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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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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 ...

House passes health care repeal -- again

July 11, 2012 The Republican-controlled House voted 244 to 185 Wednesday to fully repeal the health care reform law, a political move that underscores conservative anger at the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama's signature domestic legislative achievement. No Republicans opposed the bill, and just five Democrats crossed the aisle to vote ...

House finds Holder in contempt

June 28, 2012 The Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted 255 to 67 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a historic and divisive election-year action that GOP leaders cast as deadly serious and Democratic leaders dismiss as petty politics. The unprecedented House censure of a sitting attorney general -- the ...

GOP lawmaker plans to move forward with Holder contempt vote

June 20, 2012 House Republicans plan to press on with consideration Wednesday by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress regarding a stand-off over documents tied to the botched "Fast and Furious" sting operation. The announcement Tuesday night by committee chairman ...

Lieberman calls for special counsel to probe leaks

June 18, 2012 A special counsel should investigate leaks of national security secrets to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said on Sunday. “Counsels, independent counsels, were created for a situation like this, where people might reach a conclusion that investigators, U.S. attorneys -- even working for ...

House Democratic leader wants to cancel next week's recess

June 6, 2012 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is urging that Speaker John Boehner cancel next week’s scheduled House recess, saying there is too much critical legislative work that needs to be dealt with. In a letter Wednesday to Boehner, R-Ohio, the California Democrat notes the recess would be the ninth of the ...

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 ...