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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, February 17, 2018

"I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you."
(2 Kings 20:5)

[President Donald Trump; address to the nation.
Thursday, February 15, 2018]

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Pray for Parkland

Pray for Parkland

Several national ministries are calling for a concerted prayer effort to lift up the survivors and the families of the Parkland shooting tragedy that took place last week.

We encourage each of our readers to note, not only the items listed below, but also to pursue via our links, the full text of each ministry's call to prayer. Thank you.

1. #Pray for Parkland: National Day of Prayer Calls the Nation to Pray this Sunday for Parkland Survivors.

We are encouraging all of the pastors, churches, and volunteers in our National Day of Prayer network to set aside five minutes for prayer during this weekends services for those impacted by the Florida school tragedy and for the safety of the schools in our individual communities. We've also posted links to a powerful, moving prayer by our president, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, that has been viewed close to 100,000 times today. Please share this impactful post on your social media pages. (To learn more: please go here.)

2. Reformation Prayer Network: A Call to Prayer for our Schools

Dear Warrior Intercessors,

The enemy is after this generation . . . from gender confusion and homosexuality to abortion, drugs and gang related violence, our children have become prime targets for destruction. The level of gun violence and terror attacks in schools has risen alarmingly. And we have watched in horror as the enemy strikes yet again. The gunning down of innocent children and adults Wednesday at a high school in Parkland, FL is the latest tragedy aimed at our youth. It is time for us to get proactive in our prayers - we MUST take the offensive position! We are seated governmentally with Christ and carry His authority in the earth realm. Let us begin exercising our authority corporately against this evil onslaught. (Read more here)

3. Parkland Tragedy ~ Is This the New Theme? - National Day of Repentance

[excerpt] To read this entire article, please go here.

There is a tipping point at which God distances Himself from us as a way to awaken our deadness back to LIFE. In Hosea 4:6 the Lord says: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the Law of your God, I also WILL FORGET YOUR CHILDREN." [Emphasis added].

The Lord wishes to relent from Judgment as He did when Jonah preached at Nineveh and they then repented.

We need to pray for God to place His Covering once again over this nation. Ask Him to hear from Heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. You and I, who are His people, called by His Name, must humble ourselves, pray, seek His Face and then TURN from our human ways to focus on His Word and His purity. He wishes to see a real change in our thinking AND conduct so that we cleanse from the old sin strongholds and we collectively, as His Bride, cleanse for His soon return. (Read more here)

President Trump Addresses the Nation

'In These Moments of Darkness, We Hold onto God's Word': Trump Comforts after Florida Shooting

"Today we mourn for all of those who lost their lives," the president said. "No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning."

"Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them, a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise," he continued. "Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world."

He assured the town that all of America is praying for the victims and their families "with one heavy heart." "In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God's Word in Scripture: 'I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you,'" he said. "We trust in that promise and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow."

"I want to speak now directly to America's children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader," he said.
(Source: Breaking Christian News) Read more here.

To read the President's entire address, go here.

> > > To the names and faces of the 17 victims, please go here. (Source: Breaking Christian News)

> > > Heroes: JROTC Students' Quick Thinking, Training Saved Dozens from Shooter at Florida High School - The Blaze

To read this article, please go here.

Mueller's Indictment

Mueller's Indictment: NO AMERICANS, but 13 Russians Tried to Interfere in Election but Did Not Affect the Results

A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, in a case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that detailed a sophisticated plot to wage "information warfare" against the U.S. The Russian nationals are accused of setting a "strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election." The indictment - the first filed against Russian nationals as part of Mueller's probe - effectively returns focus to the meddling activities out of Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, following a string of charges relating to the actions of Trump associates.

Further, the DOJ made clear that the indictment does not allege that any of the interference changed the outcome of the presidential race. "There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel probe, said at a Friday press conference.
President Trump reacted to the indictments by seizing on Rosenstein's comment that the election results were not impacted by the Russians' activity.

"Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President," Trump tweeted. "The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!"

. . . The defendants are accused of spreading derogatory information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, denigrating Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio -- and ultimately supporting Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Rosenstein, though, said that after the election, the group worked both to stage rallies in favor of President-elect Trump and in opposition to his election.

. . . "We have known that Russians meddled in the election, but these indictments detail the extent of the subterfuge," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said. "These Russians engaged in a sinister and systematic attack on our political system. It was a conspiracy to subvert the process, and take aim at democracy itself."
. . . in a statement released by the White House, Trump said "We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful."

"It's time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions," he said. "We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections."

(Fox News) Read more here.

Recent Floor Activity

Congress Last Week


How important is the DACA deadline, really, for Dreamers?
House Conservatives Gear Up to Hold Line on Immigration
Lindsey Graham blames 'demagogues' for immigration vote defeat, calls on Trump to 'grab the reins'
The Point: If you blinked, you missed the immigration fight

Federal Spending

Freedom Caucus Sounds Off on Leadership Over Budget Deal
Budget plans complicate Trump's alliance with Freedom Caucus, other conservative groups
5 Takeaways From Trump's New Budget Proposal
RIP, Fiscal Conservatism


Trump Should Withdraw Radical Nominee Who Would Oppose Religious Liberty
Republican lawmaker clashes with Sessions over sentencing reform bill

Judiciary leaders want action on preventing sexual misconduct in courts
U.S. attorney general opposes plan to reform prison sentencing
Health Care Policy

Kevin Brady targets Obamacare's employer mandate
Greg Walden pursues giving consumers more information on health prices

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Sources: Russia Probe Muddies House Hearing on US Threat Assessment

Floor Outlook

House Speaker Ryan says immigration action needed in March

With Congress not having legislative sessions next next week, this is a useful time to take a longer-term view on some key priorities.
One key priority is the inclusion of the Conscience Protection Act (S. 301) in the final FY18 spending bill. The bill would protect health care providers, including health care professionals, entities and health insurance plans from government discrimination if they decline to participate in abortions. Members will continue advocating for the inclusion of this bill in FY18 appropriations.
Senator Portman's Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693) has been on the list for a floor vote. The bill seeks to provide justice for victims of online sex trafficking and ensure that websites which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held liable and brought to justice.
Senator Daines introduced the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act (S. 2420) to expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to cover the year in which a mother is pregnant by providing a CTC for that year once the child has Social Security Number. Current cosponsors include Senators Blunt, Ernst, Fischer, Inhofe and Lankford.

Senate Floor

Senate Floor Schedule
The Senate is not in session next week.
For the week of the Presidents' Day holiday Senators are in their home states for a State Work Period, February 19-23.

Senate Committees

Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
No Senate committee hearings are scheduled for next week.

House Floor

House Floor Schedule
The House is not in session next week.
For the week of the Presidents' Day holiday Representatives are in their home states for a District Work Period, February 19-23.

House Committees

House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of February 18 - 24, 2018
There are no meetings scheduled for next week.

Reference Links

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents:
Our Seventh President: Martin van Buren


[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 seventh president, Martin van Buren.]

"I only look to the gracious protection of that Divine Being whose strengthening support I humbly solicit and whom I fervently pray to look down upon us all."

(Inaugural Address, March 4, 1837)

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