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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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CR Blues: Constant Brinkmanship Brings Fatigue

Sept. 28, 2013

If you thought this week was bad, get used to it. The dysfunction in Congress is likely to make Capitol Hill life miserable for at least the next two months — if it doesn’t consume yet another holiday season.

Obama Slams 'Extremists' Threatening Government Shutdown

Sept. 27, 2013

President Barack Obama slammed “extremist” Republicans affiliated with the tea party Friday for threatening a government shutdown, calling on the House to vote to keep the government open and quickly pass a clean bill raising the debt ceiling thereafter.

Senate CR Keeps $174K Payment for Lautenberg Widow

Sept. 25, 2013

The Senate Democrats’ stopgap spending bill amendment would strip out the House’s Obamacare defunding language but preserve the $174,000 payment to the widow of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg.

Showdown Week in Congress

Sept. 22, 2013

Lawmakers have just a week to find out who will blink in the big shutdown showdown over Obamacare, although that’s not the only issue on the agenda.

Boehner Has 'Putin Envy,' Carney Says

Sept. 19, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday said Speaker John A. Boehner appeared to have “Putin envy.”

Obama Vows to Veto House CR

Sept. 19, 2013

President Barack Obama would veto the House spending bill that would defund Obamacare, the White House said Thursday in a Statement of Administration Policy.

Talk of Shutdown Blooms, Despite Boehner's Best-Laid Plans

Sept. 18, 2013

House leaders’ best-laid plans for an orderly kabuki to avert a government shutdown have once again been upended by insurgent conservatives, increasing concern about the potential for a government shutdown less than two weeks from now.

Obama Calls Out GOP on Budget, Obamacare

Sept. 16, 2013

An angry President Barack Obama ripped into Republicans for failing to end the sequester and for even considering holding the government hostage over Obamacare.

Decisiveness Overrated? White House Thinks Yes

Sept. 12, 2013

President Barack Obama’s Syria strategy may not have been particularly decisive, but that’s not a bad thing, according to the White House.

Cantor: House May Cancel Recess

Sept. 12, 2013

Updated 12: 19 p.m. | The recess planned for the last week of September may be canceled to deal with fiscal issues, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on the floor Thursday.

Obama Open to Short-Term, 'Clean' Spending Bill

Sept. 12, 2013

President Barack Obama is open to signing a short-term, “clean” continuing resolution that does not defund or delay Obamacare.

Congress Not Moved by Obama's Measured Case for Syria Strike

Sept. 10, 2013

In a high-stakes address to the nation Tuesday night, President Barack Obama cautiously embraced a diplomatic effort to rid the Syrian regime of its chemical weapons, but urged the nation to stand with him in his resolve to launch a military strike if that effort fails.

Obama Expects Syria Vote Delays

Sept. 9, 2013

President Barack Obama said Monday that Congress may have more time to consider a strike in Syria, given that country’s apparent newfound willingness to give up its chemical weapons.

Obama Takes Credit for Syrian Offer to Give Up Chemical Weapons

Sept. 9, 2013

An offhand remark by Secretary of State John Kerry that Syria could escape a U.S. strike if it gives up its chemical weapons seemed to be leading to a possible way out of the crisis Monday afternoon.

Can Republicans and Democrats Avoid a Shutdown? (Updated)

Sept. 9, 2013

Updated Sept. 10, 9:41 a.m. | Top Republicans and Democrats are hoping to find a way out of a shutdown showdown this month, with the likeliest scenario a short-term bill that funds the government at this year’s levels and leaves Obamacare unscathed.

Obama to Meet Tuesday With Senate Republicans, Democrats on Syria

Sept. 9, 2013

President Barack Obama plans to meet with both Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday.

Cantor Insists on Budget 'Reforms' in Return for Debt Hike

Sept. 6, 2013

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., outlined a plan Friday to hold federal spending and the debt limit hostage — but not necessarily over Obamacare.

Obama to Address Nation Tuesday on Syria Push

Sept. 6, 2013

With his request for congressional authorization for strikes on Syria faltering, President Barack Obama announced he would make the case to the nation on Tuesday from the White House.

Obama Says Congress Set 'Red Line'

Sept. 4, 2013

President Barack Obama pushed back on the idea that his credibility is on the line if Congress fails to authorize strikes against Syria — saying they own the “red line” he set a year ago.

Obama Will Negotiate Syria Resolution With Congress

Sept. 3, 2013

President Barack Obama told reporters as he sat down with senior lawmakers on Tuesday morning that he is prepared to negotiate a more limited war authorization against Syria — up to a point.

Boehner, Cantor Back Syria Strike

Sept. 3, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor have backed President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Syria, giving the president a major lift as the White House conducts an all-out push to get lawmakers on board ahead of votes expected next week.

Will Congress Follow Its Leaders On Syria?

Sept. 2, 2013

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders face a daunting task convincing skeptical lawmakers to back a war against Syria.

Obama Will Seek Congressional Authorization on Syria Strike

Aug. 31, 2013

President Barack Obama announced Saturday that he has decided to seek congressional authorization for a strike on Syria after lawmakers return from their August recess.

White House to Brief All Senators on Syria (Updated)

Aug. 30, 2013

Republicans, as well as Democrats, have been split over whether the U.S. should take military action, with hawks including Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., repeating their calls for major strikes aimed at shifting the balance of power in Syria and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., questioning the value of a strike and asserting that Congress has the sole authority to declare war. Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., was the latest senator to push for Congress to cut short the August recess to vote on any possible military action.

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