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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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Democrats' Heir Apparent Looks Past Obama Era on Iran Deal

Aug. 11, 2015

The White House may want Charles E. Schumer tossed overboard as the next Democratic leader, but presidents don’t get a vote.

White House: Up to Senate Democrats Whether to Dump Chuck Schumer

Aug. 7, 2015

A day after a posse of former White House aides torched Sen. Charles E. Schumer over his rejection of the Iran deal, Press Secretary Josh Earnest politely but firmly knocked the senior senator from New York.

Obama Allies Blast Schumer on Iran Deal, Talk of New Leader (Updated) (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

Updated 12:14 a.m. | Did Sen. Charles E. Schumer just open himself up to a serious challenge to lead Senate Democrats in 2017? Top allies of the president say yes — and a major liberal advocacy group now wants him gone.

Schumer Opposes Iran Deal (Updated)

Aug. 6, 2015

Updated 12:14 a.m. | Charles E. Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, announced late Thursday he will oppose the Iran deal and urge his colleagues to join him, just one day after Obama slammed the critics of the Iran deal as making common cause with hardliners in Iran chanting “death to America.”

Senate Is Working Again Despite Ted Cruz and Co., McConnell Says (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted the new Senate under his leadership Thursday — one with far more productivity and votes than under his predecessor — and he isn’t about to let Ted Cruz, or anyone else, derail it.

McConnell Shuts Down Planned Parenthood Shutdown Talk (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the growing talk that the fight over Planned Parenthood might result in a government shutdown come Oct. 1 — nor, he said, would he allow a default on the debt.

Democratic Support Building For Iran Deal

Aug. 5, 2015

With President Barack Obama making another pitch for his Iran deal today, his administration’s unprecedented lobbying effort with Capitol Hill Democrats has been bearing fruit.

Democrats Vote to Filibuster Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill (Updated)

Aug. 3, 2015

Updated 6:33 p.m. | Planned Parenthood funding will continue despite outrage — mostly from Republicans — over videos showing officials discussing the sale of aborted body parts.

Josh Earnest: Planned Parenthood Videos 'Fraudulent'

July 30, 2015

Strong words today from the White House over those Planned Parenthood videos showing officials with the nation’s leading abortion provider discussing the sale of aborted body parts. But not for Planned Parenthood.

Obama's Late Night Lobbying on Iran Deal

July 30, 2015

President Barack Obama has been working late to ensure he gets to votes on the Iran deal.

Becerra Won't Run for Senate

July 30, 2015

Ending months of speculation, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra announced Thursday he won’t run for Senate.

Fattah Buttonholed Obama Directly, According to Indictment

July 29, 2015

The Department of Justice’s indictment of Rep. Chaka Fattah alleges the Pennsylvania Democrat’s quid-pro-quo scheme included an in-person effort to get President Barack Obama to give a lobbyist an ambassadorship.

Indicted Rep. Chaka Fattah Is a Frequent White House Visitor (Video)

July 29, 2015

It’s not every day that a frequent White House guest and political ally of the president is indicted on public corruption charges. But Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., who was indicted Wednesday by the Department of Justice, has been to the White House dozens of times to meet with President Barack Obama, according to public visitor logs.

Then There Were Two: Massie Joins Meadows, Wants to Fire Boehner

July 29, 2015

A second Republican has signed on to the effort to fire Speaker John A. Boehner.

Why GOP's Obamacare Reconciliation Effort Is Doomed

July 28, 2015

Republicans are touting — again — another doomed effort to repeal Obamacare while President Barack Obama remains president.

Hillary Clinton Won't Tell Keystone XL Position Until 2017

July 28, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton had an unusual dodge for a yes-or-no question from a voter on whether she would sign a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline: Wait until I’m president.

Obama Dings Cruz, Cotton, Huckabee and Trump

July 27, 2015

In a news conference in Ethiopia, President Barack Obama responded at length to Mike Huckabee’s comment that the Iran deal is marching Israelis to “the door of the oven” — saying it was part of a pattern of attacks that “would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so sad.”

Despite Rebukes, Ted Cruz Doubles Down on Charge McConnell Lied (Updated)

July 26, 2015

Updated 5:05 p.m. | The Senate opened Sunday with a reading by the Senate President Pro Tem Orrin G. Hatch of the Senate’s rules of decorum, in an apparent rebuke of Sen. Ted Cruz calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on Friday. And things got more personal from there.

Ted Cruz Hasn't Corrected CodePink Debate Flub

July 24, 2015

A day later, Sen. Ted Cruz still hasn’t acknowledged he flubbed one on Iran during a debate with CodePink.

Ted Cruz Gets One Wrong on Iran Deal

July 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz flubbed one Thursday in his impromptu debate on the Iran deal.

White House Keeps Up Export-Import Bank Push

July 22, 2015

President Barack Obama is pushing hard for a deal reviving the Export-Import Bank before Congress heads home for the August recess — Donald Trump notwithstanding.

Senate Votes to Advance Highway Bill (Updated)

July 22, 2015

Updated 8:31 p.m. | The Senate broke a logjam late Wednesday to advance a bipartisan highway bill despite several top Democrats voting to filibuster the package.

White House Faults GOP for Sanctuary Cities

July 22, 2015

The White House is dismissing efforts to crack down on “sanctuary cities” and the administration blames Republicans for failing to pass an immigration bill.

Obama 'Will Veto' Defense Bill Over Guantanamo (Video)

July 22, 2015

“The president will veto it.”

Defund Planned Parenthood? Sounds Like Veto Bait

July 22, 2015

Don’t expect President Barack Obama to agree to sign anything defunding Planned Parenthood.

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