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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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Deputy Mission Chief Says He Was 'Stunned' by Rice's Early Depiction of Benghazi Attacks

May 8, 2013 The top deputy to the U.S. ambassador killed during the attacks last September in Benghazi, Libya, said Wednesday he was “stunned” when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said on talk shows days later that the incident stemmed from “demonstrations” sparked by protests over an anti-Islamic video. “My jaw dropped, and I ...

Washington Scrambles After Letter Addressed to White House Tests Positive for Ricin

April 17, 2013 Law enforcement authorities said Wednesday morning that they have intercepted a second letter containing a substance testing positive for the poison ricin--this one addressed to the White House. News of the tainted letter dated April 16 to President Obama comes one day after officials said they had intercepted a letter ...

Ricin Letter Adds to Anxiety on the Hill

April 17, 2013 Amid an already edgy state of alert in Washington following Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, law enforcement officials confirmed on Tuesday that they were also investigating whether an envelope containing the poison ricin was intended to harm Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. “The U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and other ...

Boston Blasts Bring a Chill to Washington

April 16, 2013 Tax day in Washington turned into a tension-filled reminder that there are far worse problems to deal with than the federal budget, immigration reform, or even gun control, as bombings at the Boston Marathon brought the horrors of terrorism front and center into the national consciousness. Almost immediately after the ...

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 ...