1,119Apr 10, 2014
Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on her department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The proposed $3.9 ...
386Apr 8, 2014
Tax Preparation Industry
Government officials and professional tax preparers testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the tax preparation industry. They discussed national licensing for the industry and how a ...
361Apr 3, 2014
Tax Break Extension Bill Markup
The Senate Finance Committee marked up the “tax extenders” bill, legislation that would extend a set of expired and soon-to-expire temporary tax breaks. They approved the bill by a ...
786Mar 31, 2014
The Senate began debate on HR 4302, the Medicare payments to doctors bill, also known as “doc fix.” The “doc fix” bill is an annual measure to delay for a year the 24 percent ...
474Mar 25, 2014
Natural Gas Exports
Witnesses testified on ways the U.S. could expand domestic energy production, increase its natural gas exports, and build better relations with Eastern European countries. Lithuania’s ...
336Mar 12, 2014
Senator Wyden on Medicare Payments to Doctors
Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke on the Senate floor and called for a repeal and replacement of the sustainable growth rate (SGR). The SGR, better known as the “doc ...
508Mar 12, 2014
The Senate convened for a period of morning business and thereafter began a series of six roll call votes to confirm the following judicial and executive branch nominations (all need a simple ...
714Mar 11, 2014
Whistleblowers and Hanford Nuclear Site, Former Employees Panel
Whistleblowers who were fired after reporting nuclear safety issues at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant in Washington state told their personal stories to the chair and ranking member of a Senate ...
1,806Mar 10, 2014
The Senate reconvened for a period of morning business with senators allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each.
At 5:00 p.m. ET senators began talking about climate ...
612Mar 5, 2014
Treasury Secretary Lew on Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified on President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget. In his testimony Secretary Lew called the plan a clear path forward for economic recovery and ...
205Mar 4, 2014
Federation of American Hospitals Policy Conference
The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) held its annual policy conference iwith remarks by FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn, and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO).
600Feb 27, 2014
The Senate convened with a period of morning business and thereafter resumed consideration of S.1982, the veterans benefits bill.
Michael Connor was confirmed to be the deputy secretary ...
523Feb 25, 2014
National Security Nominations
The Senate Select Intelligence Committee held a hearing on the nominations of Joseph Carlin for assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, and Francis ...
1,171Feb 6, 2014
The Senate blocked by a vote of 55-43 S. 1845, a bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits that expired at the end of 2013. Members confirmed 96-0 the nomination of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) to ...
703Jan 30, 2014
Crude Oil Export Ban
Energy and climate change experts testified on the advantages and disadvantages of lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil exports.
1,628Jan 29, 2014
Global Security Threats
Directors from four intelligence agencies gave their annual assessment of global threats to the United States. James Clapper in his testimony urged former National Security Agency (NSA) ...
487Dec 19, 2013
Senate Session, Part 1
The Senate convened and resumed consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act.
1,133Dec 18, 2013
Social Security and Retirement Savings
Witnesses testified on the role of Social Security as a source of retirement income as the number of workers with pensions continued to decline. They agreed that Social Security benefits ought ...
967Dec 17, 2013
Central Intelligence Agency and State Department Nominations
The Senate Select Intelligence Committee heard testimony on the nominations of Daniel Bennett Smith to be assistant secretary of State for intelligence and research and Caroline Dianne Krass to be ...
596Dec 11, 2013
IRS Commissioner Nomination Hearing, Day 2
John Koskinen testified at his nomination hearing to be the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. He promised to restore public trust in the IRS and fully cooperate with ...
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