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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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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...

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...

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