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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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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.

Perez Offers to Negotiate Unemployment Extension With Boehner

May 7, 2014

With an unemployment extension stalled in the House, Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez sent a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, offering to negotiate on a range of job-creation measures and urging the speaker to act.

Not Just Benghazi Committee: Iran-Contra Had Partisan Makeup Too

May 7, 2014

Democrats are demanding equal representation on the new Benghazi Committee, but Congress has a history of giving the majority not only the gavel but the power to wield it.

Obama Threatens Tax Cut Veto as Unemployment Extension Languishes

May 6, 2014

The White House threatened to veto a new $156 billion corporate tax cut proposed by House Republicans, noting the same group has refused to act on an unemployment extension.

'Zero' Chance Congress Can Block Obama's Climate Change Regulations, Podesta Says

May 5, 2014

The centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second term may be sweeping climate change regulations, and he isn’t about to let Congress rein him in.

Obama Backs Shinseki Amid Calls to Resign (Updated)

May 5, 2014

Updated 6:22 p.m. | The White House is backing Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after he faced calls to resign Monday over allegations that veterans died waiting for care in Phoenix and other problems in his department.

White House May Not Cooperate With New Benghazi Committee

May 5, 2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney repeatedly refused to say on Monday whether the White House would cooperate with a new Benghazi committee.

Another Ugly Poll for Obama

May 5, 2014

These aren’t the poll results President Barack Obama is looking for. A new USA Today/Pew poll has ugly numbers for the president’s Democratic Party ahead of the midterm elections and even uglier figures for the president.

Gallup Poll Finds Big Drop in Uninsured in Boost to Obamacare

May 5, 2014

Reporters have been inundated in recent months with spin from the White House and Capitol Hill over all of those sign-ups for health insurance under Obamacare, but a new Gallup poll is hard to dispute.

Unemployment Extension Fodder for Obama WHCD Joke

May 5, 2014

The long-stalled unemployment extension in Congress became fodder for one of President Barack Obama’s zingers at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over the weekend.

Harry Reid, Citing Donald Sterling Ban, Tells NFL to End Redskins 'Tradition of Racism'

April 30, 2014

Citing the NBA's ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the NFL should change the name of the Washington Redskins to end the moniker's "tradition of racism."

"How long will the NFL continue to do nothing, zero, as one of its teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans?" the Nevada Democrat asked Wednesday on the Senate floor.

"It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try and hide behind tradition. Tradition, that's what he says, in refusing to change the name of the team. Madam President, tradition?

A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake."

Unemployment Extension Negotiations Continue: Boehner Gives Heller His Demands (Updated)

April 29, 2014

Updated 6:20 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner talked to the leading Republican pushing for an unemployment insurance extension, telling Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on Tuesday that he won’t budge from demands for add-ons that would create jobs before he will put the measure on the House floor.

Rep. Michael Grimm Expected to Be Indicted (Updated)

April 25, 2014

Updated 7:36 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm is expected to be indicted on federal charges in New York, his attorney and a source familiar with the case confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

Video Shows Boehner Mocking Colleagues on Immigration

April 24, 2014

A video clip has been posted of Speaker John A. Boehner mocking his colleagues’ reluctance to take on an immigration overhaul today while campaigning for re-election in Ohio:

Obama's Drug Clemency Push Slammed by House GOP Chairman

April 23, 2014

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte ripped President Barack Obama’s new plans to grant clemency to potentially thousands of nonviolent drug offenders Wednesday.

White House, Perez Continue Unemployment Extension Push (Updated)

April 21, 2014

Updated 4:40 p.m. | The White House and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continue to press the House to pass an unemployment benefits extension — but so far there’s no word of a new offer to sweeten the pot for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Obama Not Considering Arms to Ukraine, Plans to Call Putin

April 14, 2014

Senators in both parties have said arms for Ukraine should be on the table as that country faces down a threat from Russian President Vladimir Putin, but President Barack Obama has no plans to go there.

Burwell Should Expect Tough Questions, Easy Confirmation

April 11, 2014

President Barack Obama said Friday he assumes the Senate will easily confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services — and he’s almost certainly right.

Sebelius Resigning; Burwell to Take Place

April 10, 2014

Updated 8:37 p.m. | Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning and President Barack Obama will replace her with OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Republicans Block Pay Equity Bill (Updated)

April 9, 2014

Updated 12:45 p.m. | Senate Republicans filibustered a debate on a Democratic pay equity bill backed by President Barack Obama Wednesday.

Unemployment Extension: Senate Passage Puts Bill in Boehner's Court

April 7, 2014

The Senate’s vote late Monday to pass an unemployment extension doesn’t mean the more than 2 million people who have lost their benefits can rest easy — the House isn’t likely to touch the issue until the end of the month, if at all.

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