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This Week

The House returns to continue taking up FY 2015 appropriations, focusing on the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, commonly known as the THUD bill. In addition, both sides will dig into the recent prisoner swap with the Senate bringing in the Deputy Defense Secretary to testify on Tuesday and the House hearing from the Secretary of Defense on Wednesday. The Senate may move on student loan legislation, which the President waded into this weekend with an endorsement of capping student loans based on what a graduate earns. The Senate bill would allow college graduates with high outstanding student-loan rates to refinance at 3.86 percent, the level set for some government-backed loans. In addition, the Senate is likely to hotline a compromised bill by Sens. McCain and Sanders regarding the VA crisis. If passed, it would give the VA Secretary expanded authority to fire executives, to hire more doctors, and to allow some veterans to seek healthcare outside the VAs. more

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