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“Rep. Mark Walker, a conservative Republican, wants the GOP-controlled Congress to move on long-stalled efforts to revamp the nation’s criminal justice system next year — and he’s enlisted a seemingly unlikely ally: The head of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, is teaming with Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La.
“Walker leads the largest group of conservatives in the House of Representatives, 157 Republicans, including 17 House committee chairs.
“Richmond steers a group of 49 African-American lawmakers — 48 Democrats, one Republican (Mia Love of Utah) and two Democratic senators.”