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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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Chambers May 'Ping-Pong' Spending Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

September 26, 2013 As the Senate heaves toward a Saturday vote on a bill to keep the government funded, the House is working on possible countermeasures that would bounce the legislation back to the upper chamber as the Tuesday deadline for a government shutdown approaches. In a signal that House Republicans may be ...

House Republicans to Caucus on Impending Budget Crunch

September 18, 2013 House Republican leaders, thrashing around to find some consensus in their party on how to keep the government operating beyond the end of the month, head into a pivotal closed-door meeting with members Wednesday morning to pitch options. One of their proposals, according to House GOP sources, will be to ...

Congressional Leaders Meet as Fiscal Fights Loom Large

September 12, 2013 With big deadlines and political hurdles looming over fights to keep the government funded and hike the nation’s borrowing limit, a meeting Thursday of the top four congressional leaders could set the tone for the autumn. It will be the first get-together for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Minority ...

Analysis: Is Online Transparency Just a Feel-Good Sham?

August 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It drew more than a few laughs in Washington. Not long after the White House launched its We the People website in 2011, where citizens could write online petitions and get a response if they garnered enough signatures, someone called for construction of a Star Wars-style Death Star. With laudable ...

With Clock Ticking on Government Shutdown, Fiscal Stalemate Continues

July 31, 2013 President Obama’s tense relations with congressional Republicans did not appear to be eased by his “grand bargain” offer Tuesday to cut corporate tax rates in return for the government being able to invest more in programs to generate middle-class jobs. They shot down the proposal even before it was officially ...

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 ...