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    Nuclear Energy Regulation

    Federal officials, advocates, and scientists testified at a hearing on legislation dealing with advanced nuclear reactors and modernization of nuclear energy infrastructure. The bill would establish new transparency and accountability measures to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s budget, fee programs and regulation. Victor McCree told committee members the commission was on track to develop the regulatory framework necessary to enable the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors. Several nuclear industry experts at the hearing said the current framework did not cover new technology, and high fees for innovators hinder nuclear development.

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    Democratic Reaction to United States v. Texas Oral Argument

    Democratic members of Congress spoke to reporters outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the oral argument in United States v. Texas. National Immigration Law Center executive director Marielena Hincapie also spoke to reporters. The case challenges the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents(DAPA) program, which defers the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens or legal residents.

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    Biological Threats

    Several federal agency leaders testified on the state of the nation’s defense against biological threats. Dr. Stephen Redd said the Zika virus was a new threat and a supplemental appropriation was needed to effectively address the problem. Other threats identified included avian influenza, and bioterrorism.

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    Senator Cory Booker Meeting with Merrick Garland

    Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) met with Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.