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  • US Senate Debates Federal Reserve Board Nomination
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    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed the nominations of Lee Cissna to be director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Randal Quarles to be a member and vice chair of the Federal Reserve…

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  • Hearing Looks at Access to Affordable Housing
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    Affordable Housing

    The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on increasing access to affordable housing. According to rental trends over $15 million people nationwide will need to spend 50 percen of their…

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  • Senate Finance Committee Considers Commerce and HHS Nominations
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    Confirmation Hearing for Commerce and Health and Human Services Departments

    The Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for three nominations to the Departments of Commerce and Health and Human Services (HHS).The nominees were Gilbert Kaplan, Commerce…

    543 views
  • Senate Finance Committee Explores Tax Reform Challenges
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    Tax Reform

    The Senate Finance Committee, which writes tax policy, heard testimony from former Treasury Department officials at a hearing on comprehensive tax reform and the challenges in implementing…

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  • Assistant Treasury Secretary Nominee Testifies at Confirmation Hearing
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    Assistant Treasury Secretary Nomination

    The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to consider President Trump’s nomination of David Kautter to be the assistant treasury secretary for tax policy. Mr. Kautter answered questions…

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  • Vatican Nominee Callista Gingrich Testifies at Confirmation Hearing
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    State Department Nominations

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing for the nomination of four candidates for State Department positions. The nominees were Callista Gingrich to be U.S. ambassador to the…

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  • Senate Banking Committee Considers Executive Nominations
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    Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Nominations

    The Senate Banking and Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing or comptroller of currency nominee Joseph Otting and Federal Reserve Board nominee Randal Quarles.…

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  • 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.

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  • Janet Yellen 3 Percent Growth Quite Challenging
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    Monetary Policy and the Economy

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered the central bank’s semiannual monetary policy report. This was her second day on the Hill. She said she’d like to see a three percent growth rate for the…

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  • Deputy Secretary Sullivan Testifies on State Department Reorganization
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    State Department Reorganization

    Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan testified at a hearing \ on the proposed reorganization of the State Department that was part of President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal.…

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  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Takes Up NATO Canada and UK Nominations
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    Ambassador Confirmations

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for the ambassador nominations to key U.S. allies, including Canada, Singapore, Italy, the United Kingdom, and NATO. Former U.S.…

    915 views
  • Experts Tell Senate Panel New AUMF is Needed for Military Action in Syria
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    Authorization for the Use of Military Force

    Former George W. Bush and Obama administration officials testified at a hearing on the legal issues of congressional authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF) overseas. The…

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  • Deputy Secretary of State Testifies on Annual Trafficking in Persons Report
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    Human Trafficking

    Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Susan Coppedge, the U.S. diplomat assigned to combat human trafficking, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the 2017 State…

    408 views
  • Senator Schumer Calls on Donald Trump Jr to Testify on Russia Meeting
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    Senate Democratic Agenda

    Following the Senate Republican weekly conference lunch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reacted to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay August recess by two…

    1,019 views
  • Secretary Tillerson Confirms Release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea
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    Fiscal Year 2018 State Department Budget

    Secretary Rex Tillerson testified a hearing on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 State Department budget request. Committee members pressed the secretary on several issues, including how proposed…

    8,297 views
  • US Senate Legislative Business
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate convened for a legislative session. Democratic members spoke about the Senate Republican Affordable Care Act replacement bill.

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  • US Senate Debates Treasury Undersecretary Nomination
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    Senate Session, Part 3

    Members re-convened following a briefing on Senate security in light of the previous-week’s shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). Members continued to speak about Republican…

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  • US Senate Meets for Legislative Business
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    Senate Session

    The Senate voted 91-8 in favor of limiting debate on S. 722, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act. The bill would sanction people and entities involved in Iran’s ballistic…

    1,158 views
  • Mel Watt Testifies on Housing Finance Policy
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    Housing Finance System

    Mel Watt testified at a hearing on housing finance policy. He reiterated his concerns over long-term conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and stressed that it is Congress' job to…

    2,169 views
  • Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Defends FY 2018 Budget and Tax Reform
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    Treasury Department Budget and Tax Reform

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for his department before the Senate Finance Committee. He also spoke about the administration’s…

    2,416 views
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