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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 cancels upcoming recess in anticipation of debt-ceiling deal

July 8, 2011 As expected, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Friday announced to members that the House will be in session the week of July 18, and not in recess as previously planned. The move comes amid anticipation that a deal could be near on a deficit-reduction and debt-ceiling plan. Cantor ...

Democrats, Republicans to work over weekend on debt deal, Obama says

July 7, 2011 This story has been updated. Emerging from what he described as "a very constructive meeting" with congressional leaders, President Obama today said his staff and theirs will be working through the weekend to come up with a budget compromise "so the full faith and credit of the United States is ...

Debt-ceiling talks move toward the end game

June 24, 2011 The decision by GOP leaders involved in the deficit-cutting talks led by Vice President Joe Biden to bolt from the negotiations may have seemed abrupt, but the move, in fact, now brings greater clarity to the effort and puts the responsibility for a successful outcome squarely on the shoulders of ...

Republicans pull out of debt talks

June 23, 2011 Following on a decision by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., to pull out of the White House-led debt and deficit talks on Thursday, the other Republican negotiator, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, has also dropped out. The new GOP position appears to be that they will not negotiate ...

House rejects hike in debt ceiling

June 1, 2011 The House voted 97-318 on Tuesday to reject a bill to allow a $2.4 trillion hike in the nation's debt limit without accompanying spending cuts. The pre-ordained, and entirely unsurprising, outcome was embraced by the Republican majority as a clear message of the measure's unpopularity among the American people, while ...

Proposal to increase employee pension contributions draws fire

May 19, 2011 Inspired by the desire to reduce the federal deficit, proposals to increase payroll reductions on workers who contribute to the federal pension system are getting serious attention in deficit-reduction talks between lawmakers and the White House. But, as a direct result, there is an intensifying public debate about over how ...

House GOP pondering strategic debt-ceiling vote without cuts

May 3, 2011 House Republican leaders say they may allow a floor vote to increase the nation's credit limit without any of the accompanying spending or deficit-reduction reforms they have been demanding all along. The idea is to allow the vote, which they expect to fail, as a way to demonstrate that the ...

Budget deal faces one last hurdle

April 11, 2011 As it moves to the next budget battle, Congress still faces the pesky task of legislating an end to the last one. All the sighs of relief that followed last week's deal to keep the government open will do little to alter the reality that once again lawmakers have to ...

GOP passes futile one-week spending measure

April 7, 2011 With an eye to protecting themselves politically in case of a government shutdown, House Republicans passed legislation on Thursday that would fund the federal government for another week and pay for the Department of Defense through the rest of the fiscal year. But the bill, which passed the House 247 ...

GOP: White House punts on shutdown deal

April 5, 2011 House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday accused the White House of making a government shutdown more likely by "rejecting" a House Republican offer to keep the government funded for one more week. A White House meeting with congressional leaders produced no deal on a short-term spending measure ...