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Rep. G.K. Butterfield Statement On Confirmation of Durham Native Loretta Lynch As Attorney General PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 27 April 2015 05:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Durham native Loretty Lynch is now Attorney General of the United States, the first black female to hold the post of chief law enforcement officer of the United States. Both of North Carolina's U.S. senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, voted against Lynch's confirmation.

First District Congressman G. K. Butterfield, whose district includes parts of Durham, released the following statement. Butterfield is also chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.


“Today is a historic day for our country as Loretta Lynch, a North Carolina native, becomes the first African American female to serve as our nation’s top law enforcement official.  Her experience and qualifications will be of great value as she leads the Justice Department in defending the abiding principles of the U.S. Constitution.

“Ms. Lynch is the choice of President Obama, she is the choice of the Congressional Black Caucus, and she is the best choice for all Americans.

“I applaud today’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States of America.”

Feds Crack Down On Issuance Of Security Clearance PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 April 2015 05:46

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Twelve percent fewer people had access to confidential government information in fiscal year 2014 than did previously, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The drop represents 640,000 fewer people with security clearances.

The most likely people to be refused clearance were contractors, according to federalnewsradio.com.

The website reports that the crackdown reflects stricter clearance guidelines following the disclosures of classified information by Edward Snowden.

U.S. Senate Committee Schedule For Thursday, April 23, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is the U.S. Senate committee schedule for Thursday, April 23, 2015. It can be found online at http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/committees/b_three_sections_with_teasers/committee_hearings.htm.

9:45 AM
Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security

Hearings to examine Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, focusing on airport issues and infrastructure financing.

10:00 AM
Appropriations: Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies

Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2016 for the Department of Health and Human Services.

10:00 AM
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Hearings to examine surface transportation reauthorization, focusing on building on the successes of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) to deliver safe, efficient, and effective public transportation services and projects.
10:00 AM
Finance: Subcommittee on Health Care

Hearings to examine the impact of the medical device tax on jobs, innovation, and patients.
10:00 AM
Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy

Hearings to examine the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
10:00 AM

Business meeting to consider S.993, to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, veterans treatment services, mental health treatment, and substance abuse systems, and the nominations of Sally Quillian Yates, of Georgia, to be Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice, Kara Farnandez Stoll, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, and Roseann A. Ketchmark, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.
10:00 AM
Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Business meeting to consider S.552, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to provide for increased limitations on leverage for multiple licenses under common control, S.957, to increase access to capital for veteran entrepreneurs to help create jobs, S.958, to amend the Small Business Act to provide for team and joint venture offers for certain contracts, S.966, to extend the low-interest refinancing provisions under the Local Development Business Loan Program of the Small Business Administration, S.967, to require the Small Business Administration to make information relating to lenders making covered loans publicly available, S.999, to amend the Small Business Act to provide for improvements to small business development centers, S.1001, to establish authorization levels for general business loans for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, and an original bill entitled, "SCORE for Small Business Act of 2015".
1:30 PM
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Hearings to examine the Armenian genocide and the ongoing quest for justice.
2:00 PM

Hearings to examine the nominations of Anne Elizabeth Wall, of Illinois, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury, Brodi L. Fontenot, of Louisiana, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of the Treasury, and Rafael J. Lopez, of California, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.
2:30 PM
Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest

Hearings to examine the Administration's Central American minors refugee/parole program.
2:30 PM
IntelligenceTo receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

Senate Committee To President: Past Time To Fill Inspector General Spots PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Ten federal agencies are without inspectors general, and the vacancies led 16 members of a U.S. Senate committee to write a letter urging President Obama to fill the posts.

Federal News Radio reports that the letter from the Senate Homeland Secrity and Government Affairs Committee points out that one agency -- Interior -- hasn't had an Inspector General in more than six years.

The letter can be found at http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/65169b36-d53a-4ec4-b2a7-b384f8243ce6/hsgac-letter-potus-re-ig-vacancies.pdf


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