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Jennifer Bendery


Jennifer Bendery is Roll Call’s White House correspondent. Prior to taking over the beat in January 2010, she covered House and Senate leadership for three years. Jennifer’s other experience includes four years of reporting on the Texas State Legislature for GalleryWatch in Austin, Texas, and three years of covering health care policy for a number of national weekly newsletters based in Providence, R.I. She also worked in marketing for the San Francisco offices of book publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Bendery no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Jennifer Bendery:

Tax Talks Met With Brickbats

Dec. 1, 2010

Even as a bipartisan task force began trying to reach a deal on tax cuts Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans in Congress made it clear that neither side has any interest in compromise.

Powell to Meet With Obama on START

Dec. 1, 2010

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell will sit down with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden on Wednesday to discuss, among other things, how to advance the stalled Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the White House announced.

Bipartisan Tax Talks Set for Wednesday Morning

Nov. 30, 2010

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Budget Director Jacob Lew will meet with lawmakers Wednesday morning in what will be their first attempt at forging a bipartisan, bicameral compromise on extending Bush-era tax cuts, a White House official said Tuesday night.

Aides Disagree Whether GOP Softened Stance at White House Meeting

Nov. 30, 2010

Senior Democratic and Republican aides are sparring over whether GOP leaders sounded a newly conciliatory tone in Tuesday’s meeting with President Barack Obama.

Biden and Issa Talk Oversight

Nov. 30, 2010

Lost in the buzz over President Barack Obama’s Tuesday meeting with Capitol Hill leaders is news of Vice President Joseph Biden meeting with Rep. Darrell Issa.

Republicans Will Hold Firm With Obama

Nov. 30, 2010

Top Republicans are already previewing their message to President Barack Obama in Tuesday’s bipartisan huddle with Hill leaders: Work with us or watch out.

Obama Taps Geithner, Lew to Help Resolve Tax Cut Debate

Nov. 30, 2010

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he is appointing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Budget Director Jacob Lew to work with representatives of both parties “to break through this logjam” over extending Bush-era tax cuts.

Obama Receives Stitches After Basketball Game

Nov. 26, 2010

President Barack Obama received 12 stitches in his lip after a basketball game Friday with friends and members of his family in town for the holiday.

Obama Seeks Bipartisanship as Scott Cites GOP Political Capital

Nov. 25, 2010

President Barack Obama called on lawmakers Thursday to tap into the spirit of the holidays and work together in the coming weeks, while Rep.-elect Austin Scott (R-Ga.) countered that Republicans are ready to push their agenda following their electoral wave.

CHC Divided on Immigration Reform Strategy

Nov. 24, 2010

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are struggling to settle on their priorities for the lame-duck session.

White House, McConnell Condemn North Korean Attack

Nov. 23, 2010

President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell finally have something in common: their joint condemnation of North Korea’s attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

Biden, Kerry Plot Path Forward for START

Nov. 22, 2010

Vice President Joseph Biden met with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Monday to map out a strategy for passing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, but they still face a heavy lift overcoming resistance from key Republicans.

Obama Huddles With House Critics of South Korean Trade Pact

Nov. 18, 2010

Members of the House Trade Working Group emerged from a private meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday feeling heartened about the prospects for revamping U.S. trade policy.

Obama Makes Hard Push for Senate Action on START

Nov. 18, 2010

President Barack Obama declared Thursday that he is confident the Senate has the votes to pass the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in the lame-duck session, despite a snub from a pivotal GOP Senator earlier this week.

Obama Faces Bipartisan Questions on Afghan Strategy

Nov. 18, 2010

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers appealed to President Barack Obama on Thursday to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Obama to Meet With House Members on Korean Trade Pact

Nov. 17, 2010

President Barack Obama will sit down with a dozen Members of the House Trade Working Group on Thursday to discuss the next steps for advancing a free-trade agreement with South Korea.

Democrats Not Too Busy to Visit Obama Thursday

Nov. 17, 2010

President Barack Obama’s Thursday meeting with Congressional leaders is still on, even if Republicans won’t be there.

GOP to Obama: We Don’t Know You

Nov. 17, 2010

For all his renewed calls for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama is still wrestling with the same hurdle that has plagued him for two years: He has no relationships with Republicans.

Reid: DREAM Act Will Come Up as Stand-Alone Bill

Nov. 17, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday on Twitter what immigration reform advocates have been waiting to hear: The Nevada Democrat will bring the DREAM Act to the floor in the coming weeks.

Reid Scolds GOP for Delaying Meeting With Obama

Nov. 17, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to Twitter on Wednesday to lash out at Republicans for turning down President Barack Obama’s invitation to meet Thursday to map out priorities for the lame-duck session.

White House Postpones Meeting With Hill Leaders

Nov. 16, 2010

A meeting between President Barack Obama and Congressional Democratic and Republican leaders has been moved from Thursday to Nov. 30 because of GOP “scheduling conflicts,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Obama Wades Into DREAM Act Debate

Nov. 16, 2010

Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus emerged from a Tuesday meeting with President Barack Obama with renewed hope for action on a controversial immigration bill in the lame-duck session.

Kyl: START a No-Go During Lame Duck

Nov. 16, 2010

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday rejected President Barack Obama’s overtures to gain his support for action on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty during the lame-duck session.

Biden Presses for Passage of Arms Treaty This Year

Nov. 16, 2010

Vice President Joseph Biden upped the stakes on Tuesday for passing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in the lame-duck session, just as the White House lost a potential GOP ally in its push.

Obama Aims for New Tone

Nov. 15, 2010

President Barack Obama will be doing a lot more than ticking off priorities for the lame-duck session when he meets with House and Senate party leaders Thursday: He will be hitting the reset button on his otherwise dysfunctional relationship with Congress.

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