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California lawmaker's pet inspires rare bipartisan compromise
California lawmaker's pet inspires rare bipartisan compromise

From the rubble of hurt feelings and partisan gridlock that Congress has become, Lily the French bulldog has emerged as a peacemaker.   The 15-pound dog, with the jowls of a young Winston Churchill and the pluck of a latter-day Snoopy, is the inspiration for of Rep. Jeff Denham's (R-Turlock) measure approved Wednesday to allow dogs and cats to ride on Amtrak trains. “Lily’s got a lot of friends here on Capitol Hill,” Denham said in an interview. Denham said he has used the measure -– and Lily’s charm -- to help build support for a larger passenger rail bill that sailed through the House on Wednesday on a bipartisan 316-101 vote. President...

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