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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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    Clean Power Plan

    The Environmental Protection Agency held the first in a series of public hearings on its proposed Clean Power Plan. The plan would cut carbon pollution from existing fossil-fuel power…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate resumed debate on the nomination of Robert McDonald for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. His nomination was confirmed with a 97-0 vote. After debate on…

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    Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Administrator Gina McCarthy testified n the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. In June 2014, the EPA proposed…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate continued work on S. 2569, a bill that would provide tax incentives for businesses to bring offshore jobs back to the U.S.

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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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    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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    Student Loan Debt

    Witnesses testified on student loan debt and its effects on borrowers, career choice, and the economy. Brittany Jones talked about her struggles with student loan debt impeded her…

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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. Members voted on three judicial confirmation votes as well as the…

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    Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Agriculture

    Environmental specialists from the fishing, forestry, farming, and wildlife sectors testified on the economic effects of climate change on wildlife and agriculture industries.Senator Jon…

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    Transportation Infrastructure Repair

    Officials from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Dallas, and the Federal Transit Administration testified on the repairs backlog across the nation’s transit system as thousands of projects…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business during which senators may make speeches and introduce bills. At 5:30 p.m, they were tol vote on Nancy Moritz to be U.S. circuit judge…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate debated S. 2223, a bill that would raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over two years. 

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    Department of Labor Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on his department’s fiscal year 2015 $11.8 billion budget proposal. The proposal includes…

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    Department of Justice Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

    Attorney General Eric Holder and Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified on their department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request, which totaled $27.4 billion, including $25.3…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a legislative session.

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    Senate Session

    The Senate reconvened for a period of morning business with senators allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each. At 5:00 p.m. ET senators began talking about climate change. At 5:30…

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    OMB Director Burwell on Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

    White House Budget Director Sylvia Burwell testified at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. Topics included defense budget…

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    Monetary Policy Report

    Chair Janet Yellen testified about the Federal Reserve Board’s semiannual report on monetary policy and the U.S. economic outlook for the year. In her opening statement she told…

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