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Racing the clock, the White House reached a New Year’s Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to block across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.
Representative Ralph Hall is set to become the oldest member of the U.S. House ever, a few months shy of his 90th birthday.
An all-time record of 13.64 million Texans have registered to vote this year, and they will start casting early ballots Monday.
U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has placed her longtime chief of staff on administrative leave.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill with an amendment singling out the Planned Parenthood organization. The “Pence Amendment” would cut all federal funding, about $317 million dollars to the non-profit organization, which serves an estimated 90,000 DFW residents.
Explosive minority growth in Texas has turned a handful of once solidly Republican congressional seats into bastions of ethnic diversity, putting added pressure on GOP leaders to shore up their districts with white voters who traditionally favor the party.