Saturday, December 15, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, December 15, 2018

"The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all."
(Psalm 103:19)

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White House News

White House News

1. Trump Was Right: Transparency a Good Thing in Border Wall Debate with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer - Washington Examiner

"When House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York tried to move their Oval Office debate with President Trump over border wall funding behind closed doors, Trump had the right response," Philip Klein writes. "It's not bad, Nancy," the President said. "It's called transparency." (Read more)

> > > See also: "President Trump's 1 minute message on border security " --Go here.

2. Pentagon Echoes Trump, Says DOD Could Fund Border Wall - The Western Journal

The Department of Defense backed up President Donald Trump's assertion that he could have the military build a border wall if Congress failed to fund further construction of one.

During a contentious discussion at the White House on Tuesday, Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, "If we don't get what we want, one way or the other, whether it's through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government."

The chief executive is requesting $5 billion for wall construction, while Schumer has agreed to $1.6 billion for border security. (Read more)

3. Trump Says Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Will Pass, After McConnell Vows to Bring Bill to Senate Floor - Fox News

Brooke Singman reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has vowed to bring the historic criminal justice reform bill endorsed by President Trump to the Senate floor. "Criminal Justice Reform is something people have been working on for many years. It looks like it is going to be passing in a bipartisan way," President Trump said in the Oval Office this week. (Read more)

4. Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as 'acting' chief of staff, Trump says - Fox News

President Trump on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his new acting chief of staff, saying the former South Carolina Republican congressman will replace John Kelly as his top aide.

"I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction," Trump tweeted. "Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" (Read more)

- Father God, we lift up Mike Mulvaney as he prepares to assume his new role as the Acting Chief of Staff for the President of the United States. We ask for a continued, smooth transition in leadership positions, as the Trump Administration pursues its own course to "make America great again." In Your Name, amen.

- "It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another." (Psalm 75:7)

5. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave administration at end of year, Trump says - CBS News

President Trump said on Twitter Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year.

"Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years," he tweeted. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation."

"The Trump Administration will be announcing the new Secretary of the Interior next week," he added. (Read more)

- Father God, we ask Your wisdom to guide President Trump as he works to fill this key position on his cabinet. Amen.

- "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)

6. Job Openings Back Over 7 Million and Near a Record High - CNBC

"There were 1 million more jobs than unemployed workers in the most recent government count of job openings," Jeff Cox reports. "Total available jobs stood at 7.08 million for October, the second-highest level surpassed only by the 7.3 million in August . . . By comparison, there were just 6.08 million Americans classified as unemployed." (Read more)

7. Trump Signs Executive Order Promoting 'Opportunity Zones' In Distressed Towns -The Washington Times

"Our goal is to ensure that America's great new prosperity is broadly shared by all of our citizens," President Trump said after signing an executive order on "Opportunity Zones" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House this week. "We are drawing investment into neglected and underserved communities of America so that all Americans, regardless of zip code, have access to the American Dream." (Read more)

The Daily Jot

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Progressives aim to take away religious free speech

The government is prohibited by the First Amendment to interfere with the right to free speech and religious freedom, but progressives (communists) in the US Congress are encouraging private sector companies such as Google, Facebook, and others to "regulate" free speech on their platforms. This revelation came in the aftermath of Google CEO Sundar Pichai's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee about whether the company's search engine was biased against conservative speech. In an interview with CNN, US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA), a member of the House Progressive (communist) Caucus, said he wants government to regulate free speech, but absent of that, corporations should do so.

Lieu was asked by CNN host Brianna Kellar how Google and other tech companies can work to prevent the spread of conspiracy theories and other online trolling. Lieu responded: " I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and that's simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, it's better the government does not regulate the content of speech." He added that corporations should do the job that government can't do-regulate content of speech. And this is the point: Leftist-led tech companies are actually doing the work these leftists in government want them to do by suppressing conservative and religious speech on their platforms. They do it under the guise of "preventing" fake news and conspiracy theories.

Progressivism, socialism, communism are all the same thing, just a different word is used depending on what is more acceptable to the audience. It is all about communism. Communism must control free speech because its very manifesto calls for abolishing all morals and all religion. Government becomes god in the communist regime. It is run by dictators who pillage entire societies and promote control through class warfare and poverty. Look at China, Cuba, Venezuela, and Argentina. There is no middle class and people are starving. This is a hallmark of communism and it starts with taking away religious freedom and freedom of speech-the tools of hope and salvation. Sadly, it is gaining a foothold in America.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in early December praised socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and said that she "represents the future of our party." Perez also told a Demand Justice gathering of progressives on December 5 that too many voters get their information from Fox News, the NRA and the pulpit on Sundays. He further said, "We've got to talk about other reforms to enable us to elect Democrats." He said they need a broader communications strategy. In this context, it means suppression of free speech and religious free speech-just as the liberal tech companies are doing. See where this is headed? As Christ said in Matthew 24:9 of the end times: "and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." They detest God's Word. They hate your opinion. They seek to take both away.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Related Headlines

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Congress Last Week

National Security

Adam Smith lays out his defense budget strategy: 'We can do it for less money'

Homeland Security

Key Senate Republicans open-minded about the military building Trump's wall


In major shift, Mitch McConnell announces the Senate will vote on criminal justice reform bill

Mitch McConnell says Senate will vote on criminal justice bill before Christmas

Here's what's in the criminal justice reform bill before the Senate

Speaker Ryan Welcomes Progress on Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Trump calls criminal justice bill 'proud' shared goal of GOP, Democrats

7 crimes that should not qualify for early release

Trump, McConnell take first steps toward criminal justice reform

Commerce Policy

Maxine Waters poised to cause trouble for consumer agency's plan to promote fintech experiments

Agriculture Policy

Congress ends prohibition of industrial hemp

Health Care Policy

Medical Establishment Looks to Crush Liberals on Medicare for All

We Read Democrats' 8 Plans for Universal Health Care. Here's How They Work.

Dems Aim to Punt Vote on Obamacare Taxes

Labor Unions not a fan of "Medicare for All"


Joe Manchin elevated to top Democrat on energy committee despite green critics

Republicans are eager for Joe Manchin to rise on energy panel - and not because he supports coal

Hatch warns Senate 'in crisis' in farewell speech

Congress Passes Sexual Harassment Reform

Jon Kyl to resign at end of year, setting up second appointment to McCain seat

Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits if elected House speaker

Pelosi: 4-Year Maximum in Speaker Post Is 'a Long Time'

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

U.S. House committees release Comey testimony transcript

House panel says Equifax breach was 'entirely preventable'

Google is cozying up to China's government, and CEO Sundar Pichai doesn't want to admit it

Google CEO to Tell Lawmakers Tech Giant Operates 'Without Political Bias'

The Sundar Pichai Hearing Was a Major Missed Opportunity

Adam Schiff: House Intelligence Committee to look into Trump inauguration funding

Floor Outlook

McConnell sets Monday test vote on criminal justice bill

House Schedule for Next Week 'Fluid and Subject to Change'

McConnell warns Senate it could work through Christmas break

Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list

Lame-Duck GOP Rep: Trump 'Doesn't Know What's About to Hit Him'

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the House Message to accompany S. 756, Save Our Seas Act (legislative vehicle for criminal justice reform), and votes on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell (for Grassley) Amendment No. 4108, at 5:30 p.m. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the House Message to accompany the bill is at 3:15 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule

Monday, December 17, 2018

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine religious freedom and government regulation of Islam.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Hearings to examine a comparative look at competition law approaches to monopoly and abuse of dominance in the United States and European Union.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule

Legislative Program for next week

Mr. Speaker, my friend knows I love metrics, so here are a few final stats. On average, our weekly colloquy this year has lasted 42 1/2 minutes. I apologize to the House recordkeepers and to the Members trying to give 1-minute speeches like they are today. The shortest was 8 minutes, and the longest lasted more than an hour.

Mr. Speaker, today will likely be on the shorter end, because our schedule for next week remains fluid and subject to change. Conversations are currently ongoing between the House, Senate, and the White House. In the meantime, Members should be on standby and prepared to return to Washington for votes next week. We will provide advance notice ahead of any expected votes.

As of today, I would estimate first votes for the week to occur at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday. I would encourage all Members to make the necessary arrangements to be here as we complete our work for the 115th Congress.

Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Text of Bills for the Week of December 17, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule

Tuesday - December 18, 2018

House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation
Committee on Veterans' Affairs


Wednesday - December 19, 2018

House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation
Committee on Veterans' Affairs


Thursday - December 20, 2018

The Veterans First Program after Kingdomware
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Veterans' Affairs)


Operation Restoration

Operation Restoration

Once each week, on Sunday mornings and for 24 hours, join with others in OPERATION RESTORATION . . .

"Operation Restoration"

This initiative is based upon the Move of the Spirit that was launched last month during Operation Refiner's Fire. The LORD has shown us that He has used those fires to ignite the FIRE of the HOLY SPIRIT to visit our people, which He now yearns to keep burning among our people until the day of His return!

"Operation Restoration" is based on the promise of Scripture, recorded in
2 Chronicles 7:14,15.

It is written:

. . . "and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

"Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place."

This is a weekly Solemn Assembly, where saints can feel free to gather each Sunday, to offer prayers of repentance before our Lord, for the many sins our nation has committed before Him.

Abba so desires to hear our prayers . . . He is just waiting to heal us!

You can join us, any Sunday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST by calling:
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Each week, our conference line for Operation Restoration will remain open until Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.EST -- allowing for 24 hours of nonstop prayer before our King of Kings, that He might, indeed, "heal our land." Amen.

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents:
Our 44th President: Barack Obama


[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 44th President: Barack Obama.]

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2016, as National Day of Prayer. I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in asking for God's continued guidance, mercy, and protection as we seek a more just world.
Footnote: By law, every year, the President of the United States must set aside the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer, with a formal decree thereof. Today's quotation is this president's fulfillment of this federal mandate.

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