Violet Affleck, Jennifer Garner Support Ben Affleck at U.S. Senate Hearing: Pics

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Violet Affleck and Jennifer Garner congratulated her dad Ben Affleck after he testified in front of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on March 26. 

He has her vote! Ben Affleck slipped off his Batsuit and into a real suit on Thursday, March 26, to speak at to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. 

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The Oscar winning actor, 42, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010, sat next to tech mogul Bill Gates and testified about the importance of foreign aid in Africa. 

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Ben Affleck talks to his daughter Violet after a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on “Diplomacy, Development, and National Security” on Capitol Hill in Washington March 26.

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In the audience was his wife of nearly 10 years Jennifer Garner and their eldest daughter Violet, 9. After the hearing, Violet was photographed congratulating her dad (while looking just like her famous mom!). 

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Not present were Violet’s younger siblings, daughter Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. 

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Ben Affleck testifies before a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on “Diplomacy, Development, and National Security” on Capitol Hill in Washington March 26.

The humanitarian posted several images of his trip to Congo on Instagram, writing, “I made my first trip to Congo seven years ago after reading about the two decades of conflict the Congolese people had endured. I expected to find hopelessness, but the people I encountered, like these former child soldiers, were among the most courageous and resilient I could imagine. #EasternCongo #DRC.”

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Jennifer Garner and her daughter Violet Affleck listen to Ben Affleck testify before a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on “Diplomacy, Development, and National Security” on Capitol Hill in Washington March 26.

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star also had a lighthearted moment when he called out Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, a noted fan of the Caped Crusader. 

“I would be remiss not to recognize my costar in Batman,” Affleck quipped. “Your role was marginally smaller than mine, but I understand you were quite good.”

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