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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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About Those Crying Children

About Those Crying Children

Border agent involved with dramatic photo of crying girl breaks silence

The picture of a Honduran girl crying as she and her mother are detained in Texas has grabbed worldwide attention and come to symbolize the intense debate about separating children from their parents.

Time magazine put the young girl on this week's cover, but the Border Patrol agent involved in the dramatic scene says the photo might be a little misleading. That agent said the mother and daughter were never separated and are still together.

"We were patrolling the border. It was after 10 o'clock at night," Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News' David Begnaud.

He was the first to encounter Sandra Sanchez and her daughter after they allegedly crossed the Rio Grande River into Texas illegally.

"We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her . . . So we can properly search the mother," Ruiz said. "So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her 'Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?' and she said, 'Yes. She's tired and thirsty. It's 11 o'clock at night.'"

Getty photographer John Moore joined Ruiz for a nearly nine-hour ride along on the border. He was just feet away from Sanchez and her daughter.

"When I took this picture, I knew it would be important. I had no way of knowing that it would touch people quite on the level that it has," Moore said. "I asked her how long she'd been traveling, and she gave me this very weary look, and she said she'd been on the road with her daughter for a month . . . Imagine doing that with children. It's almost impossible to imagine, actually."
Moore's image is now on the cover of Time magazine next to a picture of President Trump. (CBS News) Read more
- Father God, we ask You to forgive the editors of TIME Magazine for this brazen attack against the truth of this particular story. We ask that this story instead be broadcast far and wide, even as we lift up President Trump and all others working with him as they confront the issue of lawlessness and danger on our southern border. In Your Name, amen.
- "'This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!'" (Job 38:11)

The Trumpet

The Trumpet

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

June 22, 2018


(Many thanks to Intercessors for America for allowing us to link our material via their own website. Thank you, IFA!)

Key topics for this week:

1. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the Trump Administration's withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council, which has become "an exercise in shameless hypocrisy."

2. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a finalized rule enabling more e mployers to participate in Association Health Plans (AHPs), which will enable more Americans to find some relief from Obamacare. This step is part of President Trump's effort to empower as many Americans as possible to get out from under Obamacare.
3. President Trump signed an executive order to keep illegal immigrant children with their families, to the greatest extent possible, as a temporary path to Congress passing a permanent solution that protects children, respects the rule of law, and increases national security.

You may also find useful the opening remarks from Homeland Security Secreta ry Kirstjen Nielsen at a White House press briefing this week. She clearly outlines the facts on the ground about the family separation issue and the lead up to this situation over many years.

4. President Trump and Vice President Pence continue to stand with the victims of illegal alien crime.
5. President Trump rolled out a proposal for the comprehensive reorganization and modernization of the federal government to make it more efficient and effective.
6. Unfortunately, the Senate defeated President Trump's rescissions package, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (H.R. 3).


We'd be grateful for your touting of the President's government reorganization proposal (see above), including your ongoing feedback about the various parts of the proposal and how we could enact them.

And as always, we would appreciate amplification of any of the items in this or other recent editions of The Trumpet-particularly the items at the top of this week's Trumpet, which got less public attention than they otherwise would have during another week.

Thank you, and enjoy an excellent weekend . . .

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

Next Sunday! Call2Fall

Next Sunday! Call2Fall

(The commentary below was written by Maureen Bravo, President, 24/7 Strategic Prayer Network. You can join Maureen and her team of amazing intercessors, ANYTIME, DAY OR NIGHT, in lifting up President Trump for prayer by going here.

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Last night, the question was asked: Do we, the people of God in the USA, have the anointing and authority to stop these attacks against our President? The answer is yes, and we have already received the guidance to be able to accomplish this task . . . but we must approach God in the manner He dictates and come before Him in national repentance!

". . . and My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Will we answer God's call to humble ourselves, fall on our knees in prayer and seek His face, freely repenting of our national sin, so that He will forgive our sins and heal our land?
The upcoming "Call2Fall" presents us with just such an opportunity! This national prayer initiative, taking place on July 1st...the Sunday before we celebrate our "Independence," gives us a chance to express our "Dependence" upon the Lord, and to unite across our nation in a corporate time of repentance and prayer. The Body of Christ is asked to set aside a definite time during worship services that day, to get on our knees and faces before the Lord, and in a corporate act of humility, repentance, and prayer, ask God to reshape our lives and renew our land.
We, on the 24/7 NSPC, will uphold and participate in the "Call2Fall" every hour of that day! We also urge and encourage our 24/7 family to take this information to their congregations and ask their pastors and prayer leaders to make this part of their church service on that Sunday. For more info:
We pray:

- Lord, we are profoundly aware that we're at this critical point in our history because as a nation, we have been moving away from You for decades. We stand before You today and repent. Forgive us!

- As we, Your intercessors, stand in the gap and "turn" back to You with all our hearts, we ask that this nation do the same! We receive Your mercy and forgiveness, and look to a future that is filled with HOPE . . . a real HOPE . . . a HOPE that is in YOU . . . and YOU ALONE!

- We pray for our President, that he will serve You and our people, with dignity and grace, integrity and truth. Thank You for protecting him from the snares of the fowler, so that any trap set for him will be destroyed, in the Name of Jesus!

- We know that there is much work to be done on the part of Your Church. Help each one of us to step up and step out, sharing the burden as we together reclaim, redeem and rebuild our beloved country.

Eye on Israel

Israel Headline News, Analysis, and Prayer Targets

June 21, 2018

Submitted by Laura Densmore

To read this week's penetrating analysis of news from Israel, please go here.

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

Senate passes defense bill, battle looms with Trump over China's ZTE
Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending
House kills conservative immigration bill, delays Paul Ryan compromise amid struggle to find GOP votes
U.S. House approves farm bill with major food stamps changes
House approves massive bill to fight opioid addiction

Congress Last Week

National Security

Armed services committees caught off guard by Trump's Space Force order
Trump's Space Force Order Would Need Congressional Action
US Senate Backers of ZTE Measure Ready to Battle Trump
Defense Officials: US Needs Coordinated China Tech Strategy


Recording of Screaming, Frightened Children at Border Facility Released
Here Are the Republicans Opposing Migrant Family Separation
DHS: More Time Needed for Foreign Investor Visa Overhaul
Dem plays audio from child detention center on Senate floor
Trump's Immigration Executive Order Explained
Lawmakers, Human Rights Groups React to Trump's Executive Order
Focus on Congress After Trump Ends Migrant Family Separation
Leading Republican senator says will 'take a look' at immigration legislation
House speaker says DHS working to reunite separated immigrant families
Lawmakers Call for More Resources for Separated Migrant Children
Trump Urges Republican Lawmakers to Scrap Immigration Bill for Now
Trump Vows to End Immigration Crisis 'Once and for All'

Federal Spending

Conservatives rip Senate for killing bill to cut $15 billion in unspent funds
House Budget Would Direct $302 Billion in 10-Year Spending Cuts
U.S. spending bill would halt transfer of F-35s to Turkey


Despite New CFPB Nominee, Mulvaney Could Be Around a Long Time
Government Reorganization Plan Greeted Without Fanfare


Flake Holds Up Judicial Nominee, Won't Say Why


Lawmakers Must Now File Financial Disclosures for Cryptocurrencies
Senators Keeping Hope - and 'Regular Order' - Alive
On the House Floor, Speaker Ryan Honors Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Senate Judiciary panel grills Justice inspector general, FBI director on Clinton email probe
FBI Director Defends Bureau Against Criticism
Immigration Debate Steps on Hearing About FBI Report
House set to debate offshore wind energy bills in U.S. waters
Scott Pruitt set to testify before Senate committee in August
DOJ turns over docs to House Intelligence following explicit threats by Republicans
Victoria Nuland Can't Keep Her Steele Story Straight

Floor Outlook

Republicans aim to debate immigration bill next week, ignoring Trump plea
US Lawmakers Prepare for Vote Next Week on Immigration Bill

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of H.R. 5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, as amended, and votes on passage of the bill at 5:30 p.m.
Following disposition of H.R. 5895, Senate votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018
Hearings to examine the nomination of Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lyons, USA, to be general and Commander, United States Transportation Command, Department of Defense.
Hearings to examine prescription drug affordability and innovation, focusing on addressing challenges in today's market.
Business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
Hearings to examine legislative proposals to increase access to capital.
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Teri L. Donaldson, of Texas, to be Inspector General,
Christopher Fall, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Science,
Karen S. Evans, of West Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary (Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response), and
Daniel Simmons, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), all of the Department of Energy.
Hearings to examine the Survivors' Bill of Rights, focusing on implementation and next steps.
Business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
Business meeting to consider
S. 1158, to help prevent acts of genocide and other atrocity crimes, which threaten national and international security, by enhancing United States Government capacities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to such crises,
S. 2463, to establish the United States International Development Finance Corporation,
S. 2497, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriations of funds to Israel,
S. 2779, to amend the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001,
H.R. 3776, to support United States international cyber diplomacy, the nominations of
Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador,
Robin S. Bernstein, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic,
Kenneth S. George, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay,
Harry B. Harris, Jr., of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea,
Joseph N. Mondello, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,
Georgette Mosbacher, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, and
Tibor Peter Nagy, Jr., of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary (African Affairs), all of the Department of State, and routine lists in the Foreign Service.
Business meeting to consider
S. 3029, to revise and extend the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Act (PREEMIE Act),
S. 1112, to support States in their work to save and sustain the health of mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postpartum period, to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes for pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths, to identify solutions to improve health care quality and health outcomes for mothers,
S. 808, to provide protections for certain sports medicine professionals who provide certain medical services in a secondary State,
S. 3039, to provide funding for the development of a predictive analytics pilot program to help children and families who come to the attention of the child welfare system, an original bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act,
and the nominations of
Scott Stump, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education,
John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training, and other pending nominations.
Hearings to examine protecting our elections, focusing on examining shell companies and virtual currencies as avenues for foreign interference.
Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2018
Business meeting to consider
S. 645, to require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the economy of the United States,
S. 1092, to protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, notwithstanding a patchwork of local and State prohibitions,
S. 1896, to amend section 8331 of title 5, United States Code, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to clarify the treatment of availability pay for Federal air marshals and criminal investigators of the Transportation Security Administration,
S. 2941, to improve the Cooperative Observer Program of the National Weather Service,
S. 3094, to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program,
H.R. 4254, to amend the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 to strengthen the aerospace workforce pipeline by the promotion of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship and fellowship opportunities to women,
H.R. 4467, to require the Federal Air Marshal Service to utilize risk-based strategies,
H.R. 4559, to conduct a global aviation security review,
and the nominations of
Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce,
Heidi R. King, of California, to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation,
Geoffrey Adam Starks, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, and
Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Hearings to examine Medicaid fraud and overpayments, focusing on problems and solutions.
Hearings to examine how to reduce health care costs, focusing on understanding the cost of health care in America.
Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2019 for the Department of State.
Hearings to examine FAST-41 and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, focusing on progress to date and next steps.
Hearings to examine the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018
Hearings to examine legislative proposals to examine corporate governance.
Business meeting to consider
S. 2245, to include New Zealand in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrants if United States nationals are treated similarly by the Government of New Zealand,
S. 2823, to modernize copyright law,?
and the nominations of
Britt Cagle Grant, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit,
David James Porter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit,
Holly A. Brady, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana,
Andrew Lynn Brasher, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama,
James Patrick Hanlon, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana,
David Steven Morales, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas,
Lance E. Walker, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine, and
John D. Jordan, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and an original bill making appropriations for?the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.

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. 5783 – Cooperate with Law Enforcement Agencies and Watch Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)
2) H.R. 435 – Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison / Financial Services Committee)
3) H.R. 4294 – Prevention of Private Information Dissemination Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Kustoff / Financial Services Committee)
4) H.R. 6069 – FIND Trafficking Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Juan Vargas / Financial Services Committee)
5) H.R. 5094 – Enhancing Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter King / Homeland Security Committee)
6) H.R. 5081 – Surface Transportation Security and Technology Accountability Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
7) H.R. 5730 – Transportation Security Technology Innovation Reform Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)
8) H.R. 5766 – Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Donald Payne / Homeland Security Committee)
9) H.R. 5733 – DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon / Homeland Security Committee)
10) H.R. 5206 – OBIM Authorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
11) H.R. 5207 – IAP Authorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)
12) H.R. 5751 – To redesignate Golden Spike National Historic Site and to establish the Transcontinental Railroad Network, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop / Natural Resources Committee)
13) H.R. 221 – Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)
14) H.R. 805 – Tulare Youth Recreation and Womens History Enhancement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Natural Resources Committee)
15) H.R. 857 – California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)
16) H.R. 3392 – Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson / Natural Resources Committee)
17) H.R. 4257 – Advancing Conservation and Education Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart / Natural Resources Committee)
18) H.R. 1791 – Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert / Natural Resources Committee)
19) H.R. 299 – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Valadao / Veterans Affairs Committee)
20) H.R. 4528 – To make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Darren Soto / Natural Resources Committee)
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 5841 – Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger / Foreign Affairs Committee / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 6157Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger / Appropriations Committee)
Complete Consideration of H.R. 6136Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee / Homeland Security Committee)
Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 5515 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees
Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Text of Bills for the Week of June 25, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday, June 25, 2018

H.R. 200 — Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act; H.R. 2083 — Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (Rules Committee Print 115-79 — Based on the text of H.R. 2083, as reported by the Committee on Natural Resources); H.R. 6157 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rules Committee Print 115-77 — Showing the text of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 as ordered reported by the Committee on Appropriations) [General Debate]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Commercial Space Transportation Regulatory Reform: Stakeholder Perspectives

Oversight of the Federal Governments Approach to Lead-Based Paint and Mold Remediation in Public and Subsidized Housing

The State of Intellectual Freedom in America

H. Res. 938, Of inquiry directing the Attorney General to provide certain documents in the Attorney General's possession to the House of Representatives relating to the ongoing congressional investigation related to certain prosecutorial and investigatory decisions made by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation surrounding the 2016 election, and H. Res. 928, Of inquiry requesting the President and directing the Attorney General to transmit, respectively, certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to the President's use of the pardon power under article II, section 2 of the Constitution.

FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

VA Electronic Health Record Modernization: The Beginning of the Beginning

Artificial Intelligence With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Committee Resolution 115-19: Resolution to allocate funds from the Reserve fund.

United States Capitol Police: Operations and Workforce

The Shifting Geopolitics of Oil and Gas

Discussion Draft: National Telecommunications and Information Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018

Hiring and Retaining Veterans for the Modern Day Workforce

International and Domestic Implications of De-Risking

POSTPONED: Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America (Postponed)

Access to Public Lands: The Effects of Forest Service Road Closures

H.R. 6157 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 (Rules Committee Print 115-77 — Showing the text of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 as ordered reported by the Committee on Appropriations) [Amendment Consideration]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Examining the Administration's Government-wide Reorganization Plan

Oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

H.R. ____, the National Quantum Initiative Act; H.R. ____, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Reauthorization Act of 2018; and H.R. ____, the American Space SAFE Management Act

Full Committee

Bolstering Data Privacy and Mobile Security: An Assessment of IMSI Catcher Threats

Crisis in the Republic of the Cameroon

Pending Legislation

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Army and Marine Corps Depot Policy Issues and Infrastructure Concerns

Reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act

Full Committee Markup: H.R. ___ Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Closed)

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