster relief tab continues to increase with damage from Hurricane Irma

  • 9:51 pm Sunday, September 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The end of the nation’s twelve year streak when it comes to avoiding major hurricane strikes on the U.S. coastline is already having budget implications for the federal government, with the tab only expected to grow as Hurricane Irma moves away from the state of Florida, as state, local and federal officials will begin to start figuring out how much was damaged, repeating the process from Hurricane Harvey just two weeks ago.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump approved an initial federal emergency declaration for nine counties in Florida, opening the spigot of disaster funding for damage related to Irma.

“Assistance can include [More]

President Trump on Hurricane Irma: “We’re as prepared as you can be”

  • 4:00 am Sunday, September 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

After several days of prep, federal emergency officials on this Sunday must now wait to see just how much damage Hurricane Irma does to Florida, as for the second time in the last few weeks, a strong tropical system could set the stage for billions of dollars in federal disaster relief needs.

“My administration is monitoring Hurricane Irma around the clock,” the President said in a Saturday tweet. “We will do everything possible to help save lives and support those in need.”

“Hurricane Irma looks like it is going to be a really bad one,” Mr. Trump said at a meeting of [More]

25 years later, survivors of Hurricane Andrew grapple with visions of Hurricane Irma

  • 4:00 am Saturday, September 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

It was just a few weeks ago that south Florida marked the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, as the Miami area looked back at an event that brought dramatic change to the lives of many residents – now with Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, those who lived through Andrew are hoping they aren’t about to see a repeat of that destructive storm.

“Every August I think about those harrowing days in 1992,” said Robert Lenz, who now lives in Atlanta, but found himself scrambling in recent days to make sure his mother found a better place to stay, north of Miami.

“The morning [More]

White House urges against “hurricane amnesia” as Irma takes aim at Florida

  • 2:44 pm Friday, September 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With Hurricane Irma seemingly headed for a landfall somewhere in south Florida this weekend, the White House on Friday expressed confidence in federal disaster preparedness for this second major hurricane to threaten the United States in recent weeks, but officials also warned those in the path of the storm not to underestimate the power of the tropical system that has left a path of destruction in the Caribbean.

“Let’s hope there’s no hurricane amnesia,” said White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, as he urged Florida residents to follow evacuation orders from local officials.

“There are some people, probably some twenty percent [More]