The President Declares a National Emergency Seeking Funds for Southern Border Wall

Citing a humanitarian crisis on the southern border, President Trump declared a national emergency yesterday from the White House. The declaration would allow the President to repurpose funds for the construction of a border wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The federal government shut down for a record 34 days over December and January […]

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President Trump Offers Protections for DREAMERs, Other Immigrants in Exchange for Border Wall

President Donald Trump put forth a new proposal in an effort to end a government shutdown that entered its fifth week yesterday. At the heart of the stalemate is the President’s demand for funding for a wall along the southern border, which he says will impede migrants’ crossing into the U.S. illegally. Democrats have blocked […]

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President Trump Addresses the Nation, Calls Situation at the Border Humanitarian Crisis

President Trump, in a live address to the nation, portrayed the impasse that has shut down the government as a humanitarian crisis. “In the last two years, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings,” […]

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Little Progress in Negotiations as Shutdown Enters Third Week

A meeting yesterday between White House senior officials and congressional staff “did not make much progress,” according to the White House, as the impasse that has caused parts of the federal government to shut down enters its third week. “We didn’t make much progress at the meeting, which was surprising to me,” said White House […]

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Government Shutdown Likely to Extend Into 2019

President Donald Trump said he was not sure when the government would be open but said the government would but vowed not to reopen it until Congress approves funding for a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico. The President made the comments when speaking with reporters on Christmas Day after a video teleconference with […]

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In Election with Historic Turnout, House Switches Sides as Check is Delivered on President’s Power

In one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in history the Democratic Party has taken over control of the House of Representatives from Republicans. Thirty-one seats flipped from Republican to Democratic control, while only three flipped from Democratic to Republican control. The twenty-eight seat net-gain was enough to wrest control from Republicans. Democrats needed […]

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Democratic Leaders in Congress Demand Extra $300 Million to Guard Against Potential Interference in 2018 Elections

Democratic congressional leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have demanded an extra $300 million in funding to protect the U.S. from potential Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.  The funding request was made in a letter to Republican leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congress is currently […]

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The Federal Government Shuts Down for Five Hours Then Reopens Overnight

The Federal Government shut down for five and a half ours overnight, then reopened as Congress got a sufficient number of votes in line to pass a massive spending bill that will keep the government funded.  The deal increases spending on domestic programs, as well as defense, making it appealing to just enough members on […]

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Pelosi Holds the Floor for a Record 8 Hours, Announces Opposition to Budget Deal Over DACA

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held the floor yesterday for a record 8 hours and 7 minutes, in what was the longest floor speech in House of Representatives history.  Pelosi was announcing her opposition to a Senate deal on the budget that was reached earlier in the day. Pelosi’s opposition centers on that the budget […]

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