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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate voted on three district court judge nominations: Andre Birotte’s to the Central District of California, Robin Rosenberg to the Southern District of Florida, and John…

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    Black Lung Medical Claims

    From former West Virginia coal miner Robert Bailey was among the witnesses at a hearing on the health and financial challenges faced by coal miners affected with black lung disease.

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    Emergency Funding for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Witnesses testified on President Obama’s request for emergency funds to deal with the flood of migrant children from Central America at the U.S. border. The respective…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate voted 71-26 to confirm Julian Castro to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Senators also debated S. 2363, a bill to make more federal land…

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    Campus Sexual Assaults

    School administrators, Department of Education officials, and victims testified on the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The hearing focused on ways that federal laws,‎…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate debated H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that would reauthorize and overhaul a 1998 federal job training programs law that expired in 2003.

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    Senate Session

    The Senate considered the nomination of Crystal Nix-Hines for the rank of ambassador during her tenure as the U.S. representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate debated three Federal Reserve Board of Governors nominations and then held up to three cloture votes on the nominees:Lael Brainard and Jerome Powell to be members, and Stanley…

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    Americans with Disabilities Act and Civil Rights

    Panelists talked about their work with President George H.W. Bush on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Civil Rights Act of 1991. Speakers included former Bush administration…

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    Tobacco Use and Regulation

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposal to assert authority over…

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    Federal Investment in Innovation

    Witnesses that included the heads of the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified on federal investments in…

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    Health and Human Services Confirmation Hearing

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a confirmation hearing to consider the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Health and Human Services…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business. Senators voted 54-42 to block S. 2223, a bill raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 over two years. Members…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate debated S. 2223, a bill that would raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over two years. 

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    Senate Session

    Following a period of morning business, senators voted on invoking cloture on the nominations of Michelle Friedland for U.S. Ninth Circuit Court judge, and David Weil for administrator of…

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    Department of Labor Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on his department’s fiscal year 2015 $11.8 billion budget proposal. The proposal includes…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened for a legislative session.

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business with senators allowed to speak for up to 10 minutes each. Thereafter, members resumed work on H.R. 3979, a bill to extend expired…

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    Federal Student Loan Program

    Witnesses testified on ways the Higher Education Act can be improved to help students and their families navigate the federal student loan process. Issues discussed included the need…

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    Food and Drug Administration Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg testified on the fiscal year 2015 initiatives and priorities for her agency. She answered questions on antibiotics…

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