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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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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.

Club for Growth 'Key Votes' Against Farm Bill Again

July 10, 2013

The Club for Growth told lawmakers Wednesday that it would key vote against the House farm bill, despite GOP leadership’s plans to drop food stamps from the measure.

GOP Fired Up Over Mandate Delay

July 9, 2013

President Barack Obama’s decision to delay enforcement of the employer health mandate last week had GOP leaders crying foul Tuesday and pushing for a broader repeal of the health care law.

Obama Zings Congress on Reorganization Authority

July 8, 2013

President Barack Obama made another pitch Monday for Congress to give him fast-track authority to reorganize the federal government after lawmakers ignored his request to do so last year.

Obama Skips Past Congress Again With Health Mandate Delay

July 5, 2013

President Barack Obama’s latest legal end run around Congress — delaying enforcement of the employer health mandate — has sparked more questions about whether he’s abusing his executive discretion under the Constitution.

Obama Delays Employer Mandate in Big Win for Business

July 2, 2013

The White House is delaying the employer health mandate of the Affordable Care Act by one year, bowing to corporate pressure and sparking another round of calls from Republicans to repeal the law.

DNC Chairwoman Warns GOP on Hypocrisy for Transportation Projects

June 28, 2013

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned Republicans during an Appropriations Committee markup that they will be exposed for hypocrisy if they vote in committee to kill transportation funding in their districts while backing the projects back home.

Defense of Marriage Act Overturned; Prop 8 Falls

June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional in a major victory for advocates of gay marriage and a blow to House Republican leaders. California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage also fell, with the court ruling that the appellants did not have standing to appeal a lower court decision overturning the law.

Obama, Hill Leaders Talked Foreign Policy

June 25, 2013

An hourlong meeting between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday afternoon was exclusively about foreign policy, according to an aide to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Obama to Meet With Hill Leaders Tuesday

June 24, 2013

President Barack Obama will meet with the top four Congressional leaders on Tuesday at the White House — with student loans, immigration and the budget among the topics expected to be discussed.

Obama's Climate Plan Looks Past Congress

June 24, 2013

Congress had its chance on climate change. Now, the president is ready to go it alone.

Carney Accuses China of Releasing Fugitive Snowden

June 24, 2013

China is back on the White House’s naughty list after letting Edward Snowden leave Hong Kong, and Russia has a chance to get on the nice list.

Farm Bill's Failure Poisons Well in House

June 20, 2013

Updated 6:23 p.m. | The House’s stunning defeat of the farm bill Thursday dealt another blow to Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership and set off a poisonous round of partisan finger-pointing that raised questions about the ability of the chamber to craft bipartisan deals on immigration, the budget and the debt later this year.

Murkowski Backs Gay Marriage

June 19, 2013

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has become the 54th sitting senator, and third Republican, to back gay marriage.

Boehner and the Immigration Revolt

June 18, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner looked to cut off a budding revolt Tuesday when he told his fellow Republicans that he couldn’t see a way to bring a bill to the floor without majority GOP support — a move that alarmed Democrats and appeared to shrink the chances of a bill reaching the president’s desk.

Boehner's Immigration Stance Alarms Menendez

June 18, 2013

Sen. Robert Menendez questioned Speaker John A. Boehner’s commitment to an immigration overhaul after the Ohio Republican said Tuesday he could not see bringing a bill to the floor that did not have majority Republican support.

Obama's Syria Finding Lauded by GOP Hawks

June 13, 2013

President Barack Obama’s decision to bolster military support to the Syrian rebels following a determination that the Assad regime used chemical weapons brought cheers from hawks in Congress — as well as calls for consultation.

GOP Blocks NSA, Sexual Assault Amendments

June 13, 2013

House members won’t be voting on National Security Agency surveillance — or a high-profile amendment on military sexual assaults — after Republicans on the Rules Committee blocked several amendments from floor consideration late last night.

CIA Deputy Retires to Spend More 'Time With My Family'

June 12, 2013

CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morrell, who did the final, controversial editing of the much-discussed Benghazi talking points last year, is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

Former Rep. Rick Renzi Convicted in Corruption Case

June 11, 2013

A jury convicted former Rep. Rick Renzi of 17 out of 32 counts in his federal corruption trial in Tucson, Ariz., Tuesday, including convictions for wire fraud, conspiracy and extortion stemming from his time in office.

Obama Urges Congress to Pass Immigration Bill by End of Summer

June 11, 2013

With the Senate voting Tuesday afternoon to begin consideration of its immigration overhaul measure, President Barack Obama pushed Congress to send him a bill to sign into law by the end of the summer and not miss an opportunity to deal with a problem that has festered for decades.

Boehner Promises Fair Farm Bill Process

June 10, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday that he and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will urge an open farm bill debate when the bill comes to the floor later this month — and will support efforts to amend the bill on the floor.

Ayotte Backs Immigration Bill

June 9, 2013

Sen. Kelly Ayotte announced Sunday that she will back the bipartisan immigration overhaul — giving it a boost as it heads to the Senate floor this week.

Speaker Warns Against Shutdown Threat

June 6, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner is challenging the White House to take the possibility of a government shutdown off the table this fall, after the administration issued a broad veto threat earlier this week.

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