Saturday, December 29, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief: Legislative Snapshot Saturday, December 29, 2018

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The Daily Brief:
Legislative Snapshot
Saturday, December 29, 2018

"You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance."

(Psalm 65:11)

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Shutdown Perspective

This Partial Shutdown is the new Sequester

In 2011, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Budget Control Act into law. This legislation created a “super committee” to reach a grand compromise on spending under threat of sequestration. Both parties went along with this because the establishment on both sides agreed sequestration would be unthinkable and therefore would never happen.

The super committee's deadline came and went, and sequestration went into effect. While Washington can argue about whose idea sequestration was originally, the point is conservative thinking about and understanding of recent federal budget history was insufficiently understood, and that's why something not expected to happen, happened.

During the last round of presidential debates, the left tried to paint conservatives as unreasonable by noting they would not even accept a compromise of a 10-to-1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases to balance the budget. The reason is because conservatives have learned their lesson: They've seen that one side of that ratio is imaginary and the other is very real. That is, the tax increases happen now while the spending cuts were always only promised to happen in 10 years. (Maybe that's where the left got the number.) Conservatives got played by this technique for far too long, and they are done. You could promise 1000-to-1 dollars of spending cuts, and they wouldn't take the bait.

Enter the sequester. The Budget Control Act finally put real teeth into the promise of cutting federal spending. For the first time in a long time, conservatives were finally able to deliver on their promise of really cutting federal spending—now, not supposedly in 10 years. To conservatives, this is not unthinkable; this is the promised land.

That same kind of pent-up demand for federal spending cuts is now fueling the determination behind this partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Father, You are more determined than anyone in Washington to see your will accomplished in America. We ask You to make your way clear to all sides. We ask You to give each one perspective on what others are thinking and how each should fit in to how You want Congress and the President to proceed on this important issue.

“He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” (Acts 17:26)

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Additional update from activity prior to Christmas

Congress Last Week

Homeland Security

Calling the partial shutdown a 'two-week tantrum,' Schumer says funding for border wall will never pass, 'not today, not next week, not next year'

Byron York: When Democrats embraced the 'Southern Border Fencing Strategy'

Federal Spending

What Happens in a Partial Government Shutdown

Shutdown Effects: Breakdown by Department and Agency

No End in Sight for Partial US Government Shutdown

Freedom Caucus members on border wall funding: $5 billion is already a compromise number; flexibility for administration on how border security funds are spent could bring further compromise

Federal Shutdown Precedes Return to Divided Control of US Congress

Three Things to Watch as Partial Government Shutdown Plods On


Republicans should accelerate confirmation of judges in 2019


Trump and Democrats Prepare for a Reset in 2019

House won't seat North Carolina Republican amid ongoing election fraud dispute


With a Democratic House, Big Green goes on the offensive in 2019

Trump is headed for a wake-up call on reality of divided government. That's not a bad thing

The man who could impeach Trump: Nancy Pelosi hires new top lawyer

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
No legislative activity is expected before the conclusion of the 115th Congress at noon on January 3, 2019.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
No committee meetings are scheduled.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
No legislative activity is expected before the conclusion of the 115th Congress at noon on January 3, 2019.

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
No committee meetings are scheduled.

The Daily Jot

Friday, December 28, 2018

It's always the Republicans' fault

The Congressional Research Service says there have been 21 government shutdowns since Congress adopted new budget rules. says, "For perspective, there were only three shutdowns in the 25 years before 2018." But every president since Gerald Ford except George W. Bush has had at least one shutdown. Jimmy Carter had several, one over abortion funding. CBS reports that Ronald Reagan "oversaw more shutdowns than any other president." Bill Clinton had two shutdowns, one lasting a record 21 days. The immediate past president had a 16-day shutdown over socialist healthcare. The CBS slant is that Republicans were to blame. And that's how I remember the media reports at the time.

It's a lose-lose for Republicans with government shutdowns. If there is a Republican president during a government shutdown, the media attacks him. If there is a Democratic president and the government shuts down, the media attacks the Republicans in Congress. The shutdowns during Donald Trump's Administration have been no different. It all gets down to the fact that most of the media votes Democratic-this is a documented fact. Democrats like their big government and shutting it down is a terrible thing to them, unless, of course, the shutdown is making a stand to get government-funded abortion, huge government expansion, or socialist healthcare-then the shutdown is warranted.

Does anyone remember the shutdown over socialist healthcare? The immediate past president intentionally used his discretionary authority to defund specific highly visible government programs and services that would touch the most people. He believed it would cause such backlash that the Republicans will have to fund his socialist healthcare. Parks closed, except for immigration protests that he supported. He threatened that Social Security checks would be withheld. There were threats to close the highways to truckers coming to protest in Washington, DC. Private businesses on public land were shut down. He said it was all because of the Republicans. It was a Machiavellian demonstration of unconstitutional powers and the media wholeheartedly supported him.

The current shutdown is over whether to fund a wall to provide border security. Democrats and the media say the wall is racist and xenophobic-as is anyone who supports the concept of border security to prevent people from illegally entering America. Pay no mind to the very fact that the Democratic leadership opposing the wall and fomenting this shutdown all are on record as favoring a wall prior to Trump taking office. To me, in writing this Jot, I'm not taking a political position, but rather just reporting the facts. You can check them. IF the government shuts down, the media account is: it's the Republicans' fault. If history were recorded without political bias, this narrative is completely false. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Check the facts. Set people straight because the media won't.

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff

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:
Access Code: 221654#
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 45th President: Donald John Trump

(2017 - ???)

[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 45th President: Donald John Trump.]

National Day of Prayer: Presidential Proclamation

On this National Day of Prayer, we join together to offer gratitude for our many blessings and to acknowledge our need for divine wisdom, guidance, and protection. Prayer, by which we affirm our dependence on God, has long been fundamental to our pursuit of freedom, peace, unity, and prosperity. Prayer sustains us and brings us comfort, hope, peace, and strength. Therefore, we must cherish our spiritual foundation and uphold our legacy of faith.

Prayer has been a source of guidance, strength, and wisdom since the founding of our Republic. When the Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia to contemplate freedom from Great Britain, the delegates prayed daily for guidance. Their efforts produced the Declaration of Independence and its enumeration of the self-evident truths that we all cherish today. We believe that all men and women are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Prayer sustained us and gave us the strength to endure the sacrifices and suffering of the American Revolution and to temper the triumph of victory with humility and gratitude. Notably, as one of its first acts, our newly formed Congress appointed chaplains of the House of Representatives and Senate so that all proceedings would begin with prayer.
As a Nation, we have continued to seek God in prayer, including in times of conflict and darkness. At the height of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for prayer "for the vision to see our way clearly ‑‑ to see the way that leads to a better life for ourselves and for all our fellow men ‑‑ and to the achievement of His will to peace on earth." Decades later, following one of the darkest days in our Nation's history, President George W. Bush offered this prayer for our heartbroken country, mourning the precious souls who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: "We ask Almighty God to watch over our Nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come."
America has known peace, prosperity, war, and depression ‑‑ and prayer has sustained us through it all. May our Nation and our people never forget the love, grace, and goodness of our Maker, and may our praise and gratitude never cease. On this National Day of Prayer, let us come together, all according to their faiths, to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued guidance and strength.
> > > To read all of this proclamation, delivered on May 3rd, 2018 on the National Day of Prayer, go here.
(Source: National Day of Prayer Task Force)

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