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Saturday, October 28, 2017

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Praying over the Protests

Praying over the Protests:

TODAY: Two Cities in The State of Tennessee

Murfreesboro and Shelbyville

1. Rutherford County, Tennessee October 28, 2017: Mayor's #WeAreMurfreesboro video denounces White Lives Matter rally - Daily News Journal

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, along with a group of faith leaders, released a video statement Friday in response to the White Lives Matter rally on Oct. 28. "I think the best thing that I can say as a mayor is we are Murfreesboro and we are one community," said McFarland, who is joined on the video by six local pastors who serve as his personal advisory council.

"I think the premise of the video is to be able to show, as a community, we are an extremely diverse community. We are a united community. And no matter what happens from a group that comes from outside our community, they are not representatives of the residents of Murfreesboro," McFarland told The Daily News Journal. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for TRUTH and PEACE. The square has been prayed over and anointed with oil, it is redeemed and we pray these protestors will be convicted by the Holy Spirit and experience repentance. We pray Anti-Fa and other protestors will be prevented from making trouble. We pray the truth about our community - diverse, Christian, and vibrant - will be the story this weekend.

- Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. (James 4:10)

2. Why Shelbyville? As White Lives Matter rally approaches, community braces for conflict - Daily News Journal

Though speculation and rumors continue to spread among residents in Shelbyville as to why a group of white nationalist organizations - including those that were part of the August "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville - chose their city, the leaders of the event have made it clear: The demographics of Middle Tennessee have changed, in part because of the resettlement of refugees and other immigrants moving to the region.

"There has been a big dumping of refugees all over the area," said Brad Griffin, a member of League of the South, which has spearheaded the organization of the "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville and a possible second demonstration that day in Murfreesboro. The cause is hardly new for League of the South, an organization seeking the independence of Southern states and one whose members held demonstrations in the same two cities exactly four years ago to "warn the public about the consequences of refugee resettlement, mass immigration, multiculturalism, political correctness and terrorism and how this curse would haunt the region," Griffin wrote in a blog post about the rally.

Griffin said Nationalist Front chose Middle Tennessee, in part, because it believes law enforcement here will keep counterprotesters away from his group, which he said didn't happen when they rallied in Charlottesville. (Read more)

- Father, we pray these protests will be completely ignored. The people of Shelbyville rely upon You to keep them from harm.

- Even if I walk into trouble, You will keep my life safe. You will put out Your hand against the anger of those who hate me. And Your right hand will save me.
(Psalm 138:7)

3. Latest news: At least one person was arrested during a white nationalist rally in Shelbyville on Saturday afternoon - WSMV TV; Nashville

Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing confirmed that the man was arrested but did not give details on the man's charges.

Hundreds of white nationalists and counter-protesters showed up at the rally in Shelbyville. For the most part, the event remained peaceful. (Read More)

- Father, we thank you that, as of this report late on Saturday afternoon, the prayers of the saints for peace in these two cities are being answered. Despite occasional street skirmishes, all seems to be under control in both cities. We thank You for this answer to prayer, and we ask that the SHALOM of the Holy Spirit will continue to hover over Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, both now and in the days ahead, amen.

- "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16)

> > > A note from today's editor:

These protests are happening in my city and county this weekend. I know the enemy would like the media coverage to support the stereotype of white people in the south as being bigots. Well, we're not and we're as tired of the label as everyone else! These protesters are traveling into our area and are NOT local.

More News: November 4th

Red Alert: November 4

(This is directly from the "Anti-Fa" website):

1. November 4 It Begins: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! -

We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

Our protest must grow day after day and night after night-thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions-determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power . . . (Read more)

Targeted cities:

Go here.

Examples of their hate-filled message towards President Trump and Vice President Pence: go here.

- Father, we declare and decree "the jig is up"! We pray the people who are supporting this movement would have the veil of deception removed from their eyes, see how utterly corrupt the people they support actually are and abandon this fruitless effort. We pray for peace on November 4 and an end to the rebellion within our nation.

- O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? (Psalm 4:2)

2. November 4, 2017 Protests: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know -

Depending on who you listen to, November 4, 2017 could be the beginning of a big anti-Trump protest that spans for weeks or absolutely nothing might happen.

It's hard to pin down exactly what's planned for November 4, since there are so many rumors flying around from all sides. However, a deeper look into the November 4 plans reveal a group that wants prolonged protests but isn't focusing on violence.

1. News About November 4 Began to Spread After Protestors Blocked Highway 101 in California

2. Refuse Fascism Is Organizing the Nov. 4 Event and Wants the Protest to Be Reminiscent of the January Women's March

3. They Hope the Protest Might Last for Several Days or Until Trump and Pence Are No Longer in Office

4. Refuse Fascism Is Not Calling for Violence on Nov. 4

5. 'The World Can't Wait' Organization Is Associated with Refuse Fascism and Protested Bush in 2005/2006 (Read all details by going here.)

- Father, we pray whatever protests happen on November 4 and beyond will be deflated and unable to agitate people into shouting and violence.

- An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression. A man's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor. (Proverbs 29:22-23)

Halloween at the White House

Halloween at the White House

1. Trump gives Halloween candy to kids in White House, jokes about the media - CBSNews/DC

Children gathered in the White House to trick or treat on Friday.

Perhaps the biggest treat of all: That they got to do so in the Oval Office, with President Trump himself. Trump joked with the children of journalists and White House staffers while giving out candy.

"I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children" he told the children, dressed in costumes, as their parents - the media - stood outside. "How the media did this, I don't know."

According to pool reports, to one little girl who had gotten nervous, he said, "Are you crying, Come here, sweetheart. You OK, honey?"

When one child replied that the little girl was Japanese, he replied, "Beautiful. I'm going to be in Japan in two weeks."

The president then handed out candy (Hershey kisses with White House branding).

He said, per pool reports, "Well, you have no weight problems, that's the good news, right? So you take whatever you need. If you want some for your friends, take them. We have plenty." (Read more)

2. Trumps will host 'ghosts and goblins' at White House Halloween party - Washington Examiner

Melania Trump's office announced Friday that she and President Trump will host a Halloween event for children who attend 20 local schools and military families next week.

"On Monday, October 30, 2017, the White House will open the South Lawn to ghosts and goblins of all ages," the first lady's office said in a statement.

The White House will welcome parents and kids from schools in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to trick-or-treat on the South Lawn.

The Trumps will hand out presidential M&Ms and Halloween-themed cookies made by the White House pastry kitchen. Kids can also trick-or-treat from Secret Service agents, NASA officials, FEMA personnel, National Park Service officers, and Education Department members who will be scattered across the lawn. (Read more)

- Father God, we are saddened to read these reports. We understand that, in our present day culture, many feel that this date is one to "celebrate" by handing out candy, wearing costumes, and having "fun." But Lord God, to those of us who are mature in Christ, we fully understand that October 31st has a whole different, hidden meaning -- one with sinister implications towards our children and our land.

In Your Name and by Your Shed Blood, we cleanse the White House, declaring it to be free of any demonic influences. We ask that You would bring revelatory knowledge to the First Family of the truth of this date, that in future years, it will be ignored. Thank You, Father, for hearing our prayers, amen.

- "Come now, let us reason together; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow." (Isaiah 1:18)

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

House passes bill to strengthen congressional subpoena enforcement
House passes bill to combat flow of opioids into US
Senate sends $36.5 billion disaster relief bill to Trump's desk
Senate passes disaster aid bill and presses for more down the road
House passes North Korea sanctions
Mike Pence casts tie-breaking vote to cancel Obama-era rule favoring class-action suits against banks
Senate overturns anti-arbitration rule by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Vice President Pence could break a modern record in tie-breaking Senate votes
Senate narrowly blocks banking rule
U.S. House passes sanctions on Iran-backed Hezbollah
Frederica Wilson misses votes in DC due to threats
House passes Senate budget, moving tax reform process forward
U.S. House passes ballistic missile sanctions on Iran
House budget vote sets up oil, gas drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
House rejects gun 'bump stock' ban as too broad
House votes to impose non-nuclear sanctions on Iran
Senate approves bill on crime and punishment

Congress Last Week

National Security

Senators ask Mattis for more information on Niger attack
Ron Wyden: Richard Burr's FISA reauthorization bill should be debated publicly

Foreign Policy
Sen. Lankford discusses latest developments in Russia investigation
Sen. Lankford says Niger raid reflects regional instability
ISIS is pivoting to Africa, senators say

Tax Reform
Top Senate Republican aims for tax bill by year-end
Tax reform: Quiet positive news but the real work is ahead
House Republicans plan to release tax bill Nov. 1
McConnell: GOP united on tax reform
U.S. House speaker says tax plan unlikely to swell deficit: Reuters interview
Trump and U.S. House tax lawmaker reopen door to 401(k) changes
Ryan: Tax reform to enter toughest phase yet
Where GOP lawmakers disagree on tax reform
Paul Ryan doesn't rule out changes to 401(k) plans
Expect Senate to Honor House on SALT, Brady Says
What does budget blueprint tell us about GOP tax reform plan?
Key U.S. House lawmaker sees progress allaying tax deduction concerns: Fox
Tax Bill Fight: 401(k), local property tax breaks back in crosshairs as House faces deadline
3 maps and charts that explain the debate on tax reform

Health Care Policy
McConnell says Trump needs to provide clarity on health care
Alexander-Murray a 'Nonstarter' Say House Conservatives
Republican lawmakers propose more conservative Obamacare fix
Trump stays away from healthcare at Republican Senate lunch
U.S. House will not tackle healthcare this year, Ryan says: Reuters interview
Bipartisan Obamacare fix would reduce federal deficit: government agency
Bill would bar sex-change surgery in children's health plan

Durbin, Graham Dreaming DACA Before Christmas

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

House also probing Obama-era Uranium One deal, DeSantis says
Trump campaign's digital director to meet House intelligence panel: WSJ
U.S. House panels open probe into Justice Department action during 2016 campaign
House committees to investigate Justice Department decisions about Clinton probe
House Intel Committee launches probe of Obama's uranium deal with Russian company
GOP launches new Obama-era probes
House Intelligence Committee to meet with Ben Rhodes
U.S. Senate panel approves controversial EPA nominees
House panel threatens to subpoena DEA over pill dumping in West Virginia
Pai to Renew Push for FCC Reauthorization Before House Panel
Ex-Obama adviser Ben Rhodes speaks to House intel panel amid unmasking controversy
Tech giants poised for congressional spotlight next week
Gowdy, Cummings request Niger briefing from Pentagon
Justice Department provides FBI Uranium One informant to Congress
Senate intel advances bill to reauthorize spying program with minimal reform
House Russia investigators interviewing Carter Page behind closed doors

Floor Outlook

House on Track for Taxes and Turkey, Ryan Says
U.S. House Speaker Ryan seeks tax bill vote by late November
Mitch McConnell picks up pace on Trump's judges, moves to confirm four next week
House GOP Leaders Announce Children's Health Insurance Vote
John McCain may lift his hold on Pentagon nominees after Niger briefing
Cornyn: Senate could work Thanksgiving to pass tax plan
Mitch McConnell feels the heat, ramps up effort to confirm judges

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Trevor N. McFadden, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, post-cloture, and votes on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.
Following disposition of the nomination of Trevor N. McFadden, Senate votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
Hearings to examine the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, focusing on Administration perspectives.
Business meeting to consider the nomination of Emily Webster Murphy, of Missouri, to be Administrator of the General Services Administration.
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Hearings to examine the nomination of John C. Demers, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.
To receive a closed briefing on recent Navy collisions at sea.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Leon A. Westmoreland, of Georgia, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors, Raymond Martinez, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation, and Bruce Landsberg, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Hearings to examine new efficiency opportunities provided by advanced building management and control systems.
An oversight hearing to examine the 2017 hurricane season, focusing on the Federal response.
Hearings to examine exploring Native American subsistence rights and international treaties.
Hearings to examine the 2020 Census, focusing on cost overruns, information security, and accuracy.
Hearings to examine implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, focusing on achieving the promise of health information technology.
Hearings to examine extremist content and Russian disinformation online, focusing on working with tech to find solutions.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Hearings to examine social media influence in the 2016 United States elections.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Scott Garrett, of New Jersey, to be President, Kimberly A. Reed, of West Virginia, to be First Vice President, Mark L. Greenblatt, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, and Spencer Bachus III, of Alabama, Judith Delzoppo Pryor, of Ohio, and Claudia Slacik, of New York, each to be a Member of the Board of Directors, all of the Export-Import Bank.
Hearings to examine the nominations of James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Nazakhtar Nikakhtar, of Maryland, and Neil Jacobs, of North Carolina, both to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Irwin Steven Goldstein, of New York, to be Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, Rebecca Eliza Gonzales, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Lisa A. Johnson, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia, James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg, and Sean P. Lawler, of Maryland, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service, all of the Department of State.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Leonard Steven Grasz, of Nebraska, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, Terry A. Doughty, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, Terry Fitzgerald Moorer, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, and Mark Saalfield Norris, Sr., to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
An oversight hearing to examine building tribal economies, focusing on modernizing tax policies that work for Indian country.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Business meeting to consider S.807, to provide anti-retaliation protections for antitrust whistleblowers.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, 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. 2921 - National Forest System Vegetation Management Pilot Program Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer / Agriculture Committee)

2) H.R. 2941 - Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Abraham / Agriculture Committee)

3) H.R. 3567 - To authorize the purchase of a small parcel of Natural Resources Conservation Service property in Riverside, California, by the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert / Agriculture Committee)

4) H.R. 2521 - South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson / Agriculture Committee)
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3903 - Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Budd / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 1585 - Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 425 - FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.Res. 422 - Urging 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, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 3279 - Helium Extraction Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)

6) H.R. 1074 - 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" (Sponsored by Rep. Rod Blum / Natural Resources Committee)

7) H.R. 2600 - To provide for the conveyance to the State of Iowa of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Young / Natural Resources Committee)

8) H.R. 1488 - The Indiana Dunes National Park Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Visclosky / Natural Resources Committee)
H.R. 2936 - Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman / Agriculture Committee)

On 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.

H.R. 849 - Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Ways and Means Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Consideration of Legislation Related to the Children's Health Insurance Program and Other Public Health Programs

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Legislative Program for next week

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, no votes are expected in the House. On Tuesday, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes of the week are expected no later than 3 p.m.
Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of suspensions next week, a complete list of which will be announced by close of business tomorrow.
In addition, the House will consider H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act sponsored by Representative Bruce Westerman.
We have all seen the devastating effects of wildfires, especially this year. Unfortunately, the U.S. Forest Service estimates there are still nearly 58 million acres of forest at high or very high risk of wildfire. The bipartisan legislation builds on our recovery efforts by giving the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management the tools necessary to better manage our public lands.
The House will also consider H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act, sponsored by Representative Phil Roe. Supported by both Republicans and Democrats, this bill repeals ObamaCare's Independent Payment Advisory Board—or, as most know it as, IPAB—and gives patients more control over their healthcare and not Washington.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, the House will consider legislation to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and other important public health priorities. Now, this was marked up earlier this month by the Energy and Commerce Committee. This package will help low-income children get health coverage, continue funding important health priorities like community health centers, and do so in a fiscally responsible manner.
I look forward to the House passing these commonsense bills next week without delay.
Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Text of Bills for the Week of Oct. 30, 2017

House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of October 29 - November 4, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017

Examining Physical Security and Cybersecurity at Our Nations Ports

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

H.R. 2936 — Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (Rules Committee Print 115-36 — Showing the text of H.R. 2936 as reported by the Committee on Agriculture with modifications)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Securing Consumers Credit Data in the Age of Digital Commerce

Overview of 16 Years of Involvement in Afghanistan

Net Neutrality and the Role of Antitrust

Examining the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program

An Insiders Look at the North Korean Regime

The Future of Low Dose Radiation Research

Accountable Soft Power in the National Interest

Oversight of FirstNet: State Perspectives

Russia Investigative Task Force Hearing with Social Media Companies (Open)

Data Security: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities for Improvement

Oversight of the Executive Office for Immigration Review

H.R. 849 — Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Full Committee Hearing: Testimony of Carter Page (Open Hearing in a Closed Space)

Operating or Rulemaking? A Review of SBAs Opaque Standard Operating Procedures Process

Pending Legislation

The 2017 Hurricane Season: A Review of Emergency Response and Energy Infrastructure Recovery Efforts

Putting Food on the Table A Review of the Importance of Agriculture Research

"Emergency Response and Recovery: Central Takeaways from the Unprecedented 2017 Hurricane Season"

Concerns Over Federal Select Agent Program Oversight of Dangerous Pathogens

Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform, Part II

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