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Senators Moving Closer to Deal on Criminal Justice Bills

Cornyn testifies Tuesday on criminal justice at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama's stepped-up push for a criminal justice overhaul is in some ways playing catchup to congressional efforts already well underway.  

While Obama pushed for a broad overhaul bill to reach his desk this year in a Tuesday speech to the NAACP in Philadelphia, a working group of senators has been toiling away trying to agree on language — with various House pushes in progress.