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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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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 ...

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 ...