The Department of Justice pre-cleared Alabama's new Congressional map today, locking in lines that shore up the seven incumbents — six Republicans and one Democrat — in the Yellowhammer State.
Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, certain states with histories of voting discrimination, including Alabama, are required to receive approval from either the DOJ or the federal District Court for the District of Columbia before any changes to voting lines can be enforced. That approval is known as pre-clearance.
In a letter dated Nov. 21, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote that the attorney general "does not interpose any objection to the specified changes," which is legal jargon for approving the map.
Roll Call rates all the Congressional districts in the state as safe. Democrats hope state Rep. Joe Hubbard (D) might give freshman Rep. Martha Roby (R) a competitive race next year. But at this point, Roby — who defeated then-Rep. Bobby Bright (D) in 2010 — appears unlikely to face a serious political threat.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.