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The legislation has passed the Senate but is hung up in the House, where some lawmakers worry the bill could burden local governments and police departments.

The measure would prohibit law enforcement, health care workers, landlords or employers from treating homeless people unfairly because of their housing status.

While most discrimination against the homeless already is prohibited, no state has passed such comprehensive legislation.

Megan Smith, an advocate for the homeless and co-author of the bill of rights, says the proposal isn’t about giving the homeless new rights but about ensuring they’re not treated any worse than anyone else.


Lawmakers near vote on bank renewal

The Senate is nearing a final vote on legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for three years and raise its lending cap from the current $100 billion to $140 billion.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate would take up five Republican amendments before taking a final vote Tuesday.

If, as expected, the Senate passes the bill after defeating the amendments, the bill goes to the president.

The House easily passed the measure last week despite opposition from some conservative groups that argued that the government should not have a role in the market place.

The independent federal agency last year provided $32 billion in export financing to help American companies sell goods overseas.

Without congressional action, the bank’s charter will terminate at the end of the month.


New ‘super’ PAC hopes to woo younger voters

A new Republican “super” political committee wants to woo younger voters who supported President Obama four years ago.

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