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Bill Janis, a Republican in Virginia's House of Delegates, says the two sides are at an impasse, according to the Associated Press.

After months of negotiating, they're still far apart on a new map for the state's Congressional districts, especially, Janis says, when it comes to dividing up precincts in southeastern Virginia with large African American populations.

Janis says the two parties should just pass something, and then let the Department of Justice take over. Because of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, any redistricting plan in Virginia is subject to federal review to ensure minority voters aren't disenfranchised.

But Democrats seem reluctant to just "agree to disagree." Democratic state Senator Don McEachin says Janis' proposal is a non-starter.

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