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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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GOP set to unveil 'governing agenda'

September 20, 2010 House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, has called a members-only meeting Wednesday night to review and discuss a draft of the House GOP's "new governing agenda" document, just hours before it is to be unveiled at an event Thursday morning in Virginia. Last-second changes have not been ruled out to ...

Forecast calls for politics and a side of bluster on Defense bill

September 20, 2010 Anyone squeamish about politicizing national security should steer clear of the Senate this week. The chamber is braced for votes this week on a series of politically fraught issues with limited ties to an underlying defense authorization bill, but which could energize voters in the midterm elections. Maneuvering over how ...

Deficit estimate dips slightly this year, rises in 2011

August 19, 2010 Federal budget deficit projections for fiscal 2011 are worsening, even as deficit estimates for this fiscal year have dropped just a bit, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday. In its latest economic outlook, CBO said the deficit for 2010 will exceed $1.34 trillion. That's $71 billion below the previous year's ...

House installs new electronic -- and time saving -- vote display board

August 6, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How much would you pay for a vote display that offers better clarity and readability and saves time for clerks? A cool $6 million? The House's main electronic vote display board, dating from 1976, was torn down this week, and installation of a Light Emitting Diode board is set to ...

Proposals to slash VA funding are withdrawn at last minute

July 28, 2010 Three amendments submitted this week under the name of Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, to the House Rules Committee would have sliced proposed fiscal 2011 Veterans Affairs Department funding by more than $52 million. But all three amendments were abruptly withdrawn Tuesday, just moments before the committee was set ...

Hoyer: Votes on wartime supplemental by Friday

June 29, 2010 House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he expects the fiscal 2010 supplemental spending bill will move in the House "within the next couple of days -- certainly by Friday." That is "more than optimism. That is my intent," Hoyer said during his weekly news conference. He also ...

Senate eyes FAA, collective bargaining bills

June 17, 2010 As Senate Democrats struggle to line up votes for the latest iteration of a bill extending tax breaks, unemployment benefits and other programs, the Senate schedule through July 4 remains in flux. In a change of plan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is considering a few relatively low-profile measures ...

House leaders remain undecided on supplemental strategy

June 10, 2010 House Democratic leaders remain unsettled Wednesday night on whether they will take up a Senate-passed version of the war supplemental, or proceed with marking up a House version. House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., concluded a ...

House could take up Senate supplemental

June 9, 2010 Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday said the House may take up the Senate-passed version of the war supplemental appropriations bill, bypassing a House Appropriations Committee markup of the spending measure. "We can just take up the Senate bill," Hoyer said Wednesday. "And right now ... in light of the ...

House passes Defense policy bill

May 28, 2010 The House Friday approved its version of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, 229-186, including language to repeal the 1993 policy that bans gays from openly serving in the military. Nine Republicans joined Democrats to pass the measure, while 26 Democrats voted against it. The bill was passed after Democrats ...