National Security Threats
Former National Security Advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Snowcroft testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on threats to U.S. national security.1,196 views
Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Undersecretary of State David Cohen testified on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear arms program. Members focused on the status of the talks, the role Congress should play, and whether new sanctions should be imposed on Iran while the negotiations continue.661 views
Senate Ceremonial Swearing-In
Vice President Biden held a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with newly-elected and re-elected senators. The event happens at the start of each Congress in the Old Senate Chamber. The official swearing-in ceremony took place earlier in the Senate chambers on the opening day of the 114th Congress.3,288 views
Perspectives on Pearl Harbor
Former Senator John Warner (R-VA) and Vice Admiral Robert Dunn (Retired) spoke at an event commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. They spoke about their memories of the attack.66 views
“Memories of the Homefront: Perspectives from two U.S. Cities” was hosted by the National Museum of the United States Navy and the Naval Historical Foundation.
Foreign Relations Legislation Markup
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee met to mark up a bill that would authorize limited military force against ISIS for three years. It also permits the use of ground forces in certain situations such as protecting U.S. citizens from “imminent danger,” for operations against “high value targets,” or to conduct intelligence operations. The legislation was approved by the committee by a 10-8 vote, with most Democrats voting in favor and Republicans against.196 views
The panel also considered the nomination of Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state.
* 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.
Use of Military Force Against ISIL
Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the use of military force against so-called Islamic State* militants. Secretary Kerry said a new congressional authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against the ISIL should not be limited to Iraq and Syria nor should it bind President Obama from ever deploying ground troops against ISIL if needed.2,217 views
*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 has called itself the Islamic State.
Digital Accountability and Transparency Act
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the state of the implementation of a new law, the Supporters of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The law is intended to enhance the ability of Congress, agencies, and the public to track and analyze federal spending on a common Web site, and to help eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. Appearing before the committee were the sponsors of the law, Senators Mark Warner and Rob Portman in the first panel, and in the second panel officials from the Government Accountability Office, the Treasury Department, and the White House Office of Management and Budget.210 views
Deputy Secretary of State Nomination Hearing
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to consider President Obama’s nomination of Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken to serve as deputy secretary of state. Topics included the Iran nuclear negotiations and aid for Ukraine and the opposition in Syria.585 views
Presidential Power to Combat ISIS
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke about whether President Obama has the proper authority to carry out military actions against ISIS* militants under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). He said there was “no legal authority sufficient enough to support action in combating ISIS” and that the mission against ISIS was “not covered by wording or intent.” After Senator Kaine’s speech, he took part in a discussion with former Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) and a Harvard law professor. The panelists stressed the importance of congressional action, provided suggestions on the authorization process, and analyzed what constitutes “war” in military interventions. Jim Sciutto moderated.320 views
*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.
Virginia Senate Debate
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Ed Gillespie (R) met in a debate in the Virginia U.S. Senate race. The debate was held at WCVE-TV studios and was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia.1,666 views