Saturday, January 27, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, January 27, 2018

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, January 27, 2018

"For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations." (Psalm 22:28)

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"Standing United Together . . . Under the Cross of Christ"

The State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump to Deliver his First State of the Union Address
on Tuesday

Senior White House official describes State of the Union address as "unifying" - CBS News
In delivering his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump will discuss his infrastructure plan, immigration reform, trade, and the tax bill that passed in December.

The theme of Mr. Trump's speech -- "building a safe, strong and proud America" -- was described by a senior White House official as "unifying," with an emphasis on Mr. Trump's deregulation efforts and tax cuts that have spurred an "economic boom" and stock market records.

"If last year was described as optimistic, I think this speech is also optimistic but it's also very unifying," the senior White House official told reporters in a background briefing on Friday at the White House. "In the sense that it is unifying around the greater opportunities for all Americans as a result of last year's jobs growth and success in the economy." (Read more)

- Father God, we once again lift up all who will be assembled together in the Chamber of the House of Representatives this Tuesday night, to listen to the State of the Union Address. Those dignitaries will include: the members of both the House and the Senate; all Supreme Court Justices; our top military leaders from the Pentagon, all Cabinet Secretaries (save one, to be announced that day), and of course President Trump, his wife Melania, and his son Barron.
We ask that Your hand of protection would rest upon each one, as well as all who may be assembled on the Capitol grounds. We ask, too, that You would grace our new president with words that please You, and that truly reflect his amazing achievements during his first year in office. We ask this in Your name, amen.

- > > > Please decree all of Psalm 91 over this event. Thank you.

A Warning from Rev. Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham Warns:

"Pray for President Trump as Forces at Work to Destroy Him
and Take Government Over by Force"

"I believe we are in a coup d'etat," Graham told Starnes. "There are people in this country who are wanting to destroy the president and take over the government by force."

Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, warned that there are forces at work who want to "wrestle control of the government" away from Trump.

"They are not going to use bullets. They are using the media-to plant thoughts in people's minds that he's incompetent, that he's dangerous, that you can't trust him with nuclear weapons, that he is mentally unstable," Graham said.

Graham called on the nation to pray for the president and the vice president.

"We need to pray for those that surround the president that God will protect them and keep them safe," he said. "I believe that he's the president of this nation because God allowed it," Graham. "And I think on election night, God intervened. He wasn't supposed to win-he was supposed to lose. And I think it was God who worked in a mysterious way on election night to turn the tables. (Breaking Christian News) Read more.

- Father God, over the years we have come to respect Franklin Graham as a true man of God whose word we can trust. We thank You for this warning, which confirms other reports we have been hearing. In light of this announcement, we commit before You to even increase our intercession, offering prayers of protection for the life of President Trump both at the State of the Union Address and every day that he remains in office. Amen.

- "Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)

International Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day

1. Learn About International Holocaust Memorial Day - The Holocaust Museum

January 27

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27-the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau-as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Join the conversation and share your reflections about International Holocaust Remembrance Day on social media using #WeRemember.

2. Trump pays tribute to Holocaust Remembrance Day: 'Our nation is indebted to the Holocaust's survivors' - ABC News

President Donald Trump honored International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is Saturday, with a lengthy message in which he paid tribute, in part, to the the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, saying, "our nation is indebted to the Holocaust's survivors."

"Tomorrow marks the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death and concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland," reads the message. "We take this opportunity to recall the Nazis' systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people. In their death camps and under their inhuman rule, the Nazis also enslaved and killed millions of Slavs, Roma, gays, people with disabilities, priests and religious leaders, and others who courageously opposed their brutal regime."

The president's message continues, "Our Nation is indebted to the Holocaust's survivors. Despite the trauma they carry with them, they continue to educate us by sharing their experiences, strength, wisdom, and generosity of spirit to advance respect for human rights. Although they are aging and their numbers are slowly dwindling, their stories remain with us, giving us the strength to combat intolerance, including anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry and discrimination."

Trump adds, "As I have said: 'We will stamp out prejudice. We will condemn hatred. We will bear witness, and we will act.'"

He concludes, "On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we acknowledge this dark stain on human history and vow to never let it happen again." (Read more)

3. Melania Trump visits the Holocaust Memorial Museum - The Washington Examiner

First lady Melania Trump paid a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Thursday in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday.

At the end of the tour, the First Lady stopped at the Hall of Remembrance to participate in a moment of silence and lit a candle at the prayer wall.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people whose lives and families were broken by the horrors of the Holocaust. Yet it is also through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love. My heart is with you, and we remember," she said in a statement. (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You that both our President and our First Lady have honored this day. We, too, honor this day, and we, too, state emphatically that "we will never forget." Amen.

- "Yahweh will judge his people and have compassion on his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free. I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear: As surely as I live forever, when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me. I will make my arrows drunk with blood, while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders." Rejoice, you nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people." (Deut 32: 36; 40-43)

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

Congress votes to end government shutdown, sending bill to Trump's desk
Senate Confirms Powell as Next US Fed Chair
Senate confirms former drug company executive to lead HHS
Pence casts tie-breaking vote to confirm Brownback as ambassador

Congress Last Week

National Security

Sens. Burr, Warner say spending bill limits Congress' authority to oversee intelligence programs
Hawaii's False Missile Alarm Raises Question of Federal Control


Democrats take heat from the left over shutdown-ending deal that didn't address DACA
The Senate will take up immigration, but will the House - and Trump - follow?
Scalise: No guarantee House GOP will consider Senate immigration bill
Senate Democratic leader says border wall offer 'off the table'
Conservatives back tough crackdown immigration bill in House
US Senate Majority Leader Optimistic Immigration Talks to Produce Result
Trump's citizenship offer for Dreamers will 'drag Senate to the right,' says Rep. Martha McSally
Lamar Alexander welcomes Trump's comments on immigration, emphasizes bipartisanship
Senators discuss scaled-back immigration deal
Trump supports path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million 'dreamers' in new White House proposal
White House Wants to Eliminate Visa Lottery in Exchange for Path to Citizenship
Sessions: Trump's Immigration Plan Supports National Interest

Federal Spending

Progressives fume after vote to end government shutdown
Deal that broke Senate impasse: Kids' health but no DACA
Enzi drafting fiscal 2019 budget resolution


Chuck Grassley concerned DOJ, FBI lost ability 'to do their jobs free from partisan political bias'

Health Care Policy

Ted Cruz: 'We need to finish the job' on Obamacare in 2018
ACA's Medicaid expansion facilitates the black market for opioids


Make the Senate the Senate again
Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth to be first to give birth while serving in the Senate
A moment for moderates: Senators hope deal builds goodwill

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Senate to hold hearing on Hawaii false missile alert
House panel to investigate sexual abuse in sports

Floor Outlook

Amid Safety Concerns, Senators Plan Path for Driverless Car Bill
Pro-life bill will get a vote in the Senate after Trump demanded it at March for Life
House to vote on sexual assault reporting bill after Nassar sentencing
Senate to take initial vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Higher Education Bill Expected in Senate Soon

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2311, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 5:30 p.m.
Upon disposition of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2311, Senate votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Ryan Stras, of Minnesota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Hearings to examine the situation on the Korean Peninsula and United States strategy in the Indo-Pacific region.
Hearings to examine the Financial Stability Oversight Council Annual Report to Congress.
Hearings to examine opportunities to support domestic seafood through aquaculture.
Business meeting to consider the nominations of
Melissa F. Burnison, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs),
Susan Combs, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior,
Ryan Douglas Nelson, of Idaho, to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior,
Anne Marie White, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management), and subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress; to be immediately followed an oversight hearing to examine the role of the Geological Survey and the Forest Service in preparing for and responding to natural hazard events, as well as the current status of mapping and monitoring systems.
An oversight hearing to examine testimony from the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hearings to examine reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, focusing on accountability and risk to taxpayers.
Hearings to examine the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act one year later.
Hearings to examine the economic relationship between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.
Hearings to examine small business health plans.

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. 3942 - Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act (Sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler / Judiciary Committee)

2) S. 534 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Judiciary Committee)

3) H.R. 1457 - To establish requirements for use of a driver's license or personal identification card by certain financial institutions for opening an account or obtaining a financial product or service, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Financial Services Committee)

4) H.R. 1426 - Federal Savings Association Charter Flexibility Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus / Financial Services Committee)

5) H.R. 2255 - To clarify that nonprofit organizations may accept donated mortgage appraisals, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott / Financial Services Committee)

6) H.R. 4292 - Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Financial Services Committee)

7) H.R. 4792 - Small Business Access to Capital After a Natural Disaster Act (Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez / Financial Services Committee)
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. The House will recess no later than 5:00 p.m. and reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President's Address. Members are requested to be on the Floor and seated no later than 8:20 p.m.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the House is not in session.

House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 695 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger / Appropriations Committee)

Legislative Program for next week

Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
On Monday, 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 Tuesday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. The House will recess no later than 5 p.m. and reconvene at approximately 8:35 p.m. for a joint session of Congress to receive the President's State of the Union Address. Members are requested to be on the floor and seated no later than 8:20 p.m. On Wednesday, votes are no longer expected in the House.
Mr. Speaker, the House will consider a number of suspensions next week, a complete list of which will be announced by close of business this Friday.
In addition, the House will, once again, take up legislation to fund the Department of Defense for its fiscal year. This bill will be fully consistent with the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House and Senate last year on a bipartisan basis and was signed into law by President Trump.
Mr. Speaker, this House has shown that we stand ready to rebuild America's military and give our men and women in uniform the resources they need.
I will now encourage our Senate colleagues to do the same.
Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Text of Bills for the Week of Jan. 29, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of January 28 - February 3, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018

Senate amendments to H.R. 695 — Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017 [Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018]

H.Res.___, a resolution requiring each employing office of the House of Representatives to adopt an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy for the offices workplace, establishing the Office of Employee Advocacy to provide legal assistance and consultation to employees of the House regarding procedures and proceedings under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, and for other purposes. H.R.___, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Closing the Digital Divide: Broadband Infrastructure Solutions

Department of Energy: Management and Priorities

"Examination of Reports on the El Faro Marine Casualty and Coast Guard's Electronic Health Records"

Examining Opportunities and Challenges in the Financial Technology (Fintech) Marketplace

Readying the U.S. Military for Future Warfare

Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Future of Education (Rescheduled)

Appeals Reform: Will VAs Implementation Effectively Serve Veterans?

CBO Oversight: Organizational and Operational Structure

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

Small Business Information Sharing: Combating Foreign Cyber Threats

H.R. 3808, the Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017

Examining Implementation of the Compounding Quality Act

Subcommittee Vote on H.R. 3477

Member Day Hearing on Legislation to Improve Tax Administration

Securing our Surface Transportation Systems: Examining the Department of Homeland Securitys Role in Surface Transportation Technologies.

Following the Money: How Human Traffickers Exploit U.S. Financial Markets

Reference Links
Links to Congressional news and information
Prayer Guide

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents

President James Madison:

A Proclamation

Calling for a Day of Humiliation and Prayer

July 9,1812

[Each week, we will publish one prayer or decree that was spoken by each of our presidents, in chronological order. Today's prayer was written by our third president, James Madison.]

WHEREAS the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution of the two Houses, have signified a request, that a day may be recommended, to be observed by the People of the United States, with religious solemnity, as a day of public Humiliation, and Prayer; and whereas such a recommendation will enable the several religious denominations and societies so disposed, to offer, at one and the same time, their common vows and adorations to Almighty God, on the solemn occasion produced by the war, in which he has been pleased to permit the injustice of a foreign power to involve these United States;
I do therefore recommend the third Thursday in August next, as a convenient day to be set apart for the devout purposes of rendering to the Sovereign of the Universe and the Benefactor of mankind, the public homage due to his holy attributes; of acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke the manifestations of His divine displeasures; of seeking His merciful forgiveness, His assistance in the great duties of repentance and amendment; and especially of offering fervent supplications, that in the present season of calamity and war, He would take the American People under his peculiar care and protection; that he would guide their public councils, animate their patriotism, and bestow His blessing on their arms; that He would inspire all nations with a love of justice and of concord, and with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion, to do to others as they would require others to do to them; and finally, that, turning the hearts of our enemies from the violence and injustice which sway their councils against us, He would hasten a restoration of the blessings of Peace.
Given at Washington the 9th day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

James Madison

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