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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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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, ...

Republicans, Democrats trade barbs on deficit reduction

October 27, 2011 With Republicans and Democrats on the deficit-reduction super committee floating starkly different plans, both sides are questioning the other's sincerity about reaching agreement by the Thanksgiving deadline. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on Thursday: "We're into a really tough time and it is going to take a lot more ...

House votes to repeal contractor withholding tax

October 27, 2011 The House voted 405-16 on Thursday to repeal a law requiring governments at the federal, state, and local levels to withhold 3 percent of what they would pay most contractors until those vendors have fully paid their taxes. But it remains uncertain what the Senate will do. Last week, Senate ...

After criticism, super committee to meet publicly again

October 19, 2011 The deficit-reduction super committee will hold a public hearing next Wednesday on security and non-security discretionary spending -- only its fourth public event. The 10 a.m. hearing will feature more testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf. He testified last month at a hearing that looked into the history ...

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 ...