Black Caucus expressing no hard feelings for Obama

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By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus is expressing no hard feelings toward President Barack Obama despite a two-year gap in meetings with the nation's first African-American president.

The president invited the 43-member caucus to the White House Tuesday for a 90-minute private discussion, their first since May 2011.

Chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge said the long wait didn't come up. She said she is pleased the lines of communication have been opened and predicted broader and deeper discussions in the future.

Fudge had sharply criticized Obama earlier this year for a lack of diversity in his second-term Cabinet. But she said she thanked him Tuesday for nominating Anthony Foxx as Transportation secretary and Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Members said they also aired concerns about voting rights, immigration and student loan rates.

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