Saturday, January 6, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, January 6, 2018

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, January 6, 2018

"Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from this time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty: will accomplish this." (Isaiah 9:7)

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Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

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Senate swears in new members, slims GOP majority

Recent News

Foreign Policy

Iran Protests Revive Bitter US Political Divides
Sharp Reactions in Congress to Trump Tweet on North Korea
Tillerson Working on Way to Keep US in Iran Nuclear Deal

Federal Spending

House moves to increase Trump's disaster aid request
GOP gains leverage over Democrats in January spending battle
U.S. Territories - and Emergency Agency - Struggle to Recover from Disasters
Senate's pause on disaster relief bill squeezing hopes for citrus aid
Tom Cole says House passed CHIP bill, Senate needs to act
White House, Congress Prepare for Talks on Spending, Immigration


GOP senator: Senate to take up DACA bill in January
Wait extends into 2018 to determine fate of young immigrants
Vote in Senate on 'Dreamers' hinges on bipartisan pact: McConnell
Marco Rubio: 'Unrealistic' not to expect permanent change in immigration enforcement


Johnson: Mueller email dispute may require change to the law
FBI director, Justice Department deputy huddle with Paul Ryan amid contempt of Congress threat
Rep. Chris Stewart joins other Republicans in calling for Sessions to step down


Trump renominates 21 of his federal judge picks

Health Care Policy

Senate GOP Leans Away From Obamacare Repeal, Toward Stabilization
McConnell says effort to repeal Affordable Care Act is 'probably' over
What lies ahead for health care in 2018
Steve Scalise wants to try again to repeal Obamacare
Party leaders grapple, again, with budget issues and shutdown talk

Technology Policy

The year ahead in Congress
Senate vote on net neutrality?


Judges, not tax reform, are GOP's crowning achievement, McConnell says
Correction: Costs for sexual misconduct claims top $360K
Diane Black to step down as chairman of House Budget Committee
Senate GOP seeks to change rules for Trump picks
Tina Smith selected to replace Al Franken in the Senate: Who is she?
Hatch exit sets up race for Senate Finance Committee gavel

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

House panel chair introduces $81 billion disaster aid bill
Senate panel rejects Trump nominee Scott Garrett to head Ex-Im Bank
Lankford, Rules Panel, Kick Off Latest Nominations Debate
Adam Schiff's case for Trump-Russia collusion crumbles
House Intelligence, DOJ reach agreement on Russia probe documents
Orrin Hatch's retirement may set off musical chairs in GOP Senate committee leadership

Floor Schedule

Key NSA surveillance program's reauthorization hits roadblock in Congress
Senate to consider border wall, Dreamers bill in January
McConnell says entitlement reform not on the agenda for 2018
House Booted Anti-Harassment Legislation Into January, Too
House Returns Jan. 8
Senate leader McConnell sees a more collegial 2018
What to watch as Congress rewrites the Higher Education Act this year
Everything Congress has to tackle in January
Trump Meeting With Republican Leaders to Set 2018 Agenda

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday the Senate began consideration of several nominations.
On Thursday the Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Hearings to examine combating money laundering and other forms of illicit finance, focusing on opportunities to reform and strengthen Bank Secrecy Act enforcement.
Hearings to examine the anticipated nomination of Alex Michael Azar II, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Hearings to examine attacks on United States diplomats in Cuba, focusing on response and oversight.
Hearings to examine the opioid crisis, focusing on how to move forward.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Hearings to examine America's water infrastructure needs and challenges.
Hearings to examine pending nominations.
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Business meeting to consider the nominations of
Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary,
Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and
James Blew, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, all of the Department of Education,
Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary,
Scott A. Mugno, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary,
Cheryl Marie Stanton, of South Carolina, to be Administrator of the Wage and
Hour Division, and
William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, all of Department of Labor, and
Brett Giroir, of Texas, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, and to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Hearings to examine United States policy in Syria post-ISIS.
Business meeting to consider S. 2152, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for assistance for victims of child pornography, and the nominations of
Stuart Kyle Duncan, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit,
David Ryan Stras, of Minnesota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, and
Fernando Rodriguez, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Quorum Call Establishing a quorum in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 115th Congress
On Tuesday, 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. 4577 – Domestic Explosives Detection Canine Capacity Building Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers / Homeland Security Committee)
2) H.R. 1486 – Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bennie Thompson / Homeland Security Committee)
3) H.R. 4578 – Counter Terrorist Network Act (Sponsored by Rep. Filemon Vela / Homeland Security Committee)
4) H.R. 4567 – DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
5) H.R. 4561 – SAFE TECH Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Homeland Security Committee)
6) H.R. 4559 – Global Aviation System Security Reform Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ron Estes / Homeland Security Committee)
7) H.R. 3202 – Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee / Homeland Security Committee)
8) H.R. 4569 – Counterterrorism Information Sharing Improvement Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Homeland Security Committee)
9) H.R. 4555 – DHS Interagency Counterterrorism Task Force Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford / Homeland Security Committee)
10) H.R. 4564 – Post-Caliphate Threat Assessment Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Clay Higgins / Homeland Security Committee)
11) H.R. 4581 – Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Homeland Security Committee)
12) H.R. 4433 – Securing DHS Firearms Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Correa / Homeland Security Committee)
13) H.Res. 676Supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
14) H.R. 535 – Taiwan Travel Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Foreign Affairs Committee)
15) 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 (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho / Foreign Affairs Committee)
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

S. 140To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake / Natural Resources Committee / Education and the Workforce Committee)
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

S. 139FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Intelligence Committee / Judiciary Committee)
On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Printable PDF

Text of Bills for the Week of Jan. 8, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of January 7 - 13, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DOE Modernization: Advancing DOEs Mission for National, Economic, and Energy Security of the United States

Legislative hearing on H.R. 4532 (Rep. John Curtis), To create the First Tribally managed national monument, and for other purposes. Shash Ja National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act

On the Line: Border Security from an Agent and Officer Perspective.

Chinas Pursuit of Emerging and Exponential Technologies

S.140 — To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund (Rules Committee Print 115-54 — Showing the text of S. 140 and S. 249 as reported by the Committee on Natural Resources; and H.R. 986 as reported by the Committee on Education and the Workforce.); S. 139 — Rapid DNA Act of 2017 [FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017] (Rules Committee Print 115-53 — Based on the text of H.R. 4478, as reported by the Permanent Committee on Intelligence)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

H.R. 4675, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act of 2017

Sanctions and Financial Pressure: Major National Security Tools

Department of Defense Update on the Financial Improvement and Audit Remediation (FIAR) Plan

FC Markup

Home Loan Churning Practices and How Veteran Homebuyers are Being Affected

Upcoming Elections in the Western Hemisphere: Implications for U.S. Policy

State Legislature News

A rare, random drawing helped Republicans win a tied Virginia election

Reference Links
Links to Congressional news and information
Prayer Guide

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents

[Each week, we will publish one prayer that was spoken by each of our presidents, in chronological order. Today's prayer was written by our first president, George Washington.]

O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul.

Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel; give me repentance from dead works; pardon my wanderings, and direct my thoughts unto thyself, the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service, and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments; make me always watchful over my heart, that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber, but daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life bless my family, friends, and kindred.

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