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"Praying for All in Authority"
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Congress Last Week
Senate confirms Trump's pick to run Medicare, Medicaid

Senate Intelligence chairman plans public hearing on Russia

Key U.S. Senate committee leaders say Russia sanctions must remain

Democrats preview line of attack on 'pro-corporate' high court nominee

Senate confirms Trump intelligence nominee Coats

House votes to make it easier to fire VA employees for misconduct
GOP speeding toward vote on altered healthcare bill
Trump cracks the whip on Obamacare, fueling GOP momentum
House leaders schedule a Thursday vote and express growing optimism about passage.

White House: We're working to change ObamaCare bill
Freedom Caucus leader: Despite changes, healthcare bill doesn't have the votes
Sasse: House health care bill will not pass in its current form

Republicans' Obamacare repeal fight turning into battle over Senate procedure

Top GOP senator to Democrats: Offer your own bill to fix ObamaCare

Activity Summaries
Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record
GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Mar. 13-17, 2017)
Congress Last Week - March 13-17, 2017
Next Week Preview - March 20-24, 2017

Senate Floor
Senate meets in a pro forma session at 10 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017.
CHPP has no further information at this time on the plan for the Senate floor next week.
U.S. Senate News and Pray for Congress should have more information early next week, Lord willing.
Expect attention to be on the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meeting Schedule
Monday, Mar. 20, 2017
11:00 AM — Judiciary
Hearings to examine the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017
9:30 AM — Armed Services
Hearings to examine U.S. policy and strategy in Europe.

10:00 AM — Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine opportunities to improve and expand infrastructure important to Federal lands, recreation, water, and resources.

10:00 AM — Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine FDA user fee agreements, focusing on improving medical product innovation for patients.

2:30 PM — Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
Hearings to examine fighting back against scams used to defraud Americans.

2:30 PM — Aging
Hearings to examine raising grandchildren in the opioid crisis and beyond.
Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017
9:00 AM — Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor.

10:00 AM — Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine the promises and perils of emerging technologies for cybersecurity.

10:00 AM — Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the state of global humanitarian affairs.

10:00 AM — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine perspectives from the DHS frontline, focusing on evaluating staffing resources and requirements.

10:00 AM — Veterans' Affairs
A joint hearing with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the legislative presentation of multiple veterans service organizations.

10:30 AM — Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense
Hearings to examine defense readiness and budget update.

2:30 PM — Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
Hearings to examine the state of the Coast Guard, focusing on ensuring military, national security, and enforcement capability and readiness.

2:30 PM — Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Hearings to examine a progress report on conflict minerals.

3:30 PM — Armed Services: Subcommittee on Airland
Hearings to examine Army modernization.
Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017
9:30 AM — Armed Services
Hearings to examine United States European Command.

9:30 AM — Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

2:30 PM — Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel
Hearings to examine Department of Defense civilian personnel reform.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 1029 – Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Agriculture Committee)
2) H.R. 382 – 100 Years of Women in Congress Act (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Agriculture Committee)
3) H.R. 1309 – TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
4) H.R. 1353 – Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice / Homeland Security Committee)
5) H.R. 1294 – Reducing DHS Acquisition Cost Growth Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford / Homeland Security Committee)
6) H.R. 1297 – Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman / Homeland Security Committee)
7) H.R. 1249 – DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Homeland Security Committee)
8) H.R. 1252 – DHS Acquisition Authorities Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Clay Higgins / Homeland Security Committee)
9) H.R. 1365 – Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. J. Luis Correa / Homeland Security Committee)
10) H.R. 1238 – Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (Sponsored by Rep. David Young / Homeland Security Committee)
11) H.R. 1302 – Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Judiciary Committee)
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.
On Friday, no votes are expected in the House. 
H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Education and the Workforce Committee)
H.R. ____ – American Health Care Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Budget Committee)
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Legislative Program for next week

(Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to yield to the gentleman from California (Mr. McCarthy), the majority leader. (Mr. McCARTHY asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I do want to wish everybody a happy St. Patrick's Day.
Mr. Speaker, on Monday, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business.
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Mr. Speaker, late votes are likely in the House on Thursday, and Members are advised to adjust their schedules accordingly.
Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of suspensions next week, a complete list of which will be announced at close of business today.
In addition, the House will consider several critical pieces of the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare:
First, H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, sponsored by Representative Paul Gosar, creates competition in the healthcare market by eliminating antitrust protection for insurance providers.
Next, H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, sponsored by Representative Sam Johnson of Texas, allows small businesses to pool together and purchase plans, an important step toward purchasing health care across State lines.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, we will consider the FY 2017 reconciliation bill, also known as the American Health Care Act. This bill eliminates the many taxes and mandates of ObamaCare. It gives patients enhanced tools to take control of their healthcare decisions, and it expands choice so Americans are free to pick the plan that is best for themselves and their families.
Mr. Speaker, it is known that ObamaCare is failing, and we have a responsibility to provide Americans relief. These bills are the result of much deliberation and hard work, and their passage will help create a competitive marketplace that provides high-quality care at an affordable cost.
Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

House Committees
House Committee Meetings - Week of March 19 - 25, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017

Full Committee Hearing (Open)

H.R. 372 — Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017; H.R. 1101 — Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Next Farm Bill: Nutrition Distribution Programs

The Importance of Domestically Sourced Raw Materials for Infrastructure Projects

"Improving Federal Student Aid to Better Meet the Needs of Students"

National Science Foundation Part II: Future Opportunities and Challenges for Science

Budget Hearing - National Institutes of Health (Postponed)

America's Role in the World

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protections Unconstitutional Design

$125 Billion in Savings Ignored: Review of DoDs Efficiency Study

Adoption of the Subcommittees Rules of Procedure and Statement of Policy for Private Immigration Bills and Statement of Policy on Federal Charters and Request DHS Departmental Reports on the Beneficiaries of H.R. 349, H.R. 780 and H.R. 461. (Rescheduled)

Broadband: Deploying America's 21st Century Infrastructure

Fentanyl: The Next Wave of the Opioid Crisis

Examining Systemic Management and Fiscal Challenges within the Department of Justice (Rescheduled)

"Legislative hearing on H.R. 1461, the Veterans, Employees, and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2017.

The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives

Pressuring North Korea: Evaluating Options

Ending the De Novo Drought: Examining the Application Process for De Novo Financial Institutions (Rescheduled)

"Defeating a Sophisticated and Dangerous Adversary: Are the New Border Security Task Forces the Right Approach?"

Social Media Policies of the Military Services

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Law Enforcements Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Evolution of Hybrid Warfare and Key Challenges

The Need for More Responsible Regulatory and Enforcement Policies at the EEOC" (Postponed)

A Borderless Battle: Defending Against Cyber Threats.

Chairman Buchanan and Chairman Johnson Announce Second Joint Hearing on Social Securitys Representative Payee Program

Examining Results and Accountability at the World Bank

Anti-Semitism Across Borders

H.R. 806, Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017

The Next Farm Bill: Dairy Policy

HVAC/SVAC Hearing to receive the Legislative Presentations from Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (JWV, FRA, AFSA, MOPH, American Ex-POW, BVA, TREA, IAVA, MOAA)

Oversight Hearing titled, "The Status of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement"

Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General Oversight Hearing

Budget Hearing - Department of Education (Postponed)

The ISS after 2024: Options and Impacts

Examining FDAs Prescription Drug User Fee Program

Making Washington Work For Americas Small Businesses

Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality Providers (Rescheduled)

The Current State of the U.S. Air Force

The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the U.S. Capital Markets (Rescheduled)

U.S. Policy Toward the Baltic States

Thursday, March 23, 2017

H.R. ___, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017

Legislative Proposals for Fostering Transparency (Rescheduled)

The Future of Americas Small Family Farms

High Consequences and Uncertain Threats: Reviewing Department of Defense Strategy, Policy, and Programs for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction for Fiscal Year 2018

Reference Links
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