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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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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 ...

Is the U.S. government complicit in killing over a thousand wild horses?

January 29, 2013 A bipartisan pair of lawmakers is urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to disclose whether as many as 1,700 federally protected wild horses now unaccounted for were sold to a middleman who illegally transported them to Mexico for slaughter. Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., in a letter to ...

Senate budget chairwoman: Senate will pass a budget

January 23, 2013 The Senate’s new Budget Committee chairwoman says that the chamber will act on a budget plan this spring for the first time in four years. “I’ve been discussing this path with my colleagues in the weeks since the year-end deal, before I officially became chairman of this committee, and now ...

House GOP seeing sequester, not debt ceiling, as fight to pick

January 18, 2013 WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Republicans appear to be willing to avoid a showdown over the debt limit and instead use the sequester as their main negotiating lever in upcoming fiscal fights with the White House and Senate Democrats. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Republicans at a closed-door retreat ...

House speaker agrees to votes on Sandy disaster relief

January 2, 2013 Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reacting to criticism over his decision to adjourn the House without passing a $60 billion Superstorm Sandy aid bill, has agreed to take action on an aid package after all, lawmakers say. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., leaving a meeting in Boehner’s office on Wednesday afternoon, told ...