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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for legislative business. Senators confirmed John Bass to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey by roll call vote and other nominees by voice vote. Senators spoke on a…

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    Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on ISIS Threat

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified on President Obama’s strategy for combating ISIS* militants. Secretary Hagel outlined the…

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    Senate Session

    Senators spoke on a variety of topics including the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and military action against ISIS. The Senate voted on S.J.Res 19, a joint resolution…

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    Veterans' Health Care System

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the overall state of the VA health care system and the findings of an investigation into the Phoenix, Arizona, VA…

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    Cell Phones and Consumer Protection

    Witnesses testified about the practice of “cramming” wireless phone bills, in which consumers are charged for unauthorized third-party services. Terrell McSweeny,…

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    Trucks and Public Safety

    Regulators, safety advocates, and industry representatives testified on ways to improve freight truck safety on U.S. roads. Anne Ferro, the outgoing administrator of the Federal Motor…

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    Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

    A bipartisan group of senators talked about The Campus Accountability and Safety Act, the bill they were introducing to fight sexual assault on college campuses. They were joined by…

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    Women and Gun Violence

    Law enforcement, legal, and social work experts testified about possible changes to the Violence Against Women Act, and the law’s effectiveness in protecting women from gun…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate resumed debate on S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, a bill that would provide tax incentives for businesses to bring offshore jobs back to the U.S.

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    Democratic Senators on Veterans Affairs Bill Negotiations

    Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with other Democratic committee members, talked about legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans…

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    Senators on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    A bipartisan group of senators announced a resolution concerning a cease-fire in the Middle East to halt the fighting in Gaza. It urges the Obama administration to guarantee that any…

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    Cruise Passenger Safety

    The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee met to discuss the Cruise Passenger Protection Act. The hearing examined the safety and security regulations of the cruising…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate continued work on S. 2569, a bill that would provide tax incentives for businesses to bring offshore jobs back to the U.S.

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Robert McDonald to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In remarks, Mr. McDonald pledged…

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    General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

    Dispute resolution attorney Kenneth Feinberg and executives from General Motors (GM) and one of its suppliers testified on the automaker’s delayed ignition switch recall and its…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed 53-44 the nomination of Ronnie L. White to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Members voted to block consideration of S. 2578, a bill to…

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    Women's Health Protection Act

    Members of the U.S. House and Senate, doctors, and advocates with differing perspectives on reproductive rights testified at a hearing on the Women’s Health Protection Act (S.1696).…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate confirmed the nominations of Norman Bay and Cheryl LaFleur to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Members were also expected to hold voice votes to…

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    College Athletes and Academics

    NCAA President Mark Emmert, two former college football players, author and historian Taylor Branch, and other witnesses testified on college athletes and academics. The hearing was…

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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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