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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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Erupting urinal soaks House press gallery

June 4, 2012 A big splash occurred on Monday morning at the House Press Gallery in the U.S. Capitol. No, this wasn’t one of those unexpected guest appearances for celebrities to talk to reporters about some favorite cause. This splash came from an exploding urinal. More specifically, something suddenly broke in the piping ...

GSA employee rewards program now also under scrutiny

April 5, 2012 The General Service Administration’s troubles may extend beyond last week’s revelations of a lavish employee junket to a Las Vegas luxury spa, as House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans reported Thursday information of “an equally dubious employee-rewards program.” Under a so-called “Hats Off Program,” operated by officials in the GSA’s ...

House voting to abolish Medicare payment board

March 22, 2012 The House was preparing to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board on Thursday – a board that Republicans once derided as a “death panel” and that even some Democrats don’t like because it could bigfoot Congress. While the repeal bill isn’t going anywhere – President Obama has threatened to veto ...

More powder found at D.C. mail facility

February 27, 2012 Threatening letters bearing a Portland postmark similar to those that arrived at some Senate and House district and state office last week were intercepted Monday at a Washington area Senate screening facility – and each were similarly found to contain no hazardous material, say officials. The arrival of such letters ...

Suspected Capitol bomber was under FBI scrutiny

February 17, 2012 A man arrested “in the area” of the U.S. Capitol who was suspected of planning a suicide attack on the complex had been under FBI surveillance before Friday's botched attempt. “At no time was the public or congressional community in any danger,” read a statement from the Capitol Police, which ...

Lawmakers approve payroll tax bill including pension provisions

February 17, 2012 The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan deal to extend a payroll-tax cut, federal jobless benefits and prevention of a reimbursement cut for Medicare doctors through the end of the year. The House approved the bill -- actually a conference committee report -- by a vote of 293-132 and ...

House GOP may extend payroll holiday without offsets

February 13, 2012 The three top House Republicans announced Monday they may bring to a vote this week a “backup” bill to extend only the payroll-tax holiday -- and to do so without spending offsets. Citing the lack of progress by a conference committee tasked with finding a way to extend it, along ...

GOP pay-freeze bill is 'clever,' Democrat Steny Hoyer says

January 31, 2012 The House Democrat responsible for keeping tabs on how his colleagues plan to vote is declining to predict if enough Democrats will join Republicans on Wednesday in trying to pass a GOP bill to extend the existing pay freeze for federal workers through 2013. But House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer ...

In symbolic move, House votes down Obama debt request

January 18, 2012 The House on Wednesday voted 239 to 176 to reject President Obama's request to raise the nation's $15.2 trillion borrowing authority by another $1.2 trillion, a symbolic step in the summertime deal to prevent the nation from going into default. But even if the Senate, in a later vote -- ...

War dogs: Blumenthal wants improved adoptions, honors for military canines

January 12, 2012 A Democratic senator wants working military dogs to get more honors and homes. The post-battlefield adoption and official recognition of courageous acts of military working dogs would be improved under a bill that Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., plans to introduce. Appearing on Thursday at an event in Hartford with soldiers ...