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In the Hot Seat: August recess looms

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), held a news conference on Monday to announce they had reached a bipartisan deal to fund measures to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Associated Press)

Members of Congress have only a few days in town before they scramble home for their August recess. Major issues remain unresolved, including highway spending, the border crisis, Veterans Affairs’ issues and a host of nominees awaiting confirmation. But before they go, they’ve managed to find time to squeeze in a few more hearings with top-ranking government officials, including career Foreign Service officer John Tefft, who is nominated to be the top U.S. diplomat in Russia. (Pretty important post to fill, right?)


Tuesday, July 29
Who: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Administrator John Manfreda; where: Senate Finance Committee; why: tobacco taxes

Who: John Tefft, nominated to be the ambassador to Russia; where: Senate Foreign Relations Committee; why: confirmation hearing

Wednesday, July 30

Who: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate; where: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on housing, transportation, and community development; why: flood insurance claims after Hurricane Sandy


Tuesday, July 29

Who: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez; where: House Judiciary Committee; why: immigration oversight

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.



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