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  • Naval Leadership Scolded Over Warship Collisions
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    Navy Incidents at Sea

    Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the recent ship incidents at sea. In August…

  • Senate Committee Considers Sex Trafficking Crime Bill
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    Combating Sex Trafficking

    The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on legislation to combat sex trafficking, specifically a section of the bill that would allow victims to sue internet companies that can…

  • US Senate Debates NLRB Nomination
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate voted to limit debate on the nomination of William Emanuel to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Several members made speeches about the latest proposal…

  • Hearing Examines Benefits of SelfDriving Trucks
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    Self-Driving Trucks

    The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on the future of self-driving trucks and how federal regulators can promote innovation, competition, and safety in…

  • US Senate Debates Defense Authorization Bill
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    Senate Session

  • Senator Sanders Unveils Medicare for All Bill
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    Senator Sanders News Conference on Single-Payer Health Insurance

    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and other supporters of single-payer health care announced the introduction of the Medicare for All Act of 2017. Senator Sanders said the bill has the backing…

  • US Senate Blocks Paul War Authority Amendment 6136
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    Senate Session

    The Senate continued work on 2018 defense spending authorization.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Takes Up Judicial Nominations
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    Judicial and Justice Department Pending Nominations

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominees to the Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Middle and Western Tennessee District…

  • Senate Democrats Discuss Presidents DACA Decision
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    Senate Session, Part 3

    Senate Democrats spoke about the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA deferred the deportation…

  • House Rules Committee Holds Meeting on Spending Bills
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    House Rules Committee Meeting on Spending Bills, Part 2

    The House Rules Committee met to consider amendments and vote on a rule for the remaining fiscal year 2018 federal spending bills, H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous…

  • Elizabeth Dole Testifies on Needs of Military Caregivers
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    Military Caregivers

    The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on military caregivers. Witnesses including former Senator Elizabeth Dole who talked about the work of her foundation that advocates for those…

  • Hearing Focuses on Insurance Fraud Prevention
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    Insurance Fraud

    John Doak, the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, was among the witnesses testifying at a hearing on efforts to eliminate insurance fraud by consumers, insurers, and scammers. Subcommittee…

  • Hearing Examines Fishery Laws Ahead of Reauthorization
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    Fishery Management

    Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the New England Fishery Management Council testified at a hearing to assess the nation’s fishery laws,…

  • Air Force General Paul Selva Testifies at Reappointment Hearing
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    Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair Nomination

    Air Force General Paul Selva testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his reappointment to be vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was originally appointed by…

  • US Senate Takes Up NLRB Nomination
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    Senate Session

    The Senate by a 50-48 vote confirmed Marvin Kaplan to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a five-year term.

  • US Senate Confirms Christopher Wray as FBI Director
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate voted 92-5 to confirm the nomination of Christopher Wray to be director of the FBI. Members also rconfirmed the nomination of Kevin Newsom to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

  • William Browder Overturning Magnitsky Act is Putins Top Priority
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    Foreign Agents Registration Act

    Financier and former Russia investor William Browder testified at a hearing on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This law requires those representing the political interests of foreign powers to disclose…

  • Senate Narrowly Rejects Health Care Law Repeal in 4951 Vote
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    Senate Session

    Senators voted down the so-called skinny repeal health care amendment. Republican Senators McCain (R-AZ), Murkowski (R-AK), and Collins (R-ME) joined all Democrats in voting against it.

  • Senate Democrats No More Amendments Until We See Health Care Bill
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    Senate Session

    The Senate resumed debate on H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act. Among the amendments considered were one by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) that would have repealed most of the Affordable…

  • Congressional Democrats Health Care Rally
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    Congressional Democrats Health Care Rally

    Congressional Democrats held an impromptu rally after the Senate voted 51-50 in favor of a motion to proceed to health care legislation. All Democrats and Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan…

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