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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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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...

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"...

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