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    Social Security and Retirement Savings

    Witnesses testified on the role of Social Security as a source of retirement income as the number of workers with pensions continued to decline. They agreed that Social Security benefits…

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    Violence in the Central African Republic

    Witnesses assessed ongoing violence in the Central African Republic. Earlier in December Christian militias attacked the capital of the Central African Republic, leading to clashes with the…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate convened and resumed consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act.

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    IRS Commissioner Nomination Hearing, Day 2

    John Koskinen testified at his nomination hearing to be the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. He promised to restore public trust in the IRS and fully cooperate with…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate convened and resumed consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the Budget Resolution.

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    Disability Rights and International Law, Panel 1

    Secretary of State John Kerry testified about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He urged senators to ratify the treaty and pledged to work with lawmakers who…

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    Transportation Infrastructure Investments

    State officials, representatives from transportation industry groups, and members of national commissions testified on the status of transportation infrastructure needs in the United States…

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    Typhoon Haiyan Response

    Witnesses testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs on the U.S. response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They said the U.S. response…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate convened for a period of morning business and thereafter resumed consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act.

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    Senate Session

    After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be…

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    Senator Ben Cardin on Affordable Care Act

    Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) talked about the Affordable Care Act, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. He discussed his opinion on Obama administration and the…

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    Disabilities Rights and International Law

    Witnesses testified on the Disability Treaty, a law that, if ratified, would extend Americans' disability rights to disabled people in foreign countries.

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    Health Insurance Exchanges

    Secretary Kathleen Sebelius updated the committee on the status of fixing the ongoing difficulties with the Affordable Care Act’s HealthCare.gov insurance exchanges. She said many…

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    Syrian Civil War

    Experts on Syria testified on the country’s civil war and the Obama administration’s approach to the conflict. Among the issues addressed were the flow of refugees to other countries, efforts to…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate resumed post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed to ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate resumed the legislative business of the day.

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    Iran's Nuclear Program

    Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the status of Iran’s nuclear program. Other witnesses included former Obama and Bush administration State Department…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    Following remarks from the majority leader, senators were permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. The pending business was the motion to proceed to S. 1569, the debt limit bill. The…

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    Small Businesses and Government Shutdown

    Owners of technology, health care, and tourism companies told their personal stories of the severe effects the federal government shutdown was having on their small businesses. Keith…

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    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the Debt Limit

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified on raising the debt limit. In his remarks he warned the committee that failing to raise the debt ceiling could cause havoc in financial markets, which rely on U.S.…

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