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.
Stories by Steven T. Dennis:
March 3, 2014
Updated 6:59 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told The Cincinnati Enquirer he will seek to remain the speaker in the next Congress and is confident his conference will keep him in the top slot.
Feb. 26, 2014
The Congressional Budget Office, in one chart, sums up the looming disaster in the nation’s highway trust fund:
Feb. 24, 2014
The dean of the House, Rep. John D. Dingell, is announcing his retirement to the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the Michigan Democrat’s speech as prepared for delivery:
Feb. 24, 2014
Updated 8:19 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner and President Barack Obama will meet in the Oval Office at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the White House schedule.
Feb. 20, 2014
Updated 2:19 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s decision to drop a proposal to trim cost-of-living increases for Social Security and many other federal benefits from his budget cheered liberals on and off Capitol Hill — although the White House clarified the offer remains “on the table.”
Feb. 20, 2014
Last week’s climactic vote to advance a suspension of the debt limit didn’t have to be so hard.
Feb. 18, 2014
Asked Tuesday about the possible Republican takeover of the Senate in the November midterms, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney rejected the premise.
Feb. 12, 2014
Updated 4:14 p.m. | The Senate voted to send a one-year debt limit suspension to President Barack Obama’s desk Wednesday, after a high-drama cliffhanger that ended when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted “aye” to end a filibuster.
Feb. 7, 2014
As he discussed his interest in a run for the presidency in 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. noted Friday that he is in demand on the stump in the midterm elections.
Feb. 1, 2014
Tens of millions of Americans watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but the speech had no appreciable impact on his depressed poll numbers.
Jan. 28, 2014
President Barack Obama will push for a hike in the minimum wage tonight during his State of the Union address, but that proposal isn’t going anywhere if Speaker John A. Boehner has anything to say about it — and he’s not a fan of the president’s newly announced decision to hike the wage for federal contractors, either.
Jan. 28, 2014
Democrats loved the president’s speech; Republicans hated it. What else is new?
Jan. 17, 2014
President Barack Obama announced a host of tweaks and trims to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs on Friday, aimed at quelling the firestorm created by Edward Snowden’s leaks.
Jan. 16, 2014
Majority Leader Harry Reid’s position on legalizing medical marijuana has evolved.
Jan. 13, 2014
The White House’s campaign to keep Congress from messing with its carefully constructed talks with Iran over its nuclear program have stepped into overdrive after support for a new round of sanctions threatens to reach veto-proof majorities.
Jan. 7, 2014
President Barack Obama is heading into the next year looking in many ways past a gridlocked Congress — eyeing regulations and other ways of acting on his stalled agenda.
Dec. 20, 2013
After the toughest year of his presidency, Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to make 2014 “a year of action” and promised to keep pushing for an immigration overhaul, an extension of unemployment benefits and other items.
Dec. 20, 2013
Updated 11:23 a.m. | It’s official — President Barack Obama announced Friday his intention to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China.
Dec. 19, 2013
Shortly after 26 senators signed on to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, the White House declared it veto bait.
Dec. 18, 2013
Updated 11:14 a.m. | Newly minted White House counselor John Podesta has apologized for a remark that likened House Republicans to a “cult worthy of Jonestown” after getting called out by Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman.
Dec. 13, 2013
President Barack Obama has accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Dec. 11, 2013
This isn’t the budget deal President Barack Obama has been seeking for the past three years. It’s certainly not the deal he might have been able to conjure a year ago, when he had Republicans desperate to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts. But for a weakened president under water in the polls and facing the prospect of endless stalemate in Congress, it appears to be better than nothing.
Dec. 10, 2013
Just in time for the holidays, Republicans and Democrats have reached a bipartisan budget deal that would avoid tax increases, shrink the sequester by $63 billion over the next two years and modestly lower the long-term deficit.