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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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Budget Conference Committee Schedules First Meeting for Next Wednesday

October 24, 2013 The 29 members of the budget conference committee are formally set to hold their first meeting next Wednesday, with the panel facing a deadline of Dec. 13 for coming up with a report of recommendations for the full House and Senate. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House ...

What Kind of Budget Negotiator Will Paul Ryan Be?

October 23, 2013 Paul Ryan is a name synonymous with Republican fiscal priorities. As the House Budget Committee chairman, and as the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate last year, the nation’s debts and deficits have been the centerpiece of his political career. But as the House and Senate begin a budget conference next week for ...

Attention Shifts to House-Senate Budget Conference

October 21, 2013 The Senate is out on recess, but the House returns to session Tuesday for the start of what could be a bellwether week to gauge the political tone in Washington for the rest of the year. Much of the attention is already shifting to focus on the formal start of ...

Finally Over, Shutdown Showdown Tees Up New Battles

October 17, 2013 The debt-ceiling stalemate and 16-day government shutdown cost the economy billions, put tens of thousands out of work, made some little-known congressmen famous and tested the balance of power in Congress. Yet as lawmakers ended the standoff with a hard-fought agreement, many pointed to a landscape left largely unchanged, with ...

Senate Shutdown Deal Moves to House, Again

October 16, 2013 Speaker John Boehner will allow the House to take the initial vote as early as Wednesday afternoon on a Senate-prepared agreement to lift the debt ceiling and restart funding for the shuttered federal government—even though many of Boehner's conservative House colleagues don't support it. The Senate would then follow with ...

Boehner Considering House Vote on Senate Bill to Lift Debt Ceiling, Reopen Government

October 16, 2013 Speaker John Boehner is considering letting the House take the initial vote Wednesday on a Senate-prepared bill to lift the debt ceiling and restart funding for the shuttered federal government -- apparently even if House conservatives object. If they do object, it would mean Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her ...

Debt-Ceiling, Shutdown Talks Swing Back to Senate

October 16, 2013 With the administration’s deadline for default roughly a day away, negotiations shifted again to the Senate late Wednesday, with Democratic and Republican leaders optimistic that a deal could be announced soon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell restarted talks that had stalled for much of Tuesday ...

Congress Closes In on a Deal to End Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling

October 15, 2013 With a wary eye toward potential turbulence from House Republicans, Senate leaders are seeking to finalize a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown in a way that could receive strong bipartisan support in the Senate. "Perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day. We hope it ...

Top House Republicans Head to the White House to Meet With Obama

October 10, 2013 Speaker John Boehner, his top House GOP lieutenants, and some House committee chairmen are headed to the White House on Thursday for a talk with the president on the government shutdown and the looming deadline on raising the nation's ability to borrow. The entire 233-member House GOP conference was to ...

Boehner: Not Enough Votes for 'Clean' Bill to Open Government

October 7, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner insisted Sunday there are not enough votes in the House to pass "clean" bills to restart government funding and end the shutdown, or to protect the nation's ability to continue borrowing money, without Democratic concessions to Republican policy demands. But Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Sunday ...