West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Federal health officials and health workers testified at a joint hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the possible risk to the U.S.337 views
Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on ISIS Threat
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified on President Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS* militants. Secretary Hagel outlined the administration’s approach that includes expanded airstrikes, additional U.S. personnel in Iraq, and training Syrian rebel forces opposed to ISIS. General Dempsey said he supports the president’s strategy but added that if building a coalition fails, his recommendations could include ground forces.4,117 views
The hearing was briefly interrupted throughout by protestors.
Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) spoke with reporters for several minutes after the hearing ended.
*The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.
Supreme Court 2014 Term Preview
A panel of U.S. Supreme Court observers, including attorneys who had argued before the court, discussed the 2014 term of the high court which would begin in October, and what cases were likely to be taken up by the nine justices. Topics included the dynamics of the court under Chief Justice Roberts. They also reflected on decisions issued in the most recent term.200 views
“The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term” was a Smithsonian Associates program held in the S. Dillon Ripley Center.
Veterans' Health Care System
Witnesses testified at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the overall state of the VA health care system and the findings of an investigation into the Phoenix, Arizona, VA medical center center where employees altered patient waiting lists.778 views
North Carolina Senate Debate
North Carolina Senate candidates Senator Kay Hagan (D) and Thom Tillis (R) debated various issues. This was their first debate, held in the UNC-TV studio. Courtesy of North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.2,151 views
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.517 views
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.34 views
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.579 views
After the meeting in room HVC-200 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Chairman Miller spoke to reporters in the room.
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.1,321 views
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.1,010 views