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    House Session

    The House convened for a legislative session.

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    U.S. Interests at the United Nations

    Ambassador Samantha Power testified on congressional priorities and concerns in advancing U.S. national interests at the United Nations (U.N.). Topics included the U.N.'s role in nuclear…

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    House Session, Part 2

    The House debated several bills under suspension of the rules, including several naming post offices and a resolution calling on Iran to release three U.S. citizens held in that country.

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    International Child Abduction

    Witnesses testified at a hearing examining federal actions to comply with a law passed the previous year in resolving cases of children abducted from the U.S. and held in foreign…

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    House Session

    The House convened for a legislative session. The House debate H.R. 2685, a fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations bill and voted on amendments

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    House Session, Part 2

    The House debated eight bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation dealing with human trafficking and U.S. Coast Guard funding.

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    Sex Trafficking Victims

    The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Global Human Rights held a hearing on the partnerships between U.S. government and non-governmental organizations that rescue trafficking…

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    House Session, Part 1

    The House considered H.R. 1735, a bill that would authorize $515 billion for national defense programs and $89.2 billion in war funding for overseas contingency operations.

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    House Session

    The House voted 242-184 to pass H.R. 36, a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and in favor 338-88 on a bill to limit National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance. The House started…

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    ISIS and Religious Minorities

    Witnesses testified on ISIS* attacks on religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria, as well the looting of cultural and religious sites. The hearing focused on humanitarian and…

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    House Session, Part 2

    The House resumed debate on amendments to H.R. 2028, the fiscal year 2016 energy and water spending bill. The House voted on 14 amendments to the bill.

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    U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Member Christopher Smith (R-NJ) talked about foreign policy challenges. Topics included a bill that would give Congress a voice on any nuclear agreement…

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    U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State Terrorists

    Retired General John Allen, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter *ISIL, was joined by two Defense Department officials in testifying before the House Foreign…

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    U.S. Policy on Ukraine and Russia

    Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Ukraine’s conflict with Russia, focusing on U.S. policy toward both…

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    State Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Secretary of State John Kerry testifed before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on his department’s the fiscal year 2016 budget proposal, and foreign policy challenges. The…

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    Humanitarian Aid to Syria

    Witnesses testified at a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee hearing on Syria’s humanitarian crisis. Officials with the State Department and USAID said that while monetary…

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    National Security Threat of Islamic State Terrorists

    Witnesses testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the national security threat posed by ISIL.* They discussed terrorist strategy and tactics, how they could be called…

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    Human Rights in Cuba

    Advocates for Cuban political prisoners testified on that country’s human rights record. The witnesses were critical of the Obama administration’s decision to normalize…

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    U.S.-Cuba Relations

    State, Treasury, and Commerce Department officials testified on the Obama’s administration’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba and lift many travel and economic…

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    House Session

    The House adopted a rule governing debate on H.R. 351, a bill expediting the federal permitting process for natural gas exports, and passed two bills under suspension of the…

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