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Billy House Billy House is a Congressional Correspondent for National Journal. He joined CongressDaily in April 2009 as its House leadership reporter after two years as The Tampa Tribune's Washington reporter and before that, five years as The Arizona (Phoenix) Republic's Washington reporter.
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Walz Drops His Bid for Top Democratic Spot on House VA Committee

November 20, 2014 Rep. Tim Walz has backed off his effort to become the top Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, amid questions raised over his status as a member of the panel. Walz had let it be known earlier this month he planned to challenge Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida for ...

Pelosi Compares Obama Immigration Order to Emancipation Proclamation

November 20, 2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is drawing a parallel between President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and President Obama's planned executive actions on immigration reform. "Does the public know the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" Pelosi asked at a news conference Thursday morning. Pelosi raised the notion as she was fending ...

Walz Abandons Bid for Top Veterans' Affairs Panel Slot

November 20, 2014 Rep. Tim Walz has backed off his effort to become the top Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, amid questions raised over his status as a member of the panel. Walz had let it be known earlier this month he planned to challenge Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida for ...

Pipeline Politics Dominate Pre-Thanksgiving Action in Congress

November 17, 2014 With Congress's turkey-week break just days away, the Senate enters this second week of a lame-duck session set to decide on bringing the Keystone XL pipeline closer to reality. Meanwhile, storm clouds brew in both chambers over a spending bill and President Obama's promised action to protect immigrants from deportation. ...

Back From Midterms, Congress To Take Up NDAA, VA Reform, Ebola and ISIS

November 10, 2014 Fiscal matters, foreign policy issues, and residual partisan haggling await lawmakers in the lame-duck session that starts this week, with the elephant in the room being that Republicans will shortly take over the Senate and full control of Congress. However, that new Congress elected on Nov. 4 doesn't officially take ...

As Lame-Duck Session Begins, Congress to Focus on Keeping Government Open

November 10, 2014 Fiscal matters, foreign policy issues, and residual partisan haggling await lawmakers in the lame-duck session that starts this week, with the elephant in the room being that Republicans will shortly take over the Senate and full control of Congress. However, that new Congress elected on Nov. 4 doesn't officially take ...

State Ballot Initiatives Could Boost Turnout, Affecting Key Races

October 28, 2014 When Alaskans vote next Tuesday, they'll decide not just on a governor and a senator, but also on whether to legalize recreational marijuana use, hike the state's minimum wage, and require the Legislature to approve any future large-scale mining in one the world's most productive salmon fisheries. "These are not ...

Congress Prepares to Offer More Money for Ebola Fight

October 20, 2014 With concern mounting over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States, members of Congress are preparing to offer additional funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies to help fight the disease within the U.S. and abroad. White ...

Lawmakers Want Answers on U.S. Ebola Cases

October 15, 2014 Amid rising anxiety over the Ebola outbreak, a congressional panel is to convene Thursday in Washington to hear details of the two confirmed cases in Dallas and whether America's ports of entry, hospitals, and health care workers are adequately prepared to prevent a further spread of the virus. The lawmakers' ...

Boehner to Dems: Let's Hear Your Position on Guantanamo

October 10, 2014 Speaker John Boehner challenged Democrats Friday to declare publicly whether they would support a move by President Obama to shut down the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and bring the detainees held there to the U.S. "While Republicans stand united against this ploy, each and every Democrat should make ...