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Jonathan Strong


Jonathan Strong covers House leadership for Roll Call. He previously served as an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller and before that reported on environmental regulations for Inside EPA.

Strong’s interests outside of politics include the Washington Capitals ice hockey team and fly fishing for trout and smallmouth bass. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., area but maintains deep and abiding ties to California through family and frequent visits there.

Strong and his wife reside in Arlington, Va.

Strong no longer works for Roll Call.

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GOP Might Call Democrats’ Bluff on Typo

July 25, 2012

House Republicans are strongly considering going ahead with a regulatory moratorium bill that includes a major typo, forcing Democrats to object to fixing it, GOP aides said.

Democrats Won’t Consent to Typo Fix

July 25, 2012

House Democrats won’t consent to fixing a typo that fundamentally changes a GOP regulatory moratorium bill, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said.

Deficit Complicates Health Care Repeal Goal

July 24, 2012

Congressional Republicans’ goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act continues to run afoul of their efforts to reduce the deficit, at least according to the judgment of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

GOP Regulation Bill Suffers Typo

July 24, 2012

Republicans set out to ban new regulations until unemployment was below 6 percent, but an apparent typo in the bill means the trigger is actually a 6 percent “employment” rate instead.

House Democrats Will ‘Engage’ on Gun Control, When Timing Is Right

July 24, 2012

House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson said today his colleagues were determined to push gun-control legislation in the wake of last week’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. — but only after some period of time had lapsed from the tragedy.

Ethics Complaint Revives Charges of Watchdog Group Bias

July 21, 2012

A just-filed ethics complaint is reigniting a long-running debate about whether one of Washington, D.C.’s most prominent watchdog groups is impartial or tilts to the left.

GSA Inspector General Probing $269K One-Day Awards Ceremony

July 19, 2012

The General Services Administration is in hot water again, this time for a $269,000 one-day awards ceremony held November 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Nancy Pelosi Downplays Tax Return Demand

July 19, 2012

Facing questions about why she and other top Congressional officials won’t release their tax returns, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed her previous demands for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release his, calling the issue a distraction.

Rob Portman's Push Not Too Popular

July 18, 2012

At the height of campaign season, and while under extra scrutiny as a potential vice presidential pick, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is on a quixotic bid to reform how the miscellaneous tariff bill is crafted.

OCE Won’t Endorse Probe of Michael Grimm

July 17, 2012

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics has voted unanimously to recommend the dismissal of an investigation into Rep. Michael Grimm’s fundraising, sources familiar with the investigation said.

Parties Maneuver for Edge in Fiscal Battle

July 16, 2012

Republicans and Democrats are jockeying for leverage in their quest to win this fall’s battle over the nation’s “fiscal cliff,” with Republicans trying to get as much as possible done before the elections as a way to diminish Democrats’ negotiating power in the lame-duck session.

John Boehner: Democrats Willing to ‘Tank Our Economy’

July 16, 2012

Speaker John Boehner charged Democrats today with being willing to “tank our economy” to secure a “small business tax hike” in response to vows by top Democrats that they will use scheduled defense spending cuts as leverage on taxes.

Democrats Renew Push for DISCLOSE Act

July 12, 2012

Days after ripping Republicans for the political theater of holding a health care repeal vote, Democrats are planning their own bit of campaign messaging: a new push for legislation to force disclosure of political spending.

House Judiciary Chairman Launches Investigation Into National Security Leaks

July 12, 2012

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is requesting interviews with seven administration officials as part of a probe into recent national security leaks.

Moving on From Contempt Vote, or Not

July 11, 2012

Despite vicious partisan sniping on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee over the panel’s investigation of the “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, it appeared recently that there was a chance to turn the page on the party warfare that culminated in the House voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Stop Us if You’ve Heard This One Before

July 11, 2012

The House voted to great fanfare, again, on Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law. And although the vote might have political implications for some Members, the process seemed like a drag to others.

House Passes Repeal of Health Care Law

July 11, 2012

The House voted today to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, sending yet another rebuke to the president after the Supreme Court upheld the law last month.

Democratic Leaders Pressure Jesse Jackson Jr. to Open Up About Ailment

July 11, 2012

The drumbeat for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to divulge more about his medical condition got louder today, as House Democratic leaders joined the call for him to inform voters and his colleagues about his leave of absence as soon as he can.

No ‘Man Crush’ on Romney in House GOP

July 10, 2012

Do House Republicans and Mitt Romney need to have a relationship-defining talk?

John Boehner: I’m ‘Enthusiastic’ About Voting for Mitt Romney

July 10, 2012

Speaker John Boehner, responding to questions about remarks he made at a June 30 fundraiser, said he “enthusiastically” supports presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

John Boehner: Voters Need Not Love Mitt Romney

July 7, 2012

By now, Republican laments that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is not the most inspiring figure to ever run for president are well-known. Romney took a relatively long time to conquer his rivals in the GOP primary, and some Republicans have recently expressed concern about the state of the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign against President Barack Obama.

Countrywide Offered Discounted Loans to Members, Report Says

July 5, 2012

Defunct mortgage giant Countrywide Financial Corp. offered special discounts on home loans to hundreds of Washington officials, including key lawmakers, which it used to help influence Congress and the White House, according to a report from House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Another ‘Fast and Furious’ Memo Released

July 3, 2012

The day before the Justice Department broadly, and falsely, denied that guns had “walked” as part of the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told supervisors in a memo that he had expressed his concerns about the operation to Congressional investigators.

DOJ Won’t Pursue Eric Holder Contempt, Chuck Grassley Questions Decision

June 29, 2012

The Department of Justice, following longstanding practice by prior administrations, is declining to prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for being in contempt of Congress, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said Thursday in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record

June 29, 2012

In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record.

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