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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Updates: North Korea

Updates: North Korea

1. Trump Vows New Sanctions on North Korea Over Weapons Programs - Newsmax

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un lashed out at President Donald Trump late Thursday, calling him "deranged" and saying he will "pay dearly" for threatening to destroy Pyongyang in his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday.

In a unusual personal statement issued by the North Korean state-owned Central News Agency, Kim said Trump was "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country."

He also described the president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire."

Trump told the U.N. on Tuesday the United States would have no choice but to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang ended its nuclear challenge, mocking Kim as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

Unless North Korea backs down, he said, "We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea," Trump told the U.N. General Assembly.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime," he said. (Read more)

2. 5 things to know about Trump's new North Korea sanctions - The Hill

Jonathan Easley and Rebecca Kheel of The Hill write on the five things to know about the new sanctions President Trump placed on North Korea with an executive order he signed Thursday. The new economic and travel sanctions target limiting business and trading with North Korea by making financial institutions choose between supporting the U.S. or North Korea and stating that anyone who conducts any sort of trade with North Korea can also be banned from the U.S. financial system.

Easley and Kheel also mention President Trump has said he was not targeting China when signing the new sanctions into order. These sanctions follow President Trump's address at the United Nations general assembly where he vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if it continued along the nuclear path, Easley and Kheel report.

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3. Full text of Kim Jung Un comments - AlertsUSA To read the full text of his speech, made on Thursday,go here.

> > > Supplemental Information

The statement below was released earlier today via the Korean Central News Agency. The meat of his statement can be found in the last two paragraphs.

Note that this statement was issued BEFORE the Foreign Minister's comments about a potential hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific. (Read more)

4. North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Threatens U.S. Before the U.N. Today - Alerts USA

DPRK FM Ri threatens US before UN, stating that comments by POTUS are an "irreversible mistake making it inevitable DPRK rockets will hit the US mainland."

DPRK "has entered a phase of entering a state nuclear force," claims Ri. "Our ultimate goal is to establish a balance of power with US."

5. N.K. threatens 'highest level' of countermeasure against Trump - Yonhap News (NK)

North Korea's top leader Kim Jong-un reads a statement on Sept. 21, 2017, threatening to take the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" against U.S. President Donald Trump in this photo released by the North's Korean Central News Agency. Trump in his U.N. speech said the United States would have to "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies. Kim said he will make Trump "pay dearly for his speech" and said the U.S. leader "will face results beyond his expectation." Kim ended his statement saying, "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire." (Read more)

- Father God, we seem now to be at a total impasse in these "negotiations" with North Korea. Only You, Holy One, can now intervene in this nuclear standoff.

Lord God, if missiles begin to fly next week, we ask that You would dispatch Your holy angels to dismantle each one before it hits the ground. We ask for a miracle, Abba, in Your name, amen.

- Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
> > > Please note this comment from a dear friend and a long-time, seasoned intercessor, when I shared this strategy with her:
"I totally bear witness to the vision - years ago when we were worried about Russia God said that his creatures with all the eyes, and hands and wings could take apart a missile in seconds." Ezekiel 1 and 10.
Thank you, Carol!

Something to Think About


In our Matthew 24 world, we are seeing hurricanes, earthquakes, tensions between nations, floods, hatred and anger, wars and rumors of wars . . . it seems overwhelming. But it's not done yet.

It is written:
"See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matthew 24:6-8)

My precious brothers and sisters, we must steel ourselves with praise and worship, with wisdom and understanding of what is occurring. We must not give up. Sometimes discouragement becomes that nagging thought in the back of our heads . . . "Well, just give up." "It's a waste." "There's too much going on."
But there is a Scripture I'll challenge you to remember now: Jesus made the best wine for last. (John 2:1-10). What if YOU are the best wine now? What if Jesus has saved us to bring the best hope into the darkness of this age? Wine is a Biblical metaphor for anointing. By the anointing of our Lord and Savior, by His Holy Spirit and His Blood, we are here on the earth during a dark time to bring His light of Hope into the world.
So don't give up in despair. Hold fast to His hand and move forward with the confidence that He is with us. We have much work to do! Love, Faye
Pastor Faye Higbee
Post Falls, Idaho

Planned Parenthood: Time to Repent

Planned Parenthood: Time to Repent

The following message is an excerpt of an article posted today by Pastor Jeff Daly, Founder/Director, National Day of Repentance. To read this article in its entirety, please go here.

The Sin of Sodomerica

America appears to have a collective PLANK in the eye that is blocking our ability to REPENT.

In scripture Peter denied Christ 3 times.

In the past two years, the GOP failed 3 times to defund Planned Parenthood when they had the power to do so . . . three God-given opportunities to REPENT. Keep in mind ALL THREE of these refusals to defund PP occurred AFTER the gruesome videos exposing the utter brutality, illegality and evil slaughter of innocents beyond the moral comprehension of any sense of decency. Those videos made the Nazis look like amateurs in the proliferation of evil. Yet this is what the GOP did when it had the chance to REPENT by defunding Planned Parenthood:
1) The Republicans didn't want to ruin their chances in the next election cycle: GOP Ryan says "politically unrealistic" to defund Planned Parenthood - New York Post
[Go here]

2) The Republicans didn't want to risk upsetting voters with a government shutdown during budget time: Planned Parenthood Funded in Budget Deal - Breitbart [Go here]

3) Republican Senator John McCain kills defund Obamacare bill with deciding vote: Senate Gasps Aloud as McCain Votes "No" on Defunding Obamacare - HuffPost[Go here]

It's all there, the Three Temptations: POWER, MONEY, FAME.

Now we have the Graham-Cassidy bill failing miserably. Let's see what happens. With three strikes already against us, it does not look promising as GOP Senators are dropping support like flies. It appears, we have lost our national moral authority to call out sinners either at home or abroad.

John McCain Sabotages Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood -

[Go here]

Pastor Jeffrey Daly
National Day of Repentance

Heavenly Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come to You confessing our sins and the sins of our family and our nation. Like Daniel, we confess that we have failed You and have failed in our witness to our people. We are a divided nation instead of one united under Your Providence. We are grieved and we ask You to forgive our sins. Help us repent and change our ways, so that the nation in which we live can begin to live out Your blessed Plan for us. Restore to us the years that the locusts have eaten. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen."

Update: Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria:

Puerto Rico reels as storm turns toward US East Coast

Millions of Puerto Rico residents continue to reel from Hurricane Maria as the National Weather Service says the storm could bring "direct impacts" to the US East Coast in the coming days.

At least 10 people on the island have been confirmed killed by the storm, according to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's office.

Much of the US commonwealth is without power and many residents are without running water. Officials have evacuated towns near the Guajataca River on the northwest part of the island, due to fears a dam could collapse.

The National Hurricane Center warns the storm is marching toward the US East Coast.

"It becoming increasingly likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast next week," the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory on Saturday. "Interests in the Bahamas and along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the progress of Maria."

Forecasters expect "dangerous surf and rip currents" along southeastern US beaches over the next several days.

"Swells from Maria are increasing along the coast of the southeastern United States and are expected to reach the mid-Atlantic coast tonight and on Sunday . . .These swells will likely cause dangerous surf and rip currents at the beach through much of next week," the hurricane center said. (Read more)

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

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Congress Last Week

Health Care Policy

Paul Ryan: Graham-Cassidy is 'best, last chance' for Obamacare overhaul
Ron Johnson wants vote on Obamacare overhaul to force Republicans to choose
As clock ticks, Republicans try to move ahead on Obamacare repeal
Graham-Cassidy proves the possibilities of American democracy
Graham says U.S. Senate to consider healthcare bill next week: NBC
Mitch McConnell: Senate will take up Obamacare repeal bill
Paul Ryan promises action on Senate-passed healthcare bill
How Graham-Cassidy Stacks Up, in One Chart
Cassidy-Graham's abortion ban workaround
McCain comes out against ObamaCare repeal bill
GOP health care plan one vote away from failure in the Senate

National Security
Sen. McCain on North Korea and enhancing military readiness
Sen. McCain says more Americans are killed in training than in action
Space Corps Proposal Has Military Brass Going Orbital
House Eyes Overhaul of Defense Intelligence Agency
A path forward for Congress on cyber deterrence

Human Rights
Lawmakers finally advance bill to aid ISIS victims
House to consider North Korea human rights measure

Natural Disasters
GOP senators push bill for churches to get disaster relief grants [S. 1823]
Paul Ryan to visit Florida and Texas to survey hurricane damage
House Republican unveils tax bill to aid hurricane victims

Lawmakers Push Broad Review of Equifax Security
U.S. Senate Republican tax chief wants dividend deduction in tax reform
Senate Republican tax chief wants dividend deduction in tax reform
Senate Republicans weigh tax cuts, deficit expansion

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Hearing held on S. 1693, The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
Hearing scheduled for September 26 on Obamacare overhaul
Senate Finance Committee sets hearing on Obamacare overhaul
Senate Finance Committee to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill
READ: Michael Cohen's statement to the Senate intelligence committee
Michael Cohen testimony cancelled over leaked opening statement
Senate panel suspends Michael Cohen interview, after Trump lawyer shares statement with press
Senate panel seeks open session with Trump lawyer after canceling interview
Senate panel cancels interview with Trump lawyer, asks him to open hearing
Twitter to meet Congressional panel probing 2016 election

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of William J. Emanuel, of California, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board, and votes on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
Hearings to examine the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal.
Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017
An oversight hearing to examine the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Bruce J. Walker, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary (Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability), and Steven E. Winberg, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary (Fossil Energy), both of the Department of Energy.
Hearings to examine special counsels and the separation of powers.
Hearings to examine managing security assistance to support foreign policy.
Hearings to examine Federal Trade Commission stakeholder perspectives, focusing on reform proposals to improve fairness, innovation, and consumer welfare.
Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017
Hearings to examine threats to the homeland.
Hearings to examine encouraging the next generation to visit National Parks.
An oversight hearing to examine the Government Accountability Office reports on human trafficking of Native Americans in the United States.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, 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. 2061 – North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)
2) H.Res. 311 – Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Foreign Affairs Committee)
3) S. 1141 – Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen / Foreign Affairs Committee)
4) H.R. 2519 – The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walz / Financial Services Committee)
5) H.R. 1235 – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Neal / Financial Services Committee)
6) H.R. ____ – Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
7) S. 810 – To facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
8) H.R. ___– Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast / Veterans Affairs Committee)
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 2824Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith / Ways and Means Committee)
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 4:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
On Friday, the House is not in session. No votes are expected in the House.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) S. 327 – Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Dean Heller / Financial Services Committee)
2) H.R. 3229 – To protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries / Judiciary Committee)
H.R. 2792Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)
Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Printable PDF

Text of bills to be considered on the House floor next week

House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of September 24 - 30, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017

H.R. 2824 — Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (Rules Committee Print 115-33, showing the text of H.R. 2824 as ordered reported by the Committee Ways and Means); H.R. 2792 — Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act of 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Department of State Redesign

"Raising the Standard: DHS's Efforts to Improve Aviation Security Around the Globe"

Legislative Hearing on: H.R. 93; H.R. 501; H.R. 1063; H.R. 1066; H.R. 1943; H.R. 1972; H.R. 2147; H.R. 2225; H.R. 2327; and, a draft bill to make certain improvements in VAs Health Professionals Educational Assistance Program

Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond: Part 3 - Federal Depository Library Program

DHS Financial Systems: Will Modernization Ever Be Achieved.

Examining Americas Nuclear Waste Management and Storage

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Examining the 2017 Agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The Presidents FY 2018 Budget Request for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Overview of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program

H.R. 1900; H.R. 3122; H.R. 3656; H.R. 3657; and H.R. 3705.

Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things

Rwanda: Democracy Thwarted

How to Improve Access to GI Bill Approved Apprenticeship Programs and How these Programs Benefit Veterans

Burmas Brutal Campaign Against the Rohingya

Thursday, September 28, 2017

H.R. 1159, the United States and Israel Space Cooperation Act

Full Committee Hearing: Document Production (Open)

Examining Insurance for Nonprofit Organizations

Rulemakers Must Follow the Rules, Too: Oversight of Agency Compliance with the Congressional Review Act

The Great American Eclipse: To Totality and Beyond

Markup of…

  • H.Res. 422, Urging the adherence to the "one country, two systems" policy as prescribed in the Joint Declaration between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Question of the Hong Kong
  • H.R. 425, FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2017
  • H.R. 1196, Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2658, Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3320, To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes
  • H.R. 3342, Sanctioning Hizballah's Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act
  • H.R. 3445, AGOA and MCA Modernization Act
  • H.R. 3329, Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017

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