Saturday, April 7, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, April 7, 2018

"The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone."
(Psalm 118:22)

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The Trumpet

A weekly email of highlights for--and requests for action from--the conservative world

April 6, 2018


1. President Trump, in response to the illegal immigrant "caravan" making its way from Honduras into Mexico, with a goal of illegally entering the United States, ordered the National Guard to the border in a support role for the U.S. Border Patrol. Learn more here:

-- Pentagon Statement - go here
-- Loopholes - go here
-- Catch-And-Release Info - go here

2. The U.S. Air Force upheld the religious liberty protections of Colonel Leland B.H. Bohannon, who was the subject of an equal opportunity complaint after refusing to sign a certificate of appreciation for the same-sex spouse of an airman under his command. Learn more here.

3. The Trump Administration issued another round of sanctions against Russian individuals and entities in response to Russia's malign activities. Learn more here.

4. The White House issued a statement declaring ISIS as "almost completely destroyed" in Syria. Read it here.

5. The conservative world continued to applaud President Trump for his nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. Read more here.

6. President Trump proclaimed the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more here.

7. BONUS: See here for photos from this year's White House Easter Egg Roll.


> > > The Senate is scheduled to soon consider President Trump's nominee for Deputy Secretary of Labor (Mr. Pat Pizzella) and for Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Andrew Wheeler). We'd be grateful for any public support of these two nominees and other conservative nominees. Below are brief biographies for these two nominees, for your convenience.
Pat Pizzella to serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor. Mr. Pizzella currently serves as Acting Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), a position to which he was designated by President Trump on January 23, 2017. Mr. Pizzella has served as a Member of the FLRA since November 2013, after being nominated by President Barack Obama in August and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 2013. Previously, he was a Principal at Patrick Pizzella, LLC, a position he held since 2009. From 2001-2009 Mr. Pizzella served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management at the U.S. Department of Labor. He has held positions at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U. S. General Services Administration. Mr. Pizzella received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Andrew Wheeler to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Wheeler is a principal and the head of the energy & environment team at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting and co-chairs the energy and natural resources industry team within the law firm. Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Mr. Wheeler worked at the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for fourteen years, serving in various roles, including as the majority and minority staff director and chief counsel. He started his career at the Environmental Protection Agency as a special assistant in the toxics office, where he received three bronze medals. He has a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.B.A. from George Mason University. Mr. Wheeler is a member of the District of Columbia bar and an Eagle Scout.

Thank you, and enjoy a fantastic weekend . . .

Paul Teller
Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
The White House

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Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

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Congress Last Week


Trump Sending Congress Border Legislation, Wants Guard on Hand

Federal Spending

Overview: Where the Omnibus Money Is Going
Republicans Mulling Budget Gambit to Avoid Spending Some Omnibus Funds
Paul Ryan's Broad Strokes on Poverty
Facing Heat at Home, GOP Leaders May Rescind Some Spending


VA Nominee Jackson Served as Physician to 3 Presidents
Conservative Leaders Back Mike Pompeo as 'Change Agent' at State Department

Commerce Policy

CRA repeal of payday lending rule introduced


Senate Republicans have options to speed up confirming Trump's nominees
Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi Announce April 18 Memorial Service for Congresswoman Slaughter
House Leaders To Hold Memorial for Slaughter April 18
House to Mark 50th Anniversary of April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination on April 12
Hundreds of Former Staffers Urge Senate to Act on Sexual Harassment
Daniel Akaka, Long-Serving Hawaii Senator, Dead at 93
Farenthold Resigns After Sexual Harassment Scandal

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

U.S. House panel to probe China military footprint in Africa: chairman
House panel blasts Puerto Rico power agency for trying to 'discredit' corruption probe
Senate panel requests info on Trump aides for Russia probe
House lawmakers press for answers on oversight of nursing homes
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11
Senate Panel Unveils Draft Bill to Combat Opioid Addiction
U.S. House Ways and Means Committee to hold tariff hearing April 12
Pompeo's secretary of state confirmation hearing set for next Thursday, April 12
DOJ, FBI making 'extraordinary accommodation' for all members of House Intelligence to view FISA documents

Floor Outlook

House to vote next week on exempting community banks from key post-crisis rule
Aides: House Will Take Up Balanced-Budget Amendment Next Week

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Claria Horn Boom, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
The consolidated Senate committee schedule had no meeting information at the time of publication. However, committees are holding meetings next week.
If there is a particular committee for which you want to know its meeting schedule, this prayer guide has direct links to each committee's meeting schedule.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, 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. 4921 – STB Information Security Improvement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Mitchell / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
2) H.R. 4925 – FRA Safety Data Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Josh Gottheimer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
3) H.R. 4203 – Combat Online Predators Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Judiciary Committee)
4) H.Res. 128 – Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
5) H.R. 2219 – End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / 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.

H.R. 4293 Stress Test Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 4061Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross / Financial Services Committee)
On Thursday, 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.J.Res. 2Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States (Four Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 4790Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)

Text of Bills for the Week of April 9, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday, April 9, 2018

Houston Strong: Hurricane Harvey Lessons Learned and the Path Forward.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

H.R. 4790 — Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act (Rules Committee Print 115-67 — Showing the text of H.R. 4790 as ordered reported by the Committee on Financial Services)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

FY 2019 U.S. Capitol Police

FY19 - Rail Safety and Infrastructure: Stakeholder Perspectives

Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data

(CLOSED) FY 2019 U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)

FY 2019 - Department of the Interior

Local Responses and Resources to Curtail the Opioid Epidemic

Financing Overseas Development: The Administrations Proposal

Cyber Operations Today: Preparing for 21st Century Challenges in an Information-Enabled Society

The 2018 Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Full Committee Markup on

  • H.R. 3144 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers), To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3392 (Rep. Mike Johnson), To provide for stability of title to certain land in the State of Louisiana, and for other purposes. Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability Act;
  • H.R. 3997 (Rep. Keith J. Rothfus), To waive the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on Federal land, and for other purposes. Free Veterans from Fees Act;
  • H.R. 4257 (Rep. Chris Stewart), To maximize land management efficiencies, promote land conservation, generate education funding, and for other purposes. Advancing Conservation and Education Act; and
  • H.R. 5005 (Rep. Al Lawson, Jr.), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System.
  • H.R. 1037 (Rep. Stephen F. Lynch), To authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes;
  • H.R. 1791 (Rep. David G. Reichert), To establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and for other purposes. Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Act;
  • H.R. 2991 (Rep. Lloyd Smucker), To establish the Susquehanna National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes. Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act; and
  • H.R. 3045 (Rep. Luke Messer), To amend the National Trails System Act to extend the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and for other purposes. Eastern Legacy Extension Act
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Hearing (closed)

FY 2019 Smithsonian Institution

FY 2019 National Guard and Reserve

FY 2019 Government Publishing Office

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Improving the Ability of Medicare and Medicaid to Provide Care for Patients

FY 2019 - Internal Revenue Service

FY 2019 Investments in our Health Workforce and Rural Communities

Legislative Hearing on: H.R. ____, the Permitting Litigation Efficiency Act of 2018, and H.R. 4423, the North Texas Water Supply Security Act of 2017

Oversight of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Energy Budget

FY 2019 Oversight Hearing on Energy, Installations, and Environment

FY 2019 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook

Building for the Future: Examining Challenges Facing DHSs Consolidated Headquarters Project."

The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense

Improper Payments in State-Administered Programs: Medicaid

FY 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Effects of Tariff Increases on the U.S. Economy and Jobs

Examining the Role of Shared Employees in the House

H.R. 5305: FDLP Modernization Act of 2018

Community Support: Entrepreneurial Development and Beyond

Jobs and Opportunity: Local Perspectives on the Jobs Gap

Examining the Presidents FY 2019 Budget Request for the Transportation Security Administration."

FY 2019 Department of Transportation Budget

H.R. 4311, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017

Examining the Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Spending, Priorities and Missions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Four Power Marketing Administrations

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Combat Aviation Programs

FY 2019 Architect of the Capitol

Global Health Supply Chain Management: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

A Caravan of Illegal Immigrants: A Test of U.S. Borders

355 Ship Navy: Delivering the Right Capabilities

Friday, April 13, 2018

High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities

Military Personnel Posture: FY 2019

FY 2019 Federal Emergency Management Agency

Reference Links
Links to Congressional news and information
Prayer Guide

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents:

Our Fourteenth President: Franklin Pierce


[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 fourteenth president, Frankline Pierce.]

"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling Providence."
-- Inaugural Address, March 4, 1853

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