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    House Session

    The House debated a bill to revoke federal funding for “sanctuary cities.” "Sanctuary cities" are jurisdictions around the country that have polices to shelter illegal…

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    Veterans Affairs Health Care and Budget

    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald testified at a hearing on his department’s fiscal year 2015 budget shortfall. The secretary warned committee members…

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    Representative Beto O'Rourke on Veterans and Military Issues

    Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) talked about veteran and military issues. Topics included wait times and health care at VA facilities, and President Obama’s speech at…

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    House Session

    The House voted down a resolution requiring U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq and Syria in the absence of a congressional vote on an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF)…

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    Middle East Policy and Combating ISIS

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey testified on combating ISIS* and U.S. strategy in the Middle East. Secretary Carter told the…

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    Veterans Suicide Risk

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the heavy reliance on medication by veterans and the possible adverse effects of opioid therapy, including the risk of suicide.

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    Veterans and Health Care Contracts

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the procurement of non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services for former soldiers who usually receive medical care from VA…

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    Veterans Health Care and Benefits

    The House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees held a joint hearing to receive legislative presentations from multiple veterans' service organizations. Topics included the G.I.…

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    Veterans Affairs Health Care Staffing

    Physicians and nurses representing veteran service organizations testified at a hearing on ways to alleviate staffing issues at health care facilities run by the Department of Veterans…

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    House Session, Part 2

    The House considered amendments to H.R. 1735.

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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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    Defense Programs and Combating ISIS

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified at a hearing on the Pentagon budget and President Obama’s request for authorization for the…

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    Defense Department Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Top commanders from the four military branches testified about their program requests in the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Department of Defense. Each witness warned of the…

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    U.S.-Afghanistan Policy

    General John Campbell, the commander of Operation Resolute Support and the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. military strategy in…

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    Islamic Extremism Threat

    Witnesses testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the threat posed by Islamic extremism and possible U.S. foreign policy implications. Retired Lieutenant General…

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    Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

    Witnesses testified at a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA was requesting $168 billion in…

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    House Ceremonial Swearing-In

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) held a ceremonial swearing-in for members of the 114th Congress. 

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    Military Cemetery Operations

    Witnesses testified on military cemetery operations. Topics included the expansion of the national cemetery system to include additional burial facilities, improvements in grave…

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    House Session

    The House took a series of four votes, including passage of S. 2244, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, 417-7, with 10 members not voting.

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    Immigration and Border Security

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Secretary Johnson defended the…

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