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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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Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Hispanics Oppose Faster Child Deportations in Border Crisis

July 17, 2014 Prospects for any bipartisan House agreement on a plan to address the border crisis hit a hurdle on Wednesday as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they would not go along with a proposal to speed-up deportations of children from Central America. "Leader Pelosi ...

House Passes Highway Bill—But Nobody is Very Happy About It

July 16, 2014 Nearly as many House Republicans as Democrats voted on Tuesday to pass a bill to keep federal highway projects temporarily running into the next Congress, despite pressure from two influential outside conservative groups to oppose the measure. Approved in an overwhelming 367 to 55 vote, the bill would provide $10.8 ...

Opening Act Ready in House v. Obama

July 16, 2014 In an unlikely setting for political theater—the cramped meeting room of the House Rules Committee—lawyers for and against Speaker John Boehner's proposed lawsuit against President Obama will stage a kind of mock trial Wednesday to expound upon the plan's possibilities and pitfalls. Although the testimony will be equally divided between ...

House GOP Prepares Its Own Border Plan

July 15, 2014 House Republicans are planning to roll out their own plan to address the border crisis by Tuesday—and members say it won't come anywhere near embracing President Obama's $3.7 billion request for more funding. Exact details of what Republicans will offer as an alternative have not been finalized, including the price ...

Boehner in Another GOP Quandary Over Border-Funding Request

July 15, 2014 A familiar question that has marked much of this Congress is festering again over a legislative response to the border crisis: How much is Speaker John Boehner willing to sidestep a majority in his party in order to pass any or all of the emergency funding requested by President Obama? ...

Spending Bills, VA Health Care on This Week's Congressional Agenda

July 14, 2014 The House and Senate this week will take up several long-awaited legislative items, though they will do so amid the circus atmosphere surrounding the House GOP's buildup to a vote later this month on suing President Obama over his executive actions. The public launch of the unusual effort begins Wednesday ...

Family Presses Ahead With Lawsuit in Fatal Capitol Hill Shooting

July 10, 2014 The lawyer for the family of a Connecticut woman fatally shot by federal officers last October after a car chase from the White House to Capitol Hill said he was not surprised by the Justice Department's decision to not prosecute the officers involved. But attorney Eric Sanders of New York ...

Your P.O. Box Just Got More Expensive

July 9, 2014 Awash in red ink, the U.S. Postal Service is raising the rental fees for post-office boxes in 1,625 areas nationwide. The increases will average about 20 percent for each box—which are typically offered in a range of sizes, from 3 inches by 5.5 inches to 22.5 inches by 12 inches, ...

Doing Nothing Is—to Some—Doing Something

July 9, 2014 It has become a common refrain in today's political discourse: decrying the nation's "Do-Nothing Congress." As recently as last week, President Obama sang the tune in response to a threatened House Republican lawsuit over his executive actions. "As long as they're doing nothing, I'm not going to apologize for doing ...

The Boehner Lawsuit Against Obama Is Beginning to Take Shape

July 8, 2014 Starting next week, House Republicans will launch a highly visible—and likely tumultuous—three-week process of bringing to the floor legislation to authorize their promised lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive actions. "In theory, you could report out a resolution tomorrow and vote on it," said a House GOP ...