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June 28, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Tolu Olubunmi was brought to the United States from Nigeria when she was 14, graduated from college seven years later with a chemical engineering degree, and couldn't get hired because of her status as an illegal immigrant. "It was heartbreaking," she said. For Olubunmi, passage of the DREAM Act, which would establish a path to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants, is especially urgent. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said Tolu Olubunmi was brought to the U.S. illegally from Nigeria.
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April 24, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans. Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books. "I am troubled when I hear any veteran may have received substandard care from the VA," said the committee chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.
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BUSINESS
May 31, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- JPMorgan & Co. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon will face congressional questioning on June 13 about the bank's huge trading loss, the Senate Banking Committee said Thursday. The committee has been looking at the more-than-$2-billion loss as part of its oversight of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) said two weeks ago he intended to call Dimon to testify. A hearing was set for June 7 but was then postponed a week to accommodate the schedule of Dimon and senators, said committee spokesman Sean Oblack.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice to become the next surgeon general spent much of his confirmation hearing Tuesday deflecting criticism from Republicans, who attacked him for his political activism, ties to the president and relative inexperience. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, who at 36 would be one of the youngest surgeon generals, was chided for advocating gun control in the aftermath of the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and for backing the Affordable Care Act as a co-founder of Doctors for America, formerly Doctors for Obama.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
  WASHINGTON - Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook strongly defended the company's tax practices Tuesday at a Senate hearing highlighting the technology giant's use of Irish subsidiaries to shelter billions of dollars in income from U.S. taxes. "We pay all the taxes we owe - every single dollar," Cook told the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. "We not only comply with the laws but we comply with the spirit of the laws," he said. "We don't depend on tax gimmicks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1995
Leon E. Panetta is absolutely right. "This isn't a vote about White House process, this is a vote about the qualifications of this surgeon general," the White House chief of staff said Sunday. Panetta was responding to charges that the Clinton Administration did not adequately check the background of Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr. Indeed, the White House did not accredit itself by the sloppy staff work it did before President Clinton nominated Foster.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice to become the next surgeon general spent much of his confirmation hearing Tuesday deflecting criticism from Republicans, who attacked him for his political activism, ties to the president and relative inexperience. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, who at 36 would be one of the youngest surgeon generals, was chided for advocating gun control in the aftermath of the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and for backing the Affordable Care Act as a co-founder of Doctors for America, formerly Doctors for Obama.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1997 | FRED ALVAREZ
State Sen. Jack O'Connell (D-Santa Barbara) will be at Ventura High School on Thursday to convene a special hearing of the Senate's education committee. O'Connell, chairman of the committee, is holding a series of forums along the Central Coast to discuss a variety of issues and allow students to participate in an actual Senate committee hearing. Potential topics include high school class size reduction, school facilities and graduation requirements. State Sen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1987 | PENNY PAGANO, Times Staff Writer
Woody Allen called them "cheesy artificial symbols of one society's greed." Director Sydney Pollack termed them "morally unacceptable" while Ginger Rogers dismissed them as "embarrassing and insulting." Their collective scorn was aimed at a new breed of movie: vintage black-and-white films that have been colored by computer.
BUSINESS
August 3, 1994
A state Senate committee plans to hold a hearing Thursday at Irvine City Hall to solicit ideas from representatives of Orange County's biomedical and biotech industries. Sens. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Planning for California's Growth, and Tom Campbell, (R-Los Altos), are scheduled to chair the meeting, which will be held in City Council chambers from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO Two engineers who say their safety concerns about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were suppressed by Caltrans higher-ups told a state Senate committee Friday that they nevertheless believe the new eastern span of the structure is safe. California Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty, meanwhile, reluctantly conceded that "there has to have been mistakes made," but insisted that no coercion had occurred and that "if we had any concerns about safety on the bridge, we would not have opened it in September.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The official in charge of exposing wrongdoing inside the troubled Homeland Security Department has been transferred amid allegations that he abused his position, officials said Tuesday. Charles K. Edwards was scheduled to appear before a Senate panel on Thursday to answer questions about allegations that he improperly employed his wife, misused travel funds and covered up details about a Secret Service prostitution scandal. He has denied any wrongdoing. The Senate hearing was canceled after he left his post.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Warning that virtual currencies are attracting money-launderers and drug dealers, U.S. officials called for greater government oversight of Bitcoin and other peer-to-peer payment systems during the first-ever congressional hearing on the fast-growing Internet-based technology. Treasury, Justice and Homeland Security department officials told members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Monday that websites facilitating payments with Bitcoin should receive more scrutiny from federal financial regulators to ensure that the relative anonymity granted by virtual currencies isn't exploited.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department soared through his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday with little of the usual partisan politics that have blocked many of the president's recent nominees. Jeh Johnson, a former top Defense Department lawyer, faced some pointed questions but almost no opposition from senators, who generally prefaced their questions with praise for him and his qualifications. "Fortunately for our nation, he is a strong leader and well prepared to face the challenges that will await him," said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.)
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November 5, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - On the heels of a fire season that burned more than 4,000 homes and killed 34 people across the country, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Tuesday called for a "saner approach" to preventing wildfires while budgets are strained as a result of fighting them. "It's hard to believe that while damages have soared, we're also spending more than ever to fight fires," Bennet said at a Senate Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing. In the last six years, eight Western states have experienced the largest or most destructive fires in their histories, said James Hubbard, deputy chief of the Forest Service.
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July 24, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - Sharp disagreement over the future of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp dominated the first Senate hearing on the issue in four years. The meeting Wednesday of a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee, held in the wake of a high-profile hunger strike by inmates and renewed calls from President Obama to close the facility, made clear that deep partisan divisions remain over whether keeping the prison open is a threat to national security or a necessity. Opened at a U.S. Navy base in Cuba in the months after the Sept.
NEWS
June 10, 1995 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two of the three doctors at the center of the UC Irvine fertility controversy apparently will testify Wednesday at a state Senate hearing, but it is uncertain if the center's world-renowned director, Dr. Ricardo H. Asch, will show up, an official said Friday. Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda was served with a subpoena and Dr. Sergio C. Stone has volunteered to go to Sacramento, said Stephanie Rubin, counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Higher Education.
NEWS
September 30, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shirley Sears Chater breezed through her confirmation hearing to head the troubled Social Security Administration, telling a Senate committee that "a distinct and disturbing lack of public confidence" in the system must be overcome. The failure of President Clinton's nominee to pay Social Security taxes for a part-time baby-sitter in the early 1970s was barely mentioned.
OPINION
July 20, 2013
Re "Hearing reveals a partisan split over voter rights ruling," July 18 The article notes that the 1965 Voting Rights Act "had long received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress, including for the last renewal of its temporary provisions in 2007. " But as a Senate hearing after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the law shows, in six short years our bickering legislators have devolved enough not to preserve something that existed for almost 50 years. It brings to mind Nipsey Russell's poetic observation: "Pro and con are opposites, that fact is clearly seen.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - B. Todd Jones, the acting director of the ATF who took over the agency in its meltdown with the Fast and Furious scandal, ran into immediate opposition Tuesday as he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration as permanent director. Republicans sought to block or delay the appointment until an internal investigation can be completed of Jones' performance as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota. Indeed, since Jones was nominated late last year to head the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, his chances of success have been difficult to gauge.
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