CHPP Legislative Snapshot Saturday, March 4, 2017 "Praying for All in Authority"
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Saturday, March 4, 2017
"Praying for All in Authority"
"Standing Together as One
. . . Under the Cross of Christ"
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)
Congress Last Week
Senate confirms Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary
House and Senate met in a Joint Session to receive a message from the President of the United States.
Senate confirms Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary
U.S. Senate approves Carson for housing secretary job
Senate confirms Trump pick Perry as energy secretary
House moves forward on commission to repeal rules
The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act passed along party lines, 240-185.
U.S. House speaker vows Republican unity on healthcare overhaul
Legislation to neutralize ACA to pass this month
Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record
@PrayforCongress Moment: February 27 - March 3, 2017
GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Feb. 27- Mar. 3, 2017)
Next Week Preview: March 6-10, 2017
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of H.J. Res. 37, Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule, and vote on passage of the joint resolution at approximately 6 p.m.
Senate Committee Schedule
Hearings to examine the nominations of Rod J. Rosenstein, of Maryland, to be Deputy Attorney General, and Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General, both of the Department of Justice.
2:15 PM — Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Hearings to examine a broader understanding of Russia's policies and intentions toward specific countries in Europe.
Hearings to examine the nomination of Elaine C. Duke, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
10:00 AM — Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Hearings to examine investing in America, focusing on funding our nation's transportation infrastructure needs.
10:00 AM — Commerce, Science, and Transportation
An oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission.
10:00 AM — Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine an original bill entitled, "Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act".
10:30 AM — Appropriations: Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
Hearings to examine saving lives through medical research.
2:30 PM — Indian Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine Indian affairs priorities for the Trump Administration.
2:30 PM — Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Hearings to examine the global nuclear weapons environment.
2:30 PM — Armed Services: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity
To receive a closed briefing on cybersecurity from the Defense Science Board.
Hearings to examine U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command.
10:00 AM — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
Hearings to examine agency use of science in the rulemaking process, focusing on proposals for improving transparency and accountability.
10:00 AM — Judiciary
Business meeting to consider S.419, to require adequate reporting on the Public Safety Officers' Benefits program, and the nominations of Danny C. Reeves, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2019, and Charles R. Breyer, of California, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2021.
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.
House Floor Schedule
MONDAY, MARCH 6TH
On Monday, the House meet at 4:00 p.m. in pro forma session. No votes are expected in the House.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH
On Tuesday, 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. ____ – To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Faauaa Hunkin VA Clinic (Sponsored by Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen / Veterans Affairs Committee)
2) H.R. 1214 – Disaster SAVE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
3) H.R. 375 – To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse (Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
4) H.R. 1117 – To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster (Sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
5) H.R. 1174 – Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
6) H.R. 654 – Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
7) S. 442 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
H.R. 1301 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 132 – Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Natural Resources Committee)
2) H.R. 648 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to amend the Definite Plan Report for the Seedskadee Project to enable the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir (Sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney / Natural Resources Committee)
3) H.R. 267 – Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Lewis / Natural Resources Committee)
THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
H.R. 725 – Innocent Party Protection Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Judiciary Committee)
H.R. 985 – Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
H.R. 720 – Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Judiciary Committee)
Legislative Program for next week
(Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I yield to the gentleman from California (Mr. McCarthy), the majority leader and my friend. (Mr. McCARTHY asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. Speaker, on Monday, no votes are expected in the House.
On Tuesday, the House will meet at noon for morning-hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning-hour and noon for legislative business.
On Friday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes of the week are expected no later than 3 p.m.
Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of suspensions next week, a complete list of which will be announced by close of business tomorrow.
In addition, the House will consider several reform bills straight from our Better Way agenda:
First, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Further Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, sponsored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte, which ensures that only similarly injured parties can be in the same class for purposes of a class action suit, as well as requires public disclosure of reports on the receipt and disposition of claims for injuries based on exposure to asbestos.
Next, H.R. 725, the Innocent Party Protection Act, sponsored by Representative Ken Buck, which establishes a uniform standard for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit.
And third, H.R. 720, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, sponsored by Chairman Lamar Smith, which restores accountability to our legal system by penalizing lawyers for filing baseless lawsuits.
Our Federal litigation system is plagued with broken rules that unnecessarily harm American businesses and consumers. With these measures, we will follow through on our pledge to take on trial lawyers and crack down on lawsuit abuse through meaningful litigation reform.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, the House will consider the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, sponsored by Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
Full Legislative Program Colloquy
House Committee Meetings - Week of March 5 - 11, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
H.R. 725 — Innocent Party Protection Act; H.R. 1301 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
Shaping the Future: Consolidating and Improving VA Community Care (Rescheduled)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Air Transportation in the United States in the 21st Century
- H.R. 0876, the Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017.
- H.R. 1238, the Securing our Agriculture and Food Act.
- H.R. 1249, the DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act of 2017.
- H.R. 1252, the DHS Acquisition Authorities Act of 2017.
- H.R. 1258, the "HSA Technical Corrections Act".
- H.R. 1282, the "DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2017"
- H.R. 1294, the "Reducing DHS Acquisition Cost Growth Act"
- H.R. 1297, the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017.
- H.R. 1302, the "Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017"
- H.R. 1309, the TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017.
- H.R. 1353, the "Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017"
- H.R. ____, the "Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act".
- H.R. ____, The "Homeland Security for Children Act"; and
- H.R. ___, the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017.
Regulating Space: Innovation, Liberty, and International Obligations
Shaping the Future: Consolidating and Improving VA Community Care (Rescheduled)
The Department of Homeland Securitys Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program
Public Witnesses Hearing
FY2018 Quality of Life in the Military
Military Assessment of Nuclear Deterrence Requirements
Markup of Pending Legislation
Small Business Cybersecurity: Federal Resources and Coordination
The Current State of U.S. Army Readiness
H.R. 720 — Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017; H.R. 985 — Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017
An Independent Fleet Assessment of the U.S. Navy
National Science Foundation Part I: Overview and Oversight
Management Challenges at the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Social Security Administration: Views from the Inspectors General
Examining Systemic Management and Fiscal Challenges within the Department of Justice (Postponed)
Undermining Democratic Institutions and Splintering NATO: Russian Disinformation Aims
Reviewing ATF's Failures in the Death of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata
The Current State of DHS Private Sector Engagement for Cybersecurity
The Next Farm Bill: Specialty Crops
HVAC/SVAC Hearing to receive the Legislative Presentations from Multiple Veterans Service Organizations (PVA, AUSN, AMVETS, VVA, NCOA, GSW, NASDVA, WWP, NGAUS)
Oversight of the Department of State and Foreign Operations Programs
The Next Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs
An Overview of SBAs 7(a) Loan Program
Democracy Under Threat in Ethiopia
Nuclear Deterrence - the Defense Science Board's Perspective
Friday, March 10, 2017
The Effect of Sequestration and Continuing Resolutions on Marine Corps Modernization and Readiness
Title X Resolution of Disapproval
Under the Congressional Review Act, the Senate has until approximately the end of March to vote to disapprove of the December 2016 HHS rule preventing states from deprioritizing abortion providers under the Title X program.
Senator Joni Ernst has introduced S.J.Res. 13 to repeal this rule from the previous administration.
Please pray for timely passage of this legislation this month before this window of opportunity closes.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court begin Monday, March 20, 2017.
These hearings are expected to continue for most of that week.
Congressional news and information
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