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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 speaker: Action on debt ceiling to avert shutdown must be tied to budget cuts

January 6, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reacted coolly Thursday to the Obama administration's notification of its intent to formally request an increase in the nation's debt limit, and warned that the new House Republican majority will not go along with the request unless there is some meaningful action to cut spending. ...

New House majority leader won't rule out defense cuts

January 5, 2011 Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Tuesday that defense spending cuts are "on the table" as Republicans look to make good on their oft-stated No. 1 pledge of chopping as much as $100 billion from the nation's $3 trillion federal budget. Cantor's comments represented a departure from previous ...

GOP agenda is not your father's 'Contract With America'

September 21, 2010 As House Republican leaders prepare for this week's unveiling of their "new governing agenda," rank-and-file members are getting more advice about what the document is not than what it is: "Rather than a broad party platform or long-term agenda, this document will be focused narrowly on the top priorities of ...

GOP set to unveil 'governing agenda'

September 20, 2010 House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, has called a members-only meeting Wednesday night to review and discuss a draft of the House GOP's "new governing agenda" document, just hours before it is to be unveiled at an event Thursday morning in Virginia. Last-second changes have not been ruled out to ...

Forecast calls for politics and a side of bluster on Defense bill

September 20, 2010 Anyone squeamish about politicizing national security should steer clear of the Senate this week. The chamber is braced for votes this week on a series of politically fraught issues with limited ties to an underlying defense authorization bill, but which could energize voters in the midterm elections. Maneuvering over how ...

Deficit estimate dips slightly this year, rises in 2011

August 19, 2010 Federal budget deficit projections for fiscal 2011 are worsening, even as deficit estimates for this fiscal year have dropped just a bit, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday. In its latest economic outlook, CBO said the deficit for 2010 will exceed $1.34 trillion. That's $71 billion below the previous year's ...

House installs new electronic -- and time saving -- vote display board

August 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How much would you pay for a vote display that offers better clarity and readability and saves time for clerks? A cool $6 million? The House's main electronic vote display board, dating from 1976, was torn down this week, and installation of a Light Emitting Diode board is set to ...

Proposals to slash VA funding are withdrawn at last minute

July 28, 2010 Three amendments submitted this week under the name of Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, to the House Rules Committee would have sliced proposed fiscal 2011 Veterans Affairs Department funding by more than $52 million. But all three amendments were abruptly withdrawn Tuesday, just moments before the committee was set ...

Hoyer: Votes on wartime supplemental by Friday

June 29, 2010 House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he expects the fiscal 2010 supplemental spending bill will move in the House "within the next couple of days -- certainly by Friday." That is "more than optimism. That is my intent," Hoyer said during his weekly news conference. He also ...

Senate eyes FAA, collective bargaining bills

June 17, 2010 As Senate Democrats struggle to line up votes for the latest iteration of a bill extending tax breaks, unemployment benefits and other programs, the Senate schedule through July 4 remains in flux. In a change of plan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is considering a few relatively low-profile measures ...