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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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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 ...

Sequestration Didn't Stop a 13-Day Overseas Congressional Trip

April 3, 2013 Roughly 16 Senate Finance Committee staffers are wrapping up a whirlwind 13-day trip to Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand, even as federal agencies have been forced by sequestration to limit employee travel and participation in out-of-town conferences. The trip by Republican and Democratic committee staffers, set to end Wednesday, was ...

After Snag, Senate Moving on Bill to Avert Shutdown, Extend Pay Freeze

March 13, 2013 The Senate on Wednesday morning was opening its debate on a bill to keep government funded -- and extend the pay freeze on federal employees -- through Sept. 30, after Republicans dropped objections to proceeding. A final vote on the bill could come by Thursday, and then it would go ...

Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus Battles Skeptics in Push to Protect the Planet

March 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Doomsday preppers or congressional visionaries? A small but growing cadre of House members is set to relaunch efforts to protect the nation against what they say is a very real threat: the unleashing of an electromagnetic pulse either by a solar storm or a nuclear-armed foe that could cripple much ...

Some Federal Workers See Silver Lining in Spring Furloughs

February 28, 2013 Spring is near, temperatures are warming, and the Nationals are preparing to defend their National League East crown, raising the question: Is there ever a good time to get furloughed? With sequestration set to take effect on Friday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees may soon be facing unpaid days ...

U.S. Fiscal Future Likely Hinges on Public Reaction to Sequester

February 26, 2013 Don’t expect Congress and President Obama to reach agreement on how to turn off the sequester’s $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts before they kick in Friday. No deal will occur by then, say senior lawmakers and aides, even if congressional leaders and the White House continue to express ...

Congress and Obama Assign Blame as Sequester Deadline Approaches

February 25, 2013 Just four days remain until Friday’s start date for federal spending cuts that were supposed to be too painful to ever let happen, but lawmakers return to Washington on Monday with little hope for an eleventh-hour deal to avert or reshape them—or any let-up in the fighting over who is ...

Does New House Plan to Keep Agencies Funded Have a Chance?

February 13, 2013 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., says he is preparing to introduce a bill to keep government agencies funded through the end of the fiscal year that will be written with a spending level beyond what Speaker John Boehner has promised rank-and-file conservatives. Rogers’ proposal will reflect the $1.043 ...

Senate to vote on debt deal

January 31, 2013 The Democratic-controlled Senate is set to give final passage Thursday to a bill allowing the U.S. Treasury to keep borrowing money until May 19 and ward off the risk of default, putting off one battle as other fights loom with Republicans in upcoming weeks over automatic spending cuts and keeping ...

Democrats plan to attack oil subsidies in sequester fight

January 30, 2013 Top Senate Democrats plan to intensify their calls to repeal billions of dollars in subsidies enjoyed by oil and natural gas companies, this time as part of a strategy to soften the looming across-the-board sequester cuts to military and domestic programs. “We believe that there are different ways of doing ...