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Steven T. Dennis

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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:

Boehner Predicts He Will Keep Speaker's Gavel, Calls Putin a 'Thug'

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.

The Giant Transportation Budget Gap in One CBO Chart

Feb. 26, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office, in one chart, sums up the looming disaster in the nation’s highway trust fund:

Rep. John Dingell's Retirement Announcement

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:

Boehner, Obama to Meet in Oval Office

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.

Social Security Cuts Still 'on the Table' but Not in Obama's Budget

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.”

Debt Limit Could Have Been Exempt From Filibuster

Feb. 20, 2014

Last week’s climactic vote to advance a suspension of the debt limit didn’t have to be so hard.

Carney: Democrats Will Not Lose the Senate

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.

Senate Votes to Send Debt Limit to Obama With Help From Republican Leaders (Updated)

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.

Biden Boasts Democrats Want Him to Campaign for Them

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.

Polls Show No Impact From State of the Union Address

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.

Minimum Wage Hike Appears DOA in House

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.

Deep Partisan Split on Obama Speech

Jan. 28, 2014

Democrats loved the president’s speech; Republicans hated it. What else is new?

Obama Tries to Put Snowden Behind Him

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.

Harry Reid Evolves on Marijuana

Jan. 16, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid’s position on legalizing medical marijuana has evolved.

Obama Redoubles Push Against Iran Sanctions Bill

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.

White House Looks Past Congress for Its Agenda

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.

Subdued Obama Hopes for Better 2014

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.

Obama Announces Plan to Name Baucus Ambassador to China (Updated)

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.

Obama Would Veto Iran Sanctions Bill

Dec. 19, 2013

Shortly after 26 senators signed on to a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, the White House declared it veto bait.

Podesta Apologizes for 'Jonestown' Remark After Getting Ripped by Boehner Spokesman

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.

State of the Union Set for Jan. 28

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.

Budget Deal Is Better Than Nothing for Weakened Obama

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.

Budget Deal Would Up Spending, Avert Another Government Shutdown

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.

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