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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…

    757 views
  • US Senate Confirms FEMA Administrator Nominee
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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate confirmed the nomination of Brock Long to be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator. Members also advanced the nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be treasury…

    567 views
  • US Senate Democrats Call for Hearings on Health Care Bill in Late Night Session
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    Senate Session

    Senate Democrats spoke about Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

    2,396 views
  • Treasury Secretary Government Shutdown Not Our Primary Objective
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    Treasury Department Budget and Debt Ceiling

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for his department. He urged Congress to address the federal debt limit before the August recess…

    8,488 views
  • US Senate Approves IranRussia Sanctions Bill
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    Senate Session

    The Senate voted 98-2 to approve a bill imposing additional sanctions on Iran and Russia. The new sanctions on Iran penalize companies or people helping Iran develop ballistic missiles. The…

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  • US Senate Meets for Legislative Business
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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate continued debate on an Iran sanctions measure to penalize companies or people helping Iran develop ballistic missiles. Members also confirmed Kenneth Rapuano to be assistant…

    428 views
  • Education Secretary Pressed on Protections for LGBTQ Religious Minorities
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    Department of Education Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request

    Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 Department of Education budget request. As in her last testimony on the 2018…

    22,449 views
  • 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…

    1,096 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…

    354 views
  • Senate Democrats and OMB Director Clash Over FY 2018 Budget
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    President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

    White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testified before the Senate Budget Committee on President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. While Republican committee members generally praised…

    5,453 views
  • Hearing Focuses on Water Resources and the Economy
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    Water Resources and the Economy

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite and local officials testified at a hearing on the economic effects of water resource projects. Other topics included…

    337 views
  • US Senate Confirms Deputy Secretary of State Nomination 946
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    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed John Sullivan’s nomination to be deputy secretary of state. The chamber also voted to advance Amul Thapar’s nomination for circuit judge in the Sixth Circuit Court of…

    507 views
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Testifies on Capitol Hill
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    Transportation Infrastructure

    Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao testified at a hearing on the Trump administration’s plan to address the nation’s infrastructure challenges. She said the $1 trillion proposal would…

    851 views
  • Senate Schumer GOP Distancing Itself from Trump Budget
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    Senate Democratic Luncheon Stakeout

    Senate leaders spoke with reporters following their weekly party caucus luncheon. Senator Schumer (D-NY) said it was no surprise that Republicans were distancing themselves from the…

    409 views
  • Ideas Conference Economic Growth and Workforce Issues
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    Ideas Conference, Economic Growth and Workforce Issues

    The opening portion of the Center for American Progress annual Ideas Conference included keynote remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D). In addition, Center for American Progress…

    114 views
  • Deputy Secretary of State Nominee Urges Robust Response to Russian Interference
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    Deputy Secretary of State Nomination

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the nomination of John Sullivan to be State Department’s deputy secretary. Mr. Sullivan previously served as deputy secretary of commerce under the George W. Bush…

    969 views
  • US Senate Votes on Associate Attorney General Nomination
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    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general. Members voted to move ahead with debate on former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to be U.S. ambassador to…

    997 views
  • US Senate Confirms Trade Representative Nominee Robert Lighthizer
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    Senate Session

    The Senate in a 82-14 vote confirmed the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be U.S. trade representative.

    797 views
  • US Senate Approves 11 Trillion Government Spending Bill 7918
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    Senate Session

    The Senate debated the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September, 30, 2017.

    955 views
  • Fragmented Libya Complicates International Response Experts Warn
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    U.S. Policy Toward Libya

    A former U.S. ambassador to Libya was among the two foreign relations experts testifying at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the ongoing civil conflict in Libya and the role the…

    722 views
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