Saturday, September 2, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, September 2, 2017

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, September 2, 2017

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8:3,4)

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Update: Hurricane Irma

Update: Hurricane Irma

1. Powerful Hurricane Irma could be next weather disaster - CNN

While much attention remains on Texas and the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey and its historic rainfall, powerful Hurricane Irma is rapidly intensifying in the open Atlantic and poses a major threat to the Caribbean and potentially to the United States next week.

With the storm still five days away from the outermost Caribbean islands and at least a week away from any potential US impacts, there is still a lot of uncertainty about where it will go.

The range of possibilities presented by the forecast models more than a week out literally spreads from Mexico to Canada -- and everywhere in between.

Irma was designated a tropical storm Wednesday morning, and by Thursday afternoon, it had strengthened into a large Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph. Such explosive strengthening is known as "rapid intensification," defined by the National Hurricane Center as having its wind speed increase at least 30 knots (35 mph) in 24 hours.

"Irma has become an impressive hurricane," the National Hurricane Center said Thursday, noting the rapid intensification. "This is a remarkable 50 knot (58 mph) increase from yesterday at this time." (Read more)

2. Irma Turning Into Monster Hurricane: "Highest Windspeed Forecasts I've Ever Seen" -

Hurricane Irma continues to strengthen much faster than pretty much any computer model predicted as of yesterday or even this morning. Per the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) latest update, Irma is currently a Cat-3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph but is expected to strengthen to a devastating Cat-5 with winds that could top out at 180 mph or more. Here is the latest from the NHC as of 5PM EST:

Irma has become an impressive hurricane with intense eyewall convection surrounding a small eye. Satellite estimates continue to rapidly rise, and the Dvorak classifications from both TAFB & SAB support an initial wind speed of 100 kt. This is a remarkable 50-kt increase from yesterday at this time. (Read more)

- Father God, with Hurricane Harvey and as "watchers on the wall," we were all pretty much ambushed and very few of us saw this one coming.

Now, we do. Lord God, we thank you that the prayers of the righteous avail much, so we now offer this prayer to you, in advance of this approaching storm:

We rebuke this storm Irma and command it to cease and desist and bind it with Holy Golden Ropes. It is written that whatsoever is bound on earth is bound in heaven, so we remind this storm that it is fully bound both on earth and in heaven and whatsoever is loosed on earth is loosed in heaven. We loose the Breath of God, the Ruach ha Qodesh over this beast so that it is stilled, cooled and calmed both on earth and in heaven according to the Word of God. We tell these waters to cool down and stop stirring the pot of destruction. We know that Jesus Christ is in the boat with us and therefore we declare the shalom of God over these waters with the full authority and confidence of Jesus Christ. We command this storm to stay over the waters and turn back on itself. You are not welcome on any land and we give you notice that you will stay off the land - Keep off all lands. The land has been committed to our King Jesus - for His glory to be revealed in might, in majesty and in goodness -and the unity of the body as it is written in John 17. Amen.
- "Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm." (Matt. 8:26b)

President Trump Visits Houston

President Trump Visits Houston;
Meets with Victims of Hurricane Harvey

1. President Trump meets victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas: 'There's a lot of love' - Fox News

President Trump on Saturday returned to Texas to visit with storm victims and officials amid reports that he's now asking Congress for as much as $14.5 billion in immediate aid to help the states recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

The president on Saturday visited NRG Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, that has served as a recovery center for hurricane victims.

The president, speaking to reporters, praised the recovery efforts so far.

"Really, I think people appreciate what's been done," he said. "It's been done very efficiently, very well, and that's what we want. We're very happy with the way everything is going."(Read more)

2. President Trump Greets Children at Harvey Relief Center - Fox News

President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott greeted victims of Hurricane Harvey at a Houston relief center on Saturday.

The president showed affection for many of the children staying at the center, some of whom came up to hug him. (Watch here)

3. President Trump and First Lady Serve Meals to Harvey Victims - Fox News

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Houston, Texas again on Saturday, where they greeted and served meals to survivors of Hurricane Harvey.

The president can be heard greeting those staying in the shelter and asking what food they prefer.

"Let me see that beautiful girl," he said of one of the children.

"I like that," he said, checking the contents of the meal. "I want to have one too!" (Watch here)

A Song for this Hour

"Be Still My Soul"

1. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide,
who through all changes faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future surely as the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord;
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Written by: Kathrina von Schlegel (Finland), 1697
Translated by: Jane Borthwick (1855)

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. . . Be Still, My Soul . . .

Remembering Patriot's Day

Remembering Patriot's Day:

The Attacks of 9/11, Sixteen Years Later . . .

Dear Friends,

Sixteen years ago next week, America endured another catastrophe: the attacks of 9/11.

On that horrific day, thousands were killed when Islamic terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A third, planned attack failed when passengers took down a flight over rural Pennsylvania -- a third plane that had been headed to Washington.

Today, sixteen years later, we still recall (and some still are experiencing) that pain; and we recommit ourselves to declare NEVER AGAIN shall a terrorist attack of this magnitude hit our shores, by the Grace of Almighty God.
And every year since then, saints have gathered across our nation in state, county and city centers of government to remember, to pray, to repent, and to ask for His hand of blessing to rest upon our nation.
Now, this year for the first time, the ministry that has pioneered this movement to remember Patriot Day in prayer, CRY OUT AMERICA, has joined forces with the NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER to take the lead in organizing these gatherings.
There is still time to actively participate in any of the thousands of Cry Out America gatherings on Monday, September 11, 2017. You can learn more by visiting the NDP/COA website here.
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners wishes to honor both Cry Out America and the National Day of Prayer for their faithfulness and dedication, leading our nation in prayer on the anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Congress News

Next Week

Next week: Congress returns to tackle Harvey and self-driving cars
House to vote on self-driving car legislation next week

Floods May Focus Lawmakers on Insurance Program Deep in the Red
Harvey Floodwater Traps Babin in Texas Home
House Speaker Ryan plans Harvey aid 'installments'

Health Care Policy
Governors Push for Fast Action on Health Coverage
Deadline for fast track Obamacare repeal bill expires Sept. 30
Fast-track for ACA repeal expires at end of September
Parliamentarian gives Senate GOP one month to repeal Obamacare

Tax Reform
Mitch McConnell calls for 'true comprehensive tax reform'
Will Trump's tax push be on the money?

Paul Ryan and the conservative case for President Trump to keep DACA
Obama admin let DACA recipients 'exploit' loophole to get green cards, Republicans say

Jeff Sessions could testify before Senate Judiciary Committee as early as September
Donald Trump Jr. agrees to private interview with Senate Judiciary Committee
Trump Jr. agrees to transcribed interview with Senate panel
Donald Trump Jr. agrees to transcribed interview with Senate committee on Russia
Kremlin confirms Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, reached out about deal
Senate panel interested in Rohrabacher's meeting with Julian Assange: Report

Capitol Hill
House chaplain: 'Endless' news cycle, social media are drowning out God's voice
House Commerce Committee delays net neutrality hearing
McCain to return to Senate after undergoing chemotherapy

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Tuesday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate begins consideration of the nomination of Timothy J. Kelly, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, and votes on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017
Hearings to examine the nominations of Joseph Balash, of Alaska, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and Richard Glick, of Virginia, and Kevin J. McIntyre, of Virginia, both to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House is not in session.

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 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. 1843 - Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Ways and Means Committee)

2) H.R. 3110 - Financial Stability Oversight Council Insurance Member Continuity Act (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Financial Services Committee)

3) S. 1616 - Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sponsored by Sen. Pat Roberts / Financial Services Committee)

4) H.R. 2864 - Improving Access to Capital Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema / Financial Services 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.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3388 - SELF DRIVE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)
H.R. 3354 - Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)

Legislation Related to Disaster Supplemental Appropriations

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Printable PDF

Text of Bills for the Week of Sep. 4, 2017

House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of September 3 - 9, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

H.R. 3354 — Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Powering America: Reevaluating PURPAs Objectives and its Effects on Todays Consumers

Hearing on Determining Eligibility for Disability Benefits: Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2661 (Rep. Liz Cheney), H.R. 2907 (Rep. Scott Tipton), and H.R. 3565 (Rep. Diane Black)

The Future of FEMA: The Administrators Perspective.

"The Sharing Economy: Creating Opportunities for Innovation and Flexibility"

Examining the Scientific and Operational Integrity of EPAs IRIS Program

EPA Oversight: Unimplemented Inspector General and GAO Recommendations

Expediting Economic Growth: How Streamlining Federal Permitting Can Cut Red Tape for Small Businesses

Hearing Titled Missing from the Labor Force: Examining Declining Employment among Working-Age Men

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Markup of…

  • H.R. 2142, (Ms. Tsongas) the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act.
  • H.R. 3101, (Mrs. Torres) the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017.
  • H.R. 3551, (Ms. McSally) To amend the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 to reauthorize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3669, (Mr. Estes of Kansas) the Securing General Aviation and Commercial Charter Air Carrier Service Act of 2017.

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