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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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John Boehner's high-stakes moment

November 12, 2012 An inspirational prebattle speech? A jittery plea for help? Speaker John Boehner may not have conjured up Braveheart on Wednesday for fellow House Republicans who took part in a private postelection conference call. But the Ohioan did try to rally the troops by exhorting, “When we’re unified, we’re at our ...

Boehner mum on detailed fiscal cliff possibilities

November 9, 2012 This is the month President Obama must show he can engage the Congress and come up with bipartisan solutions to address the nation’s immediate fiscal crisis, House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday. But the Ohio Republican refused to comment on specifics of how he thinks the immediate fiscal cliff ...

House leaders urged to consider more disaster aid

November 5, 2012 A bipartisan group of 44 House members from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut wants Congress to provide disaster assistance beyond the $7 billion now available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, if needed. In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and ...

Moving Election Day could be more disruptive than Sandy

October 30, 2012 Sandy has already wreaked all sorts of havoc on the East Seaboard. But its destructive impact also now carries the potential to disrupt voting up to and on Election Day in several states, raising questions about whether voting procedures and maybe even dates should be altered. Under the Constitution, Congress ...

After next week, House stopping work until election

September 14, 2012 Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced on Friday that, after next week, the House won’t be returning to session until after the Nov. 6 elections. A planned one-week session in Washington at the start of October has been scrapped. That means when the House adjourns next Friday, the chamber will ...

Ethics of skinny dipping incident remains an open question

August 20, 2012 It may be embarrassing, or even unsavory. But does a member of Congress skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee — considered by some Christians to be a holy site — also represent the type of conduct that reflects poorly on the U.S. House? There’s a chance that question may not ...

House speaker willing to cut recess short

August 1, 2012 Although lawmakers are scrambling to exit Washington this week for their August recess, Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republicans say they will “immediately call the House back into session” if the Senate takes action regarding the “threat” posed by the defense sequester and potential expiration of all the ...

House conservatives weigh 6-month budget deal

July 26, 2012 House conservatives are considering accepting a deal with Democrats on a $1.047 trillion, six-month stop-gap spending bill to keep the federal government running after the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year, and possibly into a new Congress. They say they are mulling the idea as a way to ...

Capitol Police issue new tattoo rules

July 18, 2012 Top U.S. Capitol Police officials want to impose stricter rules on “purposeful body modification” by their officers, including limits on the sizes and messages of tattoos on uncovered arms and legs, and a ban on “outwardly visible branding” of images on skin. The limitations, some of which are creating a ...

Another debt ceiling fight could be brewing

July 17, 2012 House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer on Tuesday said he will urge Republican leaders to allow a vote in the "very near term" on increasing the nation's borrowing authority, signaling what may be yet another fight brewing over the debt ceiling. "Do it now. Stop pretending this is a political position ...