Saturday, September 22, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, September 22, 2018

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The Trumpet

The Trumpet

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

September 21, 2018


-- President Trump released a National Cyber Strategy, the first comprehensive cybersecurity plan in 15 years.

-- President Trump is directing the implementation of a National Biodefense Strategy to more effectively prepare for and combat biological threats. [IMPORTANT]
-- --The S&P 500 and Dow both hit fresh intra-day record highs, amid growing confidence for sustained economic growth.
-- And meantime, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near-49-year low:
-- President Trump continues to lead the massive relief effort in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.
-- President Trump issued a proclamation for Constitution Day and Constitution Week
-- BONUS: The White House announced the 2018 fall garden tours, which are free and open to the public.
> > > Note: please go to THIS LINK to track all the news coming out of the White House last week. Thank you.


1. Please continue to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in time for the start of the new session in October. As President Trump wrote, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay." Thanks for your ongoing efforts, which I hope you will flag for me:
2. Please continue to highlight all of the good economic news. Some new data and message points you could use are included in the links above.
3. And as always, we would appreciate amplification of any of the items in this or other recent editions of The Trumpet.

Thank you, and enjoy a fantastic weekend!

Paul Teller

Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

The White House

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Election Issue: THE JUDICIARY
us supreme court in washington dc in bright sunlight

Election Issue: Week Seven


The Challenge

The Declaration of Independence references our dependence on God, the Constitution and Bill of Rights makes religious freedom a priority, and the numerous writings and actions displayed by our founders and early government officials surrounding the ratifying of these documents confirm that God and government are necessary components for this Republic. This was true of each of the branches, including the judicial branch. (Isaiah 33:22)
When President George Washington took the oath of office in New York City on April 30, 1789 the Supreme Court of the United States was filled with men steeped in the Word of God. John Jay, for example, not only was the first Chief Justice but also later became the President of the American Bible Society.

Over decades, as our nation became more and more secular the Supreme Court and the courts below reflected that distancing from our dependence on God. There has been an effort to break the nexus between God and the American form of government, erase our heritage, and rewrite our freedoms and future. Beginning in the mid 20th century especially, Court decisions took the Bible and prayer out of our schools and gave us Rowe v. Wade.

At its worst point the precise words of Jesus Christ defining marriage two separate times in the gospels were recently disregarded as the Supreme Court sanctified same sex marriage. This appears right to secular eyes but leaves many in bondage: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25)

There is a movement finally in this current administration to appoint God-honoring judges who "obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29) May many more be appointed to our courts including the Supreme Court.

We must remain vigilant over these aspects of our nation by praying for government leaders to pass legislation that keeps religious freedom as a first-tier right and promotes the values and principles that support our Constitutional Republic, and pray that all bills that undermine it are unsuccessful. Also, it is critical we stay diligent in prayer over the various court cases that seek to scrub the public square of crosses, the Ten commandments and more; as well as contend for victory over the efforts to punish people of faith who simply wish to live their faith in every aspect of their lives.

We've seen tremendous victories under this administration, but there is still much prayer and action needed.

(Submitted by: Pastor Jeff Daly, President, National Day of Repentance; and Summer Ingram, Congressioinal Prayer Caucus Foundation)


Abba Father God,

As we view the status of the judiciary in America in this hour, we yet acknowledge that judgment must first begin in the House of God. Judgment begins with us.

Father, let us rend our hearts and not our garments over this situation (Joel 2:13) . . . that over the years we have been either voting in directly activist judges (who write the law rather than interpret it), or voting in those who have the authority to appoint these men and women in the judiciary.

Father, forgive us, and show us Your mercy we pray, amen.


Lord God, we ask You to forgive these judges who are violating our Constitution and instead, pursuing their own paths. They know not what they do. Most have been trained in secular, humanistic colleges and universities and law schools, Lord. They are the blind leading the blind, amen.


Abba Father God, first of all, we do thank You for giving us a President who is determined to bring correction to the judicial branch of government, by appointing judges in the appellate courts and in the Supreme Court who will follow the strict interpretation of the Constitution. We know that many more judges need yet to be appointed, so we ask that You would guide our President as he chooses these nominees, and give him the grace to do so.

And finally, Lord, we offer a prayer of thanksgiving that, in the end, You are our judge, and that You WILL save us! Amen.

" . . . the Lord is our judge, and He will save us." (Isaiah 33:22)

Father, we now claim the promise of Isaiah 51:4 to bring healing to our land, amen.

"Pay attention to Me, My people, and listen to Me, My nation; for a law will go out from Me, and My justice will become a light to the nations; I will bring it about quickly."

Judge Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh Denies Allegations of Sexual Assault

Kavanaugh to Testify Against Sexual Assault Allegation

Kavanaugh 'Anxious' to Testify, Trump Says

Susan Collins: Kavanaugh and his accuser 'should both testify'

Senate judiciary chair says he's working to get to bottom of Kavanaugh allegations

Grassley announces Monday hearing to air Kavanaugh accusation

Collins urges Senate Judiciary Committee to allow counsel for Kavanaugh, Ford to ask questions

Senators decline to identify how an innocent person could clear his name

Kavanaugh ready to testify Monday: 'I will be there'

Kavanaugh Accuser Wants to Testify Next Week, Her Lawyers Say, "provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety."

Accuser has not yet agreed to appear at a public hearing set for next Monday

Brett Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge declines to testify about alleged sexual assault

Kavanaugh accuser's legal team floats possible Thursday hearing with Senate Judiciary Committee: Reports
Ford "does not want Kavanaugh in the room when she appears before the panel and she would prefer for the federal appeals court judge to testify first, according to reports."

In other words, deny the man the right to face his accuser, nor to answer her allegations.

Senator Gives Kavanaugh Accuser Until 2:30 PM Saturday to Decide About Testimony 

How the Democrats Could Have Handled the Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh Is Already Reshaping the Supreme Court

Senate rarely overrules judiciary panel on Supreme Court nominees

Senate Majority Leader Vows Kavanaugh Will be Confirmed Soon

Democrats will likely investigate Brett Kavanaugh if they win the Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse says

Father, we give this entire process to you. If these allegations are not true, may they either have no place to stand or be shown to be false. If they are true, may the Senate have clarity on how to handle them. Either way, Father, may your Word be upheld and may your Name be honored in this process.

"To them I answered, 'It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver any man to destruction before the accused meets the accusers face to face, and has opportunity to answer for himself concerning the charge against him.'"
(Acts 25:16)

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

Speaker Ryan Statement on Opioid Legislation

GOP, Dems Unite Behind Senate Bill Fighting Addictive Drugs

Senate approves $854B spending bill

Senate approves Pentagon funding bill, puts on-time budget within reach

Congress Last Week

Homeland Security

Ocelots, Butterflies in Path of Border Wall


New Bill Would Hold HHS Feet to Fire for Unaccompanied Minors

Kevin McCarthy: Illegal immigrant voting 'devalues' votes from US citizens

Federal Spending

Leahy Endorses Return of Spending Bill Earmarks


Trump Chips Away at Liberal US Appeals Court Majorities

Health Care Policy

Generics would hit the market faster under Senate bill, saving more than $3B, says CBO

Technology Policy

Lawmakers Eye Cyber Bounties to Fix Bugs in Federal Networks

Natural Disasters

Extra Hurricane Relief Cash Could Wait Until After Elections


Lawmaker: US Senate, Staff Targeted by State-Backed Hackers

Former Hill Staffers Who Were Victims of Sexual Harassment Call for Leaders to Act

McConnell: Last 18 months under Trump have been my 'best' time in the Senate

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

See above about another potential Supreme Court nomination hearing.

Floor Outlook

Update on Hurricane Florence Relief: First Action Next Week

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate begins consideration of the nomination of Jackie Wolcott, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the rank of Ambassador, and her nomination to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, with a vote on confirmation of the nominations at 5:30 p.m.; to be immediately followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on nomination of Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019, and his nomination for a term of seven years from October 27, 2019.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule

Monday, September 24, 2018

Hearings to examine the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of General Robert B. Abrams, USA, to be General, and to be Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea, and Vice Admiral Craig S. Faller, USN, to be Admiral, and to be Commander, United States Southern Command.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the Department of Energy's efforts in the field of quantum information science.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine the Every Student Succeeds Act, focusing on states leading the way.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
Hearings to examine health care in rural America, focusing on experiences and costs.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine safeguards for consumer data privacy.

Joint Economic Committee
Hearings to examine the rise of American earnings and living standards.

Indian Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine justice for Native youth, focusing on the Government Accountability Office report on "Native American Youth Involvement in Justice Systems and Information on Grants to Help Address Juvenile Delinquency".

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Personnel Subcommittee on Cybersecurity
Hearings to examine the cyber operational readiness of the Department of Defense;
to be immediately followed by a closed session in SVC-217.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
Hearings to examine the Federal role in the toxic PFAS chemical crisis.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine reducing health care costs, focusing on improving affordability through innovation.

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. 6735 – Public-Private Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Homeland Security Committee)
2) H.R. 6740 – Border Tunnel Task Force Act (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Homeland Security Committee)
3) H.R. 6620 – Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act (Sponsored by Rep. Cedric Richmond / Homeland Security Committee)
4) H.R. 6742 – Secure Border Communications Act (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast / Homeland Security Committee)
5) S. 3479 – Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson / Veterans Affairs Committee)
6) H.R. 6378 – Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)
7) H.R. 2278 – Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Energy and Commerce Committee)
8) H.R. 2389 – To reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed / Energy and Commerce Committee)
9) H.R. 1320 – Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee)
10) H.R. 6511 – Strategic Petroleum Reserve Reform Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton / Energy and Commerce Committee)
11) S. 2554 – Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (Sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
12) S. 2553 – Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow / Energy and Commerce Committee)
13) H.R. 6580 – Kerrie Orozco First Responders Family Support Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon / Judiciary Committee)
14) H.R. 1872 – Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. James McGovern / Judiciary Committee)
15) H.R. 6758 – SUCCESS Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Judiciary Committee)
16) H.R. 6847 – Preventing Child Exploitation Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby / Judiciary Committee)
17) H.Con.Res. 72 – Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged. (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Judiciary Committee)
18) H.R. 5075 – Ashanti Alert Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Taylor / Judiciary Committee)
19) H.R. 6013 – Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop / Natural Resources Committee)
20) H.R. 6299 – Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei / Natural Resources Committee)
21) H.R. 6687 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Point Reyes National Seashore in the State of California consistent with Congress’ longstanding intent to maintain working dairies and ranches on agricultural property as part of the seashore’s unique historic, cultural, scenic and natural values, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jared Huffman / Natural Resources Committee)
22) H.R. 5420 – FDR Historic Preservation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Faso / Natural Resources Committee)
23) H.R. 6599 – To modify the application of temporary limited appointment regulations to the National Park Service, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Natural Resources Committee)
24) H.R. 5585 – To extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Keating / Natural Resources Committee)
25) H.R. 6348 – Small Business ACE Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Curtis / Small Business Committee)
26) H.R. 6347 – 7(a) Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dwight Evans / Small Business Committee)
27) H.R. 6316 – Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. James Comer / Small Business Committee)
28) H.R. 6330 – Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Small Business Committee)
29) H.R. 6367 – Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Al Lawson / Small Business Committee)
30) H.R. 6368 – Encouraging Small Business Innovators (Sponsored by Rep. Adriano Espaillat / Small Business Committee)
31) H.R. 6369 – Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Roger Marshall / Small Business Committee)
32) H.R. 6382 – Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams / Small Business Committee)
33) S. 791 – Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Small Business Committee)
34) H.R. 5509 – Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
35) H.R. 6229 – National Institute of Standards and Technology Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
36) H.R. 6398 – Department of Energy Veterans Health Initiative Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Norman / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
37) S. 1595 – Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Foreign Affairs Committee)
38) H.R. 5433 – Hack Your State Department Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Lieu / Foreign Affairs Committee)
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 302 – FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
2) H.R. 6332 – Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Financial Services Committee)
3) H.R. 4753 – Federal Reserve Supervision Testimony Clarification Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas / Financial Services Committee)
4) H.R. 5036 – Financial Technology Protection Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Budd / Financial Services Committee)
5) H.R. 6729 – Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner / Financial Services Committee)
6) H.R. 6737 – Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Financial Services Committee)
7) H.R. 6751 – Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mia Love / Financial Services Committee)
8) H.R. 3834 – 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Crowley / Financial Services Committee)
9) H.R. 754 – Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart / Financial Services Committee)
10) H.R. 4809 – GOOD Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Walker / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
11) H.R. 3398 – REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
12) H.R. 4887 – GREAT Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
13) H.R. 4431 – Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans Pensions Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
14) H.R. 4917 – IG Subpoena Authority Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
15) H.R. 5896 – Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendments Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Will Hurd / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
16) H.R. 6846 – To require the United States Postal Services to establish new ZIP codes, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
H.Res. 1071Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Judiciary Committee)
Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger / Appropriations Committee)
H.R. 6757Family Savings Act of 2018 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Ways and Means Committee)
H.R. 6756American Innovation Act of 2018 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Ways and Means Committee)
H.R. 6760Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Ways and Means Committee)
Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Text of Bills for the Week of September 24, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday — September 25, 2018

HUD Office of Inspector General Report: HUDs Oversight of the Alexander County (IL) Housing Authority
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance (Committee on Financial Services)

Conference report to accompany H.R. 6157 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 [Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019];
• H. Res. 1071 — Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

Committee on Rules


Wednesday — September 26, 2018

Coast Guard Modernization and Recapitalization: Status and Future
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)

The Impact of National Defense on the Economy, Diplomacy, and International Order
Committee on Armed Services

Genocide Against the Burmese Rohingya
Committee on Foreign Affairs

Built in America: Jobs and Growth in the Manufacturing Sector
Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Examining First Amendment Rights on Campus
Committee on Education and the Workforce

Oversight of the SECs Division of Investment Management
Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment (Committee on Financial Services)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Fraud
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

the Committee on Natural Resources will convene at 10:15 a.m. in 1324 — Longworth House Office Building.
Committee on Natural Resources

Solutions to Strengthen U.S. Public Safety Communications
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

The Internal Revenue Services Taxpayer Online Authentication Efforts
Subcommittee on Oversight (Committee on Ways and Means)

Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding Federal Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking.
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security (Committee on Homeland Security)

Examining Misconduct and Retaliation at TSA
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Countering Iranian Proxies in Iraq
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Chinas Repression and Internment of Uyghurs: U.S. Policy Responses
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

60 — Years of NASA Leadership in Human Space Exploration: Past, Present, and Future
Subcommittee on Space (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

Administration Goals for Major Sanctions Programs
Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade (Committee on Financial Services)

• H.R. 6756 — American Innovation Act of 2018;
• H.R. 6757 — Family Savings Act of 2018;
• H.R. 6760 — Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018

Committee on Rules

U.S. Strategy in Syria
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Armed Services)


Thursday — September 27, 2018

Advancing Nuclear Energy: Powering the Future
Subcommittee on Energy (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations (Committee on the Judiciary)

Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S.
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Insider Threats to Aviation Security: Airline and Airport Perspectives.
Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security (Committee on Homeland Security)

DOE Modernization: The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response
Subcommittee on Energy (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Full Committee
Committee on Natural Resources

Oversight of the Federal Housing Finance Agencys role as conservator and regulator of the Government Sponsored Enterprises
Committee on Financial Services

Veteran Suicide Prevention: Maximizing Effectiveness and Increasing Awareness
Committee on Veterans' Affairs

the State of Social Securitys Information Technology
Subcommittee on Social Security (Committee on Ways and Means)

The State of Intellectual Freedom in America
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (Committee on the Judiciary)

The Benefits of a Deregulatory Agenda: Examples from Pioneering Governments
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

China's War on Christianity and Other Religious Faiths
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

• H.R. 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017
Committee on the Judiciary

Europe and Eurasia: Ensuring Resources Match Objectives
Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

State of the Media Marketplace
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

• H.R. 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet (Committee on the Judiciary)

Update on Military Review Board Agencies
Subcommittee on Military Personnel (Committee on Armed Services)


Friday — September 28, 2018

Examining Opportunities for Financial Markets in the Digital Era
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit (Committee on Financial Services)

Contributing Factors to C-130 — Mishaps and Other Intra-Theater Airlift Challenges
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces (Committee on Armed Services)

Examining Sober Living Homes
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (Committee on the Judiciary)


Hal Lindsey Excerpt

An excerpt from Hal Lindsey's newsletter this week:

What we are seeing is the rise of a new anti-Christian caste system in America. Followers of Jesus are being systematically disqualified from positions of influence. Just last year, Senator Bernie Sanders told a Senate hearing that Christians should not be allowed to serve in high positions in the government.

In the first 180 years of the Supreme Court, its justices were almost all Protestant. Today, there is one Protestant. Justice Neil Gorsuch was raised Catholic, but now attends an Episcopal church.

There are four Roman Catholic justices and three Jewish justices. President Trump's current nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is Catholic.

For a while, Catholics were approved by the ruling elite, even conservative Catholics. Antonin Scalia was one of the most conservative justices in a generation. He was also a conservative Catholic. In 1986, the Senate confirmed him 98 to 0.

But that was another America.

Today, conservative Catholics are treated with the same disdain as Evangelicals. I truly believe that one of the strongest underlying fears of the Left -- as embodied by the Democrat Senators -- is that a future Justice Kavanaugh's religious faith, if given the opportunity, will compel him to undermine the sacred cows of the Left, like abortion and gay marriage.

That means that his confirmation has taken on the earmarks of spiritual warfare, not simply a review of his judicial qualifications to sit on the highest court.

Reference Links
Links to Congressional news and information
Prayer Guide

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents:
Our 33rd President: Harry S. Truman


[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 33rd President: Harry S. Truman.]

According to President Truman: "The prayer on this page has been said by me--by Harry S. Truman--from high school days, as a window washer, bottle duster, floor scrubber in an Independence, Mo., drugstore, as a timekeeper on a railroad contract gang, as an employee of a newspaper, as a bank clerk, as a farmer riding a gang plow behind four horses and mules, as a fraternity official learning to say nothing at all if good could not be said of a man, as public official judging the weaknesses and shortcomings of constituents, and as President of the United States of America." (8/15/50)

Oh! Almighty and Everlasting God, Creator of Heaven, Earth and the Universe

Help me to be, to think, to act what is right, because it is right; make me truthful, honest and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me. Give me the ability to be charitable, forgiving and patient with my fellowmen - help me to understand their motives and their shortcomings -- even as Thou understandest mine!

Amen, Amen, Amen

(Source: Truman Library)
At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed the new State of Israel. On that same date the United States, in the person of President Truman, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the new Jewish state (de jure recognition was extended on January 31).
-- Father God, today we honor President Harry Truman, who acted to allow the United States to be the first nation on earth to recognize the State of Israel in 1948. Thank You, Lord, for this wonderful man whom we honor today. In Your name, amen.

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