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  • 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…

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  • State Department Nominees Pressed on Management and Afghanistan Strategy
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    Pending Nominations

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a nomination hearing for several State Department posts, including the U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan and Bahrain and the executive director…

    422 views
  • 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…

    1,065 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…

    807 views
  • 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…

    1,885 views
  • 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…

    810 views
  • Hearing Focuses on US Policy Toward North Korea
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    North Korea Policy

    The acting secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and two other North Korea experts testified at a hearing on U.S. policy toward North Korea and the security risks posed by that…

    646 views
  • Washington Journal Spotlight on Opioid Epidemic
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    Opioid Epidemic and Health Care

    As the Senate considered Republican health care legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, telephone lines were open for viewer calls and social media comments on health care and the…

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  • Senators Oppose Amendment to Repeal and Replace Health Care Law
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate voted 51-50 on a motion to proceed to health care legislation. All Democrats and Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted “no,” with Vice President Mike…

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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.…

    612 views
  • TSA and Homeland Security Nominees Testify at Confirmation Hearing
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    TSA and Homeland Security Confirmation Hearing

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominees to be the next Transportation Security Administrator and Homeland…

    686 views
  • US Senate Confirms Japan Ambassador Nominee
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    Senate Session

    The Senate voted 86-12 to confirm the nomination of William Hagerty to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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  • US Senate Confirms Treasury Undersecretary Nominee
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    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed the nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes. Members also scheduled advanced the nomination of Marshall…

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  • Executive Nominations
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    Kevin Allen Hassett and Pamela Hughes Patenaude Nominations

    The Senate Banking Committee held a confirmation hearing on President Trump’s nominees to be the next Housing and Urban Development deputy secretary, Pamela Hughes Patenaude, and the chair…

    562 views
  • State Officials and Physicians Testify on Economic Impact of Opioid Epidemic
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    Economic Impact of Opioid Epidemic

    Witnesses that included Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) testified at a hearing on the opioid crisis and other forms of drug abuse and their possible relationship to economic factors.…

    671 views
  • Senate Committee Considers FEMA and White House Budget Office Nominations
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    FEMA and OMB Nominations

    The president’s nominees to be the next White House Budget deputy director, White House Budget Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

    7,746 views
  • US Senate Votes on CIA General Counsel Nomination
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate by a 67-33 vote confirmed Courtney Elwood’s nomination to be CIA general counsel. Members also debated a bill that would allow the the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to…

    378 views
  • Senate Panel Looks at Stopping Flow of Synthetic Drugs to US
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    Stopping Flow of Synthetic Drugs

    The Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing on synthetic opioids. The first panel included officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S.…

    970 views
  • Senator Rob Portman Delivers Ashland University Commencement Address
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    Ashland University 2017 Commencement Address

    Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered the 2017 commencement address at Ashland University. He talked about values of a work ethic, determination and service and some famous Ohio natives who…

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  • China Ambassador Nominee Willing to Confront China on Human Rights Trade Abuses
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    U.S. Ambassador to China Confirmation Hearing

    Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be U.S. ambassador to China. Governor Branstad addressed his relationship with Chinese…

    1,058 views
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