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Alan Ashley, the U.S. Olympic Committee's chief of sport performance. Photo: Claire Greenway/Getty Images

The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday fired its chief of sport performance, Alan Ashley, in the wake of an independent investigation into sexual abuse in the USA Gymnastics team that revealed that he and former CEO Scott Blackmun failed to address allegations leveled against Larry Nassar, reports AP.

Why it matters: The USOC released a 233-page independent report on Monday that concluded the organization's failure to address allegations of sexual abuse allowed Nassar to assault dozens of other girls over a period of 14 months. Last week, USA Gymnastics said it's filing for bankruptcy to quickly settle complaints from Nassar's victims. And in November, the Olympic Committee said it's seeking to revoke USA Gymnastics’s recognition as the sport's governing body.

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The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) forced Senate clerks to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, which took nearly 11 hours and lasted until 2:04 a.m. on Friday. The Senate is set to return at 9 a.m. to debate the bill before considering amendments, which could drag into the weekend.

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