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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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House Republicans Determined to Produce a Budget

March 24, 2014 Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that House Republicans will, in fact, produce a budget resolution this year. Speaker John Boehner said so last month. But doubts persisted, and some Republicans even suggested it would be better not to do one. But in a memo sent out Friday by Cantor ...

Does a Republican Budget Put Paul Ryan in a Jam?

February 27, 2014 With President Obama set to unveil his fiscal 2015 budget next week, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday that House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, will produce their own complete, balanced spending plan later this year. "I certainly expect so," Boehner said at a news conference, and ...

Here's What's Happening After the Debt Ceiling: Nothing

February 12, 2014 The debt-ceiling bill passed by the House Tuesday, unburdened by additional Republican policy demands, appears headed for approval in the Senate, which would mark an end to major fiscal fights for the rest of the year. With the debt limit raised, a budget passed, and the funds appropriated, Congress will ...

What Happens to Your Tax Refund in a Debt-Ceiling Stalemate?

February 6, 2014 Expecting a federal tax refund? Perhaps you should hurry up and file. As House Republicans struggle to coalesce around a strategy for embracing an increase to the nation's $17 trillion-plus debt ceiling so the nation can keep paying its bills, Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee are floating a ...

Republican Debt-Ceiling Strategy Emerges

February 4, 2014 House Republicans are considering resurrecting a strategy in the looming debt-ceiling face-off to force the Senate to vote on a number of separate initiatives, without making passage of those items a requirement for raising the nation's borrowing limit. Under the plan, the House would vote on two or more measures, ...

Congress Has Lowest Output Since 1947

December 20, 2013 If you thought Congress hit rock-bottom in terms of how many laws they enacted last session, check out the current House and Senate. Congress will close the year with 58 public bills (the congressional term for measures with broad impact) enacted into law, assuming that President Obama signs the budget ...

An End to Budget Fatigue?

December 16, 2013 When the Senate takes up the budget agreement this week, it will bring more than just fiscal relief. For lawmakers, it will end four years of operating without a budget and bouncing from crisis to crisis, topped by a government shutdown that forced many to trim staff. Call it budget ...

Where the Savings in the Budget Deal Will Come From

December 12, 2013 Requiring newly employed federal employees to pay more into their pension funds and charging airline travelers a higher security fee are the two most talked-about moves to offset spending in the budget deal pending before Congress. But a crazy quilt of other ideas, from the quirky to the speculative, also ...

Will Rank-and-File Lawmakers Accept the Budget Deal?

December 11, 2013 After weeks of closed-door talks, House and Senate negotiators finally unveiled a two-year budget deal Tuesday that attempts to calm the long-fought feud over spending on Capitol Hill. But the question remains whether they can sell it to rank-and-file lawmakers. The deal is far from a grand bargain. But if ...

Republicans and Democrats Announce Budget Deal

December 10, 2013 Budget negotiators on Tuesday night announced they've reached a two-year deal that sets spending for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion and would provide $63 billion in sequester relief—all without new tax revenue. "I'm proud of this agreement," said Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, one of the two principal negotiators, ...