Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

White House moves ahead with immigration plans

11:46 am Jan. 31, 2015

The Obama administration has started to take the initial public steps to implement the President’s controversial executive actions on immigration, setting the date for the first applications from those brought to the U.S. illegally

Obama budget plan sets up spending fight

8:19 pm Jan. 29, 2015

The Obama Administration announced on Thursday that the President will propose a budget next week which increases discretionary spending by $74 billion, busting through spending caps put in place by Congress and the President back in 2011.

The White House defended the move to raise discretionary spending by 7 percent, arguing that with falling deficits, it was time to increase investments in plans to help the middle class; President Obama briefed

FAA: Super Bowl is a “No Drone Zone”

12:11 pm Jan. 28, 2015

Two days after a recreational drone crash landed on the grounds of the White House, officials at the Federal Aviation Administration very publicly told Americans not to even think about taking out their own drones

Obama backtracks on college savings tax plan

5:21 pm Jan. 27, 2015

It’s not often you see a proposal talked about in the State of the Union Address abandoned a week later, but that’s what has happened in the case of one plan from President Obama, which

Boehner acknowledges “stumbles” in 2015

11:25 am Jan. 27, 2015

A day after Republicans took a border security bill off of the House schedule this week because of internal opposition, Speaker John Boehner acknowledged to reporters that it has not been smooth sailing so far in 2015 for House GOP leaders.

“Yeah, there have been a couple of stumbles,” Boehner told reporters at a U.S. Capitol news conference, though he argued it’s part of “the effort to show the American people

Democrats filibuster Keystone pipeline in Senate

8:21 pm Jan. 26, 2015

In their first successful filibuster of 2015, Democrats in the Senate on Monday evening delayed the march to final action on a bipartisan plan to force the start of construction of the Keystone XL oil

GOP border security bill delayed in House

1:41 pm Jan. 26, 2015

With looming questions about internal support for a limited border security bill amongst House Republicans, GOP leaders bumped the measure from this week’s legislative schedule in the U.S. House, and did not immediately give lawmakers an idea as to when it might be revived.

The move came as House leaders delayed votes set for Monday becuase of a large winter storm going up the East Coast, which also bumped the border

GOP border bill faces internal criticism

7:59 pm Jan. 25, 2015

After an internal party squabble last week derailed an abortion bill backed by pro-life groups, U.S. House GOP leaders hope to avoid the same fate in coming days on a border security bill that’s already drawn the ire of the Obama Administration.

“This is a national security issue of the highest order,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, as he argued for quick action on

DHS blasts new GOP border security bill

10:12 pm Jan. 22, 2015

Stepping up the rhetoric over immigration, the head of the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday night denounced a new bill on border security from Congressional Republicans, charging it was “not a serious effort” to

Democrats outflanked in Senate on climate change

7:48 pm Jan. 21, 2015

Working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill, Democrats on Wednesday thought they had Republicans right where they wanted them, ready to force votes on a pair of amendments that required GOP Senators to publicly