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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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House Narrowly Approves Massive Spending Bill, Averts Shutdown

December 11, 2014 The House narrowly approved a massive spending bill Thursday night just before the government was set to run out of cash, as an unusual coalition of Republicans and Democrats teamed up to pass a measure that drew fierce criticism from both liberals and conservatives. The $1 trillion spending measure passed ...

Funding Deadline Looms as GOP Mulls Fallback Plan

December 11, 2014 House Republicans narrowly cleared a major hurdle Thursday morning in their race for the exits, winning a key procedural vote on a massive spending bill to keep the government afloat. But with the hours ticking away before a possible government shutdown, they remained unsure whether they could pass the bigger ...

Terrorism Risk Insurance Plan Likely to Falter in the Senate

December 11, 2014 The federal program set in place 12 years ago to help insurance companies cover Americans in case of terrorist attacks is likely to expire this month, as a bill extending the program faces almost certain death in the Senate this week. Sen. Tom Coburn is the main reason: The Oklahoma ...

Lawmakers Unveil Details of Plan to Keep Government Open

December 10, 2014 A $1 trillion spending bill to keep most of the government funded through next September—with the exception of the Homeland Security Department, which will be funded only through Feb. 27—was released Tuesday night following debates over dozens of policy riders affecting women's health, the environment, health care, and the Dodd-Frank ...

Federal Spending Bill Slowed by Last-Minute Additions

December 9, 2014 Congressional negotiators were nearing a deal Tuesday on massive spending legislation that would avert a government shutdown and bring the 113th Congress to a close, but they are bumping up against the seasonal effort to make year-end legislation a Christmas tree, ornamented with a wish-list of legislative add-ons. Senate Majority ...

The Final Goal of the 113th Congress: Keep the Government Open

December 8, 2014 Lawmakers scrambling to conclude the 113th Congress face a daunting list of unfinished lame-duck business this week, chiefly overcoming strategic and policy-driven challenges to keep the government open beyond Thursday. The House will vote this week on a massive appropriations bill, with Republican leaders likely to rely on Democratic votes, ...

Internet Sales Tax Bill Quashed For Now

December 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A last-ditch push by about 30 Republicans to convince House Speaker John Boehner to allow lame-duck action on an online sales-tax measure failed Wednesday, but those attending the closed meeting said he is promising to revisit the issue early next year. "We had a robust discussion, and everybody knows how ...

Internal GOP Tensions Simmer Over Terrorism Insurance

December 3, 2014 House and Senate negotiators remained at an impasse Tuesday on a deal to reauthorize a terrorism-risk insurance program, amid frustration within the House GOP conference and from business groups over the lack of movement. Tensions bubbled again in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans, even as party leaders were preparing ...

Endgame Negotiations Intensify as Defense, Tax Deals Near

December 2, 2014 With so much left for Congress to do before adjourning for the year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned senators Monday that they should prepare to stay in Washington for an extra week, while House Republicans prepared to poll their members on whether they should respond to President Obama's immigration ...

Spending, Immigration, and Tax Fights Will Dominate Final Days of 113th Congress

December 1, 2014 Lawmakers reconvene Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Obama's executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown. House and Senate appropriators this week ...