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Saturday, January 13, 2018

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King's dream is the American dream

King's dream is the American dream:

White House Press Release

Friday, January 12, 2018

Today, President Donald J. Trump will sign the official proclamation making this Monday, January 15, the "Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday." This year marks the first time in more than a decade that the federal holiday falls on King's actual birthday.

Here is an advance look at what the President will tell Americans today:
- Reverend King preached love throughout his life-love for each other, for our fellow Americans, and for humanity. That is what drove his work.

- We celebrate King first and foremost for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear: No matter the color of our skin, or the place of our birth, we are ALL created equal by God.

- This April will mark half a century since King was cruelly taken from us by an assassin's bullet. As we mourn his loss, we also pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice, and peace.

Medicare/Medicaid Update

Medicare/Medicaid Update

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will consider proposals from states who want to require work or participation in other community engagement activities for work-capable, working-age Medicaid beneficiaries. This state flexibility is aimed at fostering greater well-being and self-sufficiency for beneficiaries. Learn more here:


CMS announces new policy guidance for states to test community engagement for able-bodied adults

(Go here)

2. Q & A: from

1115 Community Engagement Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions (Go here)

3. Letter to State Medicaid Directors

Go here to read this letter, which reads, in part:

"Such programs may also, separately, be designed to help individuals and families rise out of poverty and attain independence, also in furtherance of Medicaid program objectives."

(Source: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

The Daily Jot (Part One)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

National identity and politics

Several issues are coming to the forefront of the national stage that are part and parcel to our national identity. Illegal immigration has been a contributing factor the dilution of the American culture. Another issue is the battle over government spying on its citizens. Republicans and Democrats alike have been whittling away on the rights of free speech, freedom of religion, privacy, property ownership, and free enterprise. What made America great in the past is that as a free people, we had the courage to stand against such tyranny not promote it. It came from within the heart and soul of being an American. This rugged individualism and independence characterized Americans. Where has it gone?

From observing events over the past 40 years, America's national identity is drifting away. Our national identity was that of a nation of Christians. Even if not all the people were Christian, they recognized that Christian morals were an acceptable and preferred qualification for leadership. Couple this with the lack of border security resulting in millions upon millions of people unlawfully entering the country, the dilution of national identity is accelerated. Additionally, many Americans have either bought in to the leftist humanist mantra, or are too busy with their lives to care. While some changes in leadership are positive, the overall leadership vacuum politically and spiritually in this nation has left it a dry, amoral place of apathy.

The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17-19, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator." The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-14, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?"

Jesus said in Matthew 24:23, "Then if any man shall say unto you Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not." Our national identity and, more importantly, our personal salvation is diluted tremendously if we, as Peter put it, "scarcely be saved." If America's preachers are so intent on preaching/teaching a self indulgent, extra Biblical and emotional version of the Christ, then what Christ are we following--the real Son of God, crucified and risen, for our sins, or some humanist version of Christ that fits a social or political extra-biblical gospel? It is here, not on the national policy front, that we as a people have lost our identity. We all need to seek the Lord for continuous direction on how we can demonstrate our true identity.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

The Daily Jot (Part Two)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Words mean things

President Donald Trump is once again facing a firestorm. This time, over his remarks about not wanting immigrants from what he called "S**Thole nations." The media and his opponents wasted no time in translating his words into the word "racist." Whether it was taken out of context or not, this President should know by now that every word he says comes under great scrutiny, and most of his words will be twisted and used against him. He should, therefore, curb his word usage and be more intentional about the messages he is sending. Otherwise, his effectiveness will erode. If politicians believe Trump to be racist, they will not want to be seen with him or work with him. The Bible has a lot to say about words.

Christ said in Matthew 7:12, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." It's called the Golden Rule. It starts out by treating others the way you would like to be treated. This is how we as Christians need to view the world. It should be a foundation of our life's philosophy, something etched in our heart. Christ also said in Matthew 15:11, "Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." No matter how much we want change in this country from the previous ways, we also must not abandon our Christian principles in the process. Accountability is key.

Proverbs says a lot about the words we use. 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." 12:18, "There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health." 15:1, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger." 13:3, "He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction." 10:19, "He that refrains his lips is wise." 25:11, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." 29:20, "See a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him." There are many who believe our President's harshness is necessary and that some people may deserve it, but scripturally speaking, it cannot be justified.

James 3:5-8 says,"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." Curb your tongue, Mr. President. Words mean things and the meaner your words, the meaner you are portrayed, and the less you will be able to accomplish.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

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The tribe-busting politics of FISA and the surveillance debate
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Foreign Policy

China opposes U.S. pro-Taiwan bills welcomed by Taipei


Immigration talks stall over wall funding
Trump, Key Lawmakers Negotiating Immigration Policies
McConnell says DACA bill would include some other items
Trump, lawmakers outline tentative DACA deal
Bipartisan U.S. Senate group crafts 'Dreamer' immigration plan


Are Lawmakers and Lobbyists Persuading Trump to Keep the U.S. in NAFTA?

Tax Reform

Axing 'Cadillac' health plan tax may be part of spending deal: House chairman

Federal Spending

House to consider another short-term spending bill
How long to fund CHIP: Six years or a decade?


Senate confirms Trump's 20th federal judge

Health Care Policy

Medicaid work requirements are coming
The opioid 'emergency' that wasn't

Education Policy

Return of earmarks would be music to higher ed ears

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Intelligence Committee prepares election security plan to thwart Russian hacking
Azar in the Senate
Senate panel to discuss bitcoin with markets regulators in February: source
U.S. Senate panel to vote January 17 on Powell nomination for Fed chief
Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe

Floor Schedule

US Lawmakers Facing Deadlines for Budget, Immigration Deals

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Tuesday: Senate resumes consideration of the amendment of the House to S. 139, FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill at 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
An oversight hearing to examine the domestic and global energy outlook from the perspective of the International Energy Agency.
An oversight hearing to examine the Department of Homeland Security.
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Business meeting to consider the nominations of
Jerome H. Powell, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and
Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine combating money laundering and other forms of illicit finance, focusing on Administration perspectives on reforming and strengthening Bank Secrecy Act enforcement.
Hearings to examine terrorism and social media.
Hearings to examine the Bureau of Reclamation's title transfer process and potential benefits to Federal and non-Federal stakeholders.
Hearings to examine America's water infrastructure needs and challenges, focusing on Federal panel perspectives.
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Dennis Shea, of Virginia, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Geneva Office), with the rank of Ambassador, and
C. J. Mahoney, of Kansas, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Investment, Services, Labor, Environment, Africa, China, and the Western Hemisphere), with the rank of Ambassador.
Hearings to examine Medicaid and the opioid epidemic, focusing on unintended consequences.
Hearings to examine facing 21st century public health threats, focusing on our nation's preparedness and response capabilities.
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Michael K. Atkinson, of Maryland, to be Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, and
Jason Klitenic, of Maryland, to be General Counsel, both of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Hearings to examine the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs, focusing on a progress report on implementing 2017 Department of Veterans Affairs reform legislation.
An oversight hearing to examine breaking new ground in agribusiness opportunities in Indian Country.
Hearings to examine the long-term care needs of first responders injured in the line of duty.
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Melissa F. Burnison, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs), and
Anne Marie White, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary (Environmental Management), both of the Department of Energy.
Hearings to examine reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, focusing on financial aid simplification and transparency.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. in pro forma session. 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. 4258 – Family Self-Sufficiency Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee)
2) H.R. 770 – American Innovation $1 Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Himes / Financial Services Committee)
3) H.R. 4279 – Expanding Investment Opportunities Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Trey Hollingsworth / Financial Services Committee)
4) H.R. 4318 – Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
5) S. 117 – Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines / Natural Resources Committee)
6) H.R. 1107 – Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei / Natural Resources Committee)
7) H.R. 1532 – Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne / Natural Resources Committee)
8) H.R. 2897 – To authorize the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Director of the National Park Service to enter into cooperative management agreements for the operation, maintenance, and management of units of the National Park System in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Natural Resources 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. 3445 – AGOA and MCA Modernization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
2) H.R. 3776 – Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
3) H.R. 1660 – Global Health Innovation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires / Foreign Affairs Committee)
H.R. 2954Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 3326World Bank Accountability Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 4712Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn / Judiciary Committee)
Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2018
Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Printable PDF

Legislative Program for next week

Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
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 two measures from the Financial Services Committee: first, H.R. 2954, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act, sponsored by Representative Tom Emmer. This bill would provide targeted regulatory relief to our local community banks and credit unions; second, H.R. 3326, the World Bank Accountability Act, sponsored by Representative Andy Barr.
Mr. Speaker, next week, our Nation's Capital will also welcome tens of thousands of Americans to Washington for the annual March for Life. In conjunction, the House will vote on H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Representative Marsha Blackburn. This bill simply states that doctors must provide medical care to any child born alive after a failed abortion.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, additional legislative items are expected, including legislation to address government funding and other expiring priorities. I will be sure to inform all Members as soon as any additional items are added to our schedule.
Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Text of Bills for the Week of January 15, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Obama Rapprochement with the Castro Regime: The Anatomy of a Policy Failure

H.R. 2954 — Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act; H.R. 3326 — World Bank Accountability Act of 2017; H.R. 4712 — Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HR 1264; HR 1426; HR 2226; HR 2255; HR 2319; HR 3746; HR 4061; HR 4550; HR 4566; HR 4607; HR 4725; HR 4738; HR 4768; HR 4771; HR ____, the Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act; HR ____, the American Customer Information Protection Act; and HR ____, the Small Business Access to Capital After a Natural Disaster Act

Battlefield Successes and Challenges Recent Efforts to Win the War against ISIS

H.R. 4170, the Disclosing Foreign Influence Act

The Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled a markup beginning on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. The Committee will consider the following bills:

  • H.R. 146 (Rep. Charles J. Chuck Fleischmann), To take certain Federal lands in Tennessee into trust for the benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and for other purposes. Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act;
  • H.R. 443 (Rep. Scott DesJarlais), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee, as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes. James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act;
  • H.R. 553 (Rep. Jody B. Hice), To redesignate Gravelly Point Park, located along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia, as the Nancy Reagan Memorial Park, and for other purposes;
  • H.R. 805 (Rep. Devin Nunes), To authorize the conveyance of and remove the reversionary interest of the United States in certain lands in the City of Tulare, California. Tulare Youth Recreation and Women's History Enhancement Act;
  • H.R. 1417 (Rep. Don Young), To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to allow the Museum to acquire, receive, possess, collect, ship, transport, import, and display firearms, and for other purposes. National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act;
  • H.R. 2987 (Rep. Martha McSally), To amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to establish the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps to place youth and veterans in national service positions to conserve, restore, and enhance the great outdoors of the United States, and for other purposes. 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2017;
  • H.R. 3058 (Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay), To redesignate the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in the State of Missouri as the "Gateway Arch National Park" Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act;
  • H.R. 3225 (Rep. Peter A. DeFazio), To allow the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to lease or transfer certain lands. Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act; and
  • H.R. 3961 (Rep. Darren Soto), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Kissimmee River and its tributaries in the State of Florida for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes. Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2017.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Engaging Energy: Small Business Resources at the Department of Energy

Disrupter Series: The Internet of Things, Manufacturing and Innovation

"America's Water Resources Infrastructure: Approaches to Enhanced Project Delivery"

Addressing Veteran Homelessness: Current Position; Future Course

Combating Transnational Gangs Through Information Sharing.

Modernizing the Superfund Cleanup Program

Hearing on Article I: Effective Oversight and the Power of the Purse [OJ HEARING]

"Innovation at TSA: Examining Threat Mitigation Through Technology Acquisitions Reform."

Friday, January 19, 2018

Safety of the U.S. Food Supply: Continuing Concerns Over the Food and Drug Administrations Food-Recall Process

Legislation Addressing LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization

Update: Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump signs waivers extending Iran nuclear deal, but for 'last' time

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump signed a waiver on Friday keeping the Iran nuclear deal alive, at least for now, saying this would be the last time unless Congress and European countries heed his call to strengthen the deal.

Faced with a deadline over whether to reimpose sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord, Trump ultimately decided to keep those sanctions suspended for another 120 days.

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said in a statement. "This is a last chance."

"In the absence of such an agreement," he went on, "the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately."

(Times of Israel) Read more
- Father God, we continue to lift our President before Your Throne of Grace, asking Your wisdom to rest upon him as he continues to grapple with the complex and difficult matter of this Iranian nuclear deal. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer, amen and amen.

- "The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:29)

Update: California Mudslides

As California mudslide death toll hits 18, crews keep up the search

At least 18 people were killed and at least five are still missing in the devastating mudslides plaguing Southern California, local authorities said Friday.

The latest person found dead was Joseph Bleckel, an 87-year-old who was found by a search team in his home Friday morning. Bleckel was among those on the missing persons list, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.

But during a later news conference, Brown also announced the recovery of resident John Keating, 53, who only moments before was still categorized as missing.

"He is in an out-of-area hospital being treated," Brown told reporters. "So our missing list is down to five." (Read more)

- Father, we lift up the continuing rescue and recovery efforts now ongoing in Ventura County, California, before Your Throne of Grace. We ask that You send forth Your angelic host to help in uncovering those who remain under this mud, in Your name, amen.

- "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." (Jeremiah 32:17)

A BIG "Thank You" from CHPP!

A BIG "Thank You" from CHPP!

Dear Friends,

As we now move into the month of January, and on behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to say THANK YOU to SO MANY of you who pitched in to help us with our finances at the end of last year. Due to your generosity, we more than met the requirements of our matching grant, and our hearts are filled with JOY!

And . . . one of the main reasons we have this JOY in our hearts is that, as we release our tithe to other ministries of like mind, we can help so many others, too! In this way, our Lord will continue MULTIPLY your gifts . . . to so many others, too!

The literal TSUNAMI of offerings that came into our office during the last five days of December was so vast, I hardly have words to say. Perhaps our Lord says it best, in Psalm 126:2:

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
So, to GOD be the GLORY!

Great things He hath surely done!

Amen and amen!

Sara C. Ballenger, President
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

P.S. I am trying to get notes off to all of you, especially those who have written very encouraging notes for me, but . . . this may take until June to complete!

Thank you all for your patience as I work to get back to you. And again -- HALLELUJAH and AMEN!

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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 second president, John Adams.]

"And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence."

Inaugural Address
March 4, 1797

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