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Susan Davis

Susan Davis is chief congressional reporter for USA Today.  Before joining the newspaper she served as a congressional correspondent for National Journal.   Prior to that she was the lead writer for the popular political blog “Washington Wire” at The Wall Street Journal, where she was a member of WSJ’s political team.  As part of that team, Davis covered the 2008 presidential campaign, Congress and congressional campaigns.  Davis began her career at the National Journal Group as a research associate for the Alamanac of American Politics and later covered the U.S. House for Roll Call and also worked for CongressDaily, covering the House, Senate and campaign finance beats.

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  • USA Today
    December 10, 2014
    Congress is quickly approaching a Thursday deadline to keep the government funded, but top lawmakers were prepared to approve a stopgap funding measure if necessary to buy lawmakers more time.
  • USA Today
    December 3, 2014
    Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter is the top candidate to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and could be nominated this week, officials said Tuesday.
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    November 19, 2014
    The U.S. Senate defeated a bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, delivering a blow to Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., by members of her own party.
  • USA Today
    November 18, 2014
    Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., will chair the House Democrats’ 2016 campaign operation, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Monday.
  • USA Today
    November 4, 2014
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has once again proven her status as one of the Democratic Party’s top fundraisers. For the 2014 elections, Pelosi set a new personal record by raising just over $101 million.
  • USA Today
    October 27, 2014
    On a recent bus tour through economically depressed small towns in the heart of the state's coal country, Sen.
  • USA Today
    October 2, 2014
    A record number of African Americans are running for federal office this year, but their advances in elected office have been met by increased racial polarization in politics, particularly in the Deep South.
  • USA Today
    September 10, 2014
    House bill would fund government through mid-December
  • USA Today
    September 8, 2014
    Congress returns Monday for a three-week sprint to the legislative finish that will focus on political messages ahead of the midterm elections that could transfer control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans.
  • USA Today
    August 27, 2014
    AD SPONSOR: Dan Sullivan THE RACE: U.S. Senate STATE: Alaska ANALYSIS: Republican Dan Sullivan is challenging first-term Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in a race that is expected to be the costliest in state history.
  • USA Today
    August 25, 2014
    Senate Democratic candidates are walking a political tightrope in the dozen races that will determine control of the chamber next year and shape the final years of President Obama's second term.
  • USA Today
    August 19, 2014
    Three Republicans face off Tuesday at the end of a bruising battle for the right to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the fall, one of the most critical races for determining control of the Senate.
  • USA Today
    July 29, 2014
    The Senate delayed until Tuesday a critical test vote on whether to reinstate expired federal benefits for the long-term unemployed.
  • USA Today
    July 29, 2014
    The U.S. Senate took a step toward reinstating expired jobless benefits for 1.3 million people, but significant disagreements and legislative hurdles remain before Congress can approve the assistance.
  • USA Today
    July 29, 2014
    Two House Democrats announced Wednesday they will not seek re-election this November, providing Republicans with at least one opportunity to pick up a seat and further continuing a retirement trend among centrist lawmakers.
  • USA Today
    July 29, 2014
    House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending bill late Monday to fund the government until October and eliminate the threat of another shutdown during that time.
  • USA Today
    July 28, 2014
    The U.S. Senate approved on a bipartisan 72-26 vote a sweeping spending bill to fund the government through September and eliminate the threat of another government shutdown during that time.
  • USA Today
    July 25, 2014
    Three top congressional lawmakers said Sunday that Russia may have assisted Edward Snowden in leaking classified national security intelligence.
  • USA Today
    July 25, 2014
    The Republican National Committee is on track to compress the party's nomination process for a presidential candidate in 2016, though Iowa and New Hampshire will still be the first states to cast votes in the process.
  • USA Today
    July 25, 2014
    President Obama put Congress on notice Tuesday night that he is poised to act without their help, but congressional Republicans countered that a president can go only so far without the legislative branch, even one as unpopular as this.
  • USA Today
    July 25, 2014
    House Republican leaders unveiled on Thursday their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.
  • USA Today
    July 23, 2014
    House Republican leaders unveiled late Tuesday a resolution authorizing the creation of a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack on a U.S. consulate in 2012 that resulted in the death of four Americans.
  • USA Today
    July 23, 2014
    The already uphill battle in this Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration laws became even more difficult Thursday when House Speaker John Boehner cast doubts that a bill can pass this year.
  • USA Today
    July 23, 2014
    House Republican leaders are moving ahead with an increase in the nation's debt limit in exchange for a reversal of minor cuts in military pensions that were part of the recent bipartisan budget deal.
  • USA Today
    July 23, 2014
    Three years of battling over the nation's debt and borrowing authority reached an anticlimactic end Wednesday, when the Senate approved with little debate and only minor delay a House-passed measure to suspend the debt ceiling until March 2015.
  • USA Today
    July 23, 2014
    Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., is taking issue with the National Journal‘s ranking of Senate GOP primary rival Rep.
  • USA Today
    July 23, 2014
    President Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage could help lift 900,000 workers out of poverty, but at a cost of as many as 500,000 jobs, according to an analysis released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
  • USA Today
    July 22, 2014
    The 2014 primary election season that kicks off March 4 may serve as a test of the Tea Party's ability to shape the Republican Party. The movement that became a potent political force in the 2010 elections and helped Republicans retake contro
  • USA Today
    July 22, 2014
    The storied career of the longest-serving lawmaker in the nation's history, Rep. John Dingell, is drawing to a close as he announced Monday that his current term will be his last.
  • USA Today
    July 22, 2014
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., don’t agree on much, but they found common ground Tuesday when they dampened expectations for an overhaul of the federal tax code this year.
  • USA Today
    July 21, 2014
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    July 21, 2014
    Congress took its first official steps to address the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine on Thursday, with a leading House committee approving a symbolic resolution condemning Russia's recent actions, and the U.S.
  • USA Today
    July 21, 2014
    Tuesday's election in Florida for a U.S. House seat provides the first indication of how voters are leaning in 2014 and the effectiveness of the two parties' competing messages in this midterm election year.
  • USA Today
    July 21, 2014
    A bipartisan group of senators announced a tentative deal Thursday to extend through May jobless benefits for two million of America's long-term unemployed.
  • USA Today
    July 21, 2014
    C-SPAN marked 35 years of live coverage of the U.S.
  • USA Today
    July 21, 2014
    Warning: Increased voter turnout could be a political side effect of marijuana. The latest George Washington University Battleground poll, a national survey of likely voters, reveals that nearly four in 10 respondents say they would be "much
  • USA Today
    July 21, 2014
    Congress is working to send legislation to President Obama by the end of the week to reaffirm support for Ukraine, provide loan guarantees and impose further sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
  • USA Today
    July 18, 2014
    House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's decision to retire from Congress shows that the GOP's self-imposed term limits for committee chairmen are a mistake and should be scrapped.
  • USA Today
    July 18, 2014
    The U.S. Senate approved legislation Monday that would reinstate expired jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but the proposal faces opposition from House Republicans who say it doesn't do enough to spur job creation.
  • USA Today
    July 16, 2014
    House Republicans are working to unveil by Friday their counteroffer to President Obama's initial $3.7 billion emergency spending request to stop undocumented, unaccompanied minors from crossing the southwestern border.
  • USA Today
    July 15, 2014
    Six states are holding primary election contests on Tuesday to set the ballots for some of 2014's most consequential general election battles.
  • USA Today
    July 15, 2014
    After weeks of internal debate, reluctant House Democrats chose Wednesday to engage in the GOP-led Benghazi select committee and seat a full roster on the 12-member panel.
  • USA Today
    July 11, 2014
    The U.S. House sent a bipartisan message Thursday, voting to end the practice of bulk collection of phone records conducted by the National Security Agency.
  • USA Today
    July 11, 2014
    A lengthy and divisive Republican Senate primary playing out in Georgia is fueling Democratic optimism for a victory that could fend off a GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate.
  • USA Today
    July 8, 2014
    Congress returns this week after a two-week Easter break to confront a spring season of votes on legislation that serves notice that the midterm election season is kicking into high gear.
  • USA Today
    July 8, 2014
    Two months after the House of Representatives chartered a new committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks, the panel will begin getting down to work in July, Chairman Trey Gowdy said, but it will not be in a hurry to make headlines.

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