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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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Amendment to Block NSA Data-Collection Loses by Thin Margin in House

July 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on Wednesday night narrowly defeated a contentious amendment to the Pentagon spending bill to stop the National Security Agency from collecting phone and email information on persons not under investigation for terrorist plots. The 205-217 vote blurred party lines, creating unusual coalitions and tensions. Sponsored by Rep. Justin ...

Oversight Panel Approves Postal Reform Bill Ending Saturday Delivery

July 25, 2013 Most daily to-the-door and Saturday mail delivery would be things of the past. But the local post office—if it remains open—could become a hub of new activity, such as offering notary services or issuing hunting and fishing licenses. Such is the vision of how to help the U.S. Postal Service ...

USDA Works to Bench Baseball's Unsplendid Splinters

July 12, 2013 Final passage of a farm bill may be up in the air. But with Major League Baseball set to hold its All-Star game Tuesday, the U.S. Agriculture Department wants a little fan love for solving a big problem: the broken baseball bat epidemic. The more-scientific name is "multiple-piece failure," which ...

Federal Prosecutors Hit a Winning Streak on Corruption Cases

July 2, 2013 After several high-profile misfires, federal prosecutors may be on a winning streak when it comes to public corruption cases that target current or former members of Congress. On Wednesday, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., will be sentenced after pleading guilty to charges that he misused campaign funds. The sentencing ...

Transportation Safety Panel Asked to Look Again at 1996 Plane Crash

June 20, 2013 The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it is being petitioned to reactivate its investigation into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, which disintegrated shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, killing all 230 on board. The request for a new probe came from ...

Deputy Mission Chief Says He Was 'Stunned' by Rice's Early Depiction of Benghazi Attacks

May 8, 2013 The top deputy to the U.S. ambassador killed during the attacks last September in Benghazi, Libya, said Wednesday he was “stunned” when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said on talk shows days later that the incident stemmed from “demonstrations” sparked by protests over an anti-Islamic video. “My jaw dropped, and I ...

Washington Scrambles After Letter Addressed to White House Tests Positive for Ricin

April 17, 2013 Law enforcement authorities said Wednesday morning that they have intercepted a second letter containing a substance testing positive for the poison ricin--this one addressed to the White House. News of the tainted letter dated April 16 to President Obama comes one day after officials said they had intercepted a letter ...

Ricin Letter Adds to Anxiety on the Hill

April 17, 2013 Amid an already edgy state of alert in Washington following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, law enforcement officials confirmed on Tuesday that they were also investigating whether an envelope containing the poison ricin was intended to harm Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. “The U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and other ...

Boston Blasts Bring a Chill to Washington

April 16, 2013 Tax day in Washington turned into a tension-filled reminder that there are far worse problems to deal with than the federal budget, immigration reform, or even gun control, as bombings at the Boston Marathon brought the horrors of terrorism front and center into the national consciousness. Almost immediately after the ...

Agenda Is Stacked With Return of Congress, Obama's Budget

April 8, 2013 The prospects for renewed talks on a long-term deficit-reduction deal reach a pivotal point this week with the release Wednesday of President Obama’s budget plan, which offers cuts to Social Security and Medicare in the hope of softening Republican opposition to tax hikes. But even before his proposals have been ...