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The Senate voted, 53-46 to disapprove the NLRB rule on unions. The Senate failed to override President Obama’s veto of S.1, a bill to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline. A vote of 62-37 with Sixty-seven votes needed.1,267 views
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.**627 views
*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.