Sunday, July 9, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, July 8, 2017

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, July 8, 2017

"They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, and talk of Thy power."
(Psalm 145:11)

Christian cross and lily flower on blue background

United in the Kingdom of God . . . under the Cross of Christ

Charlie Gard

Pray for Charlie Gard

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) have announced their plan to offer a private bill to make Charlie Gard a lawful permanent resident of the United States. It is intended to expedite Charlie's chance to receive treatment in the U.S.
11-month-old Charlie was born with a rare genetic disorder, infantile-onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. He has been in the London hospital (Great Ormond Street Hospital) since he was 2 months old. In March, the doctors at the hospital decided there was nothing more they could do for him, and they recommended that his parents withdraw his ventilator.

His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, refused. They raised over £1 million to bring Charlie to the United States for experimental treatment.

Earlier this year, however, the hospital went to the British courts to get the authority to stop further treatment. The British courts sided with the hospital. In late June, the European Court of Human Rights refused to hear the case, upholding previous court rulings that it was in Charlie's best interest to be ordered to die.

On July 5, the Vatican's children's hospital, Bambino Gesu, offered to accept Charlie and continue his life support and allow his parents to make decisions regarding his treatment. Great Ormond Street hospital declined the offer.

On July 6, a New York hospital offered to admit and evaluate Charlie to receive experimental treatment, “provided that arrangements are made to safely transfer him to our facility, legal hurdles are cleared, and we receive emergency approval from the FDA,” according to a statement made to The Washington Post.

On July 7, Great Ormond Street Hospital issued a statement that it has “applied to the High Court for a fresh hearing in the case of Charlie Gard in light of claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition.”

The issue at stake is whether the government or a hospital has the right to overrule a patient (or their parent or guardian) in determining what is in that patient's best interest.

Additional Reading:
The Court-Ordered Killing of Charlie Gard
Whose baby is Charlie Gard, anyway?

Congress Last Week

Health Care Policy

McConnell rejects Trump's advice to repeal ObamaCare now, replace later
Repeal now, replace later is a longstanding GOP mantra for ObamaCare
On ObamaCare, Republicans still chant repeal, replace; but question is when, how
Mitch McConnell plans to stick to 'repeal and replace' on healthcare
Paul: Senate health bill is 'lit up like a Christmas tree' with spending
White House official: If Senate health care bill fails, pass simple Obamacare repeal
Mike Lee pushes full repeal of Obamacare if Senate GOP can't find a healthcare deal
Declaring independence from Obamacare
Cruz 'not certain' Senate will pass healthcare bill
GOP senator: No 'significant consensus' on healthcare plan
McConnell hints at bipartisanship if GOP healthcare plan fails
Congress must shore up insurance markets if Obamacare repeal fails: McConnell

Tax Reform, Budget, Spending
Search for Offsets Squeezes House GOP on Tax Cuts
Armed Services Panels Diverge on Space, Troop Levels
Black Predicts Markup of FY 2018 Budget Next Week in House

'Kate's Law' battle shifts to the Senate, testing Dems

Executive Nominations
July 12: FBI director nominee Christopher Wray confirmation hearing

Member Security
House panel sets guidelines for lawmaker security budgets
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s condition worsens

News Response
Rep urges Senate to pass crackdown on cop-killers after NYC officer murdered

Summer Schedule
House GOP renews call to nix August recess, citing 'long list of press isues'
GOP Senators join in call to nix August recess to work on looming issues

Activity Summary

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Neomi Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Following disposition of the Rao nomination, Senate votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David C. Nye, of Idaho, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho.
Senate is also considering the nomination of William Francis Hagerty IV, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to Japan.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017
Hearings to examine
  • S. 115, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for an operation on a live donor for purposes of conducting a transplant procedure for a veteran,
  • S. 426, to increase educational assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for education and training of physician assistants of the Department, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department,
  • S. 683, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the requirement to provide nursing home care to certain veterans with service-connected disabilities,
  • S. 833, to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs for military sexual trauma,
  • S. 946, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire additional Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists to provide treatment court services to justice-involved veterans,
  • S. 1153, to prohibit or suspend certain health care providers from providing non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care services to veterans,
  • S. 1261, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay the reasonable costs of urgent care provided to certain veterans, to establish cost-sharing amounts for veterans receiving care at an emergency room of the Department of Veterans Affairs,
  • S. 1266, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with nonprofit organizations to investigate medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs,
  • S. 1279, to amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs through the use of non-Department health care providers,
  • S. 1325, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the authorities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire, recruit, and train employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and an original bill entitled, "The Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Employment Act of 2017".
Wednesday, Jul. 12, 2017
Business meeting to consider
  • S. 822, to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to modify provisions relating to grants,
  • S. 1447, to reauthorize the diesel emissions reduction program,
  • S. 1359, to amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
  • S. 810, to facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri,
  • S. 1395, to revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Delaware, General Services Administration resolutions, and the nominations of Annie Caputo, of Virginia, and David Wright, of South Carolina, each to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Susan Parker Bodine, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hearings to examine
  • S. 943, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an accurate comprehensive student count for the purposes of calculating formula allocations for programs under the Johnson-O'Malley Act,
  • S. 1223, to repeal the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Act, and
  • S. 1285, to allow the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to lease or transfer certain lands.
Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To receive a briefing on energy insecurity in Russia's periphery.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. in pro forma 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.R. 1492 – Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Energy and Commerce Committee)
2) H.R. 702 – Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
3) H.R. 1988 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1730 18th Street in Bakersfield, California, as the Merle Haggard Post Office Building (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
4) H.R. 954 – To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Natural Resources Committee)
5) H.R. 1397 – To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Natural Resources Committee)
6) H.R. 1404 – Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Raúl Grijalva / Natural Resources Committee)
7) H.R. 1541 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Natural Resources Committee)
8) H.R. 1719 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Natural Resources Committee)
9) H.R. 1913 – Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta / Natural Resources Committee)
10) H.R. 1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Natural Resources Committee)
11) H.R. 2156 – Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Natural Resources Committee)
12) H.R. 597 – Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Natural Resources 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.R. 2664 – Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Education and the Workforce Committee)
2) H.R. 2480 – Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act (Sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler / Judiciary Committee)
3) H.R. 2200 – Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
H.R. 23Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017, Rule Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David Valadao / Natural Resources Committee)
H.R. 2810National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
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House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of July 9 - 15, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

H.R. 2810 — National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Rules Committee Print 115-23, showing the text as ordered reported by the Committee on Armed Services); H.R. 23 — Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017 (Rules Committee Print 115-24, based on the text of H.R. 23)

FY 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States

U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness and Priorities

Beyond Microfinance: Empowering Women in the Developing World

Evaluating Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Development on the Outer Continental Shelf

The Next Farm Bill: Technology & Innovation in Specialty Crops

Care Where It Counts: Assessing VAs Capital Asset Needs

Implementing the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act (FASTA): Maximizing Taxpayer Returns and Reducing Waste in Real Estate

Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications

Redefining Joint Employer Standards: Barriers to Job Creation and Entrepreneurship

FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, and FY2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

Pending Legislation

Pending Legislation

Advancing U.S. Interests in the Western Hemisphere: The FY 2018 Budget Request

Black Flags over Mindanao: Terrorism in Southeast Asia

H.R. 2810 — National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Rules Committee Print 115-23, showing the text as ordered reported by the Committee on Armed Services)

FY18 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hearing on How Tax Reform Will Help Americas Small Businesses Grow and Create New Jobs

The Persistent Threat: al Qaedas Evolution and Resilience.

The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses

Opportunities for State Leadership of Early Childhood Programs.

The Future of Farming: Technological Innovations, Opportunities, and Challenges for Producers

Examining VAs Processing of Gulf War Illness Claims

Americas Interests in the Middle East and North Africa: The Presidents FY 2018 Budget Request

Maximizing Access and Resources: An Examination of VA Productivity and Efficiency

Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States hearing entitled The Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hearing on Social Securitys Solvency Challenge: Status of the Social Security Trust Funds

The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo

Reference Links
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