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The Obama administration's nominee for attorney general appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
The chamber will take up the House-passed Homeland Security funding bill as early as next week.
Key Democrats say they will give the administration more time to negotiate. But their patience is limited.
The speaker is planning to hold a House vote authorizing a suit against the president over his executive orders on immigration.
Hoyer, others urge member offices to put in place their own policies to protect LGBT staffers.
At Hill meetings and a Philadelphia retreat, the House minority will debate term limits and an economic message.
The schedule change gives Republicans more time to gather conservative support for a controversial measure.