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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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Congress Prepares to Offer More Money for Ebola Fight

2:31 PM ET 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 ...

Senate Likely to Pass Bill Keeping Government Open

September 18, 2014 It's the Senate's turn now to vote on keeping the government open and authorizing the White House's request to train moderate Syrian rebels. But the measure, though expected to pass smoothly, is merely the beginning of a much tougher conversation that will wait until after Election Day. The House approved ...

House Approves Measure To Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

September 17, 2014 The House on Wednesday advanced President Obama's request for authorization to train and arm Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State, an action that blurred party lines and ignited debate over whether the U.S. will be entangled in a conflict it won't be able to get out of. The 273-156 ...

New Lawmakers Agonize Over Their First War Vote

September 17, 2014 At a closed-door meeting last week with fellow House Republicans about whether to support President Obama's request for authorization to train and equip the Free Syrian Army, Speaker John Boehner provided a brief flashback to the start of his congressional career. Boehner recalled how the first votes he ever cast ...

House Vote on Syria Expected Wednesday

September 15, 2014 House Republican leaders have decided to allow a separate vote on President Obama's request to arm Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the vote will likely take place Wednesday. Leaders had earlier considered incorporating the Syria authorization language into a must-pass spending bill to ...

Congress Has 4 Days To Act on Obama's Syria Plan

September 15, 2014 This was supposed to be easier. Come back to Washington from August recess and pass a temporary spending bill to keep government from shutting down on Oct. 1, then return home to campaign ahead of the midterm elections. That was all Congress wanted to do in September. Instead, lawmakers eager ...

House Republicans Find Obama's Plans in Syria 'Unrealistic'

September 12, 2014 Speaker John Boehner took the stage at a closed door meeting of the House Republican Conference on Thursday morning and summed up the stark reality facing his members: This is not the president they prefer, nor the overall military strategy they want, but it is all they have. Boehner's reluctant ...

House Republicans Unveil Plan To Keep the Government Open

September 10, 2014 House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled details of a stopgap spending bill to keep government operating through Dec. 11 that includes money to fight the Ebola outbreak, reauthorizes the controversial Export-Import Bank through the end of June 2015, and extends the moratorium on taxing the Internet. It was no secret that ...