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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 speaker agrees to votes on Sandy disaster relief

January 2, 2013 Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reacting to criticism over his decision to adjourn the House without passing a $60 billion Superstorm Sandy aid bill, has agreed to take action on an aid package after all, lawmakers say. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., leaving a meeting in Boehner’s office on Wednesday afternoon, told ...

House Republicans' support for Plan B on fiscal cliff uncertain

December 19, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders late Tuesday night drafted and posted legislative language online regarding two alternative plans to freeze income tax rates so both can be voted on this week as potential ways to soften the so-called “fiscal cliff” at year’s end. In reality, Republican ...

Boehner tells House GOP he's moving to Plan B on fiscal cliff

December 18, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that they should consider a “Plan B” outside of continued negotiations with the White House on how to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. House leadership sources say the option would be for the House to pass ...

Republicans send White House fresh offer on fiscal cliff

December 11, 2012 House Republicans say they have sent the White House a new fiscal-cliff "counteroffer," but aren’t providing any details. “We sent the White House a counteroffer that would achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and create more American jobs,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker ...

Boehner: 'We're still waiting' for the president, Democrats to propose cuts

December 11, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, took the unusual move on Tuesday of taking to the House floor to cajole President Obama and Democrats to propose specific spending cuts they would agree on as part of a plan to avert the fiscal cliff. “The president and I met on Sunday at ...

Obama, Boehner talk fiscal cliff at White House

December 10, 2012 President Obama and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, met on Sunday at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to Boehner's spokesman. "We're not reading out details of the conversation but the lines of communication remain open," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement ...

White House 'cliff' offer to Boehner called 'break from reality'

November 30, 2012 Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday rejected a White House plan to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at year’s end that would generate nearly $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over the next decade and require Republicans to allow Congress to relinquish its control over the nation’s statutory borrowing limits. ...

House speaker calls fiscal cliff progress 'disappointing'

November 29, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner says "no substantive progress" has been made in two weeks in “fiscal cliff” talks between the House and White House -- and that he was disappointed that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday did not deliver any specific plan for cutting spending in a meeting at ...

House Homeland Security Committee gets a new leader

November 28, 2012 The House Steering Committee, controlled by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, released on Tuesday the list of its choices of chairmen for committees next session. One surprise is Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas is to be the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. The committee’s recommendations will be presented ...

Bloomberg wants $9.8 billion in NYC Sandy aid

November 27, 2012 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday released his request for federal aid for recovery from Hurricane Sandy, writing in a letter to the New York congressional delegation that public and private losses to his city will total about $19 billion. “After subtracting private insurance of $3.8 billion and ...