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Matthew David Albritton's MyC-SPAN

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    Trade Legislation Markup

    The Senate Finance Committee marked up legislation relating to pending trade-related measures. Those measures included trade promotion authority that would give the president broad “fast track” authority when negotiating trade agreements and require Congress to consider treaties without an amendment process. Other bills included extending the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) that provides federal job training to workers adversely affected by foreign trade, extending trade preferences to sub-Saharan African nations and other developing countries, and reauthorizing and overseeing trade enforcement activities including those of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

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    Weekly Republican Address

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) delivered the weekly Republican address. He talked about the growing threat from cyber criminals and foreign adversaries who were becoming increasingly adept at stealing personal information and intellectual property from American businesses, individuals, and the government. He outlined outlined legislation his committee recently passed designed to address the problem.

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    Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the consolidated cases of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, and National Mining Association. v. EPA. The cases concern the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2010 rule regulating mercury emissions at power plants and whether the EPA should have taken costs into account when it first decided to regulate emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants, or if public health risks were the only consideration under the Clean Air Act. The legal question focuses on the interpretation of the law which states that the regulations are to be “appropriate and necessary.”

    The EPA’s rules were scheduled to take effect in April 2015 and be fully in place by 2016. Three separate cases involving 21 states and industry groups were consolidated into this single 90-minute argument.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The case concerns the First Amendment and the state of Texas’s refusal to issue license plates displaying the Confederate flag. At issue was whether messages and images that appear on state-issued specialty license plates qualify as government speech immune from any requirement of viewpoint neutrality or if Texas discriminated against the Sons of Confederate Veterans when it rejected their design.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Alzheimer's Disease Research

    Witnesses testified on the status of Alzheimer’s disease research, prevention, and possible cures. Topics included the progress of research and the need for more funding. Former actress and model B. Smith, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, was among the witnesses.

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    Supreme Court Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

    Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified on the Supreme Court fiscal year 2016 budget and the federal judiciary system. By law, the judicial branch assembles its own budget, which the president reviews then transmits to Congress without changes. Topics included a new electronic filing system that would be able to track petitions to the Court in 2016, cameras in the court room, and the effects of dysfunction in Congress.

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    Music Market Governance

    Music industry leaders testified at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights. Witnesses talked about how streaming music services were impacting songwriters and publishers. At the time of the hearing, the Justice Department was reviewing consent decrees, a 70 year old regulation that governs how musical works are licensed

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    City of Los Angeles v. Patel Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case City of Los Angeles v. Patel, which questions whether a Los Angeles city ordinance requiring hoteliers to reveal guest registries to police without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment against warrantless searches.


    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justices Breyer and Thomas did not speak.

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    Medical Innovation

    Drs. Margaret Hamburg of the Food and Drug Administration and Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health testified on actions their agencies are taking to advance the field of medicine. Topics included ways to speed up the process between discovery of new products and their availability to doctors and the public, maintaining safety standards, and the impact of *sequestration.

    *Sequestration, a legal procedure in which every federal agency has the same percentage of its budget taken back in order to cut deficit spending, was part of a debt ceiling and tax increase agreement for the Budget Control Act of 2011 and began March 1, 2013.

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    Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The case involves Proposition 106, passed by Arizona voters in 2000, which amended the state constitution to remove congressional redistricting authority from the state legislature and grant it to a new and independent commission, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC). Republican legislators challenged the constitutionality of any body but the state legislature having the final say on congressional districts.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak

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