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Fiscal Year 2018 NASA Budget

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot testified at a hearing on his agency's fiscal year 2018 budget. Members questioned him about cuts to programs in areas such as education, earth science and satellite servicing technology. Mr. Lightfoot also discussed NASA's future missions, including a new telescope to study the origins of the universe, a Mars Rover mission, and deep space human exploration.

From: C-SPAN

Insurance Fraud

John Doak, the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, was among the witnesses testifying at a hearing on efforts to eliminate insurance fraud by consumers, insurers, and scammers. Subcommittee members questioned panelists on recent instances of fraud, and on what local and state regulators were doing to address them

From: C-SPAN

The Real American Heritage

Within a generations time, nearly all of the 16 million veterans who served in World War II will be gone.

From: NYT - Veterans

What Should Trump Do in Afghanistan?

"Its unfortunate that the strategy review has taken so long and now has become involved in a political debate over what Americas role in the world should be."

From: Government Executive

Border Security Technology

Homeland Security officials with the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection agencies testified at a hearing on the various technologies they were using to secure the nation's borders. During the hearing, Customs and Border Protection's Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owens said the smuggling of the dangerous drug fentanyl into the U.S. via the courier system from China was an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Mr. Owens added that the CBP had conducted testing on the drug that comes from both China and across the U.S. southern border and the Chinese drug is much more potent.

From: C-SPAN

Water Infrastructure

A Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee held a hearing on infrastructure financing and safe drinking water. Members heard from representatives of a local utility and metropolitan planning board on their recommendations for funding and modernizing the nation's water systems. A resident of Arkansas also talked about his family's problems getting access to safe drinking water and the help he received from a rural government assistance program that installed well systems in his community.

From: C-SPAN

The Physics Behind NASAs 'Quiet' Supersonic Jet Design

Quieting the boom is all about the shape of the sound waves.

From: Government Executive

Art Trade Theft and Fraud

Federal customs and financial crimes officials were among the witnesses at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on efforts to combat the illicit art and antiquities trade. They outlined the ways terrorist groups like ISIS have used antiquities and arts sales to fund their operations, and the ways federal enforcement agencies and their foreign counterparts were trying to disrupt the black market of such transactions. The hearing was ended after final votes in the House were called for the week.

From: C-SPAN

The Upcoming U.S.-South Korea Military Drills Occur Every YearBut Not Amid Tension Like This

The exercises are preceded by threats and developments unique to 2017.

From: Government Executive

How Trump's Transgender Ban Compromises His Military Authority

The presidents commander-in-chief powers are almost sacrosanct. But a lawsuit filed by trans service members has a shot at blocking the hastily announced order.

From: Government Executive

State Department Confronts North Korea With Rows of Vacant Positions

Trump has nominated candidates for only a third of key slots; envoy to South Korea is acting.

From: Government Executive

After the Marines United Scandal, All Options Are on the Table

The Corps is considering integrating female recruits into West Coast training camps to help address subconscious biases, the assistant commandant said.

From: Government Executive

Heres How the Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

Predictive algorithms, deep machine learning, directed energy, and more are all on the Pentagons shopping list.

From: Government Executive

North Korea Answers Trump's Vague Threats With Specific Ones

The unusual detail of the Kim regimes latest statement on Guam.

From: Government Executive

The President vs. His Own Secretary of State

How reassuring can Rex Tillerson be when his boss can undercut him with a tweet?

From: Government Executive

What's the Logic Behind Trump's Threat to North Korea?

The president has vowed the greatest display of military power in living memoryover threats.

From: Government Executive

V.A. Plans to Fire Its D.C. Medical Director Again

The departments secretary intends to use the authority given to him in a new law that makes it easier to fire deficient employees.

From: NYT - Veterans

Judiciary

Hearings to examine the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

From: C-SPAN

Water Security and Drought Preparedness

Officials from Arizona, California, and Maine testified at a hearing on water management and drought preparedness. The witnesses, who represented state water agencies, a water supply project developer, and GE's water technologies division, gave their recommendations for increasing water supplies through recycling projects, green infrastructure, technology investment and private sector incentives.

From: C-SPAN

Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence

The Joint Chiefs vice chair says smaller-yield weapons are needed to deter the use of same.

From: Government Executive

Fishery Management

Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the New England Fishery Management Council testified at a hearing to assess the nation's fishery laws, specifically reauthorization of the the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This law was enacted in 1976 and governs the management of marine fisheries in U.S. federal waters. The witnesses provided recommendations for improving fishery management efforts and addressed the potential challenges posed by climate change and overfishing.

From: C-SPAN

Wildlfire Reduction

Wildfire experts and government officials testified at a hearing on how wildfires can be reduced through the use of technology. Topics included budget cuts, climate change, better community cooperation, and the lack of urgency in treating overgrown forests. The safety of firefighters was also addressed and committee members acknowledged the recent deaths of two firefighters in Montana.

From: C-SPAN

FBI Headquarters Consolidation

Officials from the FBI and General Services Administration (GSA) testified at a hearing on the future of the FBI headquarters. According to GSA acting commissioner Michael Gelber, the FBI consolidation project was cancelled due to a budget shortfall of $882 million dollars. Committee members expressed concern over the GSA's decision to cancel the proposal without notifying Congress. FBI Chief Financial Officer Richard Haley said the infrastructure of the current FBI headquarters is inefficient and does not allow the agency to effectively carry out its mission.

From: C-SPAN

EPA Superfund Program

A subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Superfund program, which was created to fund the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. The witness panel, which comprised an environmental attorney, a consultant ,and the regional operations director of Virginia's Dept. of Environmental Quality, gave their recommendations on ways to expedite the cleanup of these waste sites.

From: C-SPAN

Affordable Housing

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on increasing access to affordable housing. According to rental trends over $15 million people nationwide will need to spend 50 percen of their income on rent by 2025. Witnesses included affordable housing advocates, urban planning specialists and government officials.

From: C-SPAN

Analysis: Can This National Security Council Handle a Real Crisis?

The people in the Situation Room inevitably neglect basics that will keep them, and the rest of us, alive. In this White House, the risks are especially high.

From: Government Executive

Gulf War Illness Claims

Two House Veterans' Affairs subcommittees held a joint hearing examining how the Veterans Affairs Department reviews Gulf War illness claims. A report released by the Government Accountability Office found that the VA denies more than 80% of claims for benefits in Gulf War associated illnesses. The report also found that ninety percent of VA medical examiners have no training on how to conduct Gulf War illness exams. Witnesses included representatives from the Veterans Affairs Department, the Government Accountability Office and veterans' advocates groups.

From: C-SPAN

Confirmation Hearing for Commerce and Health and Human Services Departments

The Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for three nominations to the Departments of Commerce and Health and Human Services (HHS).The nominees were Gilbert Kaplan, Commerce Department International Trade undersecretary; Matthew Bassett for Legislation assistant secretary in HHS; and Robert Charrow for HHS general counsel.

From: C-SPAN

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 such changes. The witnesses from the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama administrations made their recommendations for how best to achieve successful, lasting tax policy, including code simplification and bipartisan cooperation.

From: C-SPAN

The Other Wounded Warriors

Women and children are also victims of war, and the military isnt doing enough to help them.

From: NYT - Veterans

International Financial System

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared before a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee to give a report on the state of the international finance system. He spoke about a range of financial issues including the U.S. debt limit, tax reform, banking regulations, and liquidity requirements for community banks. He also discussed possible provisions to deter currency manipulation in future U.S. trade deals.

From: C-SPAN

Is Trump Right About Afghanistan?

The country is still dangerous nearly 17 years after the U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban regime.

From: Government Executive

Judiciary

Business meeting to consider S.705, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, and the nominations of Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Peter E. Deegan, Jr., to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, D. Michael Dunavant, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Louis V. Franklin, Sr., to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, Marc Krickbaum, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Jessie K. Liu, of Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Richard W. Moore, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, all of the Department of Justice.

From: C-SPAN

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 Vatican, Nathan Sales as the State Department's counterterrorism coordinator, George Glass to be the ambassador to Portugal, and Carl Risch to be assistant secretary of state for consular affairs. Committee members questioned the nominees on a range of issues including climate change, travel visas, budget cuts to the State Department, and countering violent extremism.

From: C-SPAN

An NSC Staffer Is Forced Out Over a Controversial Memo

The document charges that globalists, Islamists, and other forces within and outside the government are subverting President Trumps agenda.

From: Government Executive

Commerce, Science and Transportation

Business meeting to consider S.374, to enable concrete masonry products manufacturers to establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of research, education, and promotion to improve, maintain, and develop markets for concrete masonry products, S.754, to support meeting our Nation's growing cybersecurity workforce needs by expanding the cybersecurity education pipeline, S.1322, to establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants, S.1425, to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, S.1532, to disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life an individual who uses a commercial motor vehicle in committing a felony involving human trafficking, S.1536, to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator and to expand the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention activities, S.1586, to require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to update periodically the environmental sensitivity index products of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for each coastal area of the Great Lakes, S.1621, to require the Federal Communications Commission to establish a methodology for the collection by the Commission of information about commercial mobile service and commercial mobile data service, and the nominations of Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, Jessica Rosenworcel, of Connecticut, and Brendan Carr, of Virginia, each to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, David J. Redl, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Peter B. Davidson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, and Elizabeth Erin Walsh, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, all of the Department of Commerce, Steven Gill Bradbury, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Mark H. Buzby, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, and Ronald L. Batory, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, all of the Department of Transportation, and Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

From: C-SPAN

With Rare Unanimity, Senate Sends G.I. Bill Expansion to Trump

The new law fixes some flaws, modernizes benefits and restores education benefits to thousands of veterans hurt when for-profit colleges failed.

From: NYT - Veterans

Finding Some Peace After War

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are crisscrossing the land this summer, trying to cobble serenity from lives upended by combat.

From: NYT - Veterans

Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair Nomination

Air Force General Paul Selva testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his reappointment to be vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was originally appointed by President Obama in 2015 was nominated by President Trump to another two-year term. Topics addressed included Russian intervention in Ukraine, North Korea, defense innovation, cybersecurity and military readiness. On cybersecurity, General Selva said his personal data was targeted along with other military officials in the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach.

From: C-SPAN

Assistant Treasury Secretary Nomination

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to consider President Trump's nomination of David Kautter to be the assistant treasury secretary for tax policy. Mr. Kautter answered questions about potential comprehensive tax code changes, and stressed that any new policy should be focused around the interests and benefits of middle income Americans.

From: C-SPAN

Foreign Relations: Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women

Hearings to examine assessing the Colombia peace process, focusing on the way forward in United States-Colombia relations.

From: C-SPAN

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Hearings to examine the nominations of Lance Allen Robertson, of Oklahoma, to be Assistant Secretary for Aging, Brett Giroir, of Texas, and Robert P. Kadlec, of New York, both to be a Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, and to be Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and Elinore F. McCance-Katz, of Rhode Island, to be Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, all of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Jerome M. Adams, of Indiana, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, and to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.

From: C-SPAN

Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Nominations

The Senate Banking and Housing and Urban Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing or comptroller of currency nominee Joseph Otting and Federal Reserve Board nominee Randal Quarles. Democratic senators pressed both nominees on the 2008 financial crisis. Mr. Otting previously served as president and CEO of OneWest Bank. Under his tenure, federal regulators took action against the bank that forced a review of its foreclosure practices. Mr. Quarles served from 2005-06 as the treasury undersecretary for domestic finance.

From: C-SPAN

Excess Military Equipment

Military logistics officers were among the witnesses at a hearing on the Pentagon's 1033 Program that transfers excess equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies.The 1033 Program was created as part of the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act to allow state and local law enforcement agencies to purchase excess military tactical, transport, and surveillance equipment at a reduced cost. The hearing focused on efforts the Defense Department was making to strengthen the requirements for law enforcement officials to designate appropriate officials to obtain and transport the excess equipment. A Government Accountability Office report criticized the Pentagon for not having strict enough procedures for bringing new participants into the program.

From: C-SPAN

Foreign Relations

Hearings to examine the nomination of Stephen B. King, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Department of State.

From: C-SPAN

Senate Finance Hearing on Affordable Housing, Part 1

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on ways to increase affordable housing in America.

From: C-SPAN

New U.S. Rules Would Ban Most Travel to North Korea

The decision was prompted by Otto Warmbiers death in June.

From: Government Executive

Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Army Medic

71-year-old James McCloughan is the awards first recipient under the Trump administration.

From: Government Executive

The U.S. Government's Fight Against Violent Extremism Loses Its Leader

The resignation of George Selim, a key Homeland Security official, may signal a shift away from treating the American Muslim community as partners in the struggle against radicalization.

From: Government Executive

Justice Department Touts Rise in Gun Crime Charges

NRA applauds dramatic change from Obama administration.

From: Government Executive

North Korea's Latest Launch Spurs U.S. Missile Tests, Flyovers

The United States has been ramping up exercises and diplomatic moves in response to worrying new developments out of Pyongyang.

From: Government Executive

ISIS Claims Attack on U.S.-Backed Troops in Syria

While the militant group struggles to maintain control of Raqqa, it continues to wage attacks on SDF fighters.

From: Government Executive

Homeland Security Undersecretary Confirmation Hearing

The Senate Intelligence Committee considered the nomination of David Glawe to serve as undersecretary for intelligence and analysis in the Homeland Security Department. Mr. Glawe previously served as assistant commissioner in the Office of Intelligence with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Members questioned him in areas including information sharing among the intelligence community, the duplication of efforts among the Homeland Security Department, and lessons learned from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

From: C-SPAN

U.S.-Qatar Relations

Qatar experts testified at a hearing on that country's relations with the U.S. following the recent blockade imposed by six Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, over alleged reports of terrorism financing and ties to extremist groups. The panelists addressed the current status of the U.S. military base in Qatar and the implications of the regional blockade for U.S. foreign policy. Other topics included combating terrorism in the region, Qatar's alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and how the U.S. could use their military base in Qatar as leverage in negotiating proceedings.

From: C-SPAN

Fiscal Year 2018 State Department Budget

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified at a hearing on his department's fiscal year 2018 budget request, which cuts funding by 28 percent. He was asked to defend the Trump administration's proposals for spending reductions in diplomacy and foreign aid. The secretary also discussed strategies concerning sanctions against Russia, policy toward Cuba, and the North Korean nuclear threat.

From: C-SPAN

Opioid Epidemic

The acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy was among the witnesses at a hearing on efforts to pass legislation reauthorizing that office. Committee members questioned the panelists on which areas of federal drug control efforts were of the most concern, and the direction the Trump administration planned to take in its efforts to combat the national drug trade.

From: C-SPAN

Fiscal Year 2018 Treasury Department Budget Request

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified at a hearing his agency's fiscal year 2018 budget request for various programs within the department. During the hearing, Secretary Mnuchin also revealed that the Trump administration was very close to releasing its detailed tax reform plan. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and IRS Inspector General J. Russell George also appeared before the subcommittee to talk about the funding request.

From: C-SPAN

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 country. The same day as this hearing, North Korea's state-run media threatened that any attempt to remove Kim Jung-un as leader would result in a nuclear strike against the U.S., and the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of new sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea.

From: C-SPAN

Foreign Agents Registration Act

Financier and former Russia investor William Browder testified at a hearing on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This law requires those representing the political interests of foreign powers to disclose their relationship. Mr. Browder told committee members that the Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Donald Trump Jr. was heading Russian efforts to get sanctions under the Magnitsky Act repealed. The act blocked Russian government officials and businessmen associated with the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky from entering the U.S., froze assets in U.S. banks, and banned the use of American banking systems. Mr. Browder was originally scheduled to appear the previous-day as the second of a two-panel hearing, but Democrats invoked the "two-hour rule," so the second panel was re-scheduled for the following day. The first panel can be viewed by typing program identification number 431604-1 into the "Search the Video Library" search bar.

From: C-SPAN

FCC Oversight and Reauthorization

Members of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) testified at an oversight hearing on possible changes to communications legislation. Topics included broadband access in rural communities, mobile broadband technology, and combating robocalls.

From: C-SPAN

Foreign Agents Registration Act

Justice Department officials, including the agency's inspector general, testified at a hearing on foreign agent registration requirements. Inspector General Michael Horowitz detailed a review his office conducted of the Justice Department's enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and outlined recommendations made for better enforcement practices. Two witnesses panels were originally to testify, but Democrats invoked the "two-hour rule," so the second panel was re-scheduled for the following day. The second panel can be viewed by typing program identification number 431852-1 into the "Search the Video Library" search bar.

From: C-SPAN

The Military Indeed Spends a Lot On Viagra Because It Helps Veterans With PTSD

The budget dwarfs that for transgender health care for a very good reason.

From: Government Executive

Combating Gangs in Communities

Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials testified at a hearing examining gang violence, sex trafficking, and drugs. They spoke about the relationship between gangs, sex trafficking, drugs, and how social media has changed the fight against these crimes.

From: C-SPAN

Education Reform

State and local education officials testified at a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the 2015 law that changed the way the federal Department of Education oversees state boards of education and local school districts. The witnesses talked about various successes and struggles in complying with the law's requirements, and responded to questions from the committee about ways the federal Department of Education could do a better job in implementing the law. Democrats on the committee also pressed its chair, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), to invite Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to testify on the law's implementation, a request with which Foxx said she would comply.

From: C-SPAN

North Korea Launches Another ICBM

Preliminary data suggest the projectile can travel farther than the missile launched earlier this month.

From: Government Executive

Why Russia Ordered the U.S. to Reduce Its Diplomatic Staff

The step comes a day after the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping sanctions bill, which now awaits President Trumps signature.

From: Government Executive

Monetary Policy and the Economy

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered the central bank's semiannual monetary policy report. This was her second day on the Hill. She said she'd like to see a three percent growth rate for the U.S. but stressed that it could be quite challenging to achieve over the next five year period. Her response was to Senator Bob Corker's (R-TN) questions regarding the president's tax policy agenda and efforts to increase the economic growth rate. She testified previously before the House Financial Services Committee.

From: C-SPAN

Lawmakers Grill Defense Officials on Equipment-Transfer Program

Members of a House committee expressed their concerns over a recent report revealing holes in how the agency turns over unused military gear to law enforcement.

From: Government Executive

Two Big Things That Arent Changing After Donald Trumps Tweets On His Transgender Military Ban

One, nothing is different until he actually tells the Pentagon. Two, Americans who change gender still must register for the draft. It's the law

From: Government Executive

Congress Reaches Deal to Avert Shutdown of Veterans Health Choice Program

The program, which pays for veterans to see private doctors instead of being wait-listed for V.A. care, passed despite opposition from veterans groups.

From: NYT - Veterans

One Day, Three Events, Seven Falsehoods From Trump

President Trump repeated misstatements about the Iran deal, jobs and health care and uttered new falsehoods about Lebanon and veterans.

From: NYT - Veterans

National Public Safety Network

Witnesses testified at a hearing on the deployment of FirstNet, a national public safety network for first responders. Among the witnesses testifying were FirstNet CEO Michael Poth, AT&T Senior Vice President Chris Sambar and Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Curtis Brown. AT&T was formally selected in March 2017 to build and operate this public safety broadband network. Five states - Virginia, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kentucky and Iowa - have joined the FirstNet network.

From: C-SPAN

IRS Electronic Records

The House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing to examine the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) practices of retaining electronic records and responding to taxpayer requests. Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Inspector General's office officials testified at a hearing on ways to better protect taxpayer information.

From: C-SPAN

Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Spending Bill Markup

Following a House vote break, members of the Appropriations Committeee resumed their debate on the 2018 Homeland Security Markup with an amendment offered by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) concerning FEMA's Pre-Mitigation Disaster Grant Program.

From: C-SPAN

Future Unclear for Veterans Choice Program After House Bill Falters

A Republican plan that diverted funds to the program and did not allocate additional funds for in-house V.A. care galvanized opposition groups.

From: NYT - Veterans

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. A number of Democrats pressed Mr. Sullivan on whether or not the administration planned to reduce the number of special envoys, and on future plans for the U.S. Agency for International Development

From: C-SPAN

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Markup, Part 2

The House Budget Committee met to mark up the 2018 budget resolution. In this portion, committee members continued debating and voting on amendments. Amendments considered included one on Planned Parenthood funding and another on the president's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) chairs the committee while Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) serves as the ranking member.

From: C-SPAN

Ambassador Confirmations

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for the ambassador nominations to key U.S. allies, including Canada, Singapore, Italy, the United Kingdom, and NATO. Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), President Trump's nominee for ambassador to NATO, answered a range of questions from the committee related to Russia. Other topics included trade relations with Canada and the U.K. post-Brexit, Singapore's role in the Asia-Pacific region, and the increasing threat of cyberattacks.

From: C-SPAN

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Markup, Part 1

The House Budget Committee marked up the fiscal year 2018 concurrent budget resolution.

From: C-SPAN

FCC Chair and Commissioners Confirmation

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a confirmation hearing for current Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai who was elevated to chair by President Trump in January. Other nominees included Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr as commissioners.

From: C-SPAN

Iran-Contra Investigation Day 27

Questioning of Oliver North continued, with many members of the committee making statements concerning patriotism, democracy, and the lessons of the Iran-Contra affair.

From: C-SPAN

Iran-Contra Investigation Day 28 Part 1

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was questioned further by committee members, including Representative Boland on the Boland amendment. The committee chairs then directed summary statements to Lieutenant Colonel North. Representative Lee Hamilton pointed to the arms-for-hostages arrangement as undermining U.S. policy. He also commented on the need for covert actions to be conducted within procedural guidelines. Representative Hamilton concluded that "democracy has its frustrations but we know of no better system of government, and when that democratic process is subverted, we risk all that we cherish." Senator Daniel Inouye referred to the popular support for North, especially among young people. Senator Inouye said that he voted against aid to the Contras because it would inevitably lead to young people being sent into the conflict. Video is master of raw footage without identifications.

From: C-SPAN

Navy Secretary Confirmation Hearing

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for Navy Secretary nominee Richard Spencer, an investment Banker and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot. Mr. Spencer, who received support from both Democrats and Republicans, outlined the budgetary constraints under "sequestration." * He called the current situation in Navy operations nothing less than a "perfect storm" with Navy and Marine teams that have been "stretched thin." * Sequestration, a legal procedure in which every federal agency has the same percentage of its budget taken back in order to cut deficit spending, was part of a debt ceiling and tax increase agreement for the Budget Control Act of 2011 and began March 1, 2013.

From: C-SPAN

Immersion Therapy at the Pool, for Vets and Civilians

At John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a group of veterans and students are in swim class for athletic and emotional reasons.

From: NYT - Veterans

Review: In Almost Sunrise, a Long Walk to Postwar Clarity

This documentary by Michael Collins follows two veterans as they try to come to grips with the moral injury inflicted by their military tours in Iraq.

From: NYT - Veterans

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