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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for the first time since the 2014 midterm elections. Following leader remarks, the Senate was in a period of morning business. At 5:30 Eastern Standard Time,…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    By a vote of 78-22, the Senate cleared H.J. Res 124, a measure to fund the government through December 11, for President Obama’s signature. The House passed the measure 273-156,…

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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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    Cyber Security and Terrorism Threats

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on global cyber terrorism as well as other U.S. security threats such as ISIL*, Syrian foreign…

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    U.S. Senate

    The Senate debated on amending the Constitution to allow for curbing election spending. The Senate voted 73-25 to proceed to the S. 2199, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which deals with…

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    Police Use of Military Equipment

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the sale of Department of Defense weapons and equipment to state and local police forces.

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    Senate Session

    The Senate resumed debate on a $3.6 billion emergency supplemental spending bill, which included $2.7 billion to deal with southern border issues, $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome…

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    Veterans' Health Care Bill Negotiations

    House Veterans' Affairs Chair Jeff Miller (R-FL) called a conference meeting on H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, a bill…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate debated S. 2244, a bill to reauthorize the terrorism risk insurance program for seven years.

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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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    Monetary Policy and the Economy

    Janet Yellen presented to the committee the Federal Reserve Board’s semiannual report on monetary policy. She said the economy had improved but that the recovery was still not…

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    Border Security

    Officials from the Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Justice, and State Departments testified on actions their agencies were taking in response to the influx of unaccompanied…

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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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    Veterans Affairs Overhaul Conference Meeting

    Members of the House and Senate met to negotiate differences between their respective bills to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department (VA). The bills sought to improve access to care and…

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    Weekly Republican Address

    Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) delivered the weekly Republican address. He talked about the problems in the Veterans Administration Health Care System. He proposed passage of a Senate…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 2432, a bill to provide for the refinancing of certain federal student loans. The Senate was scheduled to vote at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time…

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    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Report

    Richard Cordray gave his semi-annual report to Congress of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Mr. Cordray said that while building a new federal agency involves…

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    Border Security

    The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs held a hearing on the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2013, which addressed U.S. border security reforms and rates of pay for…

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    Port Security

    Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Coast Guard officials testified at a hearing on U.S. port security. They gave updates on their individual agencies and…

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    Veterans Choice Act

    Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) spoke to reporters about their Veterans Choice Act. The goals of the bill were to provide…

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