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    Washington Journal Program 7/27/2015

    Live daily at 7 a.m. ET, “Washington Journal” is a forum for journalists and public policy makers to discuss key events.

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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a rare Sunday session for votes on two amendments to H.R.22, a six-year highway funding bill. Funding was set to expire on July 31. The first amendment, to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, passed, and the second, which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act, failed.

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    Open Phones

    Headlines from the day’s newspapers were read and telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the question: “Your Thoughts on Wall Street?” That week was the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act on July 21, 2010. The law was an effort to more closely regulate Wall Street in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. A video clip was shown of former Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), one of the primary authors of the law, speaking about it July 20, 2015, and House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) on July 21, 2015. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was shown speaking about her proposed tax system the previous day.

    The program concluded with a video clip of House Appropriations Committee Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) being interviewed July 23, 2015, for “Newsmakers.”

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    National Governors Association, Discussion on Health Care

    Governors met with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the states. Topics included rural treatment availability and shifting payment models. Secretary Burwell also announced that HHS would be making available $100 million in grants to combat opioid abuse.

    “Health Care Transformation” was the keynote address of the closing session of the 2015 Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association, which was held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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    Fifth Anniversary of Dodd-Frank Financial Regulatory Law

    Norbert Michel and Julia Gordon talked about the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act on July 21, 2010. The law was an effort to more closely regulate Wall Street in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Topics included efforts to restrict or expand the provisions of the law. A video clip was shown Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaking about the law July 13, 2015.

    The program concluded with a video clip of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talking about the Senate the previous day.

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    National Governors Association, Discussion on Prescription Drug Abuse

    Governors met to discuss the best methods to combat the problem of prescription drug abuse. Guest speakers included former Representative Mary Bono (R-CA), co-founder of the Congressional Csucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, who said the current debate surrounding the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana was clouding anti-drug messages targeted toward young people.

    “Taking Action to Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis” was a joint meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee and the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. The 2015 Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association was held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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    National Governors Association, Discussion on State Economies

    Governors met to discuss the best methods to expand worker training programs for growing states' economies through improving job skills. Guest speakers included Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. 

    “Skills for the Future: Career Pathways Accelerating State Economies” was a meeting of the Education and Workforce Committee at the 2015 Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association, which was held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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    Energy Legislation

    John Siciliano talked about efforts in both the House and Senate for a comprehensive energy bill. Topics included the fate of energy tax credits that Congress was considering extending.

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