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Steven T. Dennis


Steven T. Dennis has been CQ Roll Call¹s White House correspondent since 2011. He also serves as Roll Call¹s Senate leadership editor and edits the WGDB blog. Previously, he worked stints as congressional leadership editor, Senate leadership reporter and a House leadership reporter at Roll Call starting in 2007. He first started covering Congress for CQ as a budget reporter in 2005. Before that, he worked as the State House bureau chief for The Gazette Newspapers in Annapolis, as the Montgomery County government reporter for The Montgomery Gazette, and as a reporter and copy editor at The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md. He first covered Congress while a student at the University of Maryland in 1993 for the College of Journalism's Capital News Service wire.

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Obama Not Considering Arms to Ukraine, Plans to Call Putin

April 14, 2014

Senators in both parties have said arms for Ukraine should be on the table as that country faces down a threat from Russian President Vladimir Putin, but President Barack Obama has no plans to go there.

Burwell Should Expect Tough Questions, Easy Confirmation

April 11, 2014

President Barack Obama said Friday he assumes the Senate will easily confirm Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services — and he’s almost certainly right.

Sebelius Resigning; Burwell to Take Place

April 10, 2014

Updated 8:37 p.m. | Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning and President Barack Obama will replace her with OMB Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell.

Republicans Block Pay Equity Bill (Updated)

April 9, 2014

Updated 12:45 p.m. | Senate Republicans filibustered a debate on a Democratic pay equity bill backed by President Barack Obama Wednesday.

Unemployment Extension: Senate Passage Puts Bill in Boehner's Court

April 7, 2014

The Senate’s vote late Monday to pass an unemployment extension doesn’t mean the more than 2 million people who have lost their benefits can rest easy — the House isn’t likely to touch the issue until the end of the month, if at all.

'Underpaid' Jim Moran One of the Poorest Members of Congress

April 4, 2014

Rep. James P. Moran, who has sparked a national debate after saying that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are “underpaid,” is one of the poorest members of Congress after decades in office and a host of financial troubles over the years.

Obama Talks Pope, Ukraine, IMF With Boehner, Pelosi, Reid, McConnell

April 3, 2014

Updated 10 a.m. | President Barack Obama discussed the crisis in Ukraine, his visit with Pope Francis and other issues with congressional leaders Thursday evening at the White House, according to a readout from a White House official.

Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify CIA Report (Updated)

April 3, 2014

Updated 4:48 p.m. | The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 Thursday to declassify portions of the committee’s voluminous investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs, after the White House indicated President Barack Obama wanted the public to get a chance to read it.

Obama, Democrats Have 7 Million Reasons for a Victory Lap

April 1, 2014

For a president and congressional Democrats under siege for months last year during the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout, Tuesday’s news of 7 million exchange sign-ups came as vindication four years in the making.

Unemployment Extension: How Did Your Senator Vote?

March 29, 2014

Updated 8:18 p.m. | The Senate next week will consider giving final approval to an unemployment benefits extension, thanks to a procedural vote Thursday.

Judiciary Committee Tries to Assert Jurisdiction on FISA Rewrite

March 28, 2014

Republicans and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are trying to assert jurisdiction over legislation revamping the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs — days after the bipartisan leadership of the Intelligence Committee outlined its own plan.

Mike Rogers Retirement Leaves Big Hole in the House

March 28, 2014

The retirement announcement of Intelligence Chairman Mike J. Rogers Friday morning leaves a big hole for the House — and the Sunday talk show circuit — to fill.

CBO Reaffirms: Immigration Bill Cuts Deficit $900 Billion Over 20 Years

March 25, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the immigration overhaul being pushed by House Democrats — and nearly identical to the version that passed out of committee in the Senate — would slice the deficit by about $900 billion over 20 years.

Tax Reform to Start With Baby Steps in the House

March 24, 2014

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp is pushing ahead with an incremental approach on tax reform for now.

The New ‘It’ List: Russia Sanctions 9 U.S. Officials (Updated)

March 20, 2014

Updated 1:55 p.m. | Russia sanctioned nine top U.S. officials on Thursday, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John A. Boehner, a retaliation after President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions targeting Russian officials over the annexation of Crimea.

Obama Announces New Penalties on Russia as Moscow Sanctions Lawmakers

March 20, 2014

President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions Thursday on top Russian officials and supporters of the Russian government over the “illegal” annexation of Crimea, while urging Russia to change course and recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Unemployment Benefits Extension Could Be Delayed Months, Even if Congress Acts Now (Updated)

March 19, 2014

Updated 4:49 p.m. | State unemployment officials are warning Senate leaders that the emergency unemployment benefits extension expected to come up for votes as soon as next week could face months of delays before checks go to the unemployed — perhaps even beyond the June 1 expiration date set in the bill.

83 Senators Send Iran Letter to Obama

March 18, 2014

A toughly worded letter to President Barack Obama on the Iran nuclear negotiations signed by 83 senators lays out principles for any agreement and warns of tough new sanctions on Iran if the talks fail.

Obamacare Exchange Enrollment Surging, HHS Says

March 17, 2014

Affordable Care Act signups are accelerating with two weeks left in open enrollment before uninsured people face a tax penalty.

Obama Announces Russia Sanctions, Warns More to Come

March 17, 2014

With congressional action delayed and Russia appearing on the verge of annexing Crimea, President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions against the Russian government Monday.

Reports: Utah Prosecutors Call for DOJ Probe Into Reid, Lee

March 14, 2014

Two district attorneys in Utah are calling for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation involving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, according to reports from ABC News and The Washington Times.

Obama Considering New Immigration Enforcement Changes (Updated)

March 13, 2014

Updated 10:18 p.m. | President Barack Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership Thursday evening he’s considering more changes to the enforcement of immigration laws, amid growing unrest among his allies over his deportation record.

Republicans Block Democratic Attempt to Force Public Issa Apology on House Floor

March 13, 2014

Republicans blocked Democrats' privileged resolution demanding that Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa publicly apologize to the House of Representatives for cutting off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings last week at an IRS hearing.

The nearly party line vote shelving the resolution came after a theatrical display of protest on the House floor, with Democrats not about to give up on the issue.

"This was not just a violation of Mr. Issa's treatment of Mr. Cummings," said Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., a freshman lawmaker who introduced the resolution on Thursday. "My resolution was about Mr. Issa's offense against the House."

"If we don't enforce the rules," Kildee said, "where do we go?"

As Kildee and his Democratic colleagues offered the resolution, they defiantly held pictures of Issa making the throat-cutting motion, displaying the image on iPads, iPhones and paper. A floor procedure kerfuffle, in which a new House precedent may have been established, ensued.

Dingell Has 'Minimally Invasive' Heart Procedure in Detroit Hospital (Updated)

March 13, 2014

Updated 12:55 p.m. | Rep. John D. Dingell underwent a “minimally invasive” heart procedure today at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and is “resting comfortably,” according to his office.

Republicans Block Democratic Attempt to Force Public Issa Apology on House Floor (Updated) (Video)

March 13, 2014

Updated 8:12 p.m. | Republicans once again blocked a Democratic resolution demanding a House floor apology from Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa for silencing Rep. Elijah E. Cummings last week during an IRS hearing.

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