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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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Senate Clears USA Freedom Act After Ending Rand Paul Filibuster (Updated)

June 2, 2015

Updated 6:09 p.m. | The Senate passed an overhaul of Patriot Act surveillance provisions Tuesday after rejecting the pleas of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and putting an end to Rand Paul’s filibuster.

Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden Burial Mass

June 2, 2015

President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at Beau Biden’s burial Mass in Wilmington, Del., Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s office announced.

Senate Advances Patriot Act Overhaul, but Too Late to Foil Rand Paul (Updated)

May 31, 2015

Updated 11:52 p.m. | The Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance the USA Freedom Act Sunday evening, but too late to prevent Sen. Rand Paul from being able to force a short-term expiration of Patriot Act surveillance authorities at midnight.

It's Rand Paul vs. Almost Everybody on Patriot Act (Updated)

May 30, 2015

Updated May 31 3:49 p.m. | Rand Paul’s presidential campaign wants to portray his fight to block any Patriot Act extension as a faceoff against President Barack Obama. But the Kentucky senator is waging an increasingly lonely battle.

Congress Playing 'Russian Roulette' If They Block Patriot Act Extension, Official Warns (Updated)

May 27, 2015

Updated 7:17 p.m. | A senior administration official warned Congress would be playing “national security Russian roulette” if they fail to pass a Patriot Act extension by Sunday night.

Obama Wants USA Freedom Act by Midnight Sunday

May 26, 2015

President Barack Obama reupped his push Tuesday for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act by 12 a.m. Monday to avoid the Patriot Act’s surveillance authorities from going dark.

Senate Passes Trade Promotion Authority (Updated)

May 22, 2015

Updated 10:20 p.m. | The Senate passed President Barack Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority package Friday, sending the precursor to major trade deals with Asia and Europe to the House.

McConnell Says Senate Could Finish Friday 'With Cooperation' (Video)

May 21, 2015

The senior senator from Kentucky might need to have a little chat with the junior senator from Kentucky.

Obama to Havana? Would 'Relish' Cuba Trip

May 21, 2015

President Barack Obama’s bucket list for his remaining time in office has at least one sunny destination on it: Havana, Cuba.

Despite Ramadi, White House Says ISIL Strategy a Success

May 19, 2015

Despite the takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by the Islamic State terror group, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest contended Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been a success.

McConnell Threatens Memorial Day Recess

May 18, 2015

It’s time to start threatening recess.

After Ramadi, Boehner Calls on Obama to Change Course on ISIL

May 18, 2015

The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi has Speaker John A. Boehner once again urging Barack Obama to develop a new strategy to win the war against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. But so far, the White House is staying the course.

Elizabeth Warren: You Can't Trust Barack Obama's Promises

May 18, 2015

After President Barack Obama called out Elizabeth Warren for being a politician “like everybody else,” the Massachusetts senator is calling out the president, suggesting you can’t trust his promises.

Are We Losing the War Against ISIL?

May 15, 2015

It seemed like the right question to ask, with fighters from the Islamic State terror group making sweeping gains in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province in Iraq — “Are we losing this war?”

Reid: O'Malley Who? Leader Dismisses All but Clinton

May 15, 2015

Harry Reid, in classic Harry Reid style, utterly dismissed the presidential aspirations of his Senate colleague Bernard E. Sanders, former Sen. Jim Webb and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in one biting sentence in an interview airing Friday.

Takeaways From Obama's Press Conference

May 14, 2015

President Barack Obama says his fight with “Elizabeth,” as in Warren, has never been “personal.”

Senate Votes to Advance Fast-Track Trade Bill (Updated)

May 14, 2015

Updated 6:08 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade bill is officially back on track in the Senate, after easily topping the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster and open debate.

Reid Rips Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Over Yucca Mountain

May 14, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid is using Yucca Mountain as a club against Republican presidential candidates hoping to win his home state in 2016.

Senate Passes Currency Trade Bill; Boehner Calls It 'Laughable' (Updated)

May 14, 2015

Updated 2:49 p.m. | The Senate overwhelmingly passed the currency enforcement and customs trade bill Thursday, but it appears headed for oblivion in the House.

Boehner Calls Currency Trade Bill 'Laughable'

May 14, 2015

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the currency enforcement and customs trade bill Thursday, but it appears headed for oblivion in the House.

The currency provisions proposed by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., nearly sank President Barack Obama's trade agenda earlier this week, and now that it remains separate from Obama's push for Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast track, it may remain little more than a legislative sideshow.

"To think that Congress can legislate what currency evaluations are between counties is almost laughable," Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Thursday morning. "I think the Department of Treasury under the four presidents I've served with, have done a very good job of working with our allies around the world when some of these currencies get — in some people's minds — out of line. I think that's a much better approach than trying to legislate what should or shouldn't happen with regard to currency valuations.”

Senate Reaches Deal on Trade (Updated)

May 13, 2015

Updated 3:17 p.m. | Senate leaders agreed to a deal to get President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade bill back on track Wednesday, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offering separate votes first on two bills demanded by Democrats.

Obama Tries to Revive Fast-Track Trade Bill After 'SNAFU' (Updated) (Video)

May 12, 2015

Updated 7:52 p.m. | President Barack Obama — and Senate Democratic leaders — are working to resurrect his trade agenda, according to aides on the Hill and in the administration.

Democrats Filibuster Obama's Fast-Track Trade Bill (Updated) (Video)

May 12, 2015

Updated 5:49 p.m. | The Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s top trade priority Tuesday, with the president’s own party abandoning him en masse.

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.

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.

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