Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Trump not ‘thrilled’ with border security funding deal in Congress

11:48 am Feb. 12, 2019

A day after top negotiators hammered out a tentative agreement on a plan to fund additional fencing along the Mexican border, along with deals on a series of bills to fully fund the operations of one-quarter of the federal government, President Donald Trump made clear to reporters Tuesday that he wasn’t pleased with the final product.

“I can’t say I’m happy,” the President said during a Cabinet meeting at the White

GOP conservatives pan tentative border security funding deal

10:51 pm Feb. 11, 2019

With the clock ticking towards a possible second partial government shutdown at the end of the week, a tentative deal struck Monday night by Congressional negotiators earned a quick thumbs down from more influential conservative voices – inside and outside of the Congress – leading to questions on whether House-Senate talks had produced something that President Donald Trump would sign into law.

“While the President was giving a great speech in

Text of President Trump’s State of the Union Address

8:13 pm Feb. 5, 2019

Vowing to break “decades of political stalemate,” President Donald Trump told Congress and the nation on Tuesday night that despite bitter political standoffs during his administration – including a five week partial government shutdown which blocked paychecks last month 800,000 federal workers – he’s ready to pursue legislative accomplishments which are not defined by party.

“The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat

My own State of the Union – still looking for voice answers

8:55 am Feb. 5, 2019

As we await tonight’s State of the Union Address, it’s a good time to address my own personal State of the Union – as I still get a lot of questions from listeners and readers about whether my voice is making any comeback – almost three years after it mysteriously went haywire, knocking me off the radio.

Looking back in my story files, three years ago today, I was on the

Senate sets votes Thursday on rival plans to end partial shutdown

3:00 am Jan. 23, 2019

With no evidence that President Donald Trump’s weekend speech on immigration and a border wall had changed the dynamic in Congress related to a partial government shutdown, Senate leaders set a pair of votes on competing plans from Democrats and Republicans for Thursday afternoon, the first time Senate Republicans have allowed votes to end the shutdown since before Christmas.

“The President’s made a comprehensive and bipartisan offer,” said Senate Majority Leader

Democrats offer plan to raise federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

2:00 am Jan. 17, 2019

With the federal minimum wage of $7.25 cents an hour unchanged for ten years, Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a plan in Congress to more than double that pay rate over a six year period, arguing it’s past time for lawmakers to make it easier for working Americans to earn enough money to support their families.

“President Trump isn’t going to stick up for American workers – we Democrats will,” Senate Democratic