'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Voting on bills and resolutions is a member of Congress' most basic duty, but only 10 of its current 535 lawmakers represented their constituents on every vote last session.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. are opposing a Senate Republican effort that would prohibit the United States from prosecuting terrorism suspects in federal court.
Lynn C. Woolsey, Bob Filner and Dennis A. Cardoza announced in 2011 they wouldn't run again.
Mr. Cardoza, representing the agriculturally rich area around Merced, says he has no immediate plans to run for another office.