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Committees decide which bills and resolutions move forward to consideration by the House or Senate as a whole. Committee chairs have enormous influence over this process.

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The Senate Special Committee on Aging conducts a continuing study of issues related to older Americans such as health, income, lifestyle, and more. The committee reports its findings ...
The Senate Committee on Agriculture has legislative jurisdiction over agriculture, food, and nutrition.
The Senate Committee on Appropriations is responsible for legislation allocating federal funds prior to expenditure from the treasury. Appropriations are generally limited to the levels set by the ...
The Senate Committee on Armed Services has legislative jurisdiction over military and defense.
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs not only has legislative jurisdiction on the topics listed in its name, but also on a range of other ...
The Senate Committee on the Budget is responsible for drafting a concurrent resolution on the budget for congressional action on spending, revenue, and debt-limit legislation. The Budget Resolution ...
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has legislative jurisdiction on matters related to science and technology, oceans policy, transportation, communications, and consumer affairs.
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The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has legislative jurisdiction on matters related to environmental protection, resource utilization and conservation, and public infrastructure.
The Senate Select Committee on Ethics is authorized to receive and investigate allegations of improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate, violations of law, violations of the ...
The Senate Committee on Finance has legislative jurisdiction on matters relating to taxation, debt, customs, foreign trade, and health programs under the Social Security Act such as Medicare, ...
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was established in 1816 as one of the original ten standing committees of the Senate. Throughout its history, the committee has been ...
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has jurisdiction over most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including ...
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is the Senate’s primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over government operations generally and the Department of Homeland Security ...
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate ...
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The Senate Committee on the Judiciary provides oversight of the Department of Justice and the agencies under the Department's jurisdiction, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the ...
The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration has legislative jurisdiction over the organization and operation of Congress. This includes matters such as congressional rules and procedures, corruption, the ...
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has legislative jurisdiction over the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA is an independent federal agency meant to assist and ...
The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control was created to “monitor and encourage United States Government and private programs seeking to expand international cooperation against drug abuse and ...
The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs has legislative jurisdiction over matters relating to veterans compensation and veterans generally, as well as matters relating to the vocational rehabilitation, education, ...
The House Committee on Agriculture has legislative jurisdiction over agriculture, food, rural development, and forestry.
The House Committee on Appropriations is responsible for legislation allocating federal funds prior to expenditure from the treasury. Appropriations are generally limited to the levels set by the ...
The House Committee on Armed Services has legislative jurisdiction over military and defense.
The House Committee on the Budget is responsible for drafting a concurrent resolution on the budget for congressional action on spending, revenue, and debt-limit legislation. The Budget Resolution ...
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The House Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the economy, the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchanges. Additionally, the Committee also has jurisdiction ...
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes the Department of State, the Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the ...
The House Committee on Homeland Security has jurisdiction over matters related to national defense. It has six subcommittees on border and maritime security; counterterrorism and intelligence; cybersecurity and ...
The Committee on House Administration has legislative jurisdiction over the federal elections and the day-to-day operations of the House. The Committee's jurisdiction over federal elections requires it to ...
The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Congressman Devin Nunes (California). Created ...
The Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies. Its role in impeachment ...
The House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform oversees the federal government and all of its agencies to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. The Committee oversees government operations, ...
The House Committee on Rules is commonly known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it is the mechanism that the Speaker uses to maintain control of the House Floor. ...
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Joint Committees

The joint committees are made up of both senators and representatives. They typically have an oversight or policy role but no legislative duties.

While the Joint Committees on Printing and the Library have nominal responsibility for oversight of the Government Publishing Office and the Library of Congress, respectively, the committees are essentially defunct and oversight takes place within the majority party leadership of each chamber.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

The Russian business daily reported at length on February 15 that Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan was visiting Moscow and would meet with President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

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The also said Russia "intends to ship Iran its S-300 air defense system."

The Russian media regularly portrays the S-300s as virtually already delivered, but as we have pointed out, there are issues of manufacture and payment, even though Iran has reportedly withdrawn its suit against Russia for non-delivery of the S-300s while it was adhering to the UN-imposed embargo. cited sources that told them Iran had already made an advance toward the nearly $1 billion payment for the S-300s, and would receive the first division "within a few months."

That would mean that statements from Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin that they were "already" delivered were premature. The sources said the contract "plans to be fulfilled by the end of 2016/early 2017."

The US-negotiated end to sanctions on Iran made the "shopping trip" possible, but there are some catches, as the noted:
This was cause for complaint by Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and terrorism analyst who told that Secretary of State John Kerry had "frontloaded Iran's payday for all the wrong reasons" when the nuclear agreement was reached:

The conservative Fox News was more blunt about Iran's "shopping trip" in a story headlined "Defiant Iran Ignores UN Ban, Hits up Putin for High-tech Tanks, Fighter Jets"; Fox also mentioned Iran's recent test of missiles capable of bearing nuclear warheads, for which 11 entities and individuals were sanctioned.

Kommersant went further than AP and even Free Beacon to point out two restraining factors on Tehran's shopping, one of which Fox had noted:

That indicates that at least this Russian business daily -- not as independent as it once was -- wants to emphasize that Resolution No. 2231 is not undone by the nuclear deal.
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restrictions will still remain on weapons.
As IBT recalls, US sanctions were imposed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 when not only 60 Americans were taken hostage but 241 Americans were massacred in the combing of a Marine compound in Beirut by Hezbollah -- the same terrorist group with now a civilian government that is fighting alongside Russia and Iran ostensibly against ISIS in Syria -- but actually propping up the Assad regime.
As the BBC reported , despite the nuclear deal, the conventional arms embargo on Iran will remain in place for five years -- with the embargo on missiles for 8 years. This is the fine print often overlooked in enthusiastic coverage of the nuclear deal reach with Iran by the Obama Administration.
In addition to the weapons systems covered by , mentioned the Iranians were looking to buy combat training Yak-130s, frigate ships and electric diesel submarines.
Another interesting tid-bit from not mentioned by Western media was that in fact Iran has kept its interest in purchasing T-90 tanks -- which are already visible in the war in Syria. Quoting the defense minister, reported:

According to the prognosis of one of 's sources in Russia's Federal Military Technology Cooperation (FTS) agency , "negotiations on that issue will be difficult." Even so, Kommersant's source "did not rule out"that Russia would agree to localize the assembly of the T-90 in Iran.

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Another source in the FTS system said that Tehran may request Moscow's help in repairing the Iranian fleet of MiG-29s and Su-24MKs and also its submarines.
The biggest difficulty in expanding military-technical cooperation is Tehran's lack of cash, however; Iran wants to get the Russian armaments on credit, but due to the economic crisis, the Kremlin cannot allow that.

Iran has been attempting to negotiate an $11 billion loan with Russia for "infrastructure support" -- this is supposedly separate from any arms deal.

Kommersant also spells out the problems with the UN resolution: tanks, armored vehicles, high-caliber artillery systems (100 mm and larger), fighter jets and helicopters, war ships, missiles and missile systems -- these are all supposed to be sanctioned for 5 to 8 years.

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Table 7. Academic resilience scaleitem mean scores by vignette group .

Figure 2 shows that while the difference in mean academic resilience scores between the personal and vicarious vignette groups was significant [ t (430) = 9.908, p < 0.001], with a large effect size ( d = 0.96), there was no significant difference in ASE scores [ t (432) = 0.356, p > 0.05].


Figure 2. Mean academic resilience by vignette group .

Gender and year of study analysis did not reveal any significant differences in academic resilience ( p > 0.05). Correlational analysis did not reveal any significant association between age and academic resilience ( p > 0.05), although a small significant correlation between age and ASE [ r (429) = 1.58, p < 0.001] was reported.

Overall results support the hypothesis that ASE is associated with, and a predictor of, academic resilience. Significant positive correlations between ASE and academic resilience were reported for both the personal and vicarious vignettes, although effect size was large for the personal vignette group and small for the vicarious vignette group. Analysis of ASE as a predictor of academic resilience also led to significant results for each of the vignette groups, with the greatest variance in academic resilience (26.2%) accounted for in the personal vignette group compared to only 4.6% in the vicarious group. Although previous studies have reported self-efficacy as an important contributory factor for resilience ( Hamill, 2003 ; Angara Pink Sapphire and Diamond XO Leverback Drop Earrings in White Gold fwMFQUU
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, Liddle (1994) and Waxman et al. (2003) , both self-efficacy and resilience were measured as context-specific constructs and in relation to—it is argued here—an authentic adverse situation and relevant adaptive responses. In both general and context-specific terms, findings support the relevance of self-efficacy beliefs to individual psychological resilience; having positive self-efficacy beliefs is likely to contribute toward increased resilience in students.

Once a relationship between ASE and academic resilience was established, further analysis sought to identify differences between lower and higher self-efficacy students in their specific responses to adversity. As anticipated, higher self-efficacy students reported significantly higher academic resilience for both case vignettes, although a significant interaction effect indicated greater influence of self-efficacy for the personal vignette, where the effect size was large, than for the vicarious vignette, where the effect size was small. The greater influence of self-efficacy on personal resilience is unsurprising in light of Bandura's (1993) account of self-efficacy as a mechanism of personal agency that makes causal contributions to own functioning. Analysis of responses to individual items on the Academic Resilience Scale-30 (personal vignette) showed that the higher self-efficacy group scored significantly higher on 25 of the 30 items, with small to medium effect sizes reported (see Table 5 ). This level of analysis highlights specific examples of responses to adversity where self-efficacious students responded in a more adaptive manner, providing a basis to better understand the precise nature of the influence of self-efficacy on resilience and offering a potential basis for interventions promoting resilience. Conversely, the items where there was no significant difference between self-efficacy groups are of little value in differentiating resilient and non-resilient students, at least on the basis of ASE beliefs. Responses to these items could still be adaptive or non-adaptive, conferring resilience or lack of it, but may be determined by individual difference constructs or processes other than self-efficacy. Similar analysis of responses to the vicarious adversity vignette revealed significant differences in only 4 of the 30 items, all with small effect sizes. This further supports the nature of self-efficacy as a mechanism for personal (human) agency and illustrates the limited influence of self-efficacy beliefs on the potential to perform academic advocacy roles, such as peer assisted learning mentors.



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