Saturday, June 3, 2017

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"Praying for All in Authority"
Saturday, June 3, 2017

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James Comey Hearing on June 8

Comey to testify to U.S. Senate intelligence panel on June 8

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 as part of its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign, the committee said on Thursday.

It said Comey would testify in an open session at 10 a.m., followed by a closed session.

The former FBI chief, who was fired by Trump on May 9, is expected to testify on conversations he had with Trump in which the president reportedly asked him to drop an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. (Reuters) Read more

White House May Block Comey's Hearing

White House weighs blocking Comey's testimony

The White House faces a dilemma over whether to try to block former FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated testimony before Congress next week about his conversations with President Trump.

By scheduling a hearing next Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee is forcing Trump to decide if he wants to invoke executive privilege in an attempt to stop his fired FBI chief from speaking.

Comey is expected to be asked about a number of his private conversations with Trump, including one in which the president reportedly asked him to ease off an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and another in which Trump allegedly asked for the law enforcement official's loyalty.

The former FBI director is said to have kept detailed notes about his talks with Trump and revealing their contents could prove damaging to the president.

The White House on Friday refused to rule out the possibility of Trump invoking his presidential powers to block Comey's testimony. "I have not spoken to counsel yet, I don't know how they're going to respond," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
In an interview earlier Friday with ABC News, senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway indicated the president would allow the former FBI director to appear, saying, "We'll be watching with the rest of the world when Director Comey testifies."

"It's more important to have somebody testify under oath, frankly, than to have his friends and his former colleagues out there speaking to the media not under oath," Conway said on "Good Morning America."

But when pressed if Trump would invoke executive privilege, Conway said, "The president will make that decision." (The Hill) Read more

- Father God, we lift up this critical hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee, now scheduled to take place next Thursday, June 8. We note that, when he visited the wailing wall, President Trump shared that he had asked You to grant him wisdom as he governs our nation. We ask that that wisdom be granted to him now, as he weighs the decision that is before him, in Your name, amen.
- "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

News in Congress
Week of May 22-26, 2017
Senate Republicans consider 'two-step' Obamacare replacement

Senate confirms Iowa Governor Branstad as ambassador to China

House votes to target human traffickers with cash rewards

Senate votes to confirm US ambassador to China

Lawmakers pledge bipartisan support for pairing tax reform, infrastructure spending

Oklahoma rep. launches long-shot bid for Oversight chair

Senate panel: Michael Flynn risks contempt of Congress

Paul Ryan says confident tax reform will pass in 2017: Axios

Hate the tweets, love the agenda: U.S. Senate's McConnell on Trump

House passes bill in wake of Marine nude-photo scandal

Former Trump adviser Carter Page says he will testify before House intel panel

GOP healthcare bill passes CBO muster

GOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill

Key lawmaker says could take up Russia sanctions bill as soon as summer

U.S. Senate committee passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

Senate seeks new military authorization agreement

Senate confirms Trump's first lower-court nominee

Senators move to rein in Trump with new ISIS war bill

Senate committee approves added sanctions for Iran

Congress faces debt limit vote sooner than expected as revenue slows

Senate gears up for fight on Trump's $110B Saudi Arabia arms sale

Senate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer

Week of May 29 — June 2, 2017

House Intelligence Committee issues subpoenas in Russia probe

Will the Senate heed calls for a pro-life healthcare bill?

House expands Russia probe with string of subpoenas

Comey to testify to U.S. Senate intelligence panel on June 8

Former FBI director James Comey to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee next Thursday

U.S. House to vote on Republican Dodd-Frank reform bill next week

Pelosi supports early move on debt limit hike

GOP Sen. Richard Burr: I don't see health care plan this year

Activity Summaries

Weekly Digests of the Congressional Record

May 22-26, 2017

May 30 — June 2, 2017

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

May 22-26, 2017

May 30 — Jun 2, 2017

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Monday: Senate begins consideration of S.Res. 176, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and votes on adoption of the resolution at 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday, Jun. 5, 2017
To receive a closed briefing on beyond Iraq and Syria, focusing on ISIS's global reach.
Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine Austria's chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, focusing on priorities and challenges.
Hearings to examine Marine Corps ground modernization in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2018 and the Future Years Defense Program.
Wednesday, Jun. 7, 2017
Hearings to examine working to improve the National Park Service workplace environment.
Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017
Hearings to examine the posture of the Department of the Navy in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2018 and the Future Years Defense Program.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House is not in session. 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.Res. 354 – Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
2) H.R. 390 – Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
3) H.Res. 355 – Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Manchester, United Kingdom, on May 22, 2017, expressing heartfelt condolences, and reaffirming unwavering support for the special relationship between our peoples and nations in the wake of these attacks (Sponsored by Rep. Gregory Meeks / Foreign Affairs Committee)
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.Con.Res. 33 – Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Education and the Workforce Committee)
H.R. 2213 – Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
H.R. 10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeb Hensarling / Financial Services Committee)
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House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of June 4 - 10, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

H.R. 10 — Financial CHOICE Act of 2017; H.R. 2213 — Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fast and Furious, Six Years Later

Department of Homeland Security Reauthorization and the President's FY 2018 Budget Request.

The Next Farm Bill: The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural Development

Oversight Hearing on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcements Abandoned Mine Lands Program

Department of Labor - Budget Hearing

Overcoming PTSD: Assessing VA's Efforts to Promote Wellness and Healing

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Coast Guard Sea, Land, and Air Capabilities

The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Pro-Growth Policies

National Science Foundation Budget Hearing (Rescheduled)

Legislative Hearing on three bills:

  • H.R. 1074 (Rep. Rod Blum), To repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation."
  • H.R. 1901 (Rep. Don Young), To provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska, and for other purposes. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017.
  • S. 249 (Sen. Tom Udall), A bill to provide that the pueblo of Santa Clara may lease for 99 years certain restricted land, and for other purposes.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Department of the Interior - Budget Hearing

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Federal Aviation Administration Authorization

VA and Academic Affiliates: Whos Benefiting Now? (Rescheduled)

Oversight of Department of Justice Grant Programs

Disrupter Series: Improving Consumers Financial Options With FinTech

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2083 and a Discussion Draft of HR ___ "Reclamation Title Transfer Act"

The Next Farm Bill: SNAP Technology and Modernization

Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Budget Hearing

Department of Housing and Urban Development - Budget Hearing

Oversight of the Library of Congress' Information Technology Management

Examining the Role of the Department of Health and Human Services in Health Care Cybersecurity

A Time to Reform: Oversight of the Activities of the Justice Departments Civil, Tax and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions and the U.S. Trustee Program

Hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request

How Can the United States Secret Service Evolve to Meet the Challenges Ahead?

Improving the Quality and Timeliness of GI Bill Processing for Student Veterans

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Budget Hearing

Friday, June 9, 2017

Examining H.R. 772, The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

Reference Links
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Administration News
Supreme Court could rule within days on lifting temporary stay on travel ban
The Supreme Court could rule within days on whether to lift a temporary stay on President Trump's revised executive order banning travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

At issue is whether the ban violates the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and 14th Amendments, and the ban on nationality discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas contained in a 65-year-old congressional law.

The Justice Department filed the ruling request with the justices late Thursday, also asking that the federal policy be enforced while the larger issues are litigated.

Trump’s communications director resigns
Trump Administration revives the fight over insurance, birth control
Trump delays U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem

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