Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

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Beneath the high-profile conflicts over civil liberties or targeted killings, a myriad more mundane decisions lie at the intersection of national security and the law. Our constitutional process requires the advice and consent of the Senate for many high-level executive positions, including those responsible for national security, and each year, Congress must pass a budget that includes funding for the armed forces and intelligence agencies. Sometimes these confirmation and budgetary battles become proxy fights for larger and deeper disagreements, and often, they simply reflect the petty partisan politics of the age.

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Department of Justice

Nomination Hearing: Lisa Monaco and Vanita Gupta as Top Justice Department Picks

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of Lisa Monaco to be deputy attorney general and Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general.

You can watch a livestream of the hearing here or below:

U.S. Capitol

House Hearing on Capitol Police Budget Request for Fiscal 2022

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2022 Capitol Police budget request. The subcommittee will hear testimony from Yogananda Pittman, the acting Capitol Police chief.

You can watch the livestream here or below:

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