Senate panel to review use of military force policy

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday to review the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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That hear will occur the same day the Senate is expected to begin consideration of a controversial nominee, David Barron, who worked as legal counsel for the administration and drafted memos justifying the 2011 killing of an American citizen in Yemen with a drone. President Obama has nominated Barron to serve on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sen. Chris MurphyChris MurphyOvernight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Hopes dim for mental health deal Senators push tougher sanctions against Iran MORE (D-Conn.), who serves on the committee, said the hearing could help reassure some Democrats that Barron’s nomination should go forward because the authorization of force may have been used to justify the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen targeted in Yemen.

Also on Wednesday, Federal Bureau Of Investigation director James Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing.

Details on these and other Senate hearings follows:

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

- May 21, “Delivering Better Health Care Value to Consumers: The First Three Years of the Medical Loss Ratio”

2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

- May 20, “Nominations”

10:15 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Finance

- May 21, “Strengthening Social Security to Meet the Needs of Tomorrow’s Retirees”

10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Foreign Relations

- May 20, “Nominations”

2:15 p.m., S-116 Capitol Building

- May 21, “Authorization For Use Of Military Force After Iraq And Afghanistan”

10 a.m., 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

- May 20, “Economic Security for Working Women: A Roundtable Discussion”

2:30 p.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- May 22, “Examining Access and Supports for Service members and Veterans in Higher Education”

10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Indian Affairs

- May 21, “Indian Education Series: Ensuring the Bureau of Indian Education has the Tools Necessary to Improve”

2:30 p.m., 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Judiciary

- May 20, “Nominations”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- May 21, “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

- May 22, “S.1720, Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013”

10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

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