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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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Battle Over Postal-Service Cuts Looms in September

August 20, 2014 The stage is being set this month for another round of argument and angst over the future of the U.S. Postal Service when Congress returns to work in September. The latest squabble erupted after the USPS, which this summer reported a net loss of $2 billion in the second quarter ...

Lawmaker Invites Review of His Advocacy for a Defense Contractor in His District

August 19, 2014 Without commenting on details, the House Ethics Committee on Monday said it is reviewing a matter involving Rep. Tom Petri—something the Wisconsin Republican himself requested amid questions of a potential conflict over his advocacy for a defense contractor in his district in which he owned stock. "I look forward to ...

A Historically Unproductive Congress Inches Toward Finish Line

August 4, 2014 This Congress began with braggadocio about what it would accomplish. But what came in roaring like a legislative lion is on track to go out like a lamb, barring an unlikely burst of lawmaking in September or a lame-duck session. A promise to enact a tax-code overhaul remains an empty ...

Divided House Approves $694M Border Bill, Deportation Measure

August 1, 2014 This story has been updated. House GOP leaders Friday night finally pushed through passage of border funding legislation and a bill changing deportation policies, a one-chamber messaging approach that in the end may speak louder about lawmakers' inability to ever write a workable bill that Congress as a whole can ...

House GOP Leaders Pull Votes on Border-Funding Package

July 31, 2014 In stunning fashion, House Republican leaders on Thursday suddenly backed off a planned vote on an emergency border-funding package, meaning lawmakers may head home for the August recess without addressing the hot-button issue. The legislation had been unlikely to advance in the Senate, and already had been ticketed for a ...

House Votes to Move Forward on Lawsuit Against Obama

July 31, 2014 The House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to do what became inevitable weeks ago: proceed with a lawsuit to sue President Obama over executive actions related to Obamacare. The vote was split along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting in favor of pursuing the lawsuit and all Democrats opposed. ...

Dissenting Vote on Border Funds Sought in House

July 29, 2014 As a prerequisite to any House action on emergency funding for the border crisis, some House conservatives are pushing for a vote this week on a resolution declaring that President Obama already has "the necessary tools at his disposal" to address the flood of undocumented minors arriving from Central America. ...

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 ...