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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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Stories by Steven T. Dennis:

Can Obama Regain His Lost Leverage on Spending?

Aug. 30, 2013

The real fight in Congress in September isn’t over Obamacare. It’s about the money.

Boehner Still Not Satisfied on Syria

Aug. 30, 2013

The White House’s release of an intelligence assessment accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of killing at least 1,429 people — including at least 426 children — in a chemical weapons attack wasn’t enough to win the backing of Speaker John A. Boehner.

Obama Won't Give Legal Reasoning for Syria Attack, Yet

Aug. 29, 2013

The speaker of the House wants to know what the legal justification for war with Syria is. And more than a quarter of the House says President Barack Obama can’t launch an attack on Syria alone. But the president has yet to give them — or the public — a response.

Obama Says Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Aug. 28, 2013

President Barack Obama told the PBS “NewsHour” Wednesday he has concluded that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people and that the regime must be held accountable.

Obama Draws on King Legacy to Push Economic Agenda

Aug. 28, 2013

President Barack Obama used his address marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to push elements of his economic agenda as the unfinished business of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream.”

Kerry Vows Accountability for Syria Chemical Attack

Aug. 26, 2013

In a blistering statement Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was clear that a large-scale chemical weapons attack had occurred in Syria and said the regime’s claims that it was not responsible lack credibility.

White House Reaches Out to Boehner Regarding Syria (Updated)

Aug. 26, 2013

Updated 6:02 p.m. | The White House reached out to Speaker John A. Boehner on Monday afternoon regarding the situation in Syria, the Ohio Republican’s office said.

Obama Will Consult Congress on Syria

Aug. 24, 2013

Updated 1:43 p.m. | President Barack Obama will consult Congress on Syria, according to a White House official — something Speaker John A. Boehner has sought before any military action is taken.

Obama Points Shutdown Blame at GOP

Aug. 23, 2013

The budget shutdown blame game continued Friday, with President Barack Obama repeatedly knocking Republicans for talking about using the debt ceiling or spending bills as leverage to end Obamacare in bus tour events more reminiscent of last year’s campaign than this year’s legislative morass.

Obama Calls For Syrian Chemical Weapons Probe

Aug. 21, 2013

President Barack Obama wants the United Nations to investigate allegations of the massacre of hundreds of Syrian civilians via chemical weapons — but it is still not clear what the United States would do if the reports are confirmed.

Obama Hasn't Evolved on Pot -- Yet

Aug. 21, 2013

President Barack Obama doesn’t favor changing marijuana laws “at this point” but he also believes that federal law enforcement resources should not be focused on individual users, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday.

Obama Considers Cutting Aid to Egypt

Aug. 20, 2013

President Barack Obama is meeting with his national security team at the White House this afternoon to discuss aid to Egypt — as more senators called for a suspension amid that country’s military overthrow and slaughter in the streets.

Obama Reviewing Egypt Aid

Aug. 19, 2013

Lawmakers may have been increasing their calls for the White House to stop $1.3 billion a year in aid to Egypt, but President Barack Obama still hasn’t decided whether to do so following the massacres in recent days.

Obama Ridicules GOP on Health Law, Shutdown Threat

Aug. 9, 2013

President Barack Obama ridiculed Republicans on Friday for making the repeal of his signature health care law their unifying principle and said it would be a “bad idea” for them to shut down the government to defund it.

14 Things You Need to Know About Obama's New 'Grand Bargain'

July 30, 2013

1. It’s not particularly grand. Nor is it necessarily a bargain. Or even new. It’s mostly a repackaged offer of proposals the president has offered before.

Obamacare Defunding Fight Could Threaten Boehner Leverage, Message

July 29, 2013

The effort by conservatives in the House and Senate to threaten a government shutdown over Obamacare could force Speaker John A. Boehner into the arms of House Democrats.

Familiar Themes From Frustrated Obama

July 24, 2013

President Barack Obama’s latest pivot-to-the-economy speech at Knox College in Illinois struck familiar themes pointing to a popular-if-thwarted middle-class agenda while challenging Republicans not to shut down the government or spark another default crisis.

5 Reasons the Amash NSA Amendment Is Trouble for White House

July 24, 2013

The House is expected to vote later today on Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to defund the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records of millions of Americans — and the White House very much wants it to lose.

Shutdown Blame Game Begins Anew

July 23, 2013

Budget brinkmanship is on tap again this fall, if this week’s renewed finger-pointing over a potential government shutdown is any guide.

Obama Returns to Economic Themes This Week

July 22, 2013

President Barack Obama’s vision for a middle-class economic agenda has been knocked off stride in the first six months of his second term, and he’ll try to fix that starting this week and heading into the big budget fights this fall.

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me'

July 19, 2013

In rare, direct remarks on race in America, President Barack Obama spoke at length about how the African-American community views the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, and laid out a path forward in surprise remarks Friday at the White House.

Will Obama’s Threat to Veto His Own Policy Foil a House GOP Trap? (Updated)

July 17, 2013

Updated 3:49 p.m. | An unusually stern veto threat by President Barack Obama — aimed at a bill codifying his own administration’s health policy — has sparked incredulity from the GOP but may help rank-and-file Democrats faced with a political dilemma.

Obama Hopes for Deal Before Senate Goes 'Nuclear'

July 15, 2013

President Barack Obama would like to see senators work something out at tonight’s extraordinary meeting in the Old Senate Chamber to streamline the confirmations of his nominees, but he will ultimately defer to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s effort to deploy the “nuclear option” if they don’t.

Napolitano Departure in Fall Likely to Add Wrinkle to Immigration Overhaul Efforts

July 12, 2013

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s decision to leave the Cabinet this fall means President Barack Obama will have to find a replacement just as deliberations over an immigration overhaul may reach their peak.

GOP Border Security, Health Mandate Concerns Rebuffed by White House

July 10, 2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the president’s record on border security Wednesday and dismissed concerns raised by members of both parties over the legality of delaying the employer health care mandate of the Affordable Care Act for a year.

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