Saturday, March 11, 2017

CHPP Legislative Snapshot Saturday, March 11, 2017


AGLOW invites all of us to
send a postcard of SUPPORT
to President Trump on Wed., March 15th.
See details here and below.

SEE ALSO: Special Prayers for President Trump (Below)

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
P.O. Box 5152
Herndon, VA 20172-1970
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, March 11, 2017

"Standing Together as One
. . . Under the Cross of Christ"

"Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it." (Isaiah 2:2)
Congress Headlines

Senate Headlines

Senate approves measure to kill Obama-era contractor rule

No. 2 Senate Republican says Senate to probe Trump's wiretap claims

Senate panel backs Trump National Security Adviser pick

Senate revokes Obama federal land-planning rule

Senate Banking Committee to tackle capital formation

Senate panel backs Trump nominee to be ambassador to Israel

Senate intel panel wants Trump ex-aides to testify in Russia probe: CNN

Senate committee approves Trump intelligence nominee Coats

House GOP Obamacare Plan Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

Pence, Price huddle with Senate GOP

McConnell: Senators will be able to change House ObamaCare bill

Rand Paul: Trump 'very open to negotiation' to ObamaCare bill

House Headlines
House passes bill to curb class-action lawsuits

GOP leader: 'Very difficult' to make conservative change to health bill

GOP rep: Voters want 'clean' ObamaCare repeal
Activity Summaries

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Mar. 6-10, 2017)
Next Week Preview: March 13-17, 2017
Senate Floor

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, post-cloture, and votes on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.
Senate Committees

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017
10:00 AM — Armed Services
To receive a briefing on information surrounding the Marines United website; to be immediately followed by a closed briefing in SR-222.

10:00 AM — Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.

10:00 AM — Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure.

10:00 AM — Finance
Hearings to examine the nomination of Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.

2:30 PM — Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
Hearings to examine continuing to improve truck safety on our nation's highways.
Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017
10:00 AM — Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine assessing U.S. sanctions on Russia, focusing on the next steps.

10:00 AM — Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine unmanned aircraft systems, focusing on innovation, integration, successes, and challenges.

10:00 AM — Environment and Public Works
Hearings to examine innovative solutions to control invasive species and promote wildlife conservation.

10:00 AM — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Business meeting to consider
  • S.34, to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for the en bloc consideration in resolutions of disapproval for "midnight rules",
  • S.21, to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law,
  • S.317, to provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them,
  • S.500, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism,
  • S.218, to restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government,
  • S.188, to prohibit the use of Federal funds for the costs of painting portraits of officers and employees of the Federal Government,
  • H.R.274, to provide for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by Federal employees traveling on official Government business,
  • H.R.366, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in managing the Department's vehicle fleet
  • an original bill entitled, "Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act",
  • an original bill entitled, "Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization Act"
  • an original bill entitled, "Follow the Rules Act",
  • an original bill entitled, "Regulatory Accountability Act", and
  • the nomination of Elaine C. Duke, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

10:00 AM — Judiciary
Hearings to examine visas, focusing on investigating K-1 fiance fraud.

10:30 AM — Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense
Closed hearings to examine a ballistic missile defense program update.

10:30 AM — Appropriations: Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
Hearings to examine STEM education, focusing on preparing students for the careers of today and the future.

11:00 AM — Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine six years of war in Syria, focusing on the human toll.

1:30 PM — Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor.

2:30 PM — Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
Hearings to examine the Modus Operandi and toolbox of Russia and other autocracies for undermining democracies throughout the world.

2:30 PM — Veterans' Affairs
Hearings to examine GAO's high risk list and the Veterans Health Administration.

2:30 PM — Aging
Hearings to examine raising grandchildren in the opioid crisis and beyond.

3:30 PM — Armed Services: Subcommittee on Airland
Hearings to examine all arms warfare in the 21st century.
House Floor

House Floor Schedule

On Monday, no votes are expected in the House. 

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. 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)
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 1181 – Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 1238 – Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (Sponsored by Rep. David Young / Homeland Security Committee)
2) H.R. 1294 – Reducing DHS Acquisition Cost Growth Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford / Homeland Security Committee)
3) H.R. 1297 – Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman / Homeland Security Committee)
4) H.R. 1302 – Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
5) H.R. 1309 – TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
6) H.R. 1353 – Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice / Homeland Security Committee)
7) H.R. 1249 – DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act of 2017 (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)
On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
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. 1367 – To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans Affairs Committee)
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(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), my friend, for the purpose of inquiring of the majority leader the schedule for the week to come. (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 today.
In addition, the House will consider several important bills from the Veterans' Affairs Committee.
First, H.R. 1181, the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, sponsored by Chairman Phil Roe, which ensures that the Second Amendment rights of VA beneficiaries are not restricted without due process.
Next, H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act, also sponsored by Chairman Roe, which grants the VA Secretary increased discretion to remove or suspend VA employees due to poor performance.
Finally, H.R. 1367, sponsored by Representative Brad Wenstrup, which enhances the VA's ability to recruit and retain highly qualified employees.
The failures of the VA are well-documented and completely unacceptable. These bills are a step in the right direction towards creating greater accountability at the VA, and keeping our promise to Americans' veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for that information.
I would now like to ask him, we passed the DOD Appropriations bill and sent that to the Senate. We have already done the MILCON bill. And I am wondering--there are ten remaining bills--whether the majority leader could give me some idea, in light of the fact that the CR, which once it goes to April 28, we will either have to do those bills individually or in some sort of an omnibus, whether the gentleman has any idea how soon we might be considering the balance of the year's appropriation to September 30?
Mr. Speaker, I yield to my friend.
Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
I am pleased that we were able to pass the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill on a bipartisan basis this week. It is my hope that we can continue to pass the appropriation bills on a bipartisan basis as well.
As for future legislation, I would refer my friend to the Appropriations Committee, and, as always, I will keep Members posted of any scheduling updates.
Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for that insightful comment.
Full Colloquy on the House schedule
House Committees

House Committee Meetings - Week of March 12 - 18, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Legislative Proposals for Fostering Transparency

Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program

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

Modernizing Energy Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities to Expanding Hydropower Generation

Tax Reform and Rural America

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

FY 2018 Budget Hearing: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Examining the Creation and Management of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries

Full Committee Hearing: "Military Assessment of the Security Challenges in the Greater Middle East"

Disrupter Series: Advanced Materials and Production

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

Venezuelas Tragic Meltdown

Crafting an Information Warfare and Counter-Propaganda Strategy for the Emerging Security Environment

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Current State of the U.S. Navy

"Immigration Benefits Vetting: Examining Critical Weaknesses in USCIS Systems."

Sound Monetary Policy

Disrupter Series: Smart Communities

"Honoring Our Commitment to Recover and Protect Missing and Exploited Children"

Cafeteria Plans: A Menu of Non-Options for Small Business Owners

Bringing Justice Closer to the People: Examining Ideas for Restructuring the 9th Circuit

The Next Farm Bill: Agricultural Research

Investing in the future Early Childhood Education Programs at the Department of Health and Human Services

The Next Farm Bill: Forestry Initiatives

Oversight Hearing Department of Transportation & Department of Housing and Urban Development

Members' Day

Reinvestment and Rehabilitation of Our Nations Safe Drinking Water Delivery Systems

Combating Crimes Against Children: Assessing the Legal Landscape

Flood Insurance Reform: A Community Perspective

Oversight Review of Infrastructure Needs and Projects Ready for Immediate Implementation in the Nuclear Security Enterprise

Healthy Hiring: Enabling VA to Recruit and Retain Quality Providers
Jeff Sessions Takes Action

Sessions asks 46 Obama-era U.S. attorneys to resign

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly asked the remaining 46 chief federal prosecutors left over from the Obama administration to resign on Friday, including Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who had been asked to stay on in November by then President-elect Donald Trump.

Although U.S. attorneys are political appointees, and the request from Trump's Justice Department is part of a routine process, the move came as a surprise. Not every new administration replaces all U.S. attorneys at once.

The Justice Department said on Friday: "Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. attorney's offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders." (Reuters) Read more.
- Lord God, when he campaigned to become the President of the United States, Donald Trump promised the voters that he would "drain the swamp" of corruption in the federal government. With this report, it now seems that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is about to help our president do just that.

We ask that Your Hand of protection would continue to rest upon our Attorney General and our President and we thank You that as they seek You, You will guide them now and in the days ahead. In Your Name, amen.

- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (Psalm 32:8)
White House Intruder Arrested

Intruder Gets Within Steps of White House

A man carrying a backpack jumped over a fence and got within several steps of the White House before being arrested late Friday, the Secret Service said. The intrusion, the first reported since President Trump took office, came as the president was inside the residence.

A Secret Service official said the intruder did not pose a threat to Mr. Trump. But the breach was more serious than most other cases of fence-jumping at the White House: The man was able to elude multiple layers of security before being stopped near the entrance at the South Portico.

The intruder, identified as Jonathan Tuan Tran, 26, of Milpitas, Calif., was charged with entering a restricted area "while using or carrying a dangerous weapon." The Secret Service official said that he was not armed and that his backpack did not contain any hazardous materials, but that he was carrying two cans of pepper spray. (New York Times) Read more here.

- Father God, we thank You for keeping President Trump safe during this incident last night, and we thank You for placing Your holy angels around him, continually, as he serves in the highest office in the land. Amen.

- "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways . . ." (Psalm 91:11)
Special Prayers for President Trump

Special Prayers for President Trump

Submitted by Lou Engle (Excerpt)

Pray for the breaking of the power of witchcraft against President Trump:

- "I am the Lord, Maker of all things . . . Causing the omens of boasters to fail, Making fools out of diviners" Is 44:24-25

- Pray for Mordecais that will protect the King and turn the whole tide of history - Esther 2:22

- Pray for agents of wickedness to be exposed and removed from their positions - Esther 7

- Pray that Christians would repent of any alignment with darkness in their attitudes and words towards those in authority


A Letter of Invitation from Jane Hansen Hoyt,
President and CEO, AGLOW International

Dear Friends,

Those currently involved in resisting the new administration have targeted March 15th as a day to send President Trump a postcard expressing their opposition to him. Their plan is to overwhelm him with pink postcards symbolic of the pink slip that a person is given when fired. They plan to overwhelm the postal service by sending cards that contain hate filled messages. Such as, Sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald's famously thin skin.

Queen Esther wrote a new decree that trumped the one previously written. I am asking you to begin sending in postcards that simply say, "I am praying for you." President Trump said those were the most meaningful words that he heard while on the campaign trail. And with the current atmosphere of chaos and insanity in our nation, I want him to know that there is a worldwide army that is supporting him in prayer.

I ask that you share this opportunity with your friends, your family, at your workplace, and with your church. I ask that those in Aglow, write "Aglow International" on the bottom of the card. Start now sending your cards of support, but let us all send one on March 14th to counter the Ides of March plot.

The address is:

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
The Word of God tells us that we are to pray for all those in authority. I'm asking you to lay aside your personal, political views and join together for the good for our nation. Let's counter the hate with grace and love. Let's flood Heaven with prayer and the White House with cards and letters for such a time as this!
Together in purpose and unity!

Jane Hansen Hoyt,
President and CEO
AGLOW International
The Bible Readathon

Our Bible Readathon Continues

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)

We are now reading the Word of God every night from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. We are reading through the whole Word, from Genesis to Revelation, and beginning again in Genesis when finished.

Our numbers of readers continues to grow over time. All are welcome to join!
Our conference number is: 712-770-4340.

The access code is: 350430#. Please call at any time from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. WELCOME!

[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]