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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 Tries to Cram in Border Response, VA Reforms Before Summer Recess

July 28, 2014 With the start of their summer recess later this week tantalizing lawmakers, Congress has a crammed getaway agenda—from dealing with the border crisis, to finalizing a patch for the Highway Trust Fund, to suing President Obama. There also is optimism—but not necessarily confidence—that a House and Senate conference agreement can ...

House GOP Leaders Prepare to Swap Titles—and Office Space

July 28, 2014 With no fanfare—well, maybe a little fanfare—House Republicans by the end of this week will officially have a brand new majority leader, a new majority whip, and just 12 scheduled legislative days remaining before it's time to pick yet another new slate of leaders. This all happens, technically, after the ...

House Republicans Prepare Vote for Next Week on Border Package

July 25, 2014 Fearing a potential backlash if the House starts its August recess Thursday without first addressing the border crisis, GOP leaders plan to unveil their own legislation no later than Monday for a vote next week. A closed-door GOP Conference meeting Friday did not feature precise details about what would be ...

House GOP and Some Democrats Preparing to Slam Obama for Bergdahl Swap

July 25, 2014 House Republicans are set to open another front next week in their efforts to publicly repudiate President Obama—this time for his decision in May to exchange five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Only this time it won't be a purely partisan assault. Some Democrats have ...

Short-Term Spending Bill Tops House's To Do List Before Recess

July 24, 2014 House GOP leaders are pressing to complete a "Big Four" list of items before the House's scheduled August-long adjournment next Thursday. But looming big is this question: Will their own rank-and-file members cooperate? Topping this cramped To Do list, senior aides said on Wednesday, is a short-term spending bill to ...

The Border Surge: Is It a 'Crisis' or Not?

July 23, 2014 Capitol Hill is fiercely divided over how to handle the surge of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border, but at least everyone can agree on one thing: It's a crisis. Or maybe not. Republicans are on a mixed-messaging binge over how best to ...

Both Parties Looking to Pare Down Obama's Border Funding

July 23, 2014 House Republicans are planning on Wednesday to unveil their own plan to deal with the border crisis that would provide less than half of the $3.7 billion in emergency spending requested by President Obama. In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers is to lay out ...

Republicans Prep Funding to Keep Government Open Through Election Day

July 22, 2014 Abandoning all pretense of the House and Senate agreeing on appropriations bills on time, House GOP leaders are tentatively planning to vote next week on a resolution keeping the government temporarily funded at current levels beyond the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year—and probably past Election Day. A ...

Congress Fiddles While Border Crisis Grows

July 18, 2014 Politics and pessimism on Thursday overtook any possibility of a swift congressional response to the flood of unaccompanied, undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the House and Senate continued moving toward dramatically different approaches. Questions and debate swirl around contentious policies, as well as the amount of emergency funding ...

GOP Proposes More National Guard Troops for the Border Crisis

July 17, 2014 A special House "working group" led by Rep. Kay Granger has finalized a draft of its "set of principles" for GOP legislation dealing with the border crisis—including a call for putting an end to the "catch-and-release" system for unaccompanied minors. Several of the proposals clash dramatically with what House and ...