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Top Republican: Barton's Seat On Energy Committee Is Safe

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Sessions noted numerous times that he was speaking as a member of the GOP leadership team (he is the fourth ranking Republican under Minority Leader John Boehner, Whip Eric Cantor, and Conference Chair Mike Pence ) and not as a rank and file member of the House. Boehner, Cantor and Pence organized last week's rapid response to the Barton flap, in which anonymous GOP leadership aides left the door open to further recriminations.

This week, Sessions was fairly adamant that the party would take no further action againts Barton. Expect the Democrats to have a lot of fun with this one.

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