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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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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 ...

A Catch-All Package of Spending Bills Is Looking More Likely

July 7, 2014 The unfinished work of this Congress is piling up with no more than 20 scheduled legislative days before the annual August recess, and standoffs over economic issues and other matters are continuing to vex lawmakers as they return to session this week. More time and focus is likely to be ...

Boehner Defends Plans to Sue Obama Over Executive Power

July 7, 2014 House Speaker John Boehner is defending his plans to sue President Obama later this month over executive power, saying he is standing up for the legislative branch of government and the Constitution. "In the end, the Constitution makes it clear that the president's job is to faithfully execute the laws," ...

As Infamous Germ-Research Lab Moves West, What Happens to Plum Island?

July 2, 2014 Plum Island has fascinated conspiracy theorists for decades. Weird and sinister speculation about the government's germ research on the 3-mile strip has spawned legends that only get better with age, like the alleged post-World War II recruitment of Nazi scientists to work there on a biological-weapons program, or the research ...

Foxx: Highway Cuts Coming Aug. 1 Unless Congress Acts

July 1, 2014 Because lawmakers have not acted to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund, states will soon face a 28 percent cut in federal funding for repairs to roads and bridges, warned Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday. "These cash-management procedures will begin on Aug. 1, 2014, for programs funded out of ...

Capitol Police Suspend Three Supervisors for False Overtime Claims

July 1, 2014 Three Capitol Police supervisors from the unit that provides protective security teams for House and Senate leaders and other lawmakers were suspended and ordered to pay back thousands of dollars from false overtime claims intended to get around departmental limits. One of the suspended supervisors, a lieutenant, retired this spring ...

As Highway Fund Drains, Are We on the Road to Ruin, or Not?

June 26, 2014 The nation’s Highway Trust Fund remains on the road to insolvency this summer, with a zero balance expected by Sept. 30, because fuel taxes that feed the fund haven’t kept pace with construction needs. It’s something the Transportation Department has been warning lawmakers about for months. But no sooner did ...

Mike Rogers: Lawmakers Should Spend More Time in D.C.

June 25, 2014 Members of Congress don't spend enough time in Washington together doing detailed committee work required for expertise on the important issues confronting the nation, says outgoing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. Huh? That sure sounds like politically dangerous "inside-the-Beltway" apostasy that most lawmakers today would adamantly avoid and reject—at ...

Misdemeanor Guilty Plea Rejected in Capitol Police Manager's Embezzlement Case

June 25, 2014 A planned misdemeanor guilty plea from the head of the Capitol Police Department's Office of Diversity on allegations that she embezzled public funds was not accepted Tuesday in federal court. The case involves Deborah K. Lewis's previous employment at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, before she took her job in July ...