Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Trump to pledge $1 million of his own money to Harvey disaster relief

3:07 pm Aug. 31, 2017

As the Trump Administration readied an initial request for disaster relief from the Congress to deal with the damage from Hurricane Harvey, the White House announced on Thursday afternoon that President Trump will pledge $1 million in his own personal funds to private relief efforts, as the damage numbers from the Texas Gulf Coast continued to escalate.

“As I said, he’ll pledge proudly $1 million of his own personal money to

Before Harvey, Congress planned $876 million cut in FEMA disaster relief funds

8:40 pm Aug. 30, 2017

If Hurricane Harvey had not ravaged the Gulf Coast of Texas in recent days, not many people might have noticed one detail in a proposed spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that was set for a vote after Labor Day in the U.S. House, which would have shifted $876 million in unused disaster relief money out of the budget for FEMA.

But now that the Federal Emergency Management Administration

Trump heads for Missouri as he hits the road to tout his push for tax reform

4:00 am Aug. 30, 2017

President Donald Trump goes Wednesday to Springfield, Missouri to accelerate his administration’s push for tax reform, amid ongoing questions as to whether Republicans in Congress can get something done in coming months on the subject, as lawmakers in both parties await the details of a GOP tax plan.

“We’re committed to passing the first major tax reform in over thirty years,” the President said to cheers last week at a rally

Trump says Harvey may be the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history

4:32 pm Aug. 29, 2017

After seeing just a sample of the damage in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that the storm may present the United States with the largest recovery cost ever from a tropical weather system, as flood waters continued to rise in the Houston metropolitan area, and more evidence arrived of severe storm damage up and down the Texas Gulf Coast.

“Probably there has never been anything so

Trump vows to make sure Texas recovery from Hurricane Harvey is done right

2:08 pm Aug. 29, 2017

Getting a first hand look at some of the storm damage from Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tried to assure Texans that state and federal officials are doing all they can to help the Lone Star State deal with the aftermath of a tropical system that continued to drop record amounts of rain on the Texas Gulf Coast.

“We want to do it better than ever before,” Mr. Trump

Trump says nation is “100 percent” behind Texas after Hurricane Harvey damage

4:08 pm Aug. 28, 2017

President Donald Trump on Monday assured residents of the Lone Star State that he would help speed needed federal assistance and resources to help deal with recovery efforts there, as he praised the work of first responders, federal disaster officials and regular Americans to overcome problems with the storm.

“Every asset at my command is at the disposal of local officials,” the President said, who lauded the scenes of average citizens

FEMA issues call for volunteers to help deal with massive Texas flooding from Harvey

7:29 am Aug. 28, 2017

Before flying to Texas to see some of the damage from Hurricane Harvey, the head of federal emergency operations used a Washington, D.C. news conference to put out a call for volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts in the Lone Star State, saying that authorities “need citizens to get involved” to deal with the scope of the massive problems which continue to unfold in Houston and along the Texas

Trump likely to speak about Harvey damage and response at White House news conference

2:00 am Aug. 28, 2017

After a weekend of briefings and tweets about storm damage associated with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, President Donald Trump is expected to address the unprecedented weather situation along the Gulf Coast for the first time before television news cameras, as he is scheduled to hold a joint news conference Monday afternoon with the President of Finland at the White House.

The White House said that appearance would take place at 4:30