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    Interior Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about her department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. Topics included a $1…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    Senators returned from their weekly caucus lunches. The Senate was in a period of morning business, with senators permitted to introduce bills and make speeches.

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    Weekly Republican Address

    Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered the weekly Republican address. A former director of the Office of Management and Budget, he criticized President Obama’s fiscal year 2016…

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    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Testimony on Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request. He discussed many of the proposals in the $4 trillion…

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    Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

    Secretary Sylvia Burwell testified at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services' proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, which included funding for…

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    IRS Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testified on the IRS' fiscal year 2016 budget request. He also spoke about tax scams and staffing shortages at the IRS…

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    Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

    Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan testified about the Obama administration’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget.

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    Liquified Natural Gas Permitting

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on legislation that would expedite federal approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting facilities.

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    Criminal Justice Reform

    Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Al Franken (D-MN), Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Danny Davis (D-IL), and others talked about efforts to reform the criminal justice…

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    Trade Policy

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman appeared before the Senate Finance Committee to answer questions on President Obama’s trade policy agenda. Much of the discussion focused…

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    Senate Republican Agenda

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republican leaders spoke to reporters following their weekly caucus lunch. Topics included what President Obama might include in…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate convened for a legislative session. Lawmakers debated and voted on amendments to a bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate resumed post-cloture debate on S.1, a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Earlier today, senators reached agreement to allow amendments to the…

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    Child Sex Trafficking, Part 1

    Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) talked about current legislation combating child sex trafficking. Topics included changing a culture that stigmatizes young victims…

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    Keystone XL Pipeline Markup

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee met to mark up a bill requiring federal regulatory approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Only two amendments were heard, and no others…

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    Retirement Savings Policy

    Witnesses, including tax and retirement policy experts, talked about the gap between how much Americans were saving for retirement and savings needed after retirement. Suggested…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate convened for a legislative session. The Senate considered nominations and a terrorism insurance bill. Earlier, it cleared H.R. 5571, a bill extending certain tax breaks…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate considered several nominations, including Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general and Daniel Santos to sit on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Dr. Murthy was…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate continued work on a $577 billion defense spending bill, nominations, and a $1.1 trillion spending deal approved by the House on December 11th. Senator Cruz (R-TX) raised a…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate considered a House-passed defense authorization bill, which authorized $585 billion for defense programs for 2015.

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