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Congressional reporter for National Journal Alex Rogers is a Congressional reporter for National Journal. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 2012 and interned for The Tennessean before joining Time as a Washington reporter prior to his arrival at National Journal.
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How the Debate Over Syrian Refugees Changed in an Instant

November 17, 2015 In the minds of many politi­cians, the icon­ic im­age of a dead Syr­i­an boy on the beach has been swept away by the Par­is ter­ror­ist at­tacks. After at least 129 died Fri­day in the City of Light, France em­barked on a man­hunt that spread to Bel­gi­um. It struck the Is­lam­ic...

Facing Divisions at Home and Wars Abroad, Obama May Go It Alone for His Final Stretch

November 11, 2015 Pres­id­ent Obama is in leg­acy over­drive. In the course of about a month, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­jec­ted the Key­stone XL pipeline, moved to close down the de­ten­tion cen­ter at Guantanamo Bay, and struck one of the largest trade agree­ments ever, known as the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship. With only a year left...

Senate Approves Budget Deal That Spares Federal Pay and Benefits

October 30, 2015 The Sen­ate passed a two-year budget deal and raised the debt ceil­ing in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing, send­ing the com­bined le­gis­lat­ive pack­age to Pres­id­ent Obama’s desk just five days be­fore the na­tion hits its debt lim­it. The le­gis­la­tion, which was craf­ted in a month-long ne­go­ti­ation between Obama and...

House Approves Budget Bill, Giving Boehner a Last Victory

October 28, 2015 House Speak­er John Boehner capped his 24-year con­gres­sion­al ca­reer Wed­nes­day, present­ing his suc­cessor, the GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the U.S. eco­nomy with a part­ing gift that’s a bit big­ger than the new golf cart, clubs, and bag he re­ceived from mem­bers this week: a two-year, $80 bil­lion-plus...

The White House and Congressional Republicans Are Nearing a Budget Deal to Avoid Shutdown

October 26, 2015 House Speak­er John Boehner’s last week will be a busy one. Boehner and the three oth­er top con­gres­sion­al of­fi­cials—House Demo­crat­ic Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, and Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id—are clos­ing in on a deal that would both raise the coun­try’s bor­row­ing au­thor­ity ahead of a...

The Debt-Limit First Move No One Wants to Make

October 23, 2015 House and Sen­ate lead­ers are at an im­passe about how to move a debt-ceil­ing bill, after sup­port for a House Re­pub­lic­an plan to con­di­tion­ally raise the na­tion’s bor­row­ing cap col­lapsed amid wide com­plaints with­in the con­fer­ence. A Wed­nes­day whip check of a debt-lim­it bill craf­ted by the Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee...

Republicans Have 2 Months to Fund Government, Raise the Debt Ceiling and More

October 19, 2015 Con­gress is back in town after a brief re­cess. And now it faces a two-month stretch of mind-numb­ing chal­lenges. It must avert a gov­ern­ment-shut­down dead­line of Dec. 11, raise the coun­try’s bor­row­ing au­thor­ity by Nov. 3, and fund in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects past the end of Oc­to­ber, as well as ex­tend a...

Scalise Emerges as Defense Hawks' Pick for House No. 2

October 8, 2015 The soul of a party can be seen through the cold num­bers of its budget. And for years, Re­pub­lic­ans have been split between de­fi­cit and de­fense hawks. Now, as mem­bers look to cast a vote for their lead­er­ship near the end of the month, mil­it­ary-minded Re­pub­lic­ans are push­ing hard for...

The White House is Requesting $700K for Standing Desks

October 6, 2015 The White House is tak­ing a stand. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent pub­lic so­li­cit­a­tion, the Ex­ec­ut­ive Of­fice of the Pres­id­ent is seek­ing up to $700,000 worth of stand­ing desks. The cost is the gov­ern­ment’s best es­tim­ate over a five-year peri­od, al­though the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion will end in Janu­ary 2017, and the...

Here's Why McCarthy’s Résumé Matters

October 1, 2015 Over the next few months, the na­tion’s bor­row­ing au­thor­ity and many of its pop­u­lar but ex­pired tax be­ne­fits will need to be ex­ten­ded. Fed­er­al trans­port­a­tion fund­ing has to be re­plen­ished. And mem­bers of both parties want a budget deal for the next two years while avert­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down fueled...