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    Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Authorization Request

    Commanders of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Africa Command, and special operations forces testified on their proposed fiscal year 2016 spending for their respective units. They also addressed their efforts to combat terrorists, including ISIS* and Boko Haram. 

    * 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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    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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    Senate Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Markup, Day 2

    The Senate Budget Committee met to mark up its budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, which begins October 1, 2015. Dozens of amendments on a variety of domestic and foreign policy issues were proposed, including one that added $38 billion in emergency war funding and brought the Senate blueprint for defense spending closer to the House Republican plan. The Senate Budget Committee approved this budget on a 12-10 party-line vote.

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    Senate Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Markup, Day 1

    The Senate Budget Committee marked up the Senate fiscal year 2016 budget proposal.

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    Tax Scam Protection

    Federal and state-level tax, revenue, and justice officials testified on some of the scams being used against taxpayers during the 2015 tax-filing season. The scams ranged from impersonations of IRS agents over the telephone to tax refund identity theft. The witnesses discussed their efforts to help protect consumers and the additional steps that can be taken.

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    Authorization for the Use of Military Force Request

    Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on President Obama’s request for authorization for use for military force (AUMF) against *ISIL. Also discussed were the talks with Iran over its nuclear program. 

    *The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH in Arabic), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Ukraine-Russia Conflict

    Officials from the Departments of State, Treasury, and Defense testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Russia. Topics included the Obama administration’s response to the conflict, the potential for the U.S. to provide lethal military assistance to Ukraine, and the impact of sanctions on Russia. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) called the Obama administration’s policy “feckless.”

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    Navy Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus, Naval Operations Chief Admiral John Greenert, and Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Navy’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. The effect of sequestration* on readiness was discussed. Other issues included: modernization, mental health, PTSD, retention, transition to civilian life, transition into VA care, and the Asia-Pacific rebalance.

    *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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    Defense Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Pentagon. This was Mr. Carter’s first committee appearance as secretary. Topics included the effect of sequestration* budget cuts, and challenges abroad such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and combating the self-declared Islamic State.**

    *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.

    **The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist Sunni militant group that began calling itself the Islamic State.

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    Global Terror Threats

    James Clapper and Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global terror threats. Topics included the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the war against ISIS*, and Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Director Clapper also said cyber threats were increasing in “frequency, scale and sophistication” and called Russia’s cyber threat greater than previously thought. 

    *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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