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    Senate Republican Leaders on Homeland Security and Immigration

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he would allow a vote on a bill that contains only authorization for funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business, with senators permitted to introduce bills and speak on any topic.

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    U.S. Supply Chain

    Officials from the food and freight industries testified at a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee hearing on the role of ports in the U.S. supply chain, and challenges…

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    Tax Code Reform

    Former Senators Bob Packwood (R-OR) and Bill Bradley (D-NJ) testified at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on tax code reform and lessons learned from the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    Following leader remarks, the Senate was in a period of morning business, with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each on a variety of topics.

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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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    Data Security Breach Legislation

    Cybersecurity expert and representatives from the retail and banking sectors testified at a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on preventing data breaches affecting consumers and…

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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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    Senate Session, Part 1

    Following morning hour business, the Senate continued debate on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R. 203). The Senate voted 99-0 to approve S.167, the Clay Hunt…

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    Federal Freight Rail Programs

    State and local officials testified about the increased demand of railroad freight traffic for transporting commodities and the infrastructure needs to accommodate this demand. They…

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    Senate Session

    Senators have voted 62-36 to pass S. 1, a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Earlier, they voted 62-35 to limit debate on the bill. The next vote will occur…

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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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    Jobs and the Economy

    Former Michigan Governor John Engler and two economics professors testified on the state of the economy and unemployment. They said the economy was stronger, but slow growth and…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    Following morning business, the Senate resumed consideration of S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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    Republican Leadership News Conference

    Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Senator John Thune (R-SD) briefed reporters and responded to questions at a Republican Party retreat held in Hershey,…

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    Senate Session

    The Senatae convened for a legislative session. The chamber voted 93-4 for passage of a bill extending the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program beyond the end of 2014.

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    Senate Republican Agenda

    Senate Republican leaders spoke to reporters about their agenda for the 114th Congress following their first weekly caucus lunch as the majority party. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened for morning business, with senators permitted to speak on a variety of topics.

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate votes on confirmation of the following nominations, which were expected to be confirmed by voice vote: Daniel Santos to be a member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board…

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