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Mayorkas, Wray to testify at Judiciary

NEW BLUE DOG IN TOWN — First in Huddle: The Blue Dogs are adding a new member to their crew – Rep. Wiley Nickel (D-N.C.) is now the third freshman to join the group in recent weeks, increasing membership to 10. Nickel beat Republican candidate Bo Hines last November by a little less than 3 percentage points for a seat that was previously held by GOP Sen. Ted Budd, who claimed the upper-chamber spot vacated by retired Republican Sen. Richard Burr.

Nickel said in a statement he joined the group because “the Blue Dog Coalition has consistently been at the forefront of finding pragmatic, bipartisan policy solutions on important issues facing the American people.”

The North Carolina lawmaker joins the Blue Dogs under new leadership. The group, which lost a significant chunk of its membership in January over a rebranding spat, announced two weeks ago that Reps. Jared Golden (D-Maine), Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.) would serve as co-chairs.