Saturday, July 28, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, July 28, 2018

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, July 28, 2018

"'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession." (Psalm 2:8)

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The Trumpet

The Trumpet

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

July 27, 2018

> > > Below please find the key topics noted for your review from the past week. To find related details, as well as links to various headlines, please go here.

1. President Trump announced at the White House that the American economy grew at a spectacular rate of 4.1% in the second quarter of 2018.

2. President Trump announced a landmark agreement with the European Union (EU) "to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on no-auto industrial goods." The agreement also included an EU promise to import more American energy (such as liquefied natural gas-LNG)-and to "reduce barriers and increase trade in services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical products, as well as soybeans."

3. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held at the State Department the first ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The three-day event brought together "government officials, representatives of international organizations, religious leaders, rights advocates, and members of civil society organizations from around the world to discuss challenges to religious freedom, identify concrete means to address persecution of and discrimination against religious groups, and promote greater respect for religious freedom for all."

4. President Trump and the White House cheered the first significant step toward repatriating American soldiers' remains from North Korea.

5. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered powerful remarks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, "Supporting Iranian Voices," where he outlined the Trump Administration's vision of liberty for the Iranian people.

6. The Trump Administration reiterated its support for reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that would develop the private market for flood insurance and otherwise implement several responsible reforms.

7. The U.S. Senate confirmed longtime conservative public servant Robert Wilkie as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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Thank you, and enjoy a fantastic weekend . . .

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

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Highlights: The Ministerial

Highlights: The Ministerial on Religious Freedom

Press Release
To read this press release, go here.

Remarks by Vice President Pence
To read the text of this outstanding speech on behalf of religious freedom, please go here.

Opening Remarks by Secretary Pompeo
To read these remarks by the Secretary of State, please go here.

Thank you for your fast!

Fast and Pray This Weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, to See God's Kingdom Purposes Fulfilled at the End of this Week's Ministerial for Religious Freedom.

Dear Prayer Partners,

Because the Ministerial for Religious Freedom has been such a groundbreaking event, with 80 nations forming a global alliance to end religious persecution worldwide, we know that our enemy would like nothing more than to "rob, steal and destroy" the seeds of truth and freedom that were planted among us this week.

Our desire is to see that the vision to end religious persecution be brought home to these nations, by the delegates who have attended these workshops; and for strategies and support networks to be set in place to achieve exactly that.

In order to "secure this work," Capitol Hill Prayer Partners is calling all of our intercessors to seek the Lord in this hour: is He calling you to enter into a hidden fast (the nature of your own choosing) for these three days following this event to see these results achieved?

Thank you for seeking his face in this vital matter, and for obeying His command, accordingly. God bless you all.
"Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6)

Judge Kavanaugh: Other Opinions

Judge Kavanaugh: Other Opinions and Information

Kavanaugh: Court's Watergate Tapes Ruling May Have Been Wrong

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh's Responses Reveal Views
Withdrawn Nomination Gives Democrats Hope in Brett Kavanaugh Fight
Senate Democrats Ask for Documents Before Kavanaugh Meetings
With Kavanaugh, Court Could Take Aim at Gun Control Laws

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

House Suicide Hotline Bill Could Lead to 3-Digit Dial Code
Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie to be Veterans Affairs Secretary
House Backs Plan for John Adams Memorial
House repeals ACA's medical device tax
Congress Passes Career and Technical Education Overhaul
House extends broke flood insurance program as GOP battles over reforms
House repeals Obamacare health insurance tax, expands Health Savings Accounts
House passes defense bill targeting Chinese investments
Senate passes tariff-relief bill
House passes measure allowing purchase of feminine hygiene products with health spending accounts

Congress Last Week

National Security

Defense Bill Would Curb US Cabinet Control of Nuclear Agency

U.S. congressional negotiators reach deal on defense policy bill

Ryan on White House Meeting: Getting Military Funded on Time Primary Concern

Congress to Terror Groups: Hands Off Our Weapons

NDAA Races Through Congress at Historic Pace

Foreign Policy

Senators Plan New Russia Sanctions as Committee Leaders Plan Hearings

United States Will Not Recognize Crimea as Part of Russia, Pompeo Asserts

US Releases Aid to Egypt Withheld Because of Rights Record

Divide Over Israel Widens in Democratic Party


Lawmakers: DHS Chief Says Family Reunifications on Track

Speaker Says Trump Willing to Be 'Patient' for Wall Funding

Lawmakers Renew Efforts to Pass Family Separation Bill


Lawmakers Welcome Easing of EU-US Trade Rift, Look to NAFTA

Federal Spending

Pro-Life Provisions in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Senate Appropriator: More Border Wall Money Possible in House-Senate Talks

Crickets On The Chopping Block In Senate Spending Bill


Time Running Out for Violence Against Women Act

Commerce Policy

Remember Infrastructure? Bill Shuster Says He's Got a New Plan

Republican introduces bill calling for carbon tax

Top House Republican and Democrat reach deal to use energy revenue to fix national parks

Technology Policy

Tech Fellowship Expands After Embarrassing Facebook Hearing

Education Policy

Speaker Ryan Signs Career and Technical Education Bill at Weekly Press Conference


Bob & Elizabeth Dole: 7 Ways to Practice Good Leadership and Preserve Democracy

Shooting of Capitol Police Officers Was Turning Point for Department

House to Codify Guidelines for Virtual Town Halls

Rediscovering Our Common Humanity: Speaker Ryan Addresses Intern Lecture Series

Rodney Frelinghuysen's Last Appropriations Markup Hurrah

Ryan to Interns: 'Don't Take It So Personally'

The 5 M's for Describing Why Congress Is Broken

Man Indicted for Threatening to Kill Rep. Diane Black

How Poisoned Water Brought Democrats and Republicans Together

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Brings Banking Panel to Boiling Point
USA Gymnastics, FBI Targets of Latest Senate Hearing on Sexual Abuse
House moves forward on ethanol reform, but no bill yet
Facebook, Twitter executives to appear before Senate Intel panel as part of Russia investigation: Report

Floor Outlook

The Senate Calendar Is Not Updated to Reflect Cancelled Recess
Burr to Hold Up Water Bill, Slow Others, for Conservation Fund
After High Hopes in Senate, a Pit Stop for Spending Package
After House bolts for summer, Senate plows ahead on nominations, spending bills, and a hearing on Russian bots

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Britt Cagle Grant, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.
Senate began consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
Hearings to examine the internet and digital communications, focusing on the impact of global internet governance.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine reducing health care costs, focusing on decreasing administrative spending.

An oversight hearing to examine immigration enforcement and family reunification efforts.

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Business meeting to consider
S. 2242, to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to clarify the authority of the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with respect to post-storm assessments,
S. 2773, to improve the management of driftnet fishing,
S. 2861, to prosecute, as a Federal crime, the assault or intimidation of a passenger train crew member to the same extent as such actions against aircraft crew members are prosecuted,
S. 3119, to allow for the taking of sea lions on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species,
S. 3143, to provide for a coordinated Federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States,
S. 3265, to require the Secretary of Commerce to undertake certain activities to supportwaterfront community revitalization and resiliency,
S. 3273, to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports,
• an original bill entitled, "Space Frontier Act of 2019",
and the nominations of
Rick A. Dearborn, of Oklahoma, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors, and
Martin J. Oberman, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nominations of
R. Clarke Cooper, of Florida, to be an Assistant Secretary (Political-Military Affairs), and
John Cotton Richmond, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, both of the Department of State.

Hearings to examine pending nominations.

Environment and Public Works
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business;
to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's agenda, focusing on protecting the environment and allowing America's economy to grow.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
Hearings to examine the search for life, focusing on utilizing science to explore our solar system and make new discoveries.

Veterans' Affairs
Hearings to examine
S. 3184, to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the requirements for applications for construction of State home facilities to increase the maximum percentage of nonveterans allowed to be treated at such facilities,
S. 1596, to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase certain funeral benefits for veterans,
S. 2881, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the city of Vallejo, California, for the transfer of Mare Island Naval Cemetery in Vallejo, California,
S. 1952, to improve oversight and accountability of the financial processes of the Department of Veterans Affairs,
S. 1990, to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the amounts payable by the Department of Veterans Affairs for dependency and indemnity compensation, to modify the requirements for dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain veterans rated totally disabled at the time of death,
S. 2485, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide payment of Medal of Honor special pension under such title to the surviving spouse of a deceased Medal of Honor recipient,
S. 2748, to amend title 10, United States Code, to require members of the Armed Forces to receive additional training under the Transition Assistance Program,
S. 514, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans,
H.R. 299, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam,
H.R. 5418, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor program using multiple prime vendors,
• an original bill entitled, "Veterans Dental Care Eligibility Expansion and Enhancement Act of 2018",
• an original bill entitled, "VA Hiring Enhancement Act",
• an original bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a program to award grants to persons to provide and coordinate the provision of suicide prevention services for veterans transitioning from service in the Armed Forces who are at risk of suicide and for their families, and
• an original bill entitled, "Modernization of Medical Records Access for Veterans Act".

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine assessing the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
The House meets in pro forma session next week.
Members are in a district work period.

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule

Monday — July 30, 2018

VA Long-term Care: Whats Working, Whats Not, and How to Best Serve Our Aging Veterans.
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Veterans' Affairs)
Field Hearing in Camarillo, California


Reference Links
Links to Congressional news and information
Prayer Guide

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents:

Our 26th President: Theodore Roosevelt


[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 26th President: Theodore Roosevelt.]

Theodore Roosevelt was of the Dutch Reformed Church. He participated in missions work with his father, a noted philanthropist. He taught weekly Sunday School classes during his four years at Harvard. He wrote for Christian publications.

After taking office as Vice President in March 1901, he became President at age 42 following McKinley's assassination that September, and remains the youngest person to become President of the United States.

The following excerpt is taken from his inaugural address, delivered on March 4, 1901.

First Proclamation of President Theodore Roosevelt
"By the President of the United States of America. A proclamation:

"A terrible bereavement has befallen our people. The president of the United States has been struck down; a crime committed not only against the Chief Magistrate, but against every law-abiding and liberty-loving citizen.

"President McKinley crowned a life of largest love for his fellow-men, of most earnest endeavor for their welfare, by a death of Christian fortitude; and both the way in which he lived his life and the way in which, in the supreme hour of trial, he met his death, will remain forever a precious heritage of our people.

"It is meet that we as a nation express our abiding love and reverence for his life, our deep sorrow for his untimely death.

"Now, therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do appoint Thursday next, September nineteenth, the day in which the body of the dead President will be laid in its last earthly resting-place, a day of mourning and prayer throughout the United States.

"I earnestly recommend all the people to assemble on that day in their respective places of divine worship, there to bow down in submission to the will of Almighty God and to pay out of full hearts their homage of love and reverence to the great and good President whose death has smitten the nation with bitter grief."

(Sources: Wikipedia; CBN; National Park Service)
For more details on the life and the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, go here.

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