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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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White House Brushes Off Fast-Track Failure As Temporary 'SNAFU' (Updated)

May 12, 2015

Updated 2:32 p.m. | The White House is brushing off what is now expected to be the imminent filibuster of President Barack Obama’s fast-track bill on the Senate floor, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest blaming a “procedural SNAFU” for Democrats planning to vote en masse to block it.

Barack Obama's Hillary Clinton Problem

May 12, 2015

You knew it was coming: The White House is starting to get a case of Clintonitis.

Obama Condemns Baltimore Riots, Urges Political Action

April 28, 2015

President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned rioters in Baltimore as criminals, but urged a broader political mobilization to improve urban communities where poverty, drugs, a lack of education and a lack of fathers lead to a combustible mix.

Senator Calls Lynch Confirmation Delay 'Disgusting'

April 23, 2015

Shortly before advancing Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination Thursday, Sen. Claire McCaskill slammed the delay on the confirmation vote on the floor, calling out Republicans for practicing base politics aimed at “the cheap seats.”

“[It] doesn’t get any uglier than this,” McCaskill said, a former prosecutor herself. “It is beyond depressing. It’s disgusting … She is a prosecutor’s prosecutor. She’s prosecuted more terrorists than almost anyone on the planet.”

The Senate voted to cut off a filibuster on the nomination, 66-34, and later confirmed Lynch, 56-43.

Obama Orders Review of Strike That Killed Two Hostages

April 23, 2015

President Barack Obama said Thursday he has ordered a full review of the January operation that killed two hostages held by al-Qaida at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In an eight-minute address to reporters, Obama said it is “a cruel and bitter truth” that in the “fog of war … mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes, can occur.”

“I profoundly regret what happened,” he said.

Leahy Slams McConnell Push to Extend NSA Surveillance Authority

April 21, 2015

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy vowed to block efforts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to extend authorization to collect phone and other records of Americans in bulk through 2020.

McConnell Sets Thursday Vote on Loretta Lynch

April 21, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a Thursday cloture vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general after breaking a logjam over amendments to the human trafficking bill.

Harry Reid a 'Hell No' on Obama's Fast Track Push (Video)

April 21, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday his advice to Sen. Ron Wyden is to “slow down” so-called “fast-track” trade legislation.

Gyrocopter Aftermath: Schumer's on It

April 16, 2015

Sen. Charles E. Schumer has questions on the gyrocopter. A “whole lot” of them.

Schumer: McConnell Needs to Learn to 'Play Ball'

April 16, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to learn to “play ball” with Democrats instead of trying to roll them, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Thursday in a hallway interview.

All the Budget Conference's a Stage

April 16, 2015

How do Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate conference a partisan budget that is little more than a messaging document? They don’t — at least, not really.

Clinton's 'Debt Free By 2013' Pledge

April 16, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio’s trip to 1999 presents an opportunity to showcase a picture in the CQ Roll Call archives of Bill Clinton’s final budget blueprint, one forecasting massive surpluses and paying off all of the debt owned by the public by 2013.

Man Flies Gyrocopter to West Front of Capitol (Updated) (Video)

April 15, 2015

Updated 3:22 p.m. | A man has been arrested after flying a small gyrocopter onto the West Front of the Capitol, prompting Capitol Police to briefly lock down the building.

Corker: White House 'Spinning' on Iran Switcheroo (Audio)

April 14, 2015

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said the White House’s about-face on his Iran legislation is likely because they were about to lose.

Marco Rubio's Opening Speech Had a Goof (Updated)

April 13, 2015

Updated April 14, 11:00 a.m. | Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announcement speech included inspirational parts of his life story, the outline of a governing agenda and one flat-out error that appears to be a clumsy Prince reference.

Shots Fired at Capitol (Updated)

April 11, 2015

Updated 3:58 p.m. | Shots have been fired on the West Front of the Capitol in an apparent suicide, Capitol Police confirmed Saturday.

Obama Still Taking It Slow on Marijuana

April 10, 2015

Just when President Barack Obama started to sound more and more like a supporter of legalizing marijuana, he’s hit the pause button.

White House Selling the Iran 'Deal' As Negotiations Continue

April 6, 2015

The White House is effectively fighting on two fronts to keep its peace deal with Iran intact — one to sell the framework to a hostile Congress and another to push against that country’s own effort for an immediate, wholesale end to the sanctions.

10 Things We Learned From the Vote-a-Rama

March 31, 2015

With the vote-a-rama in the rearview mirror, it’s worth taking stock of what the 15-plus hours of nonbinding votes on dozens of amendments said about the 2016 presidential election, how vulnerable senators voted and what issues might now come to the fore.

Freshman Senator: Pay for Obamacare Replacement With ... Obamacare

March 26, 2015

Bill Cassidy, the freshman senator from Louisiana and a doctor, has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare — one he predicts will insure more people without mandates.

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Endorsed on Senate Floor (Updated)

March 26, 2015

Updated 12:22 a.m. | The Senate endorsed Social Security and veterans benefits for married gay couples Thursday night in a 57-43 vote, with 11 Republicans joining every Democrat.

Vote-a-Rama Minute-by-Minute

March 26, 2015

The moment you’ve been waiting for — the (sort of) annual Senate vote-a-rama — is here. A whole host of CQ Roll Call reporters and editors are tweeting out details during the marathon voting session, which you can read below. Scores of amendments are expected to get votes, with final adoption of the Senate GOP’s budget expected early Friday morning.

Obama 'Ready to Sign' Bipartisan Doc Fix (Updated)

March 25, 2015

Updated 11:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama pronounced himself “ready to sign” a bipartisan “doc fix” Wednesday.

Overheard: The Ghosts of GOP Past

March 24, 2015

“I decided in my old age I’m going to haunt the Senate, so here I am.”

Obama Waves Off Third Term

March 21, 2015

President Barack Obama won’t serve a third term. That’s one takeaway from his visit Saturday to cheer his niece’s basketball team to victory in the NCAA tournament in College Park, Md., although Leslie Robinson didn’t actually see playing time in Princeton’s 80-70 victory over Green Bay.

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