U.S. Africa Command and National Guard Bureau Nominations
A confirmation hearing was held for the nomination of Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser to lead U.S. Africa Command and Lieutenant General Joseph Lengyel to be the chief of the National Guard Burea. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced Lieutenant General Lengyel. During his testimony Lieutenant General Waldhauser said that he was not aware of an “overall grand strategy” in Libya and that additional ground troops were not needed at the moment.1,162 views
Senators Boxer, Toomey, Grassley, Nelson, and Murphy on Gun Control Legislation
Senators Boxer, Toomey, Grassley, Nelson, and Murphy debated gun control amendments.96 views
Senators Feinstein and Cornyn on Gun Control Legislation
Senate Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-VA) and House Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) debated their gun control amendments.8,711 views
Senator Feinstein’s amendment would allow the attorney general to block suspected terrorists on the government’s No Fly list from buying a gun.
Senator Cornyn’s amendment would allow the attorney general to delay gun purchases for up to 72 hours through a court order for those on the government’s No-Fly List.
Both amendments failed to achieve cloture.
Senate Republican Agenda
Senate Republican leaders spoke with reporters following their weekly party luncheon. They talked about the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as well as their party’s legislative agenda.305 views
Senator Cornyn on Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida
Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor about the June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. He went over the legislative options that could prevent similar domestic terror attacks like this, including a bill he proposed in 2015 to prevent those on “terror watch” and “no-fly” lists from buying guns and legislation that would give the FBI more ability to access encrypted information.107 views
Holocaust Art Recovery Act
Witnesses testified at a joint hearing of two Senate Judiciary subcommittees. The hearing concerned the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act, which deals with adjusting the statutes of limitation which had prevented the restitution of some art works confiscated by the Nazis during World War II. Actress Helen Mirren testified about what she had learned while portraying in the movie Woman in Gold a Jewish refugee who fought the Austrian government for a piece of art taken from her family during the Holocaust. Simon Goodman testified about his work to find his family’s stolen treasures.3,120 views
Chief Justice Roberts Remarks at Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts addressed fellow judges and legal scholars at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference. He talked about how he and his colleagues find consensus in the court’s decisions.1,714 views
Wittman v. Personhuballah Oral Argument
The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Wittman v. Personhuballah, on whether Virginia lawmakers unlawfully considered race when drawing lines for congressional districts. The case centered specifically on Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Representative Bobby Scott (D), the state’s only black member of Congress. Two Virginia voters challenged the district redrawn in 2012 by the Republican-controlled legislature as a violation of the Voting Rights Act. They argued the legislature packed black voters into Representative Scott’s district, thus lessening their voting power in other voting districts. A federal court ruled the map was racially gerrymandered and issued its own redrawn map. Republican members of Congress appealed, arguing that the court-implemented map harmed their chance for re-election.386 views