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Texas Rep. Marc Veasey launches Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, gathers a cross-section of House Democrats in announcing the formation of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. The new group, supported by the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is focused on getting Congress to update the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down key provisions in 2013.

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Texas Rep. Veasey: Let’s act on Voting Rights Act

It’s an important week for Fort Worth Democrat Marc Veasey. He is announcing the creation of the Voting Rights Caucus, which will urge a congressional update of the Voting Rights Act. He also is the plaintiff in a Texas voter ID case being heard at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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Texas Rep. Barton wants another run as powerful Energy chairman

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton has been in Congress for nearly half his life. But at 66 he’s still not ready to sit back as chairman emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In fact, he’s putting out the word that he’s going to make a run at being chairman of the powerful committee again at the end of the year. The move has stunned insiders who see others chomping at the bit to compete for the job.

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NC’s Burr: Tech companies should help shape encryption laws

Some top thinkers in North Carolina’s tech economy are split over how the state’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Burr – chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee – should navigate government access when key terror investigation evidence may be out of sight due to phone data-encryption features. Burr is drafting encryption legislation with Intelligence Committee colleague Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

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Sanford breaks Republican ranks, votes to close Guantánamo prison

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is one of just three House Republicans to join Democrats in support of a move to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba and potentially allow federal officials to transfer prisoners to facilities in the U.S. The issue comes up during floor debate over the National Defense Reauthorization Act, a bulky piece of legislation that decides military spending and authorizes various national defense programs.

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Congress hears how parental heroin abuse affects children

A House subcommittee on Wednesday heard testimony on programs states are using to slow the number of youngsters entering the foster care system because of abuse or neglect by their drug-addicted parents. The problem has only worsened as the nation’s heroin and prescription opioid crisis has exploded.

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Sen. Pat Roberts drops objection to Obama’s pick to lead Army

After Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas drops his objection to the nomination of Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army, the Senate swiftly moves to confirm him. Fanning, 47, who is the first openly gay chief of any branch of the armed forces, was nominated by President Barack Obama in November and confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee in March.

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Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee

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