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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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Democrat questions MMS realignment

May 17, 2010 A key House Democrat raised concerns on Monday about the way the Obama administration is splitting up the Interior Department agency that oversees offshore drilling, part of its response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The proposed realignment of the Minerals Management Service is a "step in the right...

Parties ponder price of skirting budget vote

May 17, 2010 House Republican leaders insist Democrats will take a big political risk if they choose not to pass a fiscal 2011 budget resolution, and predict GOP candidates will be able to exploit the issue in this fall's elections. "Americans are watching here, and Americans will remember," warns House Minority Leader Rep....

Hoyer: War supplemental ready soon

May 11, 2010 The House and Senate appear to be at odds over who goes first on the supplemental, as both plan their schedule through the Memorial Day recess. House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Tuesday said he intends to bring the emergency war supplemental to the floor before the Memorial Day...

Citizens United prepared for another fundraising case

April 30, 2010 Reaction to Thursday's unveiling of legislation to increase disclosure in political advertising in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling in January was mixed, but the plaintiff in the case is leaving the door open for more court action. The bill, crafted by Senate Democratic Conference...

Groups push Congress for border-fix bill

April 26, 2010 Passage of hard-line immigration legislation in Arizona makes it imperative for Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform before November's elections, a group of advocates said on Monday. "It's the shot heard 'round the world," said Angela Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy at the Center for American Progress,...

Report questions health reform law savings

April 23, 2010 An administration report out Friday says the new healthcare law will increase costs to the federal government by $311 billion over the next decade, a finding that appears to undercut the views of President Obama and congressional Democrats that the measure would cut the nation's skyrocketing health costs. Richard Foster,...

House majority leader bearish on budget passage

April 13, 2010 House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he doubts Congress can pass a budget resolution this year. Hoyer said both he and House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., would like to pass a budget, but he cautioned they will see "whether we have the votes." Hoyer...

FBI probing death threats, vandalism against lawmakers

March 25, 2010 The FBI, Capitol Police and local law-enforcement agencies said Wednesday they are investigating death threats, vandalism and other acts against Democratic House members in the wake of Sunday's passage of the healthcare overhaul bill. The incidents include faxed messages to House Majority Whip Clyburn and Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., that...

House approves Senate health care bill

March 22, 2010 The House took a historic vote late Sunday night to approve an overhaul of the nation's healthcare system after more than a year of debate, a few near-deaths for the measure and an intense final week marked by loud and angry protests outside the Capitol. The House voted 219-212 to...

Obama tries to dampen Medicare fears

March 15, 2010 President Obama on Monday kicked off what the White House promised would be an intense week of lobbying for healthcare reform with an emotional speech in Strongsville, Ohio, accusing opponents of trying to "hoodwink" seniors and offering a vigorous defense of the proposal's impacts on Medicare. The president's remarks on...

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