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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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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 ...

Tensions Mount Over Spending Bills as Congress Nears July 4 Homestretch

June 23, 2014 Lawmakers head toward their Independence Day recess at week's end still in search of a solution to a looming highway funding crisis, dealing with growing tension over government spending bills due on Oct. 1and debate over how this nation should address developments in Iraq. House and Senate conferees will also ...

As Bills Pile Up, Congress Starts Contemplating a Lame Duck Session

June 18, 2014 It may only be June jitters, but murmurs of a potentially busy and raucous congressional lame-duck session in November and December are already building as unfinished work stacks up and legislative days before the Nov. 4 elections dwindle. When lawmakers break June 26 for their Independence Day recess, they will ...

Congress Is About to Have a Major Fight on the Future of the A-10

June 17, 2014 The House and Senate enter this week under pressure to hash out differences in their veterans' health care bills, even as lawmakers eye events in Iraq and House Republicans plan to pick a new majority leader in the wake of Eric Cantor's primary election defeat. The efforts to forge a ...

Army Begins Investigation Into Bergdahl’s Capture

June 16, 2014 The Army says it has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, an Army officer with Afghanistan combat experience, will lead the effort—but the Army says that will not include formal ...

Here Comes the Army Investigation Into Bowe Bergdahl's Capture

June 16, 2014 The Army says it has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, an Army officer with Afghanistan combat experience, will lead the effort—but the Army says that will not include formal ...

Allegations of an Inappropriate Relationship Hit U.S. Capitol Police

June 11, 2014 A high-ranking U.S. Capitol Police official—one of the department's five deputy chiefs—is under scrutiny because of complaints that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. One of the issues is whether that relationship led to a transfer for the subordinate to what many on the force consider a ...

Transportation Chief Wants Congress to 'Get Past Gimmicks' on Highway Funding

June 10, 2014 Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Tuesday said it's time to "get past gimmicks" and focus on a longer-term solution for keeping the nation's highway funding from drying up this summer. Foxx's remarks came in response to a House Republican idea to cut Saturday postal deliveries as a way to create ...

Pressure Mounts Over VA, Prisoner Swap, and Highway Funding

June 9, 2014 Congress heads into more turbulence this week with controversies over the Veterans Affairs Department, the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and a looming highway-funding crisis all coming to the fore. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Sen. John McCain are ironing out a plan to address delays in care ...