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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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Deal-Hungry Senate Eager for Boehner's Halloween Treats (Video)

Sept. 29, 2015

Senators from both parties want outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, no longer handcuffed by hardliners in his conference, to send over as many treats as he can — with a minimum of tricks — before retiring around Halloween.

Obama's Global Warming, Syria Push at United Nations Skips Congress

Sept. 28, 2015

At the United Nations Monday, President Barack Obama touted what are probably the two biggest items left on his to-do list before leaving office — a global warming agreement later this year in Paris and a settlement to the Syria conflict. Congress barely got a mention.

The Boehner-Obama Relationship: Big Dreams Unfulfilled (Video)

Sept. 25, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner’s legacy falls short of what he hoped when he took the gavel from Nancy Pelosi, at a time when talk of grand bargains abounded and a host of long-festering issues seemed ripe for action.

Obama Praises Boehner, Hopes Republicans Learn Lesson (Video)

Sept. 25, 2015

President Barack Obama praised Speaker John A. Boehner as a patriot Friday and said he hoped his successor realizes they shouldn’t shut down the government or risk a financial crisis.

Pope Challenges Congress to Act on Climate, Immigration, Economy (Updated)

Sept. 24, 2015

Updated 11:44 a.m. | Pope Francis called American lawmakers to their better angels Thursday in a speech challenging members of Congress to renew a sense of cooperation to tackle climate, immigration, poverty, the death penalty and more.

Golden Rule Doesn't Justify Illegal Immigration, Sessions Says

Sept. 24, 2015

Pope Francis’ call for lawmakers to follow the Golden Rule on immigration and other matters has its limits, according to one conservative senator.

Scott Walker Drops Out, Wants to Defeat Trump (Updated)

Sept. 21, 2015

Updated 6:20 p.m. | Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker exited from the presidential race Monday evening after one of the more stunning falls in recent American politics — from a perch atop the Iowa polls before the Summer of Trump left him as roadkill.

Clinton Blames Obama for Not Following Her Syria Advice

Sept. 21, 2015

Last week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama’s critics need to answer for the failure of training and equipping rebels in Syria. On Sunday, Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed Obama — although not by name — for not taking her advice early on.

Reforming the Earned Income Tax Credit: A Fairer Way Forward

Sept. 21, 2015

The Earned Income Tax Credit has provided tax relief and assistance for working families since being signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1975 with bipartisan support in Congress. A decade later, with support from Democrats in Congress, President Ronald Reagan significantly expanded the program, calling it “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.”  The Clinton Administration worked to further refine the initiative as well.

Will Assad Leave Office Before Obama?

Sept. 18, 2015

Year after year after year, Barack Obama has said Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad must go.

With Boehner Squeezed, Pelosi, Reid, Obama Unified on Shutdown Strategy

Sept. 17, 2015

While Republicans are splintering into factions and debating the merits of another shutdown fight and yet another coup attempt against Speaker John A. Boehner, Democratic leaders put forward a united front Thursday after huddling with President Barack Obama for an hour and a half.

Obama Riposte to Trump: 'America Is Great Right Now' (Video)

Sept. 16, 2015

President Barack Obama didn’t call out Donald Trump by name, but took aim at the slogan on his hat.

CBO: 14 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Without Individual Mandate

Sept. 15, 2015

Repealing the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare would cause the ranks of the uninsured to soar by 14 million people but would lower the deficit, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Tuesday.

Sessions Feels Vindicated by Trump's Nativist Surge

Sept. 15, 2015

After a summer dominated by Donald Trump, one senator is finding himself and his ideas increasingly in the spotlight: Jeff Sessions.

Rick Perry Suspends Presidential Campaign

Sept. 11, 2015

The implosion of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is complete.

Mikulski Tears Into House Freedom Caucus Shutdown Threat

Sept. 11, 2015

The longest-serving woman in Congress slammed the House Freedom Caucus for their threat to oppose any bill keeping the government open if it includes funding for Planned Parenthood.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Backs Iran Deal

Sept. 6, 2015

The White House has won the backing of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the Iran deal — avoiding what would have been an awkward split at the top of the party.

Chris Christie Slams 'Done Nothing' Republican Congress

Sept. 3, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — languishing in the polls amid the Donald Trump surge — trained his fire on the Republican Congress Wednesday, saying they had “done nothing” this year.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz 'Not Afraid to Stand Alone' on Iran Deal

Sept. 3, 2015

Under siege on multiple fronts and with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at her side, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz declared Thursday she’s not afraid to stand alone on the Iran deal.

Takeaways From Obama's Big Iran Deal Win

Sept. 2, 2015

With Sen. Barbara Mikulski providing the deciding vote, President Barack Obama has won the fight over his Iran deal — sealing for now a key legacy item and preventing what would have been a catastrophic defeat for his presidency. Here are some key takeaways:

Obama's Alaska Climate Action Call Skips Over Congress

Sept. 1, 2015

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that President Barack Obama didn’t bother mentioning Congress when he made his remarks on climate change in Alaska late Monday. Republican leaders, after all, uniformly vilify his efforts to clamp down on carbon emissions.

Ex-Hill Intern Makes Facebook Fortune, Joins White House

Sept. 1, 2015

A 24-year-old former Capitol Hill intern who has already struck it rich with an app bought by Facebook has joined the White House as the first ever “Director of Product.”

Alaska Visit, Denali Naming Highlights Obama's Bucket List

Aug. 31, 2015

President Barack Obama’s renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali has raised the hackles of Speaker John A. Boehner, but the rest of his Alaska trip may rile the GOP even more as the president highlights the effects of climate change and his go-it-alone plans to tackle it.

Jimmy Carter Talks Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

Aug. 20, 2015

Former President Jimmy Carter said he’s at ease despite having cancer in four parts of his brain and his expectation that additional cancers will show up in his body.

Rubiocare Would Upend Traditional Health Insurance

Aug. 18, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed health care alternative would dramatically alter the health insurance landscape in America — well beyond repealing Obamacare.

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