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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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Gyrocopter Aftermath: Schumer's on It

April 16, 2015

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

Clinton's 'Debt Free By 2013' Pledge

April 16, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio’s trip to 1999 presents an opportunity to showcase a picture in the CQ Roll Call archives of Bill Clinton’s final budget blueprint, one forecasting massive surpluses and paying off all of the debt owned by the public by 2013.

Schumer: McConnell Needs to Learn to 'Play Ball'

April 16, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to learn to “play ball” with Democrats instead of trying to roll them, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Thursday in a hallway interview.

All the Budget Conference's a Stage

April 16, 2015

How do Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate conference a partisan budget that is little more than a messaging document? They don’t — at least, not really.

Man Flies Gyrocopter to West Front of Capitol (Updated) (Video)

April 15, 2015

Updated 3:22 p.m. | A man has been arrested after flying a small gyrocopter onto the West Front of the Capitol, prompting Capitol Police to briefly lock down the building.

Corker: White House 'Spinning' on Iran Switcheroo (Audio)

April 14, 2015

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said the White House’s about-face on his Iran legislation is likely because they were about to lose.

Marco Rubio's Opening Speech Had a Goof (Updated)

April 13, 2015

Updated April 14, 11:00 a.m. | Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announcement speech included inspirational parts of his life story, the outline of a governing agenda and one flat-out error that appears to be a clumsy Prince reference.

Shots Fired at Capitol (Updated)

April 11, 2015

Updated 3:58 p.m. | Shots have been fired on the West Front of the Capitol in an apparent suicide, Capitol Police confirmed Saturday.

Obama Still Taking It Slow on Marijuana

April 10, 2015

Just when President Barack Obama started to sound more and more like a supporter of legalizing marijuana, he’s hit the pause button.

White House Selling the Iran 'Deal' As Negotiations Continue

April 6, 2015

The White House is effectively fighting on two fronts to keep its peace deal with Iran intact — one to sell the framework to a hostile Congress and another to push against that country’s own effort for an immediate, wholesale end to the sanctions.

10 Things We Learned From the Vote-a-Rama

March 31, 2015

With the vote-a-rama in the rearview mirror, it’s worth taking stock of what the 15-plus hours of nonbinding votes on dozens of amendments said about the 2016 presidential election, how vulnerable senators voted and what issues might now come to the fore.

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Endorsed on Senate Floor (Updated)

March 26, 2015

Updated 12:22 a.m. | The Senate endorsed Social Security and veterans benefits for married gay couples Thursday night in a 57-43 vote, with 11 Republicans joining every Democrat.

Freshman Senator: Pay for Obamacare Replacement With ... Obamacare

March 26, 2015

Bill Cassidy, the freshman senator from Louisiana and a doctor, has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare — one he predicts will insure more people without mandates.

Vote-a-Rama Minute-by-Minute

March 26, 2015

The moment you’ve been waiting for — the (sort of) annual Senate vote-a-rama — is here. A whole host of CQ Roll Call reporters and editors are tweeting out details during the marathon voting session, which you can read below. Scores of amendments are expected to get votes, with final adoption of the Senate GOP’s budget expected early Friday morning.

Obama 'Ready to Sign' Bipartisan Doc Fix (Updated)

March 25, 2015

Updated 11:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama pronounced himself “ready to sign” a bipartisan “doc fix” Wednesday.

Overheard: The Ghosts of GOP Past

March 24, 2015

“I decided in my old age I’m going to haunt the Senate, so here I am.”

Obama Waves Off Third Term

March 21, 2015

President Barack Obama won’t serve a third term. That’s one takeaway from his visit Saturday to cheer his niece’s basketball team to victory in the NCAA tournament in College Park, Md., although Leslie Robinson didn’t actually see playing time in Princeton’s 80-70 victory over Green Bay.

ATF Chief Announces Resignation (Updated)

March 20, 2015

Updated 12:27 p.m. | B. Todd Jones is resigning as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives weeks after the agency abandoned a plan to ban some bullets.

Boehner, House Delegation to Meet Netanyahu in Israel (Updated)

March 20, 2015

Updated 1:53 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner will lead a House delegation to Israel later this month to meet with newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

GOP Defense Angst Revives White House Budget Leverage

March 19, 2015

Updated 3:48 p.m., March 20 | The great Republican budget crack-up may have finally arrived. The White House just hoped it would have happened a few years ago.

Obama Backs Marijuana Decriminalization, With Caveats (Updated) (Video)

March 16, 2015

Updated 6:35 p.m. | President Barack Obama appeared to come closer than ever to endorsing legal marijuana in an interview posted Monday by VICE News.

White House Slams McConnell on Lynch, Trafficking Bill (Video)

March 16, 2015

So much for the Bourbon Summit.

Portman: Tom Cotton Letter Should Yield Better Iran Deal

March 12, 2015

The controversial letter signed by 47 Republicans to Iran’s leaders authored by Sen. Tom Cotton should yield a better agreement if used properly by the Obama administration, Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday.

Earnest: GOP in 'Rush to War' With Iran

March 9, 2015

Congressional Republicans are in “a rush to war” with Iran, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

But after using the phrase “rush to war,” Earnest caught himself.

“The rush to war, or at least the rush to the military option, that many Republicans are advocating is not at all in the best interest of the United States,” Earnest said as he blasted the latest move by Senate Republicans to interject themselves into the critical talks with Iran about its nuclear program by sending an open letter to the regime.

White House Calls Out GOP on War With Iran (Video)

March 9, 2015

Congressional Republicans are in “a rush to war” with Iran, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

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