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Kathleen Hunter is part of Roll Call's House leadership reporting team and writes about politically contentious topics ranging from repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to immigration to the latest developments in the flap over whether the White House offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job to discouraging him from challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. At Roll Call, Kate has focused on covering factions within the Democratic Caucus, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition, with on emphasis on those groups' interactions with leadership.
Prior to coming to Roll Call in 2010, Kate spent four years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly. Kate has also worked at Stateline.org, where she covered trends in state policy and politics, and at the Chapel Hill News in North Carolina, where she covered local government. Kate is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in journalism and political science and was the 2001-02 editor-in-chief of the award-winning campus newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel.
Hunter no longer works at Roll Call.
House Democrats appeared to inch closer to a plan for action on President Barack Obamas $858 billion tax cut deal, even as they continued to vent Tuesday night about the proposal he negotiated with Senate Republicans.
The House will take up a stand-alone bill repealing the dont ask, dont tell policy that bars openly gay service members, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday morning.
Attempts to wrap up a bitterly contentious session of Congress fell into disarray Tuesday as Republicans vowed to filibuster a one-year spending bill and Democratic infighting threatened to sink the White Houses tax cut deal.
President Barack Obamas tax cut package may have cleared a major hurdle in the Senate on Monday evening, but the measure is still far from becoming law as House Democrats continue to demand changes.
President Barack Obama on Monday night urged the House to act quickly to pass a $858 billion tax package shortly after the Senate moved one step closer to final passage.
Several veteran House Democrats insist that a return to the minority wont push them into retirement, even though historical trends suggest a wave of Democrats wont seek re-election in 2012.
The House on Thursday passed a permanent extension of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. Democratic leaders are pointing to the vote as an example of their partys efforts to help working Americans before Republicans take control of the chamber in January.
Incoming Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Thursday that he has tapped Rep. Jim Matheson, a leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, to join his Whip team in the next Congress.
Reps. George Miller and Rosa DeLauro will stay on to co-chair the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in the 112th Congress, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) expressed confidence Wednesday in the chambers ethics committee, even as the panel suspended two of its attorneys.
Reps. Raúl Grijalva and Keith Ellison were elected Wednesday evening as co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the next Congress.
One of two black Republicans elected Nov. 2 announced Wednesday that he will not join the Congressional Black Caucus.
The House will almost certainly be in session all next week and the week of Dec. 13 before adjourning for the year, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that he expects a vote Thursday on a permanent extension of expiring tax cuts for the middle class.
Several House Democrats are raising doubts about leadership plans to hold a vote to extend only middle-class tax cuts, saying the strategy designed to bolster Democrats 2012 election prospects could backfire.
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are apparently intent on holding at least one vote in the coming days on extending Bush-era tax cuts for middle-class wage earners, but there is no clear path to forging a bipartisan deal on the thorny issue.
Republicans and Democrats appear content to end the 111th Congress the way it started, by following a change election with a round of fiercely partisan fighting over an agenda that even many Democrats have little interest in.
House Democratic leaders are considering breaking at the end of this week perhaps until the week of Dec. 13 while they await Senate action on a long-term measure to fund the government as well as on other outstanding legislative items, Democratic sources said Monday.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn will lead a 12-Member Congressional delegation to Haiti observe national elections Sunday.
Rep. Bill Owens is now telling a local newspaper that he was just blowing off steam when he suggested this week that he might vote for Republican Speaker-designate John Boehner on the floor in January.
House Democrats voted last week to give the Caucus more influence over the leadership of the Steering and Policy Committee, but that may not end up changing much.
Nearly all of the Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee who won re-election on Nov. 2 have lined up behind Chairman Edolphus Towns in his battle to retain the ranking spot on that panel next Congress.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given a small nod to unhappy moderates in her Caucus by agreeing to alter the way in which co-chairmen of the Steering and Policy Committee are chosen.
Rep. Charlie Gonzalez was installed Thursday as head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which elected a new slate of leaders for the 112th Congress.
Just moments after nearly a quarter of her Caucus voted to fire her as their leader Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi vowed to make things right, using her acceptance speech to work toward party unity.