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The Daily Brief:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
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Franklin Graham on these Disasters
Franklin Graham on Hurricanes, Fires, Earthquakes:
World Needs to Prepare for Jesus Christ's Return
The numerous hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena affecting the world today should serve as a reminder that people need to be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ, said evangelist Franklin Graham.
"Wildfires raging on the West Coast. Violent hurricanes, one after the other, ravaging everything in their paths, with one of the worst - Irma-bearing down on Florida. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook the southern parts of Mexico this week, and we even recently experienced a rare solar eclipse," Graham said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
"The Bible says in Luke 21:25, ' . . . there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves.' In Matthew 24:7 it says, 'For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.' These are some of the Biblical signs before Christ's return."
Graham, who is the CEO and president of Samaritan's Purse, one of the Christian relief groups helping in the hurricane disasters afflicting America, said "nobody knows the day or hour, not even the Son of God."
Still, he said that it is a "reminder to all of us to be ready-to repent and confess our sins, and ask for God's forgiveness."
(Source: Christian Post) Read more.
Japan on Alert
North Korea reportedly fires another missile farther than previous launch
(Filed Thursday evening, Sept. 14)
North Korea fired an unidentified missile early Friday, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was launched eastward early Friday from Sunan, which is the site of Pyongyang's international airport.
South Korea's Defense Ministry said the country's military conducted a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to North Korea's launch.
The Japanese government said a ballistic missile launched from North Korea has flown over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, according to NHK. Residents of Japan are being asked to avoid anything that could possibly be missile debris.
Both countries are holding national security council meetings Friday morning, NHK reported.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the launch by Chief of Staff John Kelly. [Fox News] (Read more)
1. NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO 'SINK' JAPAN, REDUCE US TO 'ASHES AND DARKNESS' - Fox News
September 14, 2017
2. NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR AND MISSILE PROGRAM MOVING 'FASTER THAN EXPECTED,' EXPERT SAYS - Fox News
September 14, 2017
3. TRUMP WARNS NORTH KOREA: UN SANCTIONS 'NOTHING' COMPARED TO WHAT'S NEXT - Fox News
September 1, 2017
- Father God in heaven, we come to you tonight once again on bended knee, in repentance, asking You to intervene in this dangerous matter. Lord God, it is You who moves the hearts of kings as You choose to do so; and we ask that You move the hearts of these two kings -- President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un -- in the direction of peace. Lessen these tensions we ask, O God, in Your Name, amen.
- "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)
Tomorrow is Constitution Day
Federal Judge Nominees and Constitution Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Americans prepare to celebrate Constitution Day and commemorate the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution's formation and signing on September 17, 1787, President Donald Trump has nominated sixteen individuals to federal judgeships, two of whom have practiced in the area of religious liberty and are committed to the original meaning of the Constitution and the rule of law.
"Two hundred and thirty years ago, America's Founders penned the Constitution and today it stands as the world's oldest constitution still in use," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "While other countries have experienced revolution or many constitutions, our Constitution has survived the test of time. But our Constitutional Republic is threatened when judges make up the law rather than interpret the law. It is shocking to hear recently retired Federal Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner boast that he did not follow rules, precedent, the Supreme Court or the Constitution. He focused only on his desired result and felt he was not bound by any law. This kind of judge is not a judge but a legislator. We have too many like Posner on the bench and it is time to replace them with judges who will adhere to the written Constitution and the rule of law," said Staver.
"As we celebrate Constitution Day, it's the perfect time to return this country back to the rule of law where judges interpret the original meaning of the Constitution and the laws before them. President Trump's nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk and Jeff Mateer is a positive step in that direction," said Staver. (Liberty Counsel)
> > > To read more about the qualifications of Judges Matthew Kacsmaryk and Jeff Mateer, please go here.
Recent Floor Activity
Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record
EPA Continues to Get a GOP Beating in Interior-Environment Bill
Senate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups
Rand Paul protests war authorizations, stalls defense bill
Senate confirms top Trump economic adviser after weeks of delay
House votes to curb asset seizures
U.S. Senate blocks bid to repeal war authorizations
Senate ducks new debate on war on terror
House votes to block funding for EPA methane pollution rule
House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran
House Begins Work on Over-the-Counter Drug Fees
Senate rejects bipartisan push for new US war authorization
House tries to force DOJ's hand on asset forfeiture
Senate defense bill at standstill over amendment fight
House votes to deport illegal immigrant gang members over Democratic objections
House approves crackdown on MS-13, other immigrant gangs
House votes to block DC abortion-related health law
House votes to crack down on undocumented immigrants with gang ties
U.S. House passes $1.2 trillion measure to fund government
Senate confirms utility commission nominees
House-Passed Federal Pro-Life Funding Policies, Fiscal Year 2018
Congress Last Week
Tax Timeline Meets Dearth of Details for GOP
Top Senate Republican on taxes says 'Big Six' won't dictate reform
Kevin Brady: Tax reform plan won't have specifics on rates, deductions
Health Care Policy
Key U.S. senators reach deal on funding children's health program
Sanders proposes single-payer healthcare
Single-payer health care: What is it?
Senate's other independent cautious about Sanders care plan
Mitch McConnell asks CBO to score ACA overhaul
Paul Ryan 'appreciates' Graham-Cassidy ACA bill
Bipartisan Senate group prepares to present ACA fix
Gangs bill shows divisions still deep on immigration
Crapo Not Committed to Banking Hearing on Equifax Breach
Ron Johnson wants unredacted transcripts alleging James Comey started clearing Hillary Clinton during investigation
House committee considering tax relief for hurricane victims
Flynn refusing new request to speak to Hill committee
Derek Harvey joins congressional committee's Russia probe
Thune, Peters Divide Over Big Trucks in Driverless Vehicle Bill
Senate Health panel aims for deal on stabilizing markets early next week
Senate Judiciary Committee clears four of Trump's judges
Bipartisan Obamacare hearings wrap up in shadow of healthcare divisions
Roger Stone to appear before House Russia probe September 26
Senate committee to vote on permit-less gun carry bill
Congress Braces for Tense Debate on Surveillance Law
Lawmakers say House tax plan coming by end of September
Republicans prepared to release details of tax plan in upcoming weeks
Gun silencer bill advances, moves to House floor
Air traffic control privatization may be stuck in a holding pattern
Has the Republican pro-life agenda stalled?
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act, with votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, and on passage of the bill at 5:30 p.m.
Next week: Senate tackles defense spending and (maybe) ACA repeal
While the House is away for a week, the Senate next week is expected to approve a long-stalled bill authorizing $700 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2018.
The Senate is expected to
- vote on a major defense spending bill next week,
- confirm a new solicitor general,
- continue its work on tax reform, and
- maybe even try another vote to repeal and replace ACA.
Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
Hearings to examine the nominations of Stephen Censky, of Missouri, to be Deputy Secretary, and Ted McKinney, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, both of the Department of Agriculture.
Hearings to examine recent Navy incidents at sea.
Business meeting to consider the nominations of Richard Glick, of Virginia, and Kevin J. McIntyre, of Virginia, both to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and David S. Jonas, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, all of the Department of Energy, and Joseph Balash, of Alaska, to be an Assistant Secretary, and Ryan Douglas Nelson, of Idaho, to be Solicitor, both of the Department of the Interior.
Hearings to examine the vegetation management requirements for electricity assets located on Federal lands and to receive testimony on Section 2310 of S.1460, to provide for the modernization of the energy and natural resources policies of the United States, and H.R.1873, to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands.
Hearings to examine business tax reform.
Business meeting to consider H.R.390, to provide emergency relief for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, for accountability for perpetrators of these crimes, an original resolution supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, and the nominations of Barbara Lee, of California, and Christopher Smith, of New Jersey, both to be a Representative to the Seventy-second Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Doug Manchester, of California, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Kathleen Troia McFarland, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, and Stephen B. King, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to the Czech Republic, all of the Department of State, and Steven T. Mnuchin, of California, to be United States Governor of the International Monetary Fund, United States Governor of the African Development Bank, United States Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank, United States Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United States Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United States Governor of the African Development Fund, and United States Governor of the Asian Development Bank; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the nominations of Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., of Utah, to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and A. Wess Mitchell, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary (European and Eurasian Affairs), both of the Department of State.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education, and Janet Dhillon, of Pennsylvania, and Daniel M. Gade, of North Dakota, both to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Hearings to examine S.1693, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking.
Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017
Hearings to examine disaster preparedness and response, focusing on the special needs of older Americans.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Michael Dourson, of Ohio, to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances, and Matthew Z. Leopold, of Florida, David Ross, of Wisconsin, and William L. Wehrum, of Delaware, each to to be an Assistant Administrator, all of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Jeffery Martin Baran, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Allison H. Eid, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, Annemarie Carney Axon, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, Michael Lawrence Brown, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Thomas Alvin Farr, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and William M. Ray II, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
Hearings to examine end of the year spending.
Representatives are working in their districts next week.
Accordingly, the House is not in session.
The House returns the week of September 25, 2017, Lord willing.
Field Hearing: An Assessment of Leadership Failures at the Manchester, NH VA Medical Center
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
"An Assessment of Leadership Failures at the Manchester, NH VA Medical Center"
September 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
New Hampshire National Guard Edward Cross Training Complex
722 Riverwood Drive, Pembroke, New Hampshire 03275
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