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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Congress Last Week

Senate Judiciary Committee - Gorsuch hearings

Gorsuch enjoys bipartisan praise at confirmation hearing

Gorsuch touts independence in second day of hearing

Gorsuch survives another round

Democrats announce plan for Gorsuch filibuster

Top Democrat on Senate panel: No rollback on Dodd-Frank because it works

Exclusive: Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro's NATO membership

Senate panel passes bill to license advanced nuclear plants

Supreme Court nomination fight puts focus on vulnerable Democrats

Senate votes to overturn Obama broadband privacy rules

Senate confirms David Friedman as Trump's ambassador to Israel

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

U.S. Senate to vote on Montenegro's NATO membership

House of Representatives
Surveillance findings raise concern about spying on Trump campaign: Nunes

Republican Nunes apologizes over handling of Trump surveillance claim

Trump says he backs House speaker even if healthcare bill fails

House panel seeking more testimony from FBI, NSA chiefs in Russia probe

House Speaker visits White House ahead of healthcare vote

House speaker tells Trump healthcare bill lacks votes: CNN

Speaker Ryan dented by healthcare debacle, but keeps support

Activity Summaries

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

@PrayforCongress Moment - March 20-24, 2017
GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (March 20-24, 2017)
Next week preview - March 27-31, 2017

Senate on SCOTUS

Schumer confident Democrats have votes to block Gorsuch

But Schumer's tactics aren't shared by some Democrats who remain undecided on Gorsuch. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia appears highly uncomfortable with blocking Gorsuch.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the party's vice presidential nominee last year, said he would "decide over the weekend" how he would vote on the judge. A potential change to Senate rules is the domain of leadership, he added, "so I don't think that's going to affect my view of his candidacy on the merits."
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), a swing vote who faces reelection in a state Trump won, said that the FBI-related concern is "Chuck's view," not his. "I'm going to take a look at the hearing and read some of his opinions, as many as I possibly can, and will make it based off of that, not off of FBI investigations," Tester said in an interview, adding that he expects to "hash out a decision sometime next week."
Beyond Manchin, Kaine and Tester, at least 10 other Democrats have yet to weigh in on a potential filibuster of Gorsuch. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Angus King (I-Maine), Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Mark Warner of Virginia declined to answer questions about the nominee on Thursday. Also considered potential gets for the Gorsuch nomination, at least on opposing a filibuster, are Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware, a member of the Judiciary Committee; Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who met with the nominee last month; and three others who face reelection battles next year: Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
Please pray for these senators that God would give them wisdom and discernment on these upcoming votes regarding the United States Supreme Court.
The Senate Judiciary committee resumes consideration of the Gorsuch nomination next week and votes on it April 3, 2017.

Senate Floor

Senate Floor Schedule

Monday, Mar 27, 2017
Senate resumes consideration of T.D. 114-12, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the treaty at 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees

Senate Committee Meeting Schedule

Monday, Mar. 27, 2017
Business meeting to consider the nominations of Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and 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.
Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017
Hearings to examine fostering economic growth, focusing on the role of financial companies.
Hearings to examine the United States' increasing dependence on foreign sources of minerals and opportunities to rebuild and improve the supply chain in the United States.
Hearings to examine protecting young athletes from sexual abuse.
Hearings to examine the view from Congress, focusing on United States policy on Iran.
Hearings to examine the cybersecurity threats to the United States electric grid and technology advancements to minimize such threats, including S.79, to provide for the establishment of a pilot program to identify security vulnerabilities of certain entities in the energy sector.
To receive a closed briefing on Department of Defense worldwide policy and strategy and the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Supplemental Budget Request.
Hearings to examine S.518, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works, S.675, to amend and reauthorize certain provisions relating to Long Island Sound restoration and stewardship, and an original bill entitled, "Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act of 2017".
Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017
Hearings to examine closing the skills gap and boosting United States competitiveness.
Hearings to examine cleaning up our nation's Cold War legacy sites.
Hearings to examine United State-Mexico relationship, focusing on advancing security and prosperity on both sides of the border.
Hearings to examine a review of the defense health program and military medicine funding.
Hearings to examine on the health of the Department of Defense industrial base, and its role in providing readiness to the warfighter.
Hearings to examine American leadership in the Asia-Pacific, focusing on security issues.
An oversight hearing to examine native youth, focusing on promoting diabetes prevention through healthy living.
Hearings to examine civil society perspectives on Russia.
Hearings to examine the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
Hearings to examine the effect of borrowing on Federal spending.
Hearings to examine the arc of Alzheimer's, focusing on preventing cognitive decline in Americans to assuring quality care for those living with the disease.
Hearings to examine how small businesses confront and shape regulations.
Hearings to examine Air Force modernization.
Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017
Business meeting to consider the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor.
Hearings to examine United States interests, values, and the American people.
Hearings to examine the potential for infrastructure improvements to create jobs and reduce the cost of living through all-of-the-above energy and mineral production in Alaska.

The Health Care Bill

The Health Care Bill:

News and Commentary

1. House GOP abandons ObamaCare repeal effort in stunning defeat - The Hill

Republicans abandoned their effort to repeal ObamaCare in a stunning defeat Friday, pulling legislation that was headed for an embarrassing loss on the House floor.

President Trump asked Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the measure a day after issuing an ultimatum that the House had to vote on it, a GOP aide said. The decision is a huge setback for Trump, Ryan and the GOP, which has promised for years to repeal ObamaCare.

"We are going to be living with ObamaCare for the foreseeable future," Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said at a news conference after he met with his conference and told them the party would be moving on.

Republicans seemed stunned by what had happened.

Ryan acknowledged the disappointment, which he initially chalked up to "growing pains" for a party that for the first time in more than a decade controls the executive and legislative branches.

"I spoke to the president a little while ago and I told him the best thing I think to do was to pull this bill and he agreed with that. I will not sugar coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard," Ryan said. (Read more)

2. Speaker Ryan's Remarks from Today's Press Conference - Friday, March 24, 2017

To view this video, please go here.

3. GOP senator: I'm ready to work with Trump, Dems on healthcare - The Hill

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says he is willing to work on a bipartisan healthcare bill after the GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare fell apart Friday. "I had a nice talk tonight with President Trump," Corker said in a statement late Friday, hours after President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pulled their bill before a House floor vote. "At some point, on behalf of the American people, we have to resolve the issues that are driving up costs, limiting choices, and causing the individual market to spiral downward. I stand ready to work with the administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to fix our broken health care system." (Read more)

4. Trump Tried - Gary Bauer

After seven long, hard, grueling years, this was supposed to be a moment of victory for the GOP. This was supposed to be the beginning of the end of Obamacare.

I realize the legislation under consideration is far from ideal. But the circumstances we are facing are far from ideal. Repealing a major entitlement, and reforming an issue as complex as health care, is never going to be an easy process. But the legislation, which went too far for moderates and not far enough for some conservatives, was at least a chance to start the process, an opportunity to move the ball down the field. Instead, the House leadership fumbled the ball.

Just before 4:00, a Washington Post reporter tweeted that President Trump called him to say the bill was being pulled from the floor, and that he did not blame Speaker Paul Ryan.

Whatever happens going forward, this much is clear: President Trump tried his best to end Obamacare. The most important thing he did was to defeat Hillary Clinton on November 8th. Without that victory, there would have been no chance of ever repealing Obamacare. The president threw himself into this fight and was intimately involved in the details, personally lobbying 120 members of Congress on the issue. At his daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump "left everything on the field."

Vice President Mike Pence was also key player in the process, cancelling a number of trips so he could remain in Washington for last-minute negotiations. Pence was on Capitol Hill this afternoon making one last pitch.

I hope Republicans on Capitol Hill can get their act together and get this done at some point. If they fail, Obamacare will survive and they will have to live with the consequences, along with the American people.

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. 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)
2) H.R. 1214 – Disaster SAVE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
3) H.R. 654 – Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

S.J.Res. 34 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake / Energy and Commerce 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. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.
H.R. 1430 – Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
Additional Legislative Items are Possible
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House Committees

House Committee Meeting Schedule - Week of March 26 - April 1, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

H.R. 1430 — HONEST Act; S.J. Res. 34 — A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services".

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Revitalizing American Communities through the Brownfields Program

Restoring Enforcement of our Nations Immigration Laws

Full Committee Hearing (Open)

"Examining the Corporation for National and Community Service and Its Failed Oversight of Taxpayer Dollars"

Self-Driving Cars: Levels of Automation

Oversight Hearing on "ESA Consultation Impediments to Economic and Infrastructure Development"

H.R. 24 (Massie), Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017;
H.R. 1552 (Ross), Fair and Open Competition Act;
H.R. 1242 (Scott-VA), 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act; and
H.R. 1694 (Chaffetz), Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017.

The Budget, Diplomacy, and Development

The Arbitrary and Inconsistent Non-Bank SIFI Designation Process

The Next Farm Bill: Commodity Policy Part I

FY 2018 Budget Hearing: Corporation for Public Broadcasting (Rescheduled)

The Current State of DHS Efforts to Secure Federal Networks

Military Assessment of Russian Activities and Security Challenges in Europe

Prioritizing Basic Research at the Department of Energy (Postponed)

Examining FDAs Medical Device User Fee Program

U.S. Central Command Hearing (Rescheduled)

Committee Resolution 115-__: Committee Franked Mail Resolution

The Smithsonian Institution's Priorities

The State of Bank Lending in America

The Next Farm Bill: The Future of SNAP Policy

Venezuelas Tragic Meltdown (Rescheduled)

East Africas Quiet Famine

To examine the State of Forensic Science in the United States

Naval Strike FightersIssues and Concerns

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Legislative Hearing on:
Draft legislation, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017;
H.R. 91, the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act;
H.R. 95, the Veterans Access to Child Care Act;
H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act;
H.R. 907, the Newborn Care Improvement Act;
H.R. 918, the Veterans Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act;
H.R. 1005, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans;
H.R. 1162, the No Hero Left Untreated Act;
H.R. 1545, to clarify VAs authority to disclose certain patient information to State controlled substance monitoring programs; and,
H.R. 1662, to prohibit smoking in any facility of the Veterans Health Administration

Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and Innovation

Budget Hearing - Department of Education (Postponed)

H.R. 986, "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017"

Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method

Examining the Impact of the Volcker Rule on the Markets, Businesses, Investors, and Job Creators

Realizing Nationwide Next-Generation 911

U.S. European Command Hearing

Public Witnesses Hearing

Military Assessment of the Security Challenges in the Greater Middle East (Rescheduled)

Review of the Farm Credit System

Budget Hearing - Department of Health and Human Services

Federal Energy Related Tax Policy and its Effects on Markets, Prices, and Consumers

H. Res. 54, H. Res. 92, H.R. 390, H.R. 479, H.R. 672 and H.R. 1644

Evaluating the Paperwork Reduction Act: Are Burdens Being Reduced?

Threats to Space Assets and Implications for Homeland Security

Military Pilot Shortage

Testing the Limits: Irans Ballistic Missile Program, Sanctions, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Thursday, March 30, 2017

H.R. 1689, The Private Property Rights Protection Act

The Current State of U.S. Transportation Command

SBAs Entrepreneurial Development Programs: Resources to Assist Small Businesses

Consequences and Context for Russia's Violations of the INF Treaty

Consequences and Context for Russia's violations of the INF Treaty

Reference Links

Congressional news and information

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