C-SPAN Schedule

< Thursday, January 31 >

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6:00 am CT Approx. 58 min. LIVE Open Phones Peter Slen Telephone lines were open for comments on the question, “Have your views on gun control ... Telephone lines were open for comments on the question, “Have your views on gun control changed since the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut?” 6:02 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 28 min. Special Operations and Iraq Stanley McChrystal; Michael O'Hanlon; Bruce Riedel General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) talked about the evolution of the Joint Special Operations ... General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) talked about the evolution of the Joint Special Operations Command and the pursuit of al-Qaeda in Iraq, in particular the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Bruce Riedel, a 30-year veteran of the CIA, interviewed General McChrystal, before moderating a discussion with the audience.
“The Evolution of Joint Special Operations Command and the Pursuit of al Qaeda in Iraq: A Conversation with General Stanley A. McChrystal” was held by the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings.
5:49 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 18 min. U.S.-China Relations Kurt Campbell talked about relations between the United States and China. He said there will ... Kurt Campbell talked about relations between the United States and China. He said there will be “areas of miscommunication and disagreement” between the two countries but that a “sustained dialogue” would be the “prescription” to their relationship. The Assistant Secretary took questions from David Sanger, New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent, and from others in the audience.
6:58 am CT Approx. 7 min. LIVE Tom Stricker on Energy and Environmental Policy Tom Stricker; Pedro Echevarria; Peter Slen Tom Stricker Tom Stricker spoke live from the Washington Auto Show about the impact of energy and ... Tom Stricker Tom Stricker spoke live from the Washington Auto Show about the impact of energy and environmental policy decisions on Toyota products. 7:32 am CT Approx. 55 min. Auto Makers on Fuel Efficiency Automobile manufacturer executives talked about the prospects for electric, natural gas and ... Automobile manufacturer executives talked about the prospects for electric, natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Topics included challenges to meeting Obama administration fuel efficiency standards, ways to make electric cars competitive with gasoline-fueled vehicles, and “Tier 3” fuel standards rule currently under review by the Obama administration. All three of the panelists expressed support for the Obama administration’s efforts to increase auto fuel efficiency over the upcoming decade. The program included questions from audience members. 
This event was part of a National Journal Live forum entitled: “Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency.” It was held in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building with the support of the Washington Auto Show.
7:09 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 51 min. Economic Crisis Role Play Current and former members of Congress, journalists, and policy experts participated in a ... Current and former members of Congress, journalists, and policy experts participated in a role-playing simulation. They responded to hypothetical scenarios related to the global economy, sequestration and the debt ceiling.
7:06 am CT Approx. 50 min. LIVE U.S. Auto Industry Matt Blunt; Peter Slen Matt Blunt talked the state of the U.S. auto industry. He discussed the purpose of his ... Matt Blunt talked the state of the U.S. auto industry. He discussed the purpose of his organization, the American Automotive Policy Council; the impact of Fiat’s majority ownership of Chrysler; and the restructuring of the American auto industry since the recession. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. 8:30 am CT Approx. 3 hr. 16 min. LIVE Senate Session, Part 1 The Senate began consideration of H.R. 325, the House-passed debt ceilling bill that would ... The Senate began consideration of H.R. 325, the House-passed debt ceilling bill that would “ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013.” 9:03 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 31 min. Retirement Savings Retirement specialists testified on the state of workers' retirement funds. According to a ... Retirement specialists testified on the state of workers' retirement funds. According to a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee study, the difference between what Americans had saved for retirement and what they should have was $6.6 trillion, and half the population had under $10,000 in savings. Committee Chair Harkin spoke about his proposal for a privately retirement plan that would make it easier for employers to offer retirement plans without additional risk. Witnesses recommended automatic enrollments in work-based plans and increased contributions, especially as people age. Other topics included simplifying the system and financial literacy education.
7:57 am CT Approx. 5 min. LIVE Gay Kent on Vehicle Safety Gay Kent; Pedro Echevarria Gay Kent spoke live from the Washington Auto Show about how federal regulations influence vehicle ... Gay Kent spoke live from the Washington Auto Show about how federal regulations influence vehicle safety decisions made by automakers such as General Motors. 11:50 am CT Approx. 59 min. Automobile Fuel Efficiency Auto industry representatives and regulators talked about efforts to improve fuel ... Auto industry representatives and regulators talked about efforts to improve fuel efficiency. Gina McCarthy said that the auto industry was on schedule to meet higher fuel efficiency requirements set to take effect by 2025. Rebecca Lindland said that her research company’s latest forecast predicts a drop in auto sales due to trends among younger car buyers.
This event was part of a National Journal Live forum entitled: “Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency.” It was held in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building with the support of the Washington Auto Show.
10:35 am CT Approx. 32 min. U.S. Auto Industry Matt Blunt; Peter Slen Matt Blunt talked the state of the U.S. auto industry. He discussed the purpose of his ... Matt Blunt talked the state of the U.S. auto industry. He discussed the purpose of his organization, the American Automotive Policy Council; the impact of Fiat’s majority ownership of Chrysler; and the restructuring of the American auto industry since the recession. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
8:02 am CT Approx. 27 min. LIVE Open Phones Peter Slen Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the Senate Armed Services confirmation hearing for former Nebraska Senate Chuck Hagel to become secretary of defense. 12:53 pm CT Approx. 18 min. Senate Democratic Leaders on Immigration Richard Durbin; Harry Reid; Charles Schumer Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about ... Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about the need for immigration reform. They have set a goal of passing an immigration bill through the Senate by late spring or summer, paving the way for House passage before the end of the year. Senator Durbin said a bipartisan group of senators was making progress on some of the toughest immigration issues. 11:08 am CT Approx. 18 min. LIVE Senate Democratic Leaders on Immigration Richard Durbin; Harry Reid; Charles Schumer Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about ... Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about the need for immigration reform. They have set a goal of passing an immigration bill through the Senate by late spring or summer, paving the way for House passage before the end of the year. Senator Durbin said a bipartisan group of senators was making progress on some of the toughest immigration issues.
11:32 am CT Approx. 13 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
1:15 pm CT Approx. 3 hr. 55 min. LIVE Senate Session, Part 2 The Senate passed H.R. 325, a bill to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, 2013, while providing ... The Senate passed H.R. 325, a bill to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, 2013, while providing that if any chamber of Congress did not pass a budget by April 15, 2013, the salaries of the members of that chamber would be put in escrow. 11:28 am CT Approx. 1 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
11:45 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 41 min. LIVE Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 2 Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military. 5:10 pm CT Approx. 4 min. Lori Montgomery on Senate Debt Ceiling Vote Lori Montgomery Lori Montgomery spoke via Skype about the Senate vote that day on the bill to suspend the debt ... Lori Montgomery spoke via Skype about the Senate vote that day on the bill to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, 2013. 11:32 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 28 min. U.S. Role in Syria Foreign policy specialists talked about the civil war in Syria and the role the U.S. should ... Foreign policy specialists talked about the civil war in Syria and the role the U.S. should play. This event is being hosted by the McCain Institute, which is named after Senator McCain (R-AZ) and is part of Arizona State University.
1:26 pm CT Approx. 35 min. LIVE Open Phones on Secretary of Defense Hearing Steven Scully Telephone lines were open for viewer comments during a recess following the first part of the ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments during a recess following the first part of the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to be secretary of defense. 5:18 pm CT Approx. 27 min. White House Daily Briefing James Carney White House Press Secretary Jay Carney conducted his daily briefing with reporters. There ... White House Press Secretary Jay Carney conducted his daily briefing with reporters. There were questions about the President’s Jobs Council and the expiration that day of its two-year charter. Other topics addressed included former Senator Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing to be defense secretary, Iran’s nuclear program, immigration policy, and the economy.
The final ten minutes of the briefing were not shown.
1:01 pm CT Approx. 59 min. LIVE Secretary Clinton Remarks on America's Role in the World Hillary Clinton; Richard Haass Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the ... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the need for “smart power” diplomacy to address the changing world. She said the U.S. could not afford to ignore human rights issues and that the global economy and political environment would progress “if women and girls are treated as equals.” On the Middle East, Secretary Clinton said the region would thrive when entrepreneurship prevailed instead of extremism. Following her remarks, she took a few questions from the audience on immigration reform, budget concerns, and the future of the American political system. This was her final address as secretary of state before stepping down the next day.
2:01 pm CT Approx. 48 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
5:45 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 17 min. LIVE Immigration Policy and Reform Panelists at the American Enterprise Institute talked about conservative viewpoints on reforming ... Panelists at the American Enterprise Institute talked about conservative viewpoints on reforming the U.S. immigration system. The same week, a bipartisan group of eight Senators had released the outline for a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The proposal included four changes to immigration law including a “tough and but fair” path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. 2:01 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 23 min. U.S.-Israel Relations Former Ambassador to Israel Samuel Lewis, former State Department negotiator Aaron David Miller, ... Former Ambassador to Israel Samuel Lewis, former State Department negotiator Aaron David Miller, and others talked about the relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the impact of Iran’s nuclear program, and prospects for a peace agreement with Palestinians. Guy Raz moderated. During the program, Natan Sachs was misidentified on screen as Nathan Sachs.
“Allies at Odds: Obama, Netanyahu, and The State of U.S. - Israeli Relations” was part of the National Conversation series at the Wilson Center, co-sponsored by National Public Radio (NPR).
2:50 pm CT Approx. 2 hr. LIVE Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 3 Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense.*Among ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense.*Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military. 7:04 pm CT Approx. 58 min. Secretary Clinton Remarks on America's Role in the World Hillary Clinton; Richard Haass Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the ... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the need for “smart power” diplomacy to address the changing world. She said the U.S. could not afford to ignore human rights issues and that the global economy and political environment would progress “if women and girls are treated as equals.” On the Middle East, Secretary Clinton said the region would thrive when entrepreneurship prevailed instead of extremism. Following her remarks, she took a few questions from the audience on immigration reform, budget concerns, and the future of the American political system. This was her final address as secretary of state before stepping down the next day. 3:26 pm CT Approx. 2 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
4:51 pm CT Approx. 27 min. LIVE Open Phones on Secretary of Defense Hearing Steven Scully Telephone lines were open for viewer comments following the Senate Armed Services Committee ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments following the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to be secretary of defense. Video clips of the hearing were shown. 8:04 pm CT Approx. 2 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
3:28 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 54 min. Port Maintenance Alabama, California and Louisiana Port Authority officials testified about the state of U.S. ports ... Alabama, California and Louisiana Port Authority officials testified about the state of U.S. ports and harbors. They urged Congress to change the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) to allow excess funds to be used to update America’s ports and harbors.
5:18 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 5 min. National Rifle Association President David Keene David Cook; David Keene National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene talked about gun control legislation at a ... National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene talked about gun control legislation at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast event for reporters at the St. Regis Hotel. He said his organization would withhold judgment on efforts to expand background checks for gun sales until there was actual legislation put forward by Congress. Mr. Keene said some restrictions on large-capacity magazines may pass legal muster in the Courts. He also said the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should not be on any list of banned assault weapons. 8:08 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 5 min. National Rifle Association President David Keene David Cook; David Keene National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene talked about gun control legislation at a ... National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene talked about gun control legislation at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast event for reporters at the St. Regis Hotel. He said his organization would withhold judgment on efforts to expand background checks for gun sales until there was actual legislation put forward by Congress. Mr. Keene said some restrictions on large-capacity magazines may pass legal muster in the Courts. He also said the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should not be on any list of banned assault weapons. 5:24 pm CT Approx. 3 min. Senate Democratic Leaders on Immigration Richard Durbin; Harry Reid; Charles Schumer Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about ... Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about the need for immigration reform. They have set a goal of passing an immigration bill through the Senate by late spring or summer, paving the way for House passage before the end of the year. Senator Durbin said a bipartisan group of senators was making progress on some of the toughest immigration issues.
6:24 pm CT Approx. 8 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
9:14 pm CT Approx. 4 min. Lori Montgomery on Senate Debt Ceiling Vote Lori Montgomery Lori Montgomery spoke via Skype about the Senate vote that day on the bill to suspend the debt ... Lori Montgomery spoke via Skype about the Senate vote that day on the bill to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, 2013. 5:29 pm CT Approx. 52 min. Politico Playbook Breakfast with Senators McCain and Schumer Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) discussed the immigration reform proposal ... Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) discussed the immigration reform proposal they and six other senators presented earlier in the week. They talked about the process they had been using, some of the issues that could stall the bill as it was being written, the necessity of immigration reform, and the Republican Party’s relationship with Hispanic voters, among other topics.
At the beginning of the program Manu Ragu talked about his Politico story about the immigration reform proposal from the “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators, who later said that they prefer a name such as “Group of Eight.”
6:34 pm CT Approx. 4 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 2 Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military. 9:21 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. Retirement Savings Retirement specialists testified on the state of workers' retirement funds. According to a ... Retirement specialists testified on the state of workers' retirement funds. According to a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee study, the difference between what Americans had saved for retirement and what they should have was $6.6 trillion, and half the population had under $10,000 in savings. Committee Chair Harkin spoke about his proposal for a privately retirement plan that would make it easier for employers to offer retirement plans without additional risk. Witnesses recommended automatic enrollments in work-based plans and increased contributions, especially as people age. Other topics included simplifying the system and financial literacy education. 6:22 pm CT Approx. 35 min. Mira Sorvino at Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium Mira Sorvino Actress Mira Sorvino, a United Nations goodwill ambassador on human trafficking, spoke about her ... Actress Mira Sorvino, a United Nations goodwill ambassador on human trafficking, spoke about her experiences, the changes in perceptions of human trafficking, and problems in the treatment of victims.
This was part of the “Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium: Transforming the Coalition” held in the Georgetown University Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium by the Institute for the Study of International Migration and Deloitte. This symposium brought together officials from government and business during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to discuss the challenges in fighting human trafficking.
6:41 pm CT Approx. 18 min. Senate Democratic Leaders on Immigration Richard Durbin; Harry Reid; Charles Schumer Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about ... Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about the need for immigration reform. They have set a goal of passing an immigration bill through the Senate by late spring or summer, paving the way for House passage before the end of the year. Senator Durbin said a bipartisan group of senators was making progress on some of the toughest immigration issues. 10:54 pm CT Approx. 58 min. Secretary Clinton Remarks on America's Role in the World Hillary Clinton; Richard Haass Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the ... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the need for “smart power” diplomacy to address the changing world. She said the U.S. could not afford to ignore human rights issues and that the global economy and political environment would progress “if women and girls are treated as equals.” On the Middle East, Secretary Clinton said the region would thrive when entrepreneurship prevailed instead of extremism. Following her remarks, she took a few questions from the audience on immigration reform, budget concerns, and the future of the American political system. This was her final address as secretary of state before stepping down the next day. 7:00 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 54 min. Port Maintenance Alabama, California and Louisiana Port Authority officials testified about the state of U.S. ports ... Alabama, California and Louisiana Port Authority officials testified about the state of U.S. ports and harbors. They urged Congress to change the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) to allow excess funds to be used to update America’s ports and harbors.
7:00 pm CT Approx. 2 hr. 57 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
11:54 pm CT Approx. 4 min. Lori Montgomery on Senate Debt Ceiling Vote Lori Montgomery Lori Montgomery spoke via Skype about the Senate vote that day on the bill to suspend the debt ... Lori Montgomery spoke via Skype about the Senate vote that day on the bill to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, 2013. 8:57 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 27 min. U.S. Role in Syria Foreign policy specialists talked about the civil war in Syria and the role the U.S. should ... Foreign policy specialists talked about the civil war in Syria and the role the U.S. should play. This event is being hosted by the McCain Institute, which is named after Senator McCain (R-AZ) and is part of Arizona State University.
9:58 pm CT Approx. 12 min. LIVE Open Phones on Secretary of Defense Hearing Telephone lines were open for viewer comments following a re-air of the first part of the Senate ... Telephone lines were open for viewer comments following a re-air of the first part of the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to be secretary of defense. In the background footage was shown of the recess during the hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. 12:01 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 5 min. National Rifle Association President David Keene David Cook; David Keene National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene talked about gun control legislation at a ... National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene talked about gun control legislation at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast event for reporters at the St. Regis Hotel. He said his organization would withhold judgment on efforts to expand background checks for gun sales until there was actual legislation put forward by Congress. Mr. Keene said some restrictions on large-capacity magazines may pass legal muster in the Courts. He also said the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should not be on any list of banned assault weapons. 10:27 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Immigration Policy and Reform Panelists at the American Enterprise Institute talked about conservative viewpoints on reforming ... Panelists at the American Enterprise Institute talked about conservative viewpoints on reforming the U.S. immigration system. The same week, a bipartisan group of eight Senators had released the outline for a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The proposal included four changes to immigration law including a “tough and but fair” path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S.
10:11 pm CT Approx. 3 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing Tim Mak; Steven Scully Tim Mak talked by telephone about the confirmation process on the nomination of former Senator ... Tim Mak talked by telephone about the confirmation process on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. Topics included the tone of some questioning at the hearing that day and a hold put on the nomination. 1:08 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. Retirement Savings Retirement specialists testified on the state of workers' retirement funds. According to a ... Retirement specialists testified on the state of workers' retirement funds. According to a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee study, the difference between what Americans had saved for retirement and what they should have was $6.6 trillion, and half the population had under $10,000 in savings. Committee Chair Harkin spoke about his proposal for a privately retirement plan that would make it easier for employers to offer retirement plans without additional risk. Witnesses recommended automatic enrollments in work-based plans and increased contributions, especially as people age. Other topics included simplifying the system and financial literacy education. 11:43 pm CT Approx. 18 min. Senate Democratic Leaders on Immigration Richard Durbin; Harry Reid; Charles Schumer Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about ... Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke to reporters about the need for immigration reform. They have set a goal of passing an immigration bill through the Senate by late spring or summer, paving the way for House passage before the end of the year. Senator Durbin said a bipartisan group of senators was making progress on some of the toughest immigration issues.
10:14 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 41 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 2 Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military. 2:43 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 42 min. Health Care Costs Panelists talked about health spending and the potential for costs to increase as the population ... Panelists talked about health spending and the potential for costs to increase as the population ages. Panelists argued that stabilizing health spending and targeting it in ways that ensure access to care would improve health outcomes and free up billions of dollars annually for economic and social investments in both the economy and workplace. 
Health spending as a share of GDP is nearly 18%, up from 14% in 2000 & 5% in 1960. A report released by actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that health spending as a share of GDP remained steady at 17.9 percent from 2009 through 2011. Despite that stability, some analysts warn that as the economy improves and the population ages cost increases could again accelerate.
12:05 am CT Approx. 28 min. John Morton at Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium Sean Morris; John Morton John Morton spoke about human trafficking. He explained Immigration and Customs ... John Morton spoke about human trafficking. He explained Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) victim approach to investigating trafficking crimes with the goal of rescuing as many victims in the sex and slave labor trade as possible. He showed a brief video clip of arrests as he talked about a recent case. He also called for comprehensive immigration reform as a way to get illegal immigrations out of the shadows where they are often preyed upon and forced into sex or labor slavery.
This was part of the “Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium: Transforming the Coalition” held in the Georgetown University Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium by the Institute for the Study of International Migration and Deloitte. This symposium brought together officials from government and business during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to discuss the challenges in fighting human trafficking.
11:56 pm CT Approx. 2 hr. 1 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 3 Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense.*Among ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense.*Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military. 4:30 am CT Approx. 2 hr. 7 min. Medicare Reform Panelists talked about ways to end Medicare’s current structure, which pays based on the ... Panelists talked about ways to end Medicare’s current structure, which pays based on the quantity of services provided rather than the health of the patient. Dana Safran in her remarks said trying to find significant health care savings by cutting benefits was a “fool’s errand” and that the effort in her state had shown greater savings could be achieved through the supply side of health services. 12:37 am CT Approx. 41 min. Panel on Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution Officials from various government departments spoke about human trafficking. Panelists agreed ... Officials from various government departments spoke about human trafficking. Panelists agreed that the chief aid in fighting human trafficking is through partnering with other federal organizations and non-governmental organizations as well as foreign governments. They responded to questions from members of the audience. Mark Lagon, former director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, moderated.
“Trends and Challenges - AHT prevention, prosecution and protection of victims” was a panel at the “Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium: Transforming the Coalition” held in the Georgetown University Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium by the Institute for the Study of International Migration and Deloitte. This symposium brought together officials from government and business during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to discuss the challenges in fighting human trafficking.
1:59 am CT Approx. 58 min. Secretary Clinton Remarks on America's Role in the World Hillary Clinton; Richard Haass Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the ... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about America’s leadership in the world and the need for “smart power” diplomacy to address the changing world. She said the U.S. could not afford to ignore human rights issues and that the global economy and political environment would progress “if women and girls are treated as equals.” On the Middle East, Secretary Clinton said the region would thrive when entrepreneurship prevailed instead of extremism. Following her remarks, she took a few questions from the audience on immigration reform, budget concerns, and the future of the American political system. This was her final address as secretary of state before stepping down the next day. 1:18 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 54 min. Port Maintenance Alabama, California and Louisiana Port Authority officials testified about the state of U.S. ports ... Alabama, California and Louisiana Port Authority officials testified about the state of U.S. ports and harbors. They urged Congress to change the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) to allow excess funds to be used to update America’s ports and harbors.
3:01 am CT Approx. 2 hr. 57 min. Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1 Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the ... Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on military operations, U.S. relations with Israel, projected Defense Department budget cuts, service by openly gay and lesbian personnel, Iranian nuclear development programs, and future roles for the U.S. military.
He was introduced at the hearing by former Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Sam Nunn (D-NC).
3:15 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 27 min. U.S. Role in Syria Foreign policy specialists talked about the civil war in Syria and the role the U.S. should ... Foreign policy specialists talked about the civil war in Syria and the role the U.S. should play. This event is being hosted by the McCain Institute, which is named after Senator McCain (R-AZ) and is part of Arizona State University.
4:45 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Immigration Policy and Reform Panelists at the American Enterprise Institute talked about conservative viewpoints on reforming ... Panelists at the American Enterprise Institute talked about conservative viewpoints on reforming the U.S. immigration system. The same week, a bipartisan group of eight Senators had released the outline for a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The proposal included four changes to immigration law including a “tough and but fair” path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S.