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David Grove's MyC-SPAN

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    Global Terror Threats

    James Clapper and Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global terro threats.

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    U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Terrorists

    Retired General John Allen, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the U.S. strategy and coalition efforts to defeat the militant Islamic group. He told the committee that recruitment of Syrian fighters against ISIL was higher than originally expected. Topics included the terms of President Obama’s formal request for a three-year authorization for military force (AUMF).

    *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.

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    State Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his department’s fiscal year 2016 budget. Topics discussed included the aid being given to help Ukraine against Russia, talks with Iran over its nuclear program, and the terms of the authorization for use of military force (AUMF).

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    Monetary Policy Report

    Chair Janet Yellen testified about the Federal Reserve Board’s semiannual report on monetary policy and the U.S. economic outlook for the year. She said that despite continued improvement in the economy, the bank would continue an accommodative monetary policy without raising interest rates.

    At the beginning of the hearing committee members voted unanimously to report favorably on legislation that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to foot soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or in the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March 1965,

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    News Review with Former Senator James Webb

    Former Senator James Webb (D-VA) talked about stories in the news. Topics included his 2016 presidential exploratory committee, the state of the Democratic Party, President Obama’s request for authorization for use of military force r(AUMF), campaign finance, and military readiness.

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    Developments in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan Operations Commander General John Campbell testified on developments in Afghanistan. He told committee members that he had provided the Obama administration with options that would allow for more flexibility on the pace of troop withdrawals.

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    National Security and Intelligence

    Nick Rasmussen testified at a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on security threats facing the U.S. at home and abroad, and what the National Counterterrorism Center was doing to address intelligence oversight.

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    Senator Kaine and Representative Schiff on the Use of Military Force Authorization

    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke to reporters about the draft resolution for a new authorization to use military force (AUMF) against *ISIL presented President Obama that day. They supported the request but both had reservations about some of the language. 

    * 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.

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    Community Banks and Credit Unions

    Witnesses testified on the impact of regulations introduced by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act on community banks and credit unions. Small banks received a relaxation of restrictions by the Federal Reserve and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on lending and acquisitions. They were seeking the easing of additional requirements, including those dealing with international capital rules and mortgage lending relief.

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    National Security Strategy

    Two former undersecretaries of Defense for policy, Eric Edelman and Michele Flournoy, testified on national security threats facing the U.S. They answered questions on Iran’s nuclear program, combating *ISIS, the conflict in Ukraine, and operations in Afghanistan. 

    At the start of the hearing committee members voted in favor of sending Ashton Carter’s nomination for Defense secretary to the full Senate.