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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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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, ...

Can Congress Pass an NDAA This Year?

December 9, 2013 With the House scheduled to adjourn for the year on Friday, both chambers will try to address a bevy of unfinished business this week, including the budget, a defense bill, and legislation to fund food stamps and farm programs. All eyes will be on Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty ...

Everyone Hates the Emerging Budget Deal

December 6, 2013 The details of a potential budget deal are trickling out, and nobody seems thrilled with what they're hearing. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, cochairs of the budget conference committee, are close to striking a deal that would set spending levels and soften sequester cuts. But lawmakers on both ...

Optimism Persists for Budget Deal. Is It Real?

December 4, 2013 With just 10 days before the budget conference committee must report its recommendations to Congress, signs of movement in the ongoing negotiations are appearing in the halls of the Capitol. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., the cochair of the conference committee, returned to Washington Tuesday even with the ...

House GOP Prepares Fallback Plan to Avoid January Shutdown

November 22, 2013 As the budget conference committee continues to work toward an agreement that would set spending levels for the remainder of this fiscal year and fiscal 2015, House Republicans are contemplating a fallback plan: a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the government through April 15 and buy budget negotiators more ...