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  • US Senate Passes GOP Budget Resolution in 5149 Vote
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    Senate Session

    After much debate and voting on amendments, the Senate finally passed the Republican 2018 Budget Resolution with tax reform framework included on a near party line 51-49 vote. Rand Paul was…

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  • Trump Administration Officials Testify on Decision to Rescind DACA
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    Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Witnesses included Homeland Security…

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  • Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Equifax Data Breach
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    Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Equifax Data Breach

    Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on his former employer’s response to a data breach that left more than 140 million consumers with their personal financial information at…

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  • Hearing Focuses on Role of Special Counsels
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    Special Counsels and Separation of Powers

    Law experts and professors testified at a hearing on the role of special counsels and separation of powers. Many of the questions from committee members centered around Robert Mueller, the…

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  • Hearing Focuses on Rural Development and Energy Programs
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    Rural Development and Energy Programs

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on rural development and energy programs for the 2018 farm bill. The first panel included testimony by several Agriculture Department officials who outlined…

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  • Senate Democrats Hold News Conference on Forced Arbitration
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    Senate Democrats on Forced Arbitration

    Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), held a press conference on their opposition to Republican efforts to repeal a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)…

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  • US Senate Meets for Legislative Business
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The U.S. Senate resumed consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act. Members also made speeches about the need for hurricane response in Puerto Rico.

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  • US Senate Approves Harvey Disaster Relief Package
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    Senate Session

    The Senate approved the House-passed emergency supplemental spending bill for the relief and recovery effort in Texas and Louisiana. The measure included a three-month debt hike and…

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  • Summer Reading with Patrick Leahy
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    Summer Reading with Patrick Leahy

    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) answered the question “What are you reading this summer?”

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  • Secretary Tillerson Pushes Back Against Charge of Recless and Radical Cuts
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    Fiscal Year 2018 State Department Budget

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified at a hearing on his department’s fiscal year 2018 budget request, which cuts funding by 28 percent. He was asked to defend the Trump…

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  • 150th Anniversary of the Senate Appropriations Committee
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    150th Anniversary of the Senate Appropriations Committee

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Historian Betty Koed reflected on the committee’s history. Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the…

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  • Christopher Wray Pledges Strict Independence at FBI Helm
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    FBI Director Confirmation Hearing

    Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee to be the next FBI director, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing. He faced tough questions from both Republicans and…

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  • FDA Administrator Testifies on FY 2018 Budget
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    FDA Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

    Commissioner Scott Gottlieb testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 Food and Drug Administration budget request. The budget proposes cutting…

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  • Senators Seek Answers on Monitored Calls with Foreign Leaders at FISA Hearing
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    FISA Reauthorization

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Section 702 permits intelligence agencies to access…

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  • Deputy AG Knows of No Reason to Fire Special Prosecutor Mueller
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    Fiscal Year 2018 Justice Department Budget

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that only he has to power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller handling the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. elections. Mr.…

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  • FCC Commissioners Testify on FY 2018 Budget
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    Fiscal Year 2018 FCC Budget

    Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Rielly testified at a hearing on their agency’s fiscal year 2018 budget request. The primary…

    251 views
  • US Senate Democrats Debate Health Care Bill in LateNight Session
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    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed Kristine Svinicki’s nomination to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Democrats spoke late into the evening about Republican plans to replace the Affordable Care Act.

    1,328 views
  • NIH Officials Testify on FY 2018 Budget Request
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    Fiscal Year 2018 NIH Budget

    National Institutes of Health directors testified at a hearing on their fiscal year 2018 budget request, and some of the medical research taking place to combat diseases. The leaders outlined…

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  • US Senate Debates Treasury Undersecretary Nomination
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate convened for a legislative session.

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  • US Senate Takes Up Saudi Arms Sale Resolution
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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate considered S.J.Res. 42, a disapproval resolution to block the sale of $510 million of precision-guided munitions as part of President Trump’s proposed $110 billion arms sale to…

    1,469 views
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