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Steven T. Dennis

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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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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 there’s one thing he can’t do without — money.

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.

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

June 30, 2014

President Barack Obama’s 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.

Rob Nabors Cites 'Corrosive Culture' in VA Scandal

June 27, 2014

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors found “a corrosive culture” and inadequate resources contributed to the VA health care scandal in a report he delivered to President Barack Obama Friday.

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. Boehner’s 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.

Obama to Congress: Constitution Gives Me Authority to Send Troops to Iraq (Updated)

June 26, 2014

Updated 6:40 p.m. | President Barack Obama told Congress Thursday that he has the authority on his own to send troops to Iraq indefinitely under the Constitution.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Obama's Recess Appointments

June 26, 2014

A unanimous Supreme Court struck down President Barack Obama’s disputed recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, saying that the Senate was not technically in recess because it was holding pro forma sessions.

Looking for Work: Top Cantor Aides on the Market

June 26, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s leadership aides are on the job market after his stunning primary defeat. They also happen to be some of the sharpest people on Capitol Hill.

No Unemployment Extension Add to Job Training Bill

June 26, 2014

A few months back, a bipartisan job-training bill looked like perhaps the most likely chance to revive an unemployment extension. But the White House and Senate Democrats aren’t prepared to risk it.

White House: Boehner Lawsuit Uses Taxpayer Money Against Obama for 'Doing His Job' (Updated)

June 25, 2014

Updated 2:49 p.m. | What does the White House think about Speaker John A. Boehner’s plans to sue President Barack Obama? Not much.

Tim Kaine Says Obama 'Must' Come to Congress Before Striking ISIL in Iraq (Video)

June 25, 2014

A longtime ally of President Barack Obama says he must consult Congress before taking military action in Iraq, except to secure the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Senate Democrat: Obama 'Must' Come to Congress Before Iraq Military Action

June 25, 2014

A longtime ally of President Barack Obama says he must come to Congress before taking military action in Iraq, except to secure the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the former head of the Democratic National Committee, said Obama "must seek congressional approval" before launching military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) unless there is a direct and imminent threat to the United States, such as a threat to the U.S. Embassy. There is no such imminent threat now, Kaine said.

White House Not Reacting Yet to Boehner Lawsuit Plan

June 24, 2014

The White House told CQ Roll Call there is no immediate reaction to Daniel Newhauser’s scoop that Speaker John A. Boehner is planning a lawsuit against the Obama administration for failing to enforce the law.

Progressive Caucus Trolls Obama on Drone Memo

June 23, 2014

The Congressional Progressive Caucuses trolled the White House Monday after the legal memo justifying the killing of Americans was partially released by court order:

Congress Won't Block Obama on Iraq

June 20, 2014

It’s now clear Congress will not block President Barack Obama from using force in Iraq if he chooses, despite opposition primarily from the president’s own party.

House Votes to Limit NSA Surveillance on Americans

June 19, 2014

Defying the Obama administration, a bipartisan veto-proof House majority voted to rein in NSA surveillance of Americans late Thursday.

Obama Prepared for Iraq Action Without Congress (Video)

June 19, 2014

Updated 3:48 p.m. | President Barack Obama said Thursday he’s prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and launch attacks against the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant without getting new permission from Congress.

Obama Plans to Deport Flood of Immigrant Children

June 19, 2014

President Barack Obama plans to deport the child migrants flooding across the border without their parents.

Obama to Make Statement on Iraq

June 19, 2014

President Barack Obama will make a statement about Iraq at the White House this afternoon after meeting with his national security team in the Situation Room, the White House announced.

Obama Prepared for Iraq Action Without Congress

June 19, 2014

President Barack Obama said Thursday he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and launch attacks against the terrorist group ISIL without getting new permission from Congress.

"American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people in the region and American interests as well," Obama said.

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