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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, Part 1

    The Senate took cloture votes on three district judge nominations.

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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, 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, Part 2

    The Senate continued work on S. 2363, a bill introduced by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), that would make more federal land available for public hunting and fishing.

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    Following a period of morning business, the Senate continued work on S. 2363, a bill introduced by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), that would make more federal land available for public hunting…

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    E-Cigarette Marketing

    Industry representatives and anti-tobacco advocates testified on e-cigarette marketing practices designed to appeal to children. In addition, the hearing also focused on the health…

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    Newsmakers with Senator John Thune

    Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD) talked about the 2014 and 2016 elections and issues such as transportation funding, the economy, and Iraq. He also talked about his…

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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, Part 1

    The Senate held five roll call votes, including four district court confirmations and a motion to invoke cloture on Leon Rodriguez to be director of the United States Citizenship and…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened for a legislative session.

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    Child Nutrition Programs

    Education, medical, and military officials testified about some of the ways child nutrition programs affect issues such as national security, economic vitality, and the health of children…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened and proceeded to a vote on the confirmation of M. Hannah Lauck to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. At noon they held two more confirmation…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed by a 78-17 margin Sylvia Burwell to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. They also confirmed by voice vote Carolyn Hessler-Radelet to be…

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    Surface Transportation Reauthorization

    Federal Railroad Administration and Department of Transportation officials testified on funding surface transportation programs and the safety and effectiveness of rail, motor carrier, and…

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    Senate Republican Agenda

    Senate Republicans talked about issues including the newly proposed Environmental Protecton Agency regulations and the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdahl.

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate confirmed on a 52-42 party-line vote Keith Harper to be U.S. representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council.  The Senate also voted 50-44 to advance the…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. The nomination of David Barron to be a federal appeals court judge was…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened for a legislative session.

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