Ben Affleck Gushes About Jennifer Garner at Senate Hearing: I’m “Very, Very Proud of Her”

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner listens as her husband, actor 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, 2015. Paul Morigi/WireImage

Proud husband! Ben Affleck was largely all business on Thursday, March 26, when he addressed a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. on aid in Africa, but he took a moment to gush about his famous wife.

Discussing his work in the continent, the Oscar winner, 42, nodded to his love Jennifer Garner and her own charity efforts. He was prompted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who worked on the push for foreign aid in Congo as well.

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"Jennifer and Violet are very proud," Graham said, nodding to Garner, also 42, and the couple's daughter Violet, 9, who were both in attendance. "Very well done."

Affleck took the chance to focus on his loved ones, rather than himself, highlighting Garner's years of work with the Save the Children foundation. 

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"In our family, my wife does extraordinary work with early childhood education in the United States and the Appalachians and West Virginia and Kentucky and the central valley of California is something she cares deeply about," Affleck said of his wife of nearly 10 years. "She's extremely effective at it. And we’re all very very proud of her and impressed." 

"I do work in the Congo," the Gone Girl actor continued. "We see that as a microcosm of what this government can be. We can do both. We can do all of these things. We can apply our values to our relatives, to our neighbors be they outside our national borders or be they within. I believe that’s what America is." 

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Affleck had another light moment when he made reference to the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, acknowledging Senator Patrick Leahy, who is a huge fan of the superhero and has made cameos in two Batman movies. 

"I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my costar in Batman," Affleck joked. "[Your] role is marginally smaller than mine, but I understand that you are quite good." 

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