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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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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 ...

Obama accepts Boehner's offer to address Congress at 7 p.m. Thursday

September 2, 2011 After consulting with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner has invited him to address a joint session of Congress at 7 pm EDT on Sept. 8. -- and Obama has accepted. Boehner's office said Obama requested the 7 p.m. time slot, which will solve one programming problem while creating a ...

Super committee to prep for first hearing

August 31, 2011 The six Democratic members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will confer by phone on Wednesday afternoon and are expected to discuss both strategy and administrative matters, aides said. The conference call follows a meeting on Tuesday among the six committee Republicans. With Congress set to return next ...

House Republican fall agenda takes aim at regulations, taxes

August 29, 2011 While the spotlight will be on the workings of the new deficit-reduction "super committee" after Congress returns next week, House Republican leaders said on Monday they also have set a legislative agenda for fall and winter that concentrates heavily on regulatory and tax relief. "When we return next week, the ...

Pelosi announces picks for super committee

August 11, 2011 House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday picked Democratic Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and Xavier Becerra of California to serve on the bipartisan House and Senate super committee that will seek $1.5 trillion in additional deficit reduction cuts by Nov. 23. ...

Lawmaker wants probe of help given to makers of bin Laden movie

August 10, 2011 The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee wants the Pentagon and CIA to investigate reports that the Obama administration gave Hollywood filmmakers special early access to classified information on the military raid that led to Osama bin Laden's death. The movie is reportedly due for release in October ...

House approves speaker's debt plan

July 29, 2011 The House approved legislation on Friday by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to reduce the deficit by $915 billion over 10 years and increase the federal debt ceiling by $900 billion. The bill would allow for an additional $1.5 trillion increase in the debt ceiling early next year contingent on two ...

Boehner bill moving to vote; Reid, Obama waiting

July 29, 2011 House Republicans say they are set, finally, to vote on Friday on Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill after embarrassing snafus. Revisions were made overnight to deal with Republican conservatives' concerns with the measure, including the promise of a vote on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Senate Majority ...

No vote on debt plan Thursday; default deadline moves closer

July 28, 2011 House Republicans did not vote as scheduled on Thursday night on House Speaker John Boehner's debt-ceiling proposal. The postponement means a vote could occur on Friday, but the fate of the bill was uncertain. Republican leaders spent hours furiously whipping the bill, but still fell short of the 216 votes ...