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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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Cantor Announces He’s Stepping Down, Backs McCarthy for Leader (Video)

June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced Wednesday afternoon he will resign his leadership post and endorsed Kevin McCarthy of California to replace him.

Eric Cantor Defeat a Victory for Ted Cruz?

June 10, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz’s staff appeared to be in a celebratory mood Tuesday after Eric Cantor’s shocking loss Tuesday night, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

White House: Don't Blame Immigration for Eric Cantor's Shocking Loss

June 10, 2014

Updated 10:14 p.m. | The White House looked to spin the shocking loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday night, as President Barack Obama tries to salvage what appears to be sinking hopes for an immigration overhaul Tuesday night.

Boehner to Obama: Stop the Lectures

June 10, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner has a message for President Barack Obama: Stop with the lectures already.

Obamas Try to Save the Bees and Butterflies

June 9, 2014

Will President Barack Obama save the honeybees and monarch butterflies? He — and First Lady Michelle Obama — apparently want to try.

On Climate Change, Landrieu Stands With Coal, Against Obama

June 8, 2014

Updated: June 6, 9:06 a.m. | Sen. Mary L. Landrieu will head to a coal-fired power plant Monday, to emphasize her opposition to President Barack Obama’s goal to take a big whack at coal as part of his plan to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

The Shrinking Obamacare Individual Mandate

June 6, 2014

It’s the tax at the heart of Obamacare, but just more than 1 percent of Americans will end up paying it, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

Obama: No Apology for Bergdahl Deal

June 5, 2014

President Barack Obama said Thursday he would “make no apologies” for freeing five Taliban detainees in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release.

Leak Could Have Killed Bergdahl, Administration Warns

June 5, 2014

The Obama administration is pushing back as frustrated senators question the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Carney 2013 Statement: No Detainee Transfer 'Without Consulting With Congress'

June 3, 2014

Amid charges from Speaker John A. Boehner that the Obama administration intentionally kept the swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials from Congress, new criticism emerged regarding a statement last year by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

When asked by NBC News' Kristen Welker about the potential of exchanging the five officials for Bergdahl on June 21, 2013, Carney said the White House would follow the law and consult with Congress before making any decisions.

"We would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress," Carney said. "At this time we’ve made no decisions about the transfer of detainees. And in accordance with law, we would be consulting with Congress should we make any decisions about that ... [but] on these specific issues about individual detainees, that would be a process that is done in accordance with law."

Bergdahl 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty'

June 3, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be prosecuted for the circumstances surrounding his capture by the Taliban, but is “innocent until proven guilty,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested Tuesday.

Bergdahl Deal Didn't Break Law, White House Insists (Video)

June 3, 2014

The prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was legal, the White House insisted Tuesday, as President Barack Obama defended the deal at a news conference in Poland.

Dingell: Clean Air Act Not Intended to Regulate Climate Change

June 2, 2014

The dean of the House, Rep. John D. Dingell, said Monday that the Obama administration isn’t using the Clean Air Act as it was intended by imposing new rules regulating greenhouse gases to combat climate change.

Obama Power Plant Rules Take a Big Swing at Big Coal

June 2, 2014

President Barack Obama is bypassing Congress to take a big swing at Big Coal — with the EPA announcing a sweeping new cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

A Spectacular Math Fail on EPA Rule Costs

June 2, 2014

Sen. Roy Blunt’s office sent out a press release with a spectacular math fail that made the new EPA regulations on power plants look far more expensive than even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s own study suggests.

Unemployment Extension: Score One for Gridlock

June 1, 2014

It’s official: Gridlock is winning the battle over an unemployment extension. It’s June 1, the day after a Senate-passed unemployment benefits extension would have expired, and advocates are no closer to restoring them.

Secret Hillary Clinton Lunch Update: Jay Carney Doesn't Tell All

May 30, 2014

Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended President Barack Obama’s right to meet secretly with people of his choosing, blaming the lack of transparency about a lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday in part on timing.

Obama Announces Eric Shinseki's Resignation (Updated) (Video)

May 30, 2014

Updated 11:53 a.m. | President Barack Obama announced Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation Friday morning, following numerous calls from Congress for new leadership in the wake of the VA scandal.

Josh Earnest's Flashback Friday

May 30, 2014

Josh Earnest is about to have a big new job as the next White House press secretary. Since it’s Flashback Friday, we dug up another story about one of Earnest’s career moves — 12 years ago.

Obama's Secret Lunch With Hillary Clinton

May 29, 2014

I was about to leave the White House after a ho-hum day as pool reporter Thursday when Yahoo’s Olivier Knox noticed a tweet from People Magazine indicating Hillary Rodham Clinton had met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

No Vote of 'Confidence' in Eric Shinseki From Carney

May 29, 2014

“Confidence” is the one word the White House isn’t willing to say it has in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Obama Gives Boehner One More Chance to Pass Immigration (Updated) (Video)

May 27, 2014

Updated 8:20 a.m. May 28 | President Barack Obama won’t act to reduce deportations on his own until the end of the summer — giving Speaker John A. Boehner one more chance to vote on an immigration overhaul.

Isla Vista Shooting Prompts Consideration of Mental Health Bills

May 27, 2014

Mental health bills are getting a fresh look after the Isla Vista massacre, with lawmakers in both chambers and both parties pushing Congress to act.

Obama Plans to Keep Troops in Afghanistan Until 2016 (Updated) (Video)

May 27, 2014

Updated 3:26 p.m. | President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he intends to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, but would pull out most of the remaining forces by the end of 2016.

Portman Never Pressed Boehner on Unemployment Extension

May 26, 2014

Rob Portman, who provided the key vote to pass an unemployment extension in the Senate, never pressed Speaker John A. Boehner to hold a vote on it in the House.

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