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Steven T. Dennis


Steven T. Dennis has been CQ Roll Calls White House correspondent since 2011. He also serves as Roll Calls 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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Issa Offers White House a Deal on Simas

July 24, 2014

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa is offering to allow top White House political adviser David Simas to testify via deposition instead of in a congressional hearing.

Miller Fires Back at Sanders After VA Talks Stall Over Money (Video) (Updated)

July 24, 2014

Updated 3:21 p.m. | House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., took issue with charges from Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that Miller was seeking to ram through a GOP plan to reduce wait times for medical care at the Veterans Administration.

White House 'Confident' in Case to Overturn Obamacare Ruling (Video)

July 22, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed confidence that the courts would ultimately uphold Obamacares subsidies, despite an appeals court ruling Tuesday.

Obamacare Ruling a Balm to Boehner, Headache for Obama

July 22, 2014

Just when the president and his allies on Capitol Hill were starting to feel like the Obamacare troubles were mostly behind them, an appeals court decision brought another political and legal headache and new uncertainty about the laws future Tuesday.

Earnest: WH 'Confident' in Legal Basis for Health Care Law

July 22, 2014

The White House doubled-down on its support for the 2010 health care law Tuesday, following a federal appeals court ruling that some say could derail the law's success.

"You don't need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making.

Obama Wants 'Immediate' Cease-Fire in Gaza

July 21, 2014

President Barack Obama called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza Monday, after an invasion and air assault by Israel in response to rocked attacks by Hamas left hundreds dead.

Obama Convenes Meeting on Border Crisis as Flood of Migrants Slows

July 21, 2014

The flood of unaccompanied child migrants crossing the Southwest border has slowed this month to about 150 a day, but a $3.7 billion border supplemental remains critical, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

July 21, 2014

Updated 12:00 p.m. | President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday banning discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people without a broad religious exemption included in the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Central American Presidents to Meet Obama on Immigration Crisis

July 18, 2014

Hoping to stem the child migrant criss, President Barack Obama will meet next Friday with President Otto Prez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernndez of Honduras, and President Salvador Snchez Cern of El Salvador, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

Obama Goes From Tragedy to Guacamole

July 18, 2014

Updated 2:17 p.m. | Minutes after giving a somber statement in the briefing room on the Malaysia Airlines disaster and the war in Gaza, Obama was cracking jokes about guacamole and ice cream.

Obama Pushes Putin Amid 'Outrage' Over Malaysian Airlines Jet (Video)

July 18, 2014

President Barack Obama sounded outrage over the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines jet, but isnt ready to pin the blame definitively on Russian-backed separatists or Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Obama to Hispanic Caucus: Migrants Will Get Due Process

July 16, 2014

President Barack Obama, whos bound to be hammered no matter what action he takes on the Texas border crisis, tried to reassure skeptical allies Wednesday, telling members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that Central American migrants rights to due process would be honored even as hes pushing to accelerate the process for deporting them.

White House: Issa 'Throwing Out Subpoenas Like Candy on Halloween' (Updated)

July 16, 2014

Updated 6:19 p.m. | White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest accused House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa of engaging in shenanigans by subpoenaing top White House political adviser David Simas.

Obama to Congress: Hands Off D.C.'s Marijuana Policy

July 14, 2014

The White House has a message for Congress hands off the District of Columbia, including its new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

Issa Refuses to Drop Simas Subpoena After White House Plea (Updated)

July 14, 2014

Updated 9:35 a.m. July 15 | House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa is still demanding for now that top White House political adviser David Simas appear on Capitol Hill Wednesday, despite a plea Monday from the top White House lawyer that the subpoena be dropped.

House Resolution Authorizes Suing Obama Over Affordable Care Act

July 10, 2014

House Republicans plan to sue President Barack Obama for failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act, according to a resolution authorizing the lawsuit posted on the House Rules Committee website.

Harry Reid Torches House Leaders Over VA, Lawsuit, Benghazi (Video)

July 9, 2014

House Republican leaders are acting like one-time LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, kicking dirt at the umpire to distract the nation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday morning.

Reid: House GOP 'Kicking Dirt' to Distract Nation With Obama Lawsuit

July 9, 2014

House Republican leaders are acting like one-time LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, "kicking dirt at the umpire" to distract the nation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday morning.

The Nevada Democrat torched GOP leaders for pursuing "stunts" such as a lawsuit against President Barack Obama and for spending $3.3 million on the select Benghazi committee.

Reid, who also accused House Republicans of blocking a deal to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, recalled Lasorda's legendary fights with umpires, which he said were often stunts intended to distract from other problems on his team.

And he said GOP leaders are doing the same thing.

Reid: There is a 'Crisis' at Southern Border

July 8, 2014

At his weekly news conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not address any Democratic objections to the White House's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for child migrants and wildfires, instead deferring to Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski.

"No one has seen any legislative language; Mikulski is going to have a hearing Thursday. I think we'll know more then," Reid said. "We have to pass emergency supplemental [funding], to provide resources to deal with the crisis at the border, and we do have a crisis at the border."

Obama Still Needs Congress to Show Him the Money

July 8, 2014

President Barack Obama may be just about done with this Congress, but theres one thing he cant do without money.

Robert McDonald Nomination May Stem the Bleeding in VA Health Scandal (Video)

June 30, 2014

President Barack Obamas pick of Robert McDonald as secretary of Veterans Affairs earned quick plaudits from Republicans in Congress Sunday a welcome bit of good news for a White House that has been besieged by the VA scandal.

Obama Acting 'Without Congress' on Immigration; House GOP Unable to 'Pass a Darn Bill'

June 30, 2014

President Barack Obama will not wait any longer for House Republicans to pass an immigration bill, after Speaker John A. Boehner told him he will not allow a vote this year, the president said Monday.

"Last week he informed me that Republicans will continue to block immigration reform at least for the remainder of this year," Obama said Monday in a Rose Garden statement where he announced he would go it alone on immigration, "without Congress," as far as he can.

Obama said he believes Boehner when he says he wants to pass an immigration bill, but he hasn't been able to pass anything despite a year and a half of trying.

"America cannot wait forever for them to act," Obama said.

Immigration Bill Officially Dead: Boehner Tells Obama No Vote This Year, President Says (Updated) (Video)

June 30, 2014

Updated 3:43 p.m. | President Barack Obama will not wait any longer for House Republicans to pass an immigration bill, after Speaker John A. Boehner told him he will not allow a vote this year, the president said Monday.

Obama Knocks GOP on Unemployment Extension, Tax Cuts for Wealthy (Video)

June 27, 2014

President Barack Obama attacked Republicans Friday for failing to pass an unemployment extension or anything else on his agenda while voting for a tax cut for the wealthy.

Obama Dismisses Boehner 'Stunt,' Talks Immigration (Updated)

June 27, 2014

Updated 9:59 a.m. | President Barack Obama dismissed Speaker John A. Boehners plan to sue over his executive actions as a stunt in a wide-ranging ABC News interview, in which he also told parents in Central America to stop sending their children to the U.S. border.

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