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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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Harry Reid Evolves on Marijuana

Jan. 16, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid’s position on legalizing medical marijuana has evolved.

Obama Redoubles Push Against Iran Sanctions Bill

Jan. 13, 2014

The White House’s campaign to keep Congress from messing with its carefully constructed talks with Iran over its nuclear program have stepped into overdrive after support for a new round of sanctions threatens to reach veto-proof majorities.

White House Looks Past Congress for Its Agenda

Jan. 7, 2014

President Barack Obama is heading into the next year looking in many ways past a gridlocked Congress — eyeing regulations and other ways of acting on his stalled agenda.

Subdued Obama Hopes for Better 2014

Dec. 20, 2013

After the toughest year of his presidency, Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to make 2014 “a year of action” and promised to keep pushing for an immigration overhaul, an extension of unemployment benefits and other items.

Obama Announces Plan to Name Baucus Ambassador to China (Updated)

Dec. 20, 2013

Updated 11:23 a.m. | It’s official — President Barack Obama announced Friday his intention to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China.

Obama Would Veto Iran Sanctions Bill

Dec. 19, 2013

Shortly after 26 senators signed on to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, the White House declared it veto bait.

Podesta Apologizes for 'Jonestown' Remark After Getting Ripped by Boehner Spokesman

Dec. 18, 2013

Updated 11:14 a.m. | Newly minted White House counselor John Podesta has apologized for a remark that likened House Republicans to a “cult worthy of Jonestown” after getting called out by Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman.

State of the Union Set for Jan. 28

Dec. 13, 2013

President Barack Obama has accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Budget Deal Is Better Than Nothing for Weakened Obama

Dec. 11, 2013

This isn’t the budget deal President Barack Obama has been seeking for the past three years. It’s certainly not the deal he might have been able to conjure a year ago, when he had Republicans desperate to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts. But for a weakened president under water in the polls and facing the prospect of endless stalemate in Congress, it appears to be better than nothing.

Budget Deal Would Up Spending, Avert Another Government Shutdown

Dec. 10, 2013

Just in time for the holidays, Republicans and Democrats have reached a bipartisan budget deal that would avoid tax increases, shrink the sequester by $63 billion over the next two years and modestly lower the long-term deficit.

Triage for HealthCare.gov: Administration Punts on Small Business Exchange

Nov. 27, 2013

Sometimes to save the patient, you have to chop off a limb. The Obama administration is doing just that with the underperfoming HealthCare.gov website, announcing Wednesday that it will give up on opening the exchange for small businesses for another year and will rely on direct enrollment through insurance companies and brokers instead.

Obama Faces Skeptical Congress as Iran Nuclear Deal Reached (Updated)

Nov. 23, 2013

Updated 12:08 a.m. Nov. 24 | President Barack Obama has a sales job to do with Congress after he announced an interim deal Saturday night that will halt Iran’s nuclear program — although not dismantle it — in return for a partial rollback of sanctions.

Obama Backs 'Nuclear Option,' Says Majority Should Rule

Nov. 21, 2013

President Barack Obama strongly backed the use of the “nuclear option” in the Senate to end filibusters of nominations and seemed to push for a broader end to the use of filibusters to stall legislation as well.

'Nuclear Option' to Power Watt to Confirmation

Nov. 21, 2013

Senate Democrats’ decision to invoke the “nuclear option” Thursday against filibusters of some nominations clears the way for Rep. Melvin Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Obama Trying to Buy Time for Iran Nuclear Deal

Nov. 18, 2013

President Barack Obama will personally woo senators on Iran Tuesday as he looks to buy time for his diplomatic efforts.

The 39 House Democrats Who Defied Obama's Veto Threat (Updated)

Nov. 15, 2013

Updated 4:04 p.m. | President Barack Obama vowed to veto legislation that would let insurers keep selling old policies to new customers, as well as revive them for existing customers for another year, but 39 Democrats defied him and their party leadership Friday and voted for the bill.

Obama Tries to 'Win Back Some Credibility' With Obamacare Fix (Updated)

Nov. 14, 2013

A deeply frustrated President Barack Obama moved to quell a growing revolt in his party Thursday morning, announcing an administrative fix that would let health insurance companies extend existing policies for a year.

White House Rips Upton Obamacare Fix

Nov. 12, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney torched a House Republican bill aimed at fulfilling President Barack Obama’s promise that people can keep their health care plans if they like them — even as Obama continues to look for a fix of his own.

Boehner to Obama: Now Keep Your Promise

Nov. 7, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner wants the president to keep his promise to let people keep their health plans if they like them, not just apologize for failing to do so.

Democrats Up in 2014 Vent Their Obamacare Anger in White House Meeting (Updated)

Nov. 6, 2013

Updated 3:50 p.m. | President Barack Obama heard an earful at the White House Wednesday from Senate Democrats running for re-election next year who are fuming about the Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout.

Democrats' Anxiety Grows Over Obamacare Problems

Nov. 5, 2013

When a loyal leader on your own team says there is a “crisis of confidence” surrounding your signature initiative, you’ve got trouble.

Is the White House ENDA Strategy Working?

Nov. 4, 2013

Month after month, year after year, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has deflected questions about whether President Barack Obama will issue an executive order protecting gay contractors from workplace discrimination. But not issuing the order was part of a calculated strategy to reach this point — with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act about to pass the Senate.

D.C. Circuit Rules Against Contraception Coverage Mandate

Nov. 1, 2013

A federal appeals court has ruled the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion.

The Incredible Shrinking Budget Talks

Oct. 28, 2013

Grand bargains are out. Tax hikes are out. Short-term and stopgap solutions are very much in.

Obama to House GOP: Pass Immigration This Year

Oct. 24, 2013

President Barack Obama, in a Thursday speech at the White House, implored House Republicans not to wait until next year to take up an immigration overhaul.

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