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The Times-Picayune - Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter Introduce Eleventh-Hour Legislation

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The 112th Congress is almost finished with its work, but Louisiana lawmakers are still introducing legislation. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La, introduced a bill this week that would make an adoption tax credit refundable, which would make it far more valuable to newly adoptive parents. "For families who have generously opened their hearts and homes to a child, the Adoption Tax Credit gives them important assistance along the journey," Landrieu said. "My husband and I are blessed with two precious, adopted children, and I am hopeful that this credit will encourage others to consider enlarging their families through adoption."

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., meanwhile, introduced a bill that would make it a deportable offense for nondocumented immigrants to vote in federal elections. "While this may sound bizarre to a lot of folks in Washington, illegal aliens and noncitizens have no constitutional right to vote in American elections," Vitter said. "And they certainly shouldn't influence the outcomes."

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