Billy House

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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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...

Cantor Plans to 'Clarify' Postal Service-Highway Fund Plan for Republicans Next Week

June 6, 2014 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says "a lot of misinformation" is circulating about a GOP proposal to cut Saturday postal delivery as a way to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke this summer, and he plans to clarify the plan for rank-and-file House Republicans next week. In a...

Senators Want France to Ditch Warship Deal with Russia

June 5, 2014 Six U.S. senators are urging French President Francois Hollande to cancel delivery of two French warships to the Russian navy, in a letter on Thursday appealing for a unified stand against Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression. The bipartisan group wants Hollande to demonstrate, "Our nations will not be complicit in...

In Wake of Scandal, VA Nominees Stuck in Senate Limbo

June 4, 2014 As the turmoil over the VA scandal unfolds, three top posts in the Department of Veterans Affairs remain vacant because of congressional foot-dragging toward full Senate confirmation. A fourth key job—the department's inspector general—has remained vacant for nearly half a year. The White House itself has yet to even name...

Senator Calls Plan to Shore Up Highway Fund by Ending Saturday Mail Delivery a 'Nonstarter'

June 3, 2014 Members of the Senate Finance Committee will meet behind closed doors Wednesday to try to find a way to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from going broke at the height of the construction season this summer. The panel's session comes on the heels of a House Republican proposal to shore...

Postal Service Funds Would Go to Highways Under House GOP Proposal

May 30, 2014 House Republicans are constructing a proposal to keep thousands of roads and transit projects from grinding to a halt this summer by transferring funds into the nation's nearly depleted Highway Trust Fund from the already money-losing U.S. Postal Service. But in a memo to rank-and-file House GOP members dated Friday,...

Pure Home-State Politics Behind Russian Helicopter Opposition

May 21, 2014 Pentagon commitments to purchase MI-17 transport helicopters from a Russian company for the Afghan military would be scrapped under legislation that is gaining attention this week, championed by lawmakers partial to their home-state helicopter manufacturers. The lawmakers’ objectives may be rooted in parochial concerns over tough times facing the U.S....

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