Saturday, May 6, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot "Praying for All in Authority" Saturday, May 6, 2017

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
"Praying for All in Authority"
Saturday, May 6, 2017

"O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, listen and do; defer not, for your own sake, O my God: for your city and your people are called by your name." (Daniel 9:19)

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

Congress Last Week
Fiscal Year 2017

Congress reaches compromise on spending package (WORLD News Group)

House passes bill to fund government through September (USATODAY)

U.S. Senate passes bill to fund government through September (Reuters)

McConnell touts 'conservative wins' in funding deal (The Hill)

The FY17 omnibus does not include new initiatives to provide conscience protections or stop Planned Parenthood from receiving funding. It does retain all previously-enacted pro-life limitation amendments (or riders), such as the Hyde amendment, DC Hyde (Dornan) amendment, Helms amendment and others.

Health Care Policy

Obamacare repeal gains new momentum (WORLD News Group)

Republicans tweak Obamacare repeal bill to woo moderates (USATODAY)

What changed in GOP healthcare bill? (Business Insider)

What does the Republican Obamacare repeal bill actually do? (USATODAY)

Obamacare repeal passes in U.S. House: 217 yea, 213 nay (USATODAY)

House GOP advances Obamacare fix (WORLD News Group)

The House passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, 217-213. The American Health Care Act includes language that repeals the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) premium tax credit; authorizes a new refundable and advanceable tax credit to assist individuals in purchasing health insurance (this credit cannot be used to purchase insurance plans that cover elective abortion); and stops certain funding for Planned Parenthood for a one year period starting from the date of enactment.

H.R. 1628 now moves to the Senate for consideration. H.R 1628 is a budget reconciliation bill, meaning that in the Senate it only requires a simple majority (51 votes) to pass and cannot be filibustered. However reconciliation bills are considered in the Senate under a strict rule referred to as the Byrd Rule. Under the Byrd Rule, the Senate Parliamentarian decides what is and isn't allowed in the bill based on the provision's budgetary impact and consistency with the reconciliation "instructions" passed earlier in the year.

Trump claims victory on repealing Obamacare, but he still has a long way to go (USATODAY)

After House passage, the Senate is likely to start over on the health care bill (USATODAY)

5 things to watch while awaiting a Senate health care bill (USATODAY)

No. 2 Senate Republican: 'No timeline' on ObamaCare replacement bill (The Hill)

GOP senator: ObamaCare repeal must pass 'Jimmy Kimmel test' (The Hill)

5 Things You Need To Know About The Hospital Where Jimmy Kimmel Took His Son, And Why It's Not A Case For Obamacare (Daily Wire)


H.R. 1180: House Passes Bill That Would Change Overtime Pay Rules, allows employers to offer time off instead of cash

U.S. House approves tighter North Korea sanctions (Reuters)

With Obamacare vote, House Republicans free to turn to tax reform (Reuters)


U.S. Senate votes to confirm Jay Clayton as SEC chairman (Reuters)

Senate votes to repeal Labor Department rule on state-run retirement plans (Reuters)

Activity Summaries
Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record
@PrayforCongress Moment: May 1-5, 2017
GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (May 1-5, 2017)

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Senate Program for next week
Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, for the information of all Senators, the comeback votes on Monday night are on confirmation of Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force, and cloture on the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to head the FDA. We plan to move on the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, as well, next week.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday, May. 8, 2017
Hearings to examine Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.
Tuesday, May. 9, 2017
Hearings to examine United States Cyber Command; with the possibility of a closed session in SVC-217, following the open session.
Hearings to examine the Children's Health Insurance Program, focusing on the path forward.
Business meeting to consider a routine list in the Foreign Service; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the nomination of John J. Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of State.
Hearings to examine the nominations of David L. Norquist, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary (Comptroller), Robert Daigle, of Virginia, to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, and Elaine McCusker, of Virginia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary, all of the Department of Defense.
Hearings to examine maritime transportation, focusing on opportunities and challenges for the Maritime Administration and Federal Maritime Commission.
Hearings to examine water resources, focusing on the role of the public and private sectors.
Wednesday, May. 10, 2017
Hearings to examine secondary sanctions against Chinese institutions, focusing on assessing their utility for constraining North Korea.
Hearings to examine state views on the need to modernize the Endangered Species Act.
Hearings to examine emerging external influences in the Western Hemisphere.
Hearings to examine cyber threats facing America, focusing on an overview of the cybersecurity threat landscape.
Business meeting to consider S.934, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products, and S.1028, to provide for the establishment and maintenance of a National Family Caregiving Strategy.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, and Makan Delrahim, of California, both to be an Assistant Attorney General, and Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States, all of the Department of Justice.
Hearings to examine growth policies for the new Administration.
Hearings to examine S.772, to amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants, and S.825, to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska.
Hearings to examine S.440, to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Dickinson Reservoir in the State of North Dakota, S.677, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and to designate the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing, S.685, to authorize the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System and the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System in the States of Montana and North Dakota, S.930, to require the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration to establish a pilot project to provide increased transparency for customers, S.1012, to provide for drought preparedness measures in the State of New Mexico, S.1029, to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to exempt certain small hydroelectric power projects that are applying for relicensing under the Federal Power Act from the licensing requirements of that Act, and S.1030, to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to submit to Congress a report on certain hydropower projects.
Hearings to examine law enforcement access to data stored across borders, focusing on facilitating cooperation and protecting rights.
Hearings to examine the Veterans Choice Program and the future of care in the community.
Hearings to examine aging with community, focusing on building connections that last a lifetime.
Hearings to examine the nomination of Althea Coetzee, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
Thursday, May. 11, 2017
Hearings to examine the status of the housing finance system after nine years of conservatorship.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
The House is in a district work period next week with only pro forma sessions in Washington scheduled for Monday and Thursday.
Check with the office of your Representative to see if your member is holding a town hall meeting in your area.
Directory of Representatives
As you may have noticed from recent headlines, Members of Congress could use support and encouragement at these public meetings to pursue God-honoring public policy.

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
No committee hearings are scheduled with Representatives working in their districts.

Reference Links
Links to Congressional news and information

Administration News
Administration News

Blunt Applauds President's Executive Order to Strengthen Religious Liberty Protections

Trump nominee for China ambassador promises firm line on Beijing (Reuters)

Trump's call with Vladimir Putin suggests some progress on Syria (USATODAY)

Trump hopes for 'terrific' peace deal in Middle East (USATODAY)

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