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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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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 ...

Licking terror with FEMA funds for . . . "Sno-Cone'' machines?

January 11, 2012 Why was $11,700 in homeland security grant money used in Michigan for the purchase of "Sno-Cone" machines for several counties? That is what a member of the House Homeland Security Committee is demanding to know from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., chairman of the Subcommittee on ...

GOP unveils House version of stalled spending bill

December 15, 2011 With a partial government shutdown looming, Republicans late Wednesday introduced a separate, House-bill version of a stalled Senate-House conference report containing almost $1 trillion worth of fiscal year 2012 spending bills. Even before the filing, the White House signaled opposition to the GOP gambit. The introduction at about 11:40 p.m. ...

Reid wants passage of payroll tax package before recess

December 13, 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is insisting he will not permit any "rushing for the exits" by lawmakers wanting to adjourn this week for the year until Congress passes a bill to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment assistance. To exert more pressure on Republicans, the Senate's top ...

Appropriators reach spending deal

December 13, 2011 House and Senate appropriators have reached a deal on a $900 billion 2012 spending plan for a broad swath of the federal government but they said Monday they were refraining from filing it for at least a day because of technical issues. "We have a bipartisan, bicameral agreement in place ...

Boehner unveils GOP bill to extend payroll tax holiday

December 9, 2011 House Republicans on Friday morning filed a 369-page bill to extend the current payroll-tax rate for one year, continue unemployment benefits, and prevent a scheduled cut in Medicare physician reimbursements. Congress is struggling to come up with compromises on these issues before the holiday recess. Posting the package on the ...

Deficit reduction panel concedes defeat

November 21, 2011 The bipartisan congressional committee tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction announced on Monday it cannot reach agreement by the Wednesday deadline, a stark if not unexpected admission that its efforts have ended in failure. "After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to ...

Balanced-budget amendment fails in House

November 18, 2011 The GOP-controlled House failed by 23 votes on Friday to muster the required two-thirds majority to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, a legislative exercise agreed upon by both parties this summer in the deal that raised the nation's debt ceiling and created the deficit super committee. Bipartisan support ...

Sequestration isn't a sure thing

November 14, 2011 House and Senate lawmakers would likely rethink allowing some budget cuts to be triggered automatically if the so-called deficit "super committee" fails to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in savings, or if Congress fails approve such a plan by Dec. 23, a member of the panel predicted on ...

Super committee co-chair hasn't given up hope

November 10, 2011 Super committee co-chair Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, on Thursday said he has not given up hope the panel can reach agreement on a deficit plan. Hensarling also contradicted the contention of some of his GOP colleagues that Democrats have walked away from the talks. "The short answer is no," said Hensarling, ...