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  • Hearing Focuses on Violent Extremism
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    Violent Extremism

    The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the ideology behind violent extremism and potential tools the U.S. can use to counter it. Former National Counterterrorism Center…

  • Secretary Kelly Travel Ban Injunctions Hobbling Homeland Security Screening Effort
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    Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testified about President Trump’s 2018 budget request for his agency. He answered senators' questions and addressed several issues including terrorism,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Senate Panel Examines Pesticide Registration Laws
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    Pesticide Regulations

    The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the regulations for the sale, use and distribution of pesticide products. Committee members focused on how pesticide registration under…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Hearing Examines Rise of MS13 Crime Gang in US
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    Border Security and Crime

    Law enforcement officials from New York, Massachusetts and Maryland testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on efforts to combat the MS-13 street…

  • Treasury Secretary Comes Under Fire Over GlassSteagall Stance
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    Fiscal Policy

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin provided a domestic fiscal policy update. He stressed that housing finance reform was a priority for the Trump administration. He also told committee members he…

  • Senator Heidi Heitkaml and Cindy McCain Discuss Human Trafficking
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    Human Trafficking

    Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-SD) and Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain (R-AZ), talked about their efforts to combat human trafficking. Among other issues, they discussed instances of…

  • US Senate Debates Deputy Transportation Nominee
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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate in a 56-42 voted confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation.

  • Federal Officials Testify on Waste Fraud and Abuse
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    Waste and Fraud in the Federal Government

    Witnesses testified on duplication, waste, and fraud in areas of the federal government, including improper refundable tax credits by the IRS. Witnesses included the comptroller general of…

  • Senator Schumer Urges President to Reconsider Shutdown Threat
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    Senate Democratic Agenda

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged President Trump to reconsider his threat to shut down the government in September 2017 if he doesn’t get his way on spending priorities. He…

  • Former Customs and Border Protection Officials Testify on Border Wall Construction
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    Border Wall Construction

    The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the planning, designing, and cost of President Trump’s proposed fence for the U.S.-Mexico border. Former Customs and Border…

  • John Kelly Faces Questions on Border Wall Construction and Extreme Vetting
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    Border Security and Public Safety

    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testified at a hearing on public safety concerns and possible ways to improve border security, including planned construction of a border wall. Committee members questions focused…

  • SEC Nominee Jay Clayton Defends Prior Work as Lawyer for Goldman Sachs
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    SEC Nominee Confirmation Hearing

    The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing for Securities and Exchange nominee Jay Clayton, a Wall Street attorney who has represented several…

  • Sonny Perdue Answers Questions About Trade and Threats to Food Security
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    Agriculture Secretary Confirmation Hearing

    Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) testified before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee about his nomination to be agriculture secretary. He pledged to be a…

  • Senate Democrats Introduce Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill
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    Senate Democrats on Paid and Medical Leave Bill

    Senate Democrats held a news conference on their paid family and medical leave legislation. The proposal provides for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for full- or part-time workers who need time to care for a…

  • Federal Officials Testify on Government Waste Fraud and Mismanagement
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    Government Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement

    Comptroller General Gene Dodaro testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on his agency’s report highlighting government programs that, in their assessment, are “high-risk” due to waste, fraud and…

  • Hearing Focuses on the Federal Workforce
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    Federal Workforce

    Federal managers that included the national presidents of the American Federation of Government Employees and the Federal Managers Associations testified at a hearing on ideas for improving the…

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