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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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Congress Begins an Appropriations Process It May Not Finish

April 28, 2014 Lawmakers return from their spring break on Monday to a bevy of business, including two fiscal 2015 spending bills in the House as Congress begins the appropriations process. Yet there is little expectation that the House and Senate will fully hash out and pass all 12 annual spending measures by ...

House Republicans Are Stepping Up Efforts to Attach Special Policy Riders to Spending Bills

April 22, 2014 In a recent memo to lawmakers, House Republican leaders ticked off some of their lesser-known victories in the fiscal 2014 appropriations process. A prohibition on funding for the renovation of United Nations headquarters in New York made the list. So did a measure prohibiting the Energy Department from halting the ...

Are We Heading Back Toward $1 Trillion Budget Deficits?

April 15, 2014 The nation is doomed to return to trillion-dollar shortfalls by 2024 if lawmakers don't alter existing tax and spending policies, congressional auditors warned on Monday. The culprits? Rising health care costs, an aging population, growing interest payments on federal debt, and an expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance, according ...

Time Is Running Out for Real Action in Congress

April 14, 2014 Lawmakers are gone from Washington for their two-week spring break, having packed with them the chances for big-ticket legislation through the rest of the year. Already destined to be one of the least productive Congresses in recent decades, lawmakers seem to have no sense of urgency for anything, expect perhaps ...

Democrats: Prosecuting Lois Lerner Could Violate Your Privacy

April 9, 2014 With the House tax-writing panel poised to seek criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner for her role in scrutinizing tea-party groups, Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee are sounding alarms—but not out of concern for Lerner. Their fear is that prosecution of Lerner by the Justice Department ...

Woman Killed in Capitol Hill Chase Was Shot Five Times

April 8, 2014 Six months after a Connecticut woman was killed in a hail of police gunfire on Capitol Hill, the federal investigation remains under wraps, even as new information has surfaced showing she was shot multiple times from behind, including once in the head. Three of the five shots that hit Miriam ...

Do Cafeterias Need Better Vegetarian Options?

March 26, 2014 A little-publicized caucus of Capitol Hill aides -- the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association -- is set to convene again Friday as part of its persistent campaign to get better vegetarian food options put on the Capitol eatery menus. Guest speakers at the event in the Capitol Visitor Center will be ...

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 ...