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    Terrorism Financing

    The House Financial Services Committee Terrorist Financing Task Force held a hearing on combating the financing of terrorist groups and threats from transnational organized crime networks. Witnesses provided recommendations for targeting these networks and cutting off funding from illicit oil sales, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

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    Nepal Earthquake Response

    Witnesses from the Departments of State and Defense and U.S. Agency for International Development testified at a hearing on the response to the two major earthquakes in Nepal since April 2015. Questions focused on the humanitarian needs, the challenges to relief efforts, and the long-term implications for the people and infrastructure of the Himalayan country. Witnesses talked about their first-hand experiences overseeing humanitarian efforts in Nepal and challenges including increased gender-based violence against women and children who were more vulnerable to human trafficking in the aftermath of the earthquake, the delay in getting food transferred to the area, and buildings that were not earthquake-resistant.

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    House Markup on Taiwan and Interpol

    A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee marked up H.R. 1853, to direct the President to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization, and for other purposes and H. Res. 235, expressing deepest condolences to and solidarity with the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015.

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    U.S.-Cuba Relations

    State Department officials Roberta Jacobson and Thomas Shannon testified at a hearing on U.S.-Cuba relations. Topics included policy objectives, human rights, Cuban economic reforms, and what demands the U.S. expected to make of Cuba to return to normal foreign relations. Assistant Secretary Jacobson said having an Ambassador and full diplomatic relations would allow for a bilateral relationship, and help take care of an increasing number of American travelers expected to visit Cuba.

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    Policing Strategies

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the development of policing strategies to promote better relations between law enforcement and communities. Areas discussed included the use of police body cameras, appointing independent prosecutors for investigations involving allegations of police misconduct, impediments that discourage witnesses from coming forward during investigations, law enforcement agency training and accreditation, and the rules and regulations that affect local law enforcement.

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    Financial Data Security

    Banking and retail industry group officials testified at a hearing on financial data security issues. The witnesses answered questions on such issues as protection of consumer data and liability when a data breach occurs.

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    Wildfire Management

    Environmental and firefighting experts testified on the role of government in wildfire management. The hearing focused on the effects of wildfires on communities prone to them.

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    Defense Authorization Markup, Part 5

    The House Armed Services Committee met to mark up a fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill. During the day-long markup, notable amendments debated involved the F-35 fighter jet, and A-10 fleet, Guantanamo Bay facility, military sexual assault, and nuclear weapons program funding.

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    Defense Authorization Markup, Part 4

    The House Armed Services Committee met to mark up a fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill. Members debated amendments on defense funding for technology developments, missile defense funding for Israel, women in combat, and various others.

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    Homeland Security Department Oversight

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified at an oversight hearing on his agency’s priorities. Topics included the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, border security, President Obama’s executive actions, cybersecurity, and combating extremism.