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    Federal Communications Commission Oversight

    Federal Communications Commission commissioners testified at a hearing on oversight of the organization and telecommunications issues. Among the issues discussed were an upcoming FCC vote…

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    U.S. Strategic Command Confirmation Hearing

    Air Force General John Hyten appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing for a confirmation of his nomination to be commander of U.S. Strategic Command. General Hyten…

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    National Security and Military Operations

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Joseph Dunford testified at a hearing on military budget needs, particularly as it related to readiness across the…

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    Veterans' Health Care

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testified before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about a report released by the Commission on Care with recommendations for improving the…

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    Defense Budget

    Leaders of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force testified at a hearing on budgetary concerns for the Pentagon and member branches of the U.S. military. Topics included the possible impact…

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    Cybersecurity and Encryption Technology

    Admiral Michael Rogers and Undersecretary Marcell Lettre testified about cybersecurity threats to the country, including how groups like ISIL* used encrypted technologies to stay hidden while planing and…

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    Financial Exploitation of Elderly Americans

    Federal and state officials testified at a hearing on financial exploitation of elderly Americans from financial exploitation. They focused on actions being taken to address the problem and…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate passed an opioid abuse treatment bill. Members also voted 89-4 in favor of extending Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding to September 30, 2017, and confirmed Carla…

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    Senate Session, Part 2

    The Senate passed a motion to advance an energy policy bill to go to conference with the House of Representatives. Members also gave speeches about the police shooting in Dallas, Texas, and…

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    Debate on "Radical Islam" and Terrorism

    A Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts convened a hearing on the use of the term “radical islam” in government documents and…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate approved a bill to establish voluntary federal labeling standards for genetically modified foods, followed by a procedural vote blocking a defense spending bill. 

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    Networked Transportation

    Representatives of the auto-making and technology industries and transportation policy regulators testified at a hearing on networked technology, also known as the “internet of things,” in…

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    Homeland Security Operations

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on his department’s counterterrorism efforts and recent terrorist attacks including the June 12,…

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    Senate Session, Part 1

    The Senate voted 52-48 to block the conference report for H.R. 2577, the combined transportation and housing spending bill with the military construction-Veterans Affairs spending bill,…

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    Public Safety Broadband Network

    State and federal officials testified at a hearing on the progress made on the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, a public safety broadband network created…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate continued work on H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017.

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    Senate Democrats News Conference on Gun Amendments

    Florida Senator Bill Nelson during a news conference says sadly he’s going to have to tell 49 grieving families, the families of victims still in the hospital and an Orlando community…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate voted to block several gun control amendments, including proposed changes to the terrorist watchlist, universal background checks, and adding mental health considerations for gun…

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    Senate Debate on Gun Violence

    In response to the June 12, 2016, mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub, Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) held the Senate floor for nearly 15 hours to talk about gun violence in the U.S.…

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    Senate Democrats on Gun Violence

    A group of Senate Democrats held a news conference to talk about their legislation to expand gun control laws. One speaker was Chris Murphy of Connecticut who led a nearly 15-hour…

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