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Jennifer Garner Supports Husband at Senate Hearing

Jennifer Garner and eldest daughter Violet showed support for husband/dad Ben Affleck on Thursday, as the "Batman vs. Superman" actor testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.

Affleck, who is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which is a nonprofit that advocates and seeks out grants for development in the Democratic Republic of Congo, spoke to Senate leaders about the importance of the organization's work in the African country and the need for foreign financial assistance.

"... [S]mall, targeted public and private investments are transforming communities in need, advancing our nation's interests and creating opportunities, both in the countries we assist and here at home," he testified.

Garner and daughter Violet sat directly behind Affleck, with Garner at one point reaching out and patting her husband on the shoulder.

The "Gone Girl" star was also joined by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who spoke to the committee about the importance of vaccines in developing countries.

But the hearing wasn't without some humor.

"I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my costar in 'Batman,'" Affleck said, referring to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is a "Batman" fan and has had small roles in "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises." "The role is marginally smaller than mine, but I understand that you are quite good," he added, according to "Entertainment Tonight."

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