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Daniel Newhauser

Daniel Newhauser is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he primarily covers the House of Representatives. He was formerly a House leadership reporter for Roll Call, where he started as an intern in 2010 and quickly earned a slot as a beat reporter. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Newhauser traveled further West to study journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and write for newspapers including the East Valley Tribune and the Green Valley News & Sun.
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Freedom Caucus Digs in on Spending Cuts, Tax Reform

June 29, 2017 With one le­gis­lat­ive day be­fore the Ju­ly 4 re­cess, the House Free­dom Caucus re­mains far from sup­port­ing a budget be­ing pushed by Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers, with some mem­bers de­mand­ing not just massive cuts to man­dat­ory spend­ing but also as­sur­ances on tax re­form. Re­cog­niz­ing that their polit­ic­al lever­age in the budget pro­cess...

After Shootings Come Unity, Resolve, and Talk of Tougher Security

June 15, 2017 The House is still reel­ing after the Wed­nes­day shoot­ing of a mem­ber of Con­gress, a staffer, a lob­by­ist, and two Cap­it­ol Po­lice of­ficers at an early-morn­ing base­ball prac­tice, but the pre­vail­ing sen­ti­ment is that the game must go on. That rings true equally for the busi­ness of gov­ern­ing and the...

As Mueller Takes Over Trump Probe, GOP Leaders Hold Their Fire

May 18, 2017 Rep. Mike Simpson was a dent­al stu­dent in the early 1970s when Pres­id­ent Nix­on’s ad­min­is­tra­tion spiraled in­to chaos, so he can un­der­stand twice over why get­ting Re­pub­lic­ans to com­ment on re­ports of im­pro­pri­ety by Pres­id­ent Trump can be like pulling teeth. “Politi­cians like me were stand­ing around say­ing, ‘Hey, Nix­on’s...

Which Side Will Trump Take in the Next Debt-Ceiling Fight?

February 17, 2017 Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans are gird­ing for a debt-ceil­ing fight later this year. The only prob­lem is they have no idea wheth­er they’ll be fight­ing with or against the White House. Pres­id­ent Trump, un­like much of the rest of his party, has not seemed to pri­or­it­ize debt re­duc­tion. He has de­scribed him­self...

If Not Paul Ryan, Then Who?

October 27, 2016 If not Paul Ry­an, then who? That’s the ques­tion House Re­pub­lic­ans are once again ask­ing them­selves as they pre­pare to head in­to an ugly and dif­fi­cult lead­er­ship elec­tion fol­low­ing an equally ugly and dif­fi­cult pres­id­en­tial cam­paign. The fact that the ques­tion has no clear an­swer is per­haps the single strongest...

Senate Puts Finishing Touches on Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

September 19, 2016 By the rules that guide it, the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives is usu­ally able to move bills faster than the “cool­ing sau­cer” Sen­ate. But with the House be­set by di­vi­sions in its con­trolling Re­pub­lic­an Party, the Sen­ate has led the ef­fort to craft and pass the le­gis­la­tion that will avert a...

Why Combining Zika Money and Funding to Avoid a Shutdown Is Key to the Hill's Exit Strategy

September 8, 2016 With gov­ern­ment fund­ing set to ex­pire at the end of Septem­ber and the ad­min­is­tra­tion warn­ing that money to fight the Zika vir­us will run out around the same time, Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic mem­bers in­creas­ingly be­lieve the two is­sues will be pack­aged and passed later this month. All that’s left is...

Freedom Caucus Ups Pressure to Impeach IRS Commissioner

June 30, 2016 Last Ju­ly, just as the House was pre­par­ing to break for sum­mer re­cess, Rep. Mark Mead­ows shocked his col­leagues by of­fer­ing a mo­tion to oust then-Speak­er John Boehner. This year, Mead­ows and his House Free­dom Caucus col­leagues may be cel­eb­rat­ing that an­niversary by of­fer­ing a mo­tion to claim the head...

Hillary Clinton Breaks Up a Tea Party in the House

June 24, 2016 Serve un­der Pres­id­ent Hil­lary Clin­ton? I’d rather quit. That’s what a few House Re­pub­lic­ans are start­ing to mur­mur as the cam­paign of their pre­sumptive pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee, Don­ald Trump, sinks in­to a shambles. The feel­ing is par­tic­u­larly pre­val­ent among mem­bers of the his­tor­ic class of 2010, many of whom left private...

Hill GOP Ready to Enter Fray Over Transgender Bathrooms

May 19, 2016 House Re­pub­lic­ans are pre­par­ing to wade in­to the fight over trans­gender bath­room use in pub­lic schools. Rep. Luke Mess­er, the fifth-highest-rank­ing elec­ted House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er, said he will in­tro­duce a bill this week com­batting Pres­id­ent Obama’s re­cent dir­ect­ive that pub­lic schools al­low trans­gender youth to use bath­rooms cor­res­pond­ing with their...