July 29, 2015

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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Why GOP's Obamacare Reconciliation Effort Is Doomed

July 28, 2015

Republicans are touting — again — another doomed effort to repeal Obamacare while President Barack Obama remains president.

Hillary Clinton Won't Tell Keystone XL Position Until 2017

July 28, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton had an unusual dodge for a yes-or-no question from a voter on whether she would sign a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline: Wait until I’m president.

Obama Dings Cruz, Cotton, Huckabee and Trump

July 27, 2015

In a news conference in Ethiopia, President Barack Obama responded at length to Mike Huckabee’s comment that the Iran deal is marching Israelis to “the door of the oven” — saying it was part of a pattern of attacks that “would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so sad.”

Despite Rebukes, Ted Cruz Doubles Down on Charge McConnell Lied (Updated)

July 26, 2015

Updated 5:05 p.m. | The Senate opened Sunday with a reading by the Senate President Pro Tem Orrin G. Hatch of the Senate’s rules of decorum, in an apparent rebuke of Sen. Ted Cruz calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on Friday. And things got more personal from there.

Ted Cruz Hasn't Corrected CodePink Debate Flub

July 24, 2015

A day later, Sen. Ted Cruz still hasn’t acknowledged he flubbed one on Iran during a debate with CodePink.

Ted Cruz Gets One Wrong on Iran Deal

July 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz flubbed one Thursday in his impromptu debate on the Iran deal.

Senate Votes to Advance Highway Bill (Updated)

July 22, 2015

Updated 8:31 p.m. | The Senate broke a logjam late Wednesday to advance a bipartisan highway bill despite several top Democrats voting to filibuster the package.

White House Faults GOP for Sanctuary Cities

July 22, 2015

The White House is dismissing efforts to crack down on “sanctuary cities” and the administration blames Republicans for failing to pass an immigration bill.

White House Keeps Up Export-Import Bank Push

July 22, 2015

President Barack Obama is pushing hard for a deal reviving the Export-Import Bank before Congress heads home for the August recess — Donald Trump notwithstanding.

Obama 'Will Veto' Defense Bill Over Guantanamo (Video)

July 22, 2015

“The president will veto it.”

Defund Planned Parenthood? Sounds Like Veto Bait

July 22, 2015

Don’t expect President Barack Obama to agree to sign anything defunding Planned Parenthood.

Iran Gets Everything for Free if Congress Overrides Deal, White House Says (Updated)

July 17, 2015

Updated 4:16 p.m. | White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest warned Iran would get what it wants even if Congress overrides the Iran nuclear deal.

Confident Obama Challenges Iran Deal Critics

July 15, 2015

A confident and combative President Barack Obama said Wednesday critics of his nuclear deal with Iran haven’t offered up a logical alternative.

GOP Cries Foul on Obama's Commutations of Drug Offenses

July 14, 2015

A group of House Republicans led by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte torched President Barack Obama’s use of the pardon power to commute sentences of drug offenders and is demanding answers from Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Players to Watch in the Iran Deal Debate

July 14, 2015

Congress rushed to react to President Barack Obama’s Iran deal Tuesday — and will have plenty to chew through in the next two months or so before voting on it.

Iran Deal Faces Test in Congress (Updated) (Video)

July 14, 2015

Updated 9:55 a.m. | President Barack Obama’s Iran deal will face a moment of truth in Congress within the next three months, but seems very likely to clear that hurdle.

Senate Democrats Warn White House on Iran Arms Embargo

July 13, 2015

Ending the arms embargo on Iran — something White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to rule out Monday — is causing the administration trouble with Capitol Hill Democrats.

Will Obama's Criminal Justice Efforts End in Big Amnesty?

July 13, 2015

After President Barack Obama’s immigration legislation push collapsed on Capitol Hill, he embarked on a massive executive amnesty.

White House on Cuba: Ambassador? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Ambassador

July 13, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement on Fox News Sunday that it’s unlikely the Senate will confirm any nominee as ambassador to Cuba doesn’t sit well at the White House.

Josh Earnest Pre-Sells Iran Deal

July 13, 2015

The ink isn’t dry yet on an Iran deal, but the White House already sounds ready to blast its critics as warmongers.

Katherine Archuleta Resigns as OPM Director (Updated)

July 10, 2015

Updated 1:17 p.m. | Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday as director of the Office of Personnel Management, one day after disclosing that tens of millions of OPM accounts had been hacked — far more than initially disclosed.

Josh Earnest Torches GOP on Confederate Flag, Scalise, Donald Trump (Updated)

July 9, 2015

Updated 3:43 p.m. | White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest ripped House Republicans in the dispute over flying Confederate flags in federal cemeteries — tying it to the election of Rep. Steve Scalise as majority whip and the recent remarks by Donald Trump, though not by name.

Obama Ties Budget Veto Threat to National Security

July 6, 2015

President Barack Obama tied his veto threats on the budget to national security Monday, calling things such as education, research and other items key, over the long term, to the defense of the United States.

Obama Launches Preemptive Strike on Scott Walker, 2016 GOP Field

July 2, 2015

President Barack Obama touted his push for a host of benefits for workers in Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin — while lampooning the rest of the 2016 GOP field.

Defying Boehner, Obama to Open Cuba Embassy (Updated)

July 1, 2015

Updated 1:41 p.m. | Defying Speaker John A. Boehner, President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba and reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana.

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