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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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Tension Turns to Chaos After Shooting Near Capitol

October 4, 2013 Tension over the budget impasse abruptly turned to chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday, as a woman was shot and killed by police after a fierce car chase, with her 1-year-old child as a passenger. But many questions were unanswered late Thursday, hours after the U.S. House gave Capitol Police and ...

Key Republican Hints at a Last-Second Deal to Prevent a Shutdown

September 30, 2013 House Republicans may have the equivalent of a last-second, game- saving touchdown in their playbook to avoid a shutdown, a top ally to Speaker John Boehner is hinting to Democrats. With just hours to go before a midnight deadline to keep government funded, Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions has just ...

House Sends Spending Bill Back to Senate, Brings Shutdown Closer

September 29, 2013 The House approved a measure early Sunday morning that would fund the government through Dec. 15 while delaying implementation of Obamacare for one year, a politically risky maneuver that united House Republicans but pushes the federal government closer to a shutdown. The legislation—which also includes an amendment to repeal the ...

House Rallies Around Obamacare Delay, Bringing Shutdown in Sight

September 28, 2013 House Republicans on Saturday rallied around a short-term measure that would fund the government through Dec. 15 while delaying the implementation of Obamacare for one year, a politically risky proposal that unites the Republican conference but could bring the government within reach of a shutdown. The plan, which also includes ...

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 ...