May 22, 2015

Steven T. Dennis

Bio:

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 to Havana? Would 'Relish' Cuba Trip

May 21, 2015

President Barack Obama’s bucket list for his remaining time in office has at least one sunny destination on it: Havana, Cuba.

McConnell Says Senate Could Finish Friday 'With Cooperation' (Video)

May 21, 2015

The senior senator from Kentucky might need to have a little chat with the junior senator from Kentucky.

Despite Ramadi, White House Says ISIL Strategy a Success

May 19, 2015

Despite the takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by the Islamic State terror group, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest contended Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been a success.

After Ramadi, Boehner Calls on Obama to Change Course on ISIL

May 18, 2015

The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi has Speaker John A. Boehner once again urging Barack Obama to develop a new strategy to win the war against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. But so far, the White House is staying the course.

McConnell Threatens Memorial Day Recess

May 18, 2015

It’s time to start threatening recess.

Elizabeth Warren: You Can't Trust Barack Obama's Promises

May 18, 2015

After President Barack Obama called out Elizabeth Warren for being a politician “like everybody else,” the Massachusetts senator is calling out the president, suggesting you can’t trust his promises.

Are We Losing the War Against ISIL?

May 15, 2015

It seemed like the right question to ask, with fighters from the Islamic State terror group making sweeping gains in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province in Iraq — “Are we losing this war?”

Reid: O'Malley Who? Leader Dismisses All but Clinton

May 15, 2015

Harry Reid, in classic Harry Reid style, utterly dismissed the presidential aspirations of his Senate colleague Bernard E. Sanders, former Sen. Jim Webb and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in one biting sentence in an interview airing Friday.

Takeaways From Obama's Press Conference

May 14, 2015

President Barack Obama says his fight with “Elizabeth,” as in Warren, has never been “personal.”

Reid Rips Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Over Yucca Mountain

May 14, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid is using Yucca Mountain as a club against Republican presidential candidates hoping to win his home state in 2016.

Senate Votes to Advance Fast-Track Trade Bill (Updated)

May 14, 2015

Updated 6:08 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade bill is officially back on track in the Senate, after easily topping the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster and open debate.

Senate Passes Currency Trade Bill; Boehner Calls It 'Laughable' (Updated)

May 14, 2015

Updated 2:49 p.m. | The Senate overwhelmingly passed the currency enforcement and customs trade bill Thursday, but it appears headed for oblivion in the House.

Boehner Calls Currency Trade Bill 'Laughable'

May 14, 2015

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the currency enforcement and customs trade bill Thursday, but it appears headed for oblivion in the House.

The currency provisions proposed by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., nearly sank President Barack Obama's trade agenda earlier this week, and now that it remains separate from Obama's push for Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast track, it may remain little more than a legislative sideshow.

"To think that Congress can legislate what currency evaluations are between counties is almost laughable," Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Thursday morning. "I think the Department of Treasury under the four presidents I've served with, have done a very good job of working with our allies around the world when some of these currencies get — in some people's minds — out of line. I think that's a much better approach than trying to legislate what should or shouldn't happen with regard to currency valuations.”

Senate Reaches Deal on Trade (Updated)

May 13, 2015

Updated 3:17 p.m. | Senate leaders agreed to a deal to get President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade bill back on track Wednesday, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offering separate votes first on two bills demanded by Democrats.

Obama Tries to Revive Fast-Track Trade Bill After 'SNAFU' (Updated) (Video)

May 12, 2015

Updated 7:52 p.m. | President Barack Obama — and Senate Democratic leaders — are working to resurrect his trade agenda, according to aides on the Hill and in the administration.

Democrats Filibuster Obama's Fast-Track Trade Bill (Updated) (Video)

May 12, 2015

Updated 5:49 p.m. | The Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s top trade priority Tuesday, with the president’s own party abandoning him en masse.

White House Brushes Off Fast-Track Failure As Temporary 'SNAFU' (Updated)

May 12, 2015

Updated 2:32 p.m. | The White House is brushing off what is now expected to be the imminent filibuster of President Barack Obama’s fast-track bill on the Senate floor, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest blaming a “procedural SNAFU” for Democrats planning to vote en masse to block it.

Barack Obama's Hillary Clinton Problem

May 12, 2015

You knew it was coming: The White House is starting to get a case of Clintonitis.

Obama Condemns Baltimore Riots, Urges Political Action

April 28, 2015

President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned rioters in Baltimore as criminals, but urged a broader political mobilization to improve urban communities where poverty, drugs, a lack of education and a lack of fathers lead to a combustible mix.

Obama Orders Review of Strike That Killed Two Hostages

April 23, 2015

President Barack Obama said Thursday he has ordered a full review of the January operation that killed two hostages held by al-Qaida at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In an eight-minute address to reporters, Obama said it is “a cruel and bitter truth” that in the “fog of war … mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes, can occur.”

“I profoundly regret what happened,” he said.

Senator Calls Lynch Confirmation Delay 'Disgusting'

April 23, 2015

Shortly before advancing Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination Thursday, Sen. Claire McCaskill slammed the delay on the confirmation vote on the floor, calling out Republicans for practicing base politics aimed at “the cheap seats.”

“[It] doesn’t get any uglier than this,” McCaskill said, a former prosecutor herself. “It is beyond depressing. It’s disgusting … She is a prosecutor’s prosecutor. She’s prosecuted more terrorists than almost anyone on the planet.”

The Senate voted to cut off a filibuster on the nomination, 66-34, and later confirmed Lynch, 56-43.

McConnell Sets Thursday Vote on Loretta Lynch

April 21, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a Thursday cloture vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general after breaking a logjam over amendments to the human trafficking bill.

Leahy Slams McConnell Push to Extend NSA Surveillance Authority

April 21, 2015

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy vowed to block efforts by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to extend authorization to collect phone and other records of Americans in bulk through 2020.

Harry Reid a 'Hell No' on Obama's Fast Track Push (Video)

April 21, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday his advice to Sen. Ron Wyden is to “slow down” so-called “fast-track” trade legislation.

Gyrocopter Aftermath: Schumer's on It

April 16, 2015

Sen. Charles E. Schumer has questions on the gyrocopter. A “whole lot” of them.

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