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Fort Worth lawmakers team up to stave off attack on their water project

How did Fort Worth's water project get in the line of fire? Trinity River Vision, a flood control/economic development project, drew a harsh attack from Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore., this week. Upset about another provision that the GOP took out of the bill and skeptical about the value of the Trinity River Vision, DeFazio tried to gut the $526 million authorization for Fort Worth in a House water projects bill. The bill passed and the project survived with help from Fort Worth lawmakers Reps Marc Veasey, D-Texas, and Kay Granger, R-Texas.

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Wells Fargo CEO: We should have done more sooner

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf faced another round of questioning Thursday by the House Financial Services Committee over his bank's creation of fake accounts. "I am fully accountable for all unethical sales practices in our retail banking business," Stumpf said.

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Californians in Congress split on whether to let 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabians

Rep. Ami Bera broke with Barack Obama and voted to override his veto of a bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, as did the state’s Democratic senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. But the Californians who lead the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Devin Nunes of Tulare and Democrat Adam Schiff of Burbank, voted to sustain the veto. So did Democrats John Garamendi of Walnut Grove and Doris Matsui of Sacramento.

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Override of Obama veto just first hurdle in 9/11 families’ pursuit of Saudi Arabia

The Senate voted Wednesday 97-1 and the House 348-77 to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But that is only the beginning of what will be an exceedingly complicated legal strategy to prove that the Arab country, from which 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers came, bears responsibility for what took place.

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Patty Murray wins in long fight to get VA to pay for in-vitro fertility treatments

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington declared victory Wednesday in her long battle to get the federal government to provide in-vitro fertility treatments for wounded veterans. Congress first banned the Veterans Administration from paying for in-vitro fetilization treatments in 1992, responding to concerns that assisted reproduction would result in the destruction of some fertilized embryos.

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We’re this much closer to a government shutdown

Democrats on Tuesday rejected a stopgap funding bill proposed by Republicans that included funds to combat Zika. They complained that the bill provided money to flood victims in Louisiana and other states but nothing to help residents plagued by lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan. Senate Republicans accused Democrats of edging the country toward a government shutdown in order to paint the GOP-led Congress as ineffective.

National

Rubio delivers poignant tribute to Marlins ace

Sen. Marco Rubio delivers a moving tribute to Jose Fernandez in the Senate, growing emotional in recalling their shared opposition to the Cuban government. In a poignant speech on the Senate floor, Rubio says the ace pitcher was on his way to a Hall of Fame career and to leading the Miami Marlins to “a couple pennants” before he died Sunday when his 32-foot fishing boat struck a jetty near Government Cut channel.

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House on tap to vote for water projects - but Fort Worth’s draws fire

The House is hurriedly taking up a $5 billion water projects bill Tuesday because of an outcry over something that’s not addressed in the bill - the Flint, Mich. drinking water crisis. The bill includes $526 million for a project in Fort Worth that drew criticism from Rep. Pete DeFazio, D-Ore. but was defended by Fort Worth Democrat Marc Veasey.

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Harry Reid to Sen. Roy Blunt: You didn’t return my calls!

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is mad that Roy Blunt isn’t returning his phone calls. In a brief but vicious letter to the Republican senator from Missouri, Reid lectures Blunt on what it means “to be a gentleman” and says he should be embarrassed not to call another senator back.

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Senators draft bill to protect nuclear whistleblowers

A bill introduced by three Democratic senators on Monday would expand protections for employees who raise health and safety concerns at America’s nuclear weapons facilities. A recent audit found the Department of Energy had repeatedly failed to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and intimidation by its contractors. Since the agency “won’t make the changes necessary to increase accountability and protect folks who raise concerns — we’re going to have to legislate those changes ourselves,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, one of the bill’s sponsors.

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Wells Fargo CEO: We should have done more sooner

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf faced another round of questioning Thursday by the House Financial Services Committee over his bank's creation of fake accounts. "I am fully accountable for all unethical sales practices in our retail banking business," Stumpf said.
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Wells Fargo CEO: We should have done more sooner

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Loretta Lynch testifies before lawmakers over Clinton email probe