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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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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 ...

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 ...