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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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Super committee meets Gang of Six

October 19, 2011 Members of the bipartisan "Gang of Six" met behind closed doors on Wednesday with the super committee to explain their plan from earlier this year to cut about $3.7 trillion from the nation's deficit over 10 years. Afterward, it remained unclear exactly how interested the 12 Republicans and Democrats on ...

Pelosi unveils budget cuts

October 13, 2011 Hoping to influence the super committee as it closes in on its deadline for presenting deficit cutting proposals, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., unveiled the cuts, revenue raisers, and other ideas being offered by ranking members of Democratic committees. Pelosi also called on the super committee to hold open ...

House keeps government open through Nov. 18; what happens next?

October 4, 2011 In bipartisan fashion, the House on Tuesday gave final passage to a measure that will keep government running for another six weeks and avert what, theoretically, could have been a midnight shutdown. But partisan storm clouds already are gathering on what happens next, as lawmakers now seek resolution on how ...

House approves funding bill until next week

September 29, 2011 This story has been updated. Without a glitch -- and with hardly any lawmakers present -- the House on Thursday agreed to a measure funding the government through Tuesday, when members will consider yet another Senate-passed stopgap measure to keep the government running until mid-November. Although adoption of Thursday's "bridge" ...

House votes to keep government open through Nov. 18

September 23, 2011 The House voted early Friday 219-203 to pass a continuing resolution that funds the government through Nov. 18, setting up a battle with the Democratic-controlled Senate. The vote replenishes a nearly-empty Federal Emergency Management Agency account and includes $100 million in savings from a program that guaranteed a loan to ...

Solyndra language paves way for bill to keep government running

September 22, 2011 House Republicans have found the path to passage for a short-term bill to fund the federal government: Add language intended to embarrass the Obama administration. Following a lengthy closed-door meeting, House Republicans emerged with a strategy to keep intact the continuing resolution the House defeated on Wednesday by adding a ...

Shutdown looms as federal funding bill dies in House

September 21, 2011 As Congress wrestles to keep the government funded, a House GOP bill to extend federal funding until Nov. 18 went down to defeat 195-230 Wednesday night, in a dispute over money for disaster relief. The bill's failure was a result of a combination of Democratic and conservative Republican opposition. It ...

Democratic opposition to funding bill makes a shutdown more likely

September 21, 2011 The top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee said on Wednesday that he has changed his mind and will oppose the House Republican bill to extend federal funding until Nov. 18, in a dispute over funding for disaster relief aid. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., who last week was set to ...

Budget office chief urges cuts and revenue before super committee

September 13, 2011 The nation cannot sustain its spending and policies with the same level of tax revenues it has been accustomed to, the director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said in testimony Tuesday to the joint deficit committee. "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in ...

'Super committee' to hold first organizational meeting on Thursday

September 2, 2011 The heads of the joint select committee charged with identifying $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years announced Friday that they will hold a public organizational hearing on Thursday, followed by their first public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The co-chairs of the panel, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and ...