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Matthew David Albritton's MyC-SPAN

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    Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts talked about the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. He spoke about why there was a need for the Magna Carta, how it helped to shape a young and growing America, and its significance today. He spoke at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Boston.

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    Senators Burr and Hagan at American Legion Convention

    Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) spoke at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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    Veterans' Health Care Bill Negotiations

    House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) called a conference meeting on H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, a bill that would reform the Veterans Affairs. Chairman Miller proposed a plan that would provide the VA $10 billion in emergency mandatory funding. House and Senate lawmakers had been working to pass a measure for fixing the department before they leave for August break.

    After the meeting in room HVC-200 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Chairman Miller spoke to reporters in the room.

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Robert McDonald to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In remarks, Mr. McDonald pledged to transform the agency, saying that systemic failures must be addressed.

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    Marine Corps Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the nomination of General Joseph F. Dunford as U.S. Marine Corps commandant. Among his statements General Dunford told committee members that U.S. military leaders did not recommend the White House announce a zero troop presence in Afghanistan in 2017 but would have preferred more ambiguous troop numbers. Other topics included the counterterrorism capabilities in the region, the recent Afghan elections, and future strategies of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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    Veterans Administration Health Care

    The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing to spotlight the steps taken by the Veterans Administration to provide health care to patients on long waiting lists.

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    Monetary Policy and the Economy

    Janet Yellen presented to the committee the Federal Reserve Board’s semiannual report on monetary policy. She said the economy had improved but that the recovery was still not complete, and highly accommodative monetary policy was still needed. On asset purchases, Chair Yellen expected additional reductions following future meetings, with purchases likely ending following the October 2014 meeting. Regarding interest rates, she stated that increasing was dependent on economic conditions, and that if the labor market recovered more quickly, increases could happen sooner and more rapidly.

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    Child Trafficking

    The Children and Families Subcommittee of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions convened a hearing to learn more about child trafficking issues facing states. A Health and Human Services Department official and other experts testified on the need for more government resources and funding to address child trafficking. Topics included the practice of the online “advertising” and “re-homing” of adopted children without the oversight of child welfare agencies.

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    Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference Dinner

    Solicitor General Donald Verrilli talked about his role as the government’s top lawyer. Topics included his relationship with members of President Obama’s cabinet and the process for deciding how to argue cases before the Supreme Court. He was introduced by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who also served as solicitor general.

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    Veterans Affairs Overhaul Conference Meeting

    Members of the House and Senate met to negotiate differences between their respective bills to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department (VA). The bills sought to improve access to care and introduce new accountability measures for senior staff. Under the House bill, VA leadership would have been able to fire department officials, and veterans would be allowed to get private care if they experienced long wait times. The Senate’s bill would have created more veterans' health centers around the country.