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Tim Alberta is leadership reporter for the National Journal. He formerly served as senior editor of National Journal Hotline, where he edited the publication’s popular tip-sheets and directed its coverage of the 2012 Republican presidential race.
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Divided House Approves $694M Border Bill, Deportation Measure

August 1, 2014 This story has been updated. House GOP leaders Friday night finally pushed through passage of border funding legislation and a bill changing deportation policies, a one-chamber messaging approach that in the end may speak louder about lawmakers' inability to ever write a workable bill that Congress as a whole can ...

House GOP Leaders Pull Votes on Border-Funding Package

July 31, 2014 In stunning fashion, House Republican leaders on Thursday suddenly backed off a planned vote on an emergency border-funding package, meaning lawmakers may head home for the August recess without addressing the hot-button issue. The legislation had been unlikely to advance in the Senate, and already had been ticketed for a ...

House Republicans Unveil Their Border Bill

July 29, 2014 As the clock ticks toward the August recess, House Republicans unveiled a $659 million border crisis emergency package they hope will pass their chamber this week. But sliding it through the Senate will be another story. The GOP package marries funding with policy changes Republicans say are necessary to address ...

Budget Vote Proves House GOP Can't Do Anything Big in 2014

April 17, 2014 Last week's budget vote demonstrated why House Republicans are unlikely to accomplish anything significant on the legislative front in 2014. The House GOP this election year is suffering from something of a Goldilocks complex, in which some members dismiss any given proposal as too hot, and others complain it's too ...

House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor

April 11, 2014 Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year—possibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner to step aside immediately after November's midterm elections. The conservatives' exasperation with leadership is well known. And now, in discreet dinners at the Capitol Hill Club and in winding, hypothetical-laced email ...

Rep. Mike Rogers Leaving Congress for Talk Radio

March 28, 2014 Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the powerful House Intelligence Committee, will retire from Congress at the end of this term and begin a new career in talk radio. "They may have lost my vote in Congress, but you haven't lost my voice," Rogers told Detroit radio station ...

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 ...

Holiday Miracle? Congress on Verge of Passing Budget

December 13, 2013 Barring a meltdown in the Senate next week -- which remains a possibility -- Congress is on the verge of making a little modern history with House passage Thursday night of a two-year budget bill that would fund the government until October 2015. The 332-94 vote may bode well for ...

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, ...