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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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Congress has time to work out spending deal

February 28, 2011 Congress has nearly a full work week to reach a deal on a continuing resolution and avert a government shutdown. Odds of a shutdown are long, because both House and Senate leaders fear the consequences. Talks, and the chance for compromise, will ramp up late in the week. But any...

House leader defiant on spending as shutdown inches closer

February 17, 2011 With time running out for Congress to produce a spending measure to keep the government operating, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, struck a more aggressive pose Thursday that will surely ramp up legislative skirmishing and heighten chances of a government shutdown next month. Boehner said that if the Senate...

House votes to cut alternate F-35 engine backed by speaker

February 16, 2011 In a significant victory for the Pentagon, the House voted 233-198 Wednesday to ax the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter second-engine program that the White House and military have long contended is unnecessary and too costly. The much-anticipated vote came after both sides mounted a fierce lobbying battle, focusing particularly...

House GOP releases spending plan with $100 billion in cuts

February 11, 2011 House Republican leaders unveiled legislation Friday night designed to fund the rest of the fiscal year, which includes $100 billion in discretionary spending cuts compared with President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request. "This evening, on behalf of House Republicans, Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers [R-Ky.] introduced a continuing resolution that will...

Republicans coming to grips with debt ceiling

January 14, 2011 BALTIMORE -- House Republicans gathered here Friday signaled that they expect an agreement within their ranks to boost the national debt ceiling this spring. But they said they will present the move as evidence of a responsible new majority determined to fix problems, and will use it as leverage for...

Lawmakers seek to balance safety, openness

January 12, 2011 House Democrats and Republicans Wednesday huddled in separate meetings with FBI, Capitol Police, and other law enforcement officials, discussing ways to balance greater security for themselves and their staffs with a continued ability to interact with constituents. Most insisted, at least publicly, that no act of violence should result in...

Shooting suspect leaves trail of anti-government musings

January 9, 2011 Jared Loughner, 22, the man detained in the Tucson shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 17 others Saturday, appears to have left a trail of quirky and often antagonistic anti-government social networking comments, including suggestions the government is involved in "mind-control" and brainwashing. Loughner reportedly was wrestled down after...

House speaker: Action on debt ceiling to avert shutdown must be tied to budget cuts

January 6, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reacted coolly Thursday to the Obama administration's notification of its intent to formally request an increase in the nation's debt limit, and warned that the new House Republican majority will not go along with the request unless there is some meaningful action to cut spending....

New House majority leader won't rule out defense cuts

January 5, 2011 Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Tuesday that defense spending cuts are "on the table" as Republicans look to make good on their oft-stated No. 1 pledge of chopping as much as $100 billion from the nation's $3 trillion federal budget. Cantor's comments represented a departure from previous...

GOP agenda is not your father's 'Contract With America'

September 21, 2010 As House Republican leaders prepare for this week's unveiling of their "new governing agenda," rank-and-file members are getting more advice about what the document is not than what it is: "Rather than a broad party platform or long-term agenda, this document will be focused narrowly on the top priorities of...

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