Saturday, July 21, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, July 21, 2018

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, July 21, 2018
"A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law."

(Isaiah 43:2,3)

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

Statement by Mike Pompeo

Pompeo: We will do more than talk about religious persecution

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for a first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and one planned attendee predicts it's about more than just talk.

The three-day State Department event, set for next week on July 25 and 26, is expected to bring together government officials, religious leaders, and many more to discuss religious persecution around the globe.

In an interview on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," a weekday show on American Family Radio, Pompeo said he predicts more than just talking when leaders and activists assemble.

"We do believe that just putting people together from all across the world in a room, and talking about this topic," said Pompeo, "will empower them to go back to their home country and advocate for religious freedom as well."

Some of those attendees live in countries where there is no religious freedom, Pompeo went on to say, so being able to meet with others who are aware of those difficulties helps create a "support system" for them when they return home.

Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at the Ministerial as well as Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. (OneNewsNow) Read more here.

- Father, we do lift up this amazing Ministerial before Your Throne of Grace, asking only that Your Kingdom purposes be fulfilled during this week in Washington, D.C. We ask journeying mercies for all who are coming here, and divine appointments throughout this week, in Your Name, amen.

- "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)

Special prayer request:

Those of us who are "boots on the ground" in Washington, D.C. will be welcoming hundreds of intercessors from across the nation and around the world to our city this week -- all who are coming in order to undergird this ministerial in prayer. Please join us in praying that all that God desires to be accomplished in this "convening of prayer warriors" shall, indeed, be achieved. Thank you!

- "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." (Psalm 37:23)

Trump, Putin and Middle East Peace

Trump and Putin are headed to Res 242 to untie the Gordian Knot

One Positive Outcome of the Talks in Helsinki!

Defusing the Syria-Israel conflict and resurrecting the primacy of Security Council Resolution 242 in resolving the Arab-Jewish conflict have emerged as positive outcomes from the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki this week.

President Putin expressed America and Russia's joint resolve with this succinct statement:

"The south of Syria should be brought to the full compliance with the treaty of 1974 about the separation of forces, about separation of forces of Israel and Syria. This will bring peace to Golan Heights. And bring more peaceful relationship between Syria and Israel and also to provide security of the state of Israel. Mr. President paid special attention to the issue during today's negotiations. I would like to confirm that Russia is interested in this development and this will act accordingly. Thus far, we will make a step toward creating a lasting peace in compliance with the respective resolutions of security council, for instance the resolution 338." (Later: Resolution 242)
> > > To read more, go here.

Also: please note the cartoon, in particular. This one says it all!

Supreme Court Nominee

Sen. Rand Paul 'very worried' about Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh
Presidential Power Key Issue in Court Confirmation Fight 
Democrats Demand Paperwork Before Meeting With Kavanaugh

JAG Asks Conservative Senators to Oppose Confirmation of Kavanaugh

To read this press release, explaining why the Judicial Action Group is not supporting Judge Kavanaugh to be placed on the Supreme Court, please go here.

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

House backs resolution expressing support for ICE
House votes to go to conference on farm bill
House passes measure declaring a carbon tax harmful to economy
Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE
US Senate Rejects Resolutions Backing Intelligence on Russian Meddling
Unanimous Senate Resolution Sends Message to Putin

Congress Last Week

Foreign Policy

House may consider new sanctions on Russia: Speaker Ryan
Senators Eye New Russia Sanctions as Trump Defends Putin Summit
Freedom Caucus Finds Silver Lining From Helsinki: At Least It Happened
After Helsinki, Senate GOP Quietly Takes Aim at Russia
Senate to Weigh Large Cuts to Military Aid
Senate rejects Russian interviews of US officials after White House waffles

First Amendment

IRS Ruling on Political Donation Reporting Sets Off Campaign Finance Fight


Republicans Put Immigration Divisions on Hold for ICE Messaging Votes
Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate

Federal Spending

Pro-Life Provisions in Financial Services-related bill
Budget Chairmen Weigh in on Veterans Funding Fight
House Farm Bill Author Stumps for SNAP Work Mandates as Reckoning Approaches
House bill funds $5 billion for wall, adds ICE and Border Patrol agents
Senate to include $1.6 billion for border wall funding


Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws

Commerce Policy

House lawmakers agree on bipartisan package on capital markets rule-easing
Social media companies defend filtering practices before Congress
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Say They Don't Censor Conservatives
Lawmakers Scramble to Extend Flood Insurance Before Hurricane Season Peaks
Most GOP Climate Caucus Members Back Anti-Carbon Tax Measure

Health Care Policy

House moves to block DC's penalty on the uninsured
Senate Democrats Likely to Push to Maintain Abortion-Covering Health Insurance Mandate


Joint Budget Committee Will Meet on the Side to Work it Out
House Greets MLB All Star Game Week by Naming Post Office for Harmon Killebrew
Negotiations Over Sexual Harassment Bills Continue, but No Timetable Yet

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Mike Pompeo to testify before Congress Wednesday
Senate leader asks for proposals to block future Russian meddling

Floor Outlook

McConnell aiming to confirm Brett Kavanaugh by October
Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee
Senate Schedule for Next Week: VA Nominee and Appropriations
Senators want committee vote on Russia sanctions bill by early August
House Schedule Before August Recess is Set
Next week: House to extend broke flood insurance program before leaving town

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate begins consideration of the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and votes on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Following disposition of the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie, Senate begins consideration of H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Dan Michael Berkovitz, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and
James E. Hubbard, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission,
Michael R. Bright, of the District of Columbia, to be President, Government National Mortgage Association, and
Rae Oliver, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, both of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and
Dino Falaschetti, of Montana, to be Director, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
Hearings to examine theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's blue economy initiative, focusing on supporting commerce in American oceans and Great Lakes.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine factors that are impacting global oil prices.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
Hearings to examine strengthening and empowering United States amateur athletes, focusing on moving forward with solutions.

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
Hearings to examine the China challenge, focusing on economic coercion as statecraft.

Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hearings to examine the nominations of
Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and
Ellen E. McCarthy, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research).

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine the race to 5G, focusing on exploring spectrum needs to maintain United States global leadership.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Business meeting to consider
S. 2554, to ensure that health insurance issuers and group health plans do not prohibit pharmacy providers from providing certain information to enrollees,
H.R. 1222, to amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease,
S. 2465, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment,
S. 3016, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, and pending nominations.

Joint Economic Committee
Hearings to examine the innovation economy, entrepreneurship, and barriers to capital access.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine the state of play, focusing on globalized corruption, state-run doping, and international sport.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
Hearings to examine destination Mars, focusing on putting American boots on the surface of the red planet.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine American diplomacy to advance our national security strategy.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2019 for the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
Hearings to examine the challenges and opportunities of the proposed government reorganization on Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine modernizing apprenticeships to expand opportunities.

To receive a closed briefing regarding certain intelligence matters.

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. 2345 – National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart / Energy and Commerce Committee)
2) H.R. 4881 – Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)
3) H.R. 5709 – PIRATE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Leonard Lance / Energy and Commerce Committee)
4) H.R. 3994 – ACCESS BROADBAND Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko / Energy and Commerce Committee)
5) H.R. 959 – Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Joyce / Energy and Commerce Committee)
6) H.R. 1676 – Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Energy and Commerce Committee)
7) H.R. 3728 – EMPOWER Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee)
8) H.R. 5385 – Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Childrens Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gene Green / Energy and Commerce Committee)
9) H.R. 5954 – Anti-terrorism Clarification Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)
10) H.R. 1689 – Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)
11) H.R. 4100 – Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Judiciary Committee)
12) S. 2245KIWI Act (Sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono / Judiciary Committee)
13) H.R. 2630 – La Paz County Land Conveyance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Natural Resources Committee)
14) H.R. 1220 – To establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 10762, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch / Natural Resources Committee)
15) H.R. 3045 – Eastern Legacy Extension Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Luke Messer / Natural Resources Committee)
16) H.R. 5875 – To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and related laws, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo / Natural Resources Committee)
17) H.R. 5979 – Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Natural Resources Committee)
18) H.R. 6077 – National Comedy Center Recognition Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed / Natural Resources Committee)
19) S. 2850 – To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake / Natural Resources Committee)
20) H.R. 5613 – Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Yoder / Natural Resources Committee)
On Tuesday, 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.R. 1201 – EACH Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Ways and Means Committee)
2) H.R. 1476 – Native American Health Savings Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Moolenaar / Ways and Means Committee)
3) H.R. 519 – Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Ways and Means Committee)
4) H.R. 3500 – Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)
5) H.R. 6084 – Improving Social Securitys Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop / Ways and Means Committee)
6) H.R. 4952 – Improving Seniors Access to Quality Benefits Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Ways and Means Committee)
7) H.R. 6138 – ASC Payment Transparency Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Ways and Means Committee)
8) H.R. 6124 – Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert / Ways and Means Committee)
9) House Amendment to S. 1182 – National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Financial Services Committee)
10) H.R. 2409 – To allow servicemembers to terminate their cable, satellite television, and Internet access service contracts while deployed, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Costello / Veterans Affairs Committee)
11) H.R. 2787 – VET MD Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Marcy Kaptur / Veterans Affairs Committee)
12) H.R. 5538 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the inclusion of certain additional periods of active duty service for purposes of suspending charges to veterans entitlement to educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs during periods of suspended participation in vocational rehabilitation programs (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Peters / Veterans Affairs Committee)
13) H.R. 5649 – Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Bill Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvements Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jodey Arrington / Veterans Affairs Committee)
14) H.R. 5882 – Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos / Veterans Affairs Committee)
15) H.R. 5864 – VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans Affairs Committee)
16) H.R. 5938 – Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez / Veterans Affairs Committee)
17) H.R. 5974 – VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Veterans Affairs Committee)
H.R. 184Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)
On 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. 6414 – To amend title 23, United States Code, to extend the deadline for promulgation of regulations under the tribal transportation self-governance program (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
2) House Amendment to S. 756 Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
3) H.Res. 981 – Condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation, and murders committed by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)
4) H.R. 5535 – Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)
H.R. 6199Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
H.R. 6311Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Energy and Commerce Committee)
Possible Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany of H.R. 5515 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Legislative Program for next week

The House will consider several bills aimed at giving Americans more affordable healthcare choices:

First, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, sponsored by Representative Erik Paulsen. This bill would permanently repeal ObamaCare's burdensome medical device tax. Doing so will create jobs, promote research, and allow for innovation that could lead to the next generation of lifesaving medical technologies;

Next, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, sponsored by Representative Peter Roskam. This package would expand access to lower cost healthcare options, encourage healthcare savings, and put a 2-year delay on ObamaCare's health insurance tax, which drives up costs of insurance for almost every American;

Finally, the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act, sponsored by Representative Lynn Jenkins. This bill would transform and modernize health savings accounts and allow for more innovation in healthcare delivery.

Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Text of Bills for the Week of July 23, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
Monday — July 23, 2018
Tuesday — July 24, 2018
Assessing Innovative and Alternative Uses of Coal
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Committee on Natural Resources)

Examining Advertising and Marketing Practices within the Substance Use Treatment Industry
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Cyber-securing the Vote: Ensuring the Integrity of the U.S. Election System
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Examining the Wayfair decision and its Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses
Committee on the Judiciary

• H.R. 5869, (Miss Gonzlez-Coln of Puerto Rico) the Maritime Border Security Review Act.
• H.R. 6198, (Mr. Donovan) the "Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018".
• H.R. 6265, (Mr. Katko) the PreCheck is PreCheck Act of 2018.
• H.R. 6374, (Mr. Perry) the "Fitness Information Transparency Act of 2018
• H.R. 6400, (Mrs. Lesko) the United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act.
• H.R. 6430, (Mr. King of New York) the Securing the Homeland Security Supply Chain Act of 2018.
• H.R. 6438, (Mr. Perry) the DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act.
• H.R. 6439, (Mr. McCaul) the Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018.
• H.R. 6443, (Mr. Ratcliffe) the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act.
• H.R. 6447, (Mr. Carter of Texas) the Department of Homeland Security Chief Data Officer Authorization Act.
• H.R. 6459, (Mr. Thompson of Mississippi) the TSA Opportunities to Pursue Expanded Networks for Business Act.
• H.R. 6461, (Mrs. Watson Coleman) the TSA National Deployment Force Act. H.Res. 1005, (Mr. Thompson of Mississippi) Directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to the border security policies, procedures, and activities as such relate to the interdiction of families by the U.S. Border Patrol between ports of entry.

Committee on Homeland Security

The Opioid Crisis: Implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
Subcommittee on Human Resources (Committee on Ways and Means)

Update on Coast Guard Acquisition Programs and Mission Balance and Effectiveness
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)

Urban Air Mobility Are Flying Cars Ready for Take-Off?
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

• H.R. 4219, Workflex in the 21st Century Act.
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (Committee on Education and the Workforce)

Assessing Whether VA is on Track to Successfully Implement Appeals Reform
Committee on Veterans' Affairs

DOE Modernization: Legislation to Authorize a Pilot Project to Commercialize the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Subcommittee on Energy (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Boots at the Border: Examining the National Guard Deployment to the Southwest Border
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security (Committee on Homeland Security)

• H.R. ____, the Improving Science in Chemical Assessments Act
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Product Exclusion Process for Section 232 — Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum
Subcommittee on Trade (Committee on Ways and Means)

Shielding Sources: Safeguarding the Publics Right to Know
Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

Egypt: Security, Human Rights, and Reform
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Preserving Opportunities for Grazing on Federal Land
Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

Wednesday — July 25, 2018
21st Century Cures Implementation: Updates from FDA and NIH
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Background on Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard
Subcommittee on Environment (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Examining the Upcoming Agenda for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Committee on Agriculture

FY 2019 — Homeland Security
Committee on Appropriations

James Webb Space Telescope: Program Breach and its Implications
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Examining Changes to Social Security's Disability Appeals Process
Subcommittee on Social Security (Committee on Ways and Means)

Assessing the State of Federal Cybersecurity Risk Determination.
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection (Committee on Homeland Security)

The Tax Laws Impact on Main Street
Committee on Small Business

Committee Resolution 115-20
Committee on House Administration

Oversight of the Library of Congress' Strategic Plan: Part 2
Committee on House Administration

Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission 2018
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Management Crisis at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Implications for Recovery
Committee on Natural Resources

GAO High Risk Focus: Cybersecurity
Subcommittee on Information Technology (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

Federal Grant Management
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

Budget Priorities for South Asia
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Using Innovative Technology and Practices to Enhance the Culture of Preparedness.
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications (Committee on Homeland Security)

Thursday — July 26, 2018
The Federal Trade Commissions Enforcement of Operation Chokepoint-Related Businesses
Subcommittee on National Security (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

MACRA and MIPS: An Update on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System"
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Friday — July 27, 2018
No meetings are scheduled.


Alert from AlertsUSA

A Message from AlertsUSA:

Message received at 2:14 p.m. yesterday:

Please note: this weekend marks T'ish B'Av (the 9th of Av) on the Jewish Calendar - a date that marks many of the most horrific disasters in Jewish history. With this in mind, please note the message below.

To learn more about the dangers of the 9th of Av for the Jewish people, please go here.


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Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents:

Our 24th President: William McKinley


[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 24th president, William McKinley.]


On September 6, 1901, William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. He was shaking hands with the public when Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died eight days later on September 14 of gangrene caused by the gunshot wounds. He was the third American president to have been assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881.

The following notes are taken from an article posted on To read more about the life, the Christian faith, and the and death of President William McKinely, go here.

President McKinley Was Guided by Prayer in Life and Death

. . . as President William McKinley lay dying from an assassin's bullet in Buffalo, New York, in 1901, the Lord's Prayer was on his lips. Prayer had been a lifelong practice that guided McKinley through his political career and into the presidency. McKinley had been born into a devout Christian home fifty-eight years before, and born again at age fourteen. According to his pastor, A. D. Morton, young McKinley stood up during a youth meeting and said, "I have sinned; I want to be a Christian . . . I give myself to the Savior who has done so much for me."

McKinley's mother, a woman of deep prayer, taught him to pray by example and encouragement, but his greatest lessons in prayer were forged under the pressures of his duties as President of the United States. One of his heaviest decisions arose in 1898 regarding the status of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. One day, a delegation of church leaders came to the White House, and McKinley told them how he had decided to resolve the crisis in the Philippines.
"The truth is, I didn't want the Philippines," he said. "I did not know what to do. I sought counsel from all sides-Democrats as well as Republicans-but got little help. . . I walked the floor of the White House night after night until midnight, and I am not ashamed to tell you, gentlemen, that I went down on my knees and prayed Almighty God for light and guidance more than one night. And one night late it came to me this way."
McKinley relayed the strategy that developed in his mind as he prayed: that the Philippines should be taken seriously and helped, that the United States should "by God's grace do the very best we could by them as our fellow-men for whom Christ died." McKinley added, "And then I went to bed, and went to sleep and slept soundly."

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