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Steven T. Dennis

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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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Obama Plans to Keep Troops in Afghanistan Until 2016 (Updated) (Video)

May 27, 2014

Updated 3:26 p.m. | President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he intends to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, but would pull out most of the remaining forces by the end of 2016.

Obama Wants to Keep Troops in Afghanistan After 2014

May 26, 2014

President Barack Obama is fond of saying the war in Afghanistan will “end” this year, but he still plans to keep troops in the country indefinitely.

Portman Never Pressed Boehner on Unemployment Extension

May 26, 2014

Rob Portman, who provided the key vote to pass an unemployment extension in the Senate, never pressed Speaker John A. Boehner to hold a vote on it in the House.

Elliot Rodger Shooting Prompts Feinstein to Blame NRA 'Stranglehold' on Guns

May 25, 2014

Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree had Sen. Dianne Feinstein lamenting the “stranglehold” the NRA has over gun laws.

Elliot Rodger Sparks New Call for Mental Health Bill

May 25, 2014

Elliot Rodger — the man accused by police of committing a massacre Friday night in California — sparked a renewed call to pass a mental health bill in Congress.

VFW Torches Burr in Spat Over VA Scandal, Shinseki (Updated)

May 24, 2014

Updated 2:41 p.m. May 25 | The Veterans of Foreign Wars leadership blistered Sen. Richard Burr after the North Carolina Republican penned an open letter late Friday impugning the staff of veterans groups for not calling for new leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

No Action on Unemployment Extension as Senate Leaves Town

May 22, 2014

None of the long-shot scenarios for additional Senate action on an unemployment extension materialized before the Senate skipped town for another recess Thursday.

50 Senators Tell NFL to Rename Washington Redskins (Video)

May 22, 2014

Half of the Senate is urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

Obama Demands Improvements at VA, but Doesn’t Fire Shinseki

May 21, 2014

President Barack Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki make immediate improvements for veterans, but has decided not to fire him, for now, as a scandal over allegations of manipulated wait time reports spreads to dozens of facilities.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," Obama said in a statement in the White House briefing room, followed by a brief news conference.

Obama promised accountability and punishments for anyone found responsible for misconduct at VA facilities.

Carney: 'A Shame' Unemployment Extension Is Going Nowhere

May 21, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday it's "a shame" that House Republicans haven't passed an unemployment extension — and suggested they should act without requiring something in return.

"It is our view that these are benefits that ought to be extended to Americans — to millions of Americans who need them," Carney said. "We do not view it as a cynical horse-trading exercise to achieve some ideological objective."

Carney: 'A Shame' Unemployment Extension Is Going Nowhere (Video)

May 21, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday it’s “a shame” that House Republicans haven’t passed an unemployment extension — and suggested they should act without requiring something in return.

Obama Demands Improvements at VA, but Doesn't Fire Shinseki (Video)

May 21, 2014

Updated 2:07 p.m. | President Barack Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki make immediate improvements for veterans, but has decided not to fire him, for now, as a scandal over allegations of manipulated wait time reports spreads to dozens of facilities.

Obama to Make Statement on VA Crisis After Meeting With Shinseki, Nabors

May 21, 2014

Updated 10:09 a.m. | President Barack Obama will make a statement at 10:45 a.m. after meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors at the White House as the VA crisis continued to mushroom overnight.

Unemployment Extension Amendment Offered on Tax Cut Bill

May 17, 2014

Sen. Jack Reed wants to add a one-year unemployment extension to the Senate’s $85 billion tax cut bill, but his amendment is a long-shot to pass the Senate, let alone become law.

Obama Goes Populist (Video)

May 17, 2014

With midterm elections just around the corner, President Barack Obama is sharpening his populist rhetoric against the GOP.

'We Have a Commitment From John Boehner' on Immigration, Jarrett Says (Updated)

May 16, 2014

Updated 10:03 a.m. | The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the story folks are talking about: senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett telling a Las Vegas conference “we have a commitment from John Boehner” on immigration.

White House Deploys Rob Nabors to Help Shinseki Fix VA

May 15, 2014

One of President Barack Obama’s closest advisers, Rob Nabors, has been deployed to help fix troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the wake of damaging stories of veterans dying while waiting for care and calls from some lawmakers in Congress for the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Obama: Senate Needs to Change 'How a Filibuster Works'

May 15, 2014

President Barack Obama endorsed more changes to the filibuster rules in the Senate in a speech Wednesday, remarks that will encourage senators who want to deploy the “nuclear option” again.

White House Stops Short of Veto Threat on Tax Extenders Bill (Video)

May 13, 2014

The White House wants the Senate’s $85 billion tax extenders bill amended so that it does not add to the deficit, but stopped short of issuing a veto threat Tuesday.

Reid on Tax Extenders: We Won't 'Pull the Plug' Before Economy Recovers

May 13, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday defended the Senate's $85 billion tax cut extension package, saying millions of Americans are still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis.

"It wasn't all that long ago that the economy was in the throes of the great recession," the Nevada Democrat said during his opening remarks on the Senate floor. "We will not pull the plug before our nation's recovery is complete. By passing this tax extenders package, we will build our nation's economy more quickly."

'Immigration Reform' Must Move Soon in House, Obama Says

May 13, 2014

President Barack Obama said Tuesday there are only two or three months left for the House to act on an immigration overhaul, accusing a just a handful of Republicans of “blocking immigration reform.”

Energy Bill Filibustered, Keystone Pipeline in Limbo After Reid Blocks Amendments

May 12, 2014

Republicans blocked an energy efficiency bill after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly blocked Republican efforts to vote on five energy amendments Monday — and the GOP rejected an offer to vote on the Keystone pipeline instead.

Boehner Aide Brendan Buck Will Be Top Spokesman for Health Insurance Industry (Updated)

May 12, 2014

Updated 1:31 p.m. | Brendan Buck, a longtime spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, is leaving Capitol Hill to become the chief spokesman for the health insurance industry.

White House, Boehner Rebuff Calls for Shinseki to Resign

May 12, 2014

President Barack Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner agree on something — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should not resign, despite calls from a number of Boehner’s fellow Republicans for him to go.

Will Obama Threaten to Veto Senate’s Tax-Cut Bill?

May 9, 2014

Defying the White House and a yearslong push for more revenue, Senate Democrats are on the verge of passing an $85 billion grab bag of tax cuts with no plans to pay for them.

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