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House. On Thursday, April 16, the House voted Thursday to give a tax break worth $269 billion to the richest few thousand estates in the country, and add that cost to the federal debt. Called the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, the bill would end the nearly 100-year-old federal estate tax. All but three Republicans voted in favor, while all but seven Democrats voted against. The legislation passed 239 to 179.
Senate. On Tuesday, April 14, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved legislation that would allow Congress to review and potentially reject President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

On Thursday, April 16, a long-delayed confirmation vote for President Obama’s attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch continues to be stalled as the Senate completed its final votes for the week without breaking a 6-week-old partisan impasse on an anti-human-trafficking bill, which Republican leaders say must be done before proceeding to Lynch.

Administration. On Sunday, April 12, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta announced that Clinton is making another run for the White House.

On Tuesday, April 14, President Barack Obama has informed Congress that he will remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. The decision, coming after a review and recommendation from the State Department, removes a major stumbling block in the two countries' efforts to normalize relations.
On Thursday, April 16, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2 into law, permanently repealing Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate.

Upcoming Hearings

On Monday, April 20th, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold hearings to examine the 2020 Census, focusing on challenges facing the bureau for a modern, cost-effective survey.

On Tuesday, April 21st, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold hearings to examine opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba.

On Tuesday, April 21st, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet will hold hearings to examine advancing telehealth through connectivity

On Tuesday, April 21st, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development will hold hearings to examine improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department of State.

On Tuesday, April 21st, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security will hold hearings to examine FAA reauthorization, focusing on certification and U.S. aviation manufacturing competitiveness.

On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Senate Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies will hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2016 for the Department of Transportation.

On Thursday, April 23rd, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security will hold hearings to examine Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, focusing on airport issues and infrastructure financing.


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