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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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Obama Demands Improvements at VA, but Doesn't Fire Shinseki (Video)

May 21, 2014

Updated 2:07 p.m. | President Barack Obama is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki make immediate improvements for veterans, but has decided not to fire him, for now, as a scandal over allegations of manipulated wait time reports spreads to dozens of facilities.

Unemployment Extension Amendment Offered on Tax Cut Bill

May 17, 2014

Sen. Jack Reed wants to add a one-year unemployment extension to the Senate’s $85 billion tax cut bill, but his amendment is a long-shot to pass the Senate, let alone become law.

Obama Goes Populist (Video)

May 17, 2014

With midterm elections just around the corner, President Barack Obama is sharpening his populist rhetoric against the GOP.

'We Have a Commitment From John Boehner' on Immigration, Jarrett Says (Updated)

May 16, 2014

Updated 10:03 a.m. | The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the story folks are talking about: senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett telling a Las Vegas conference “we have a commitment from John Boehner” on immigration.

White House Deploys Rob Nabors to Help Shinseki Fix VA

May 15, 2014

One of President Barack Obama’s closest advisers, Rob Nabors, has been deployed to help fix troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the wake of damaging stories of veterans dying while waiting for care and calls from some lawmakers in Congress for the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Obama: Senate Needs to Change 'How a Filibuster Works'

May 15, 2014

President Barack Obama endorsed more changes to the filibuster rules in the Senate in a speech Wednesday, remarks that will encourage senators who want to deploy the “nuclear option” again.

Reid on Tax Extenders: We Won't 'Pull the Plug' Before Economy Recovers

May 13, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday defended the Senate's $85 billion tax cut extension package, saying millions of Americans are still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis.

"It wasn't all that long ago that the economy was in the throes of the great recession," the Nevada Democrat said during his opening remarks on the Senate floor. "We will not pull the plug before our nation's recovery is complete. By passing this tax extenders package, we will build our nation's economy more quickly."

White House Stops Short of Veto Threat on Tax Extenders Bill (Video)

May 13, 2014

The White House wants the Senate’s $85 billion tax extenders bill amended so that it does not add to the deficit, but stopped short of issuing a veto threat Tuesday.

'Immigration Reform' Must Move Soon in House, Obama Says

May 13, 2014

President Barack Obama said Tuesday there are only two or three months left for the House to act on an immigration overhaul, accusing a just a handful of Republicans of “blocking immigration reform.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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