Saturday, January 20, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, January 20, 2018

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Breaking News from Congress!

US lawmakers aim to tighten terms of Iran nuclear deal

A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Thursday aimed at tightening the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, despite Tehran's rejection of changes to the accord.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the agreement aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program, which was signed under his predecessor Barack Obama's administration.

The "Iran Freedom Policy and Sanctions Act" was introduced by Peter Roskam and backed by Liz Cheney, two Republicans in the US House of Representatives.

The proposed legislation "makes clear what any effective agreement would have to contain," Cheney said in a statement.

A deal with Iran would need to "at a minimum, authorize anywhere, anytime inspections including inspections of military facilities; disclosure of all past and present, military and civilian nuclear activity; a ban on weapons-grade enrichment; and a restriction on ballistic missile development," said Cheney.

The legislation "will ensure that sanctions on Iran will only be relaxed if Iran meets these crucial requirements," Cheney added, criticizing the current agreement for allegedly delivering "sanctions relief and cash payments to the Iranian regime in exchange for unverifiable promises." A parallel bill aimed at toughening the nuclear deal is under consideration in the Senate. (Times of Israel) Read more.
- Father God, we awoke this morning to find this good news awaiting us. Thank You, Lord, for this act of Congress, and we pray now that the Senate will move to pass its own similar bill, that this legislation will then move to the White House, where President Trump can sign this into law. Amen.

- "Ask, and it shall be given you . . ." (Matthew 7:7)

Pro-Life Victory in Congress!

Major Victory!

U.S. House Votes to Protect Babies Who Survived Botched Abortions

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712) aims to protect babies who have managed to survive an abortion and are born alive in an abortion center. The bill states that if a baby survives an abortion, that baby is entitled to the same level of care as any other baby of a similar age, no matter how delivered, would receive.
The bill requires that living babies be transported to a hospital for care, instead of being left to the devices of the abortionist. The bill also establishes penalties if health professionals do not provide this level of care. It also allows the mother to sue if her living baby is killed by intent or neglect.
The vote was 241-183. Three Republicans and four Democrats abstained. Of the 235 who voted "Yes," 235 were Republicans and 6 were Democrats.

There are U.S. cases of babies who have been born alive after a botched abortion and then brutally killed by the abortionist.

The vote took place on the same day that hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers witnessed to life in the nation's Capital during the annual March for Life. (Lifesite News) Read more.

The Government Shuts Down

Last-ditch effort to keep the government open fails in Senate

Congress misses shutdown deadline
Government funding lapses after spending bills stalls in Senate
Partial US Government Shutdown Begins
White House says it will not negotiate immigration issues until Democrats approve government funding
What's next in government funding negotiations?
Lindsey Graham offers path out of 'Dreamer' shutdown

Father, It's easy for us, the American people, to condemn “Congress” and all the problems we see manifesting themselves in various news outlets, and now culminating in a lapse in funding for the federal government.

The truth is, these are problems of our own making. Congress is a reflection, indeed a “representation,” of the American People. We are a people who have avoided responsibility and the consequences of our actions, politics, votes, and seeking a means of escape instead of turning to You.

Father, You have abundantly blessed this country, and we have forgotten that original blessing. Today we often think of your blessing as abundance. Your original blessing to us as a People was freedom.

Father, we ask you to restore anew to us an appreciation for us your original blessing upon this nation. Father, we give You thanks, in Jesus' name, for liberty in You and in this land.

Father, please give us a clarity for how to simply see things and these issues in Congress through the filter of your purposes for us as a country.

“Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:13-17, ESV)

Update: Plans for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

U.S. to convert existing Jerusalem facility into embassy for 2019 opening

The Trump administration plans to retrofit an existing facility in Jerusalem into an embassy with the goal of moving its staff there from Tel Aviv in 2019, US officials said on Thursday.

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal quoted US officials on record, who said the State Department plans to reconfigure an existing consular facility that the US has operated out of Arnona in West Jerusalem since 1948.

"We are going to retrofit a building" for a 2019 opening, he continued. "There is no plan for anything temporary." (Jerusalem Post)

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Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

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Congress Last Week

National Security

Tweak in foreign surveillance bill may not change much
FISA Fight Marks Win for Intelligence Committee Over Judiciary


US Lawmakers Work to Salvage Immigration Deal
John Cornyn says to scrap 'gang of six' deal, start over
Not clear what Trump will support on immigration: Senate leader
Mitch McConnell: Donald Trump's approval key to immigration deal
GOP leaders promise to whip hard-line immigration bill
Flake Signals Deal to Vote on DACA Proposal

Federal Spending

GOP tables DACA amid spending battle
Drive to Fund US Government Hits Immigration Speed Bump
Sen. Cory Gardner says government shutdown over DACA is "irresponsible"
House lawmakers search for strategy on defunding Planned Parenthood


17 of Donald Trump's judicial picks move closer to confirmation
Senate Judiciary Committee approves 17 Trump judicial nominations


Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal
Lawmakers unveil landmark overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error
Capitol Hill foreign policy panels facing big changes
House to hold hearings on reviving earmarks
Senate Finance panel advances Trump's HHS pick Alex Azar
House panel approves bill to tighten oversight of foreign lobbying
Russia Probes Come Up Against Claims of Executive Privilege
House committee votes to release Fusion GPS testimony in Russia probe
Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

Senate Floor

Program for Saturday: Senate continues consideration of the McConnell motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 195, Further Continuing Appropriations Act, with a further amendment.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
To receive a closed briefing on the Nuclear Posture Review.
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors, and to be a Member of the Board of Directors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,
Marvin Goodfriend, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and
Thomas E. Workman, of New York, to be a Member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
An oversight hearing to examine the performance of the electric power system in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic during recent winter weather events, including the bomb cyclone.
Hearings to examine facing 21st century public health threats, focusing on our Nation's preparedness and response capabilities.
Hearings to examine surface transportation security, focusing on addressing current and emerging threats.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.
Closed hearings to examine cyber warfighting policy.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Hearings to examine turning 65, focusing on navigating critical decisions to age well.
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit,
Daniel Desmond Domenico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado, and
Adam I. Klein, of the District of Columbia, to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
An oversight hearing to examine the Congressional Budget Office.
To receive a closed briefing on global nuclear developments.
Hearings to examine officer personnel management and the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980.
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Hearings to examine global challenges and United States national security strategy.
Hearings to examine Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reform, focusing on Administration perspectives on the essential elements.
Hearings to examine the Wireless Emergency Alert system.
Hearings to examine combating the opioid crisis, focusing on exploiting vulnerabilities in international mail.
Hearings to examine reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, focusing on access and innovation.
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.
Hearings to examine the nomination of Frank T. Brogan, of Pennsylvania, to be Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education.
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
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.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
The House was originally scheduled to be working in their home districts next week.
Instead, due to the lapse in funding for the federal government, House members are staying in Washington pending an agreement on spending.
The House is in session today, Saturday, January 20, 2018.

House Committees
House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of January 21 - 27, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018

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Presidents and Prayers

Presidents and Prayers:

Our Third President: Thomas Jefferson

". . . I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever . . . "

Source: Prayers of the Presidents, by Dr. Larry Keefauver, editor, page 15.

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