WASHINGTON (AP) - For almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president.
They praised President Barack Obama's achievements while at the same time pushing him to do more for their constituents who overwhelmingly supported his history-making campaign and administration.
But with Obama set to leave the White House on Jan. 20, black lawmakers in the House and Senate are recalculating and reassessing their place in Washington. And they're realizing that they're regaining the limelight as the most visible and powerful African-American politicians in the nation's capital.
Outgoing caucus chairman and North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield says "the consequences are too enormous" for the caucus to be indecisive.
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