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The Daily Brief:
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

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And He turn away His wrath from him."

(Proverbs 24:17,18)

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

The Bladensburg Cross Victory!


Supreme Court Saves Bladensburg Cross from Destruction

In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that while the cross is a Christian symbol, the Bladensburg Cross has "special significance" as a war memorial. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

This marks a huge victory for First Liberty Institute, the law firm that represented the American Legion in their fight against the American Humanist Association.

"This is a landmark victory for religious freedom. The days of illegitimately weaponizing the Establishment Clause and attacking religious symbols in public are over," said Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty. "Our Founders would have been appalled at this attempt to make the government hostile to our religious heritage, history, and symbols. The attempted perversion of our Constitution is now over, and every American now has more freedom than they have had in decades, with a government no longer hostile to people or expressions of faith."
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said removing the historic cross would been seen as hostility toward religion.

"The Religion Clauses of the Constitution aim to foster a society in which people of all beliefs can live together harmoniously, and the presence of the Bladensburg Cross on the land where it has stood for so many years is fully consistent with that aim," Alito wrote.

The Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial is a cross-shaped memorial erected in 1925 by local Gold-Star mothers and a local post of The American Legion to honor 49 Prince George's County men who gave their lives while serving in WWI. The Gold-Star mothers who designed the memorial in 1919 chose a cross shape to recall the cross-shaped grave markers standing over the countless American graves on the Western Front of that war. One mother referred to the memorial as her son's "grave stone."
The original lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the American Humanist Association. They said the presence of the memorial on public property amounted to a government establishment of religion. (Todd Starnes) Read more here.

FRC Responds to the Supreme Court's Decision in Bladensburg
Peace Cross Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the Supreme Court handed down a victory for the Bladensburg, Maryland World War I Veterans Memorial in the case of American Legion v. American Humanist Association. While the ruling protected the Peace Cross memorial and similar historic, religiously-themed public monuments, it stopped short of overhauling our confused Establishment Clause jurisprudence -- a step which is long overdue. Travis Weber, Vice President for Policy and Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council, who co-authored and filed an amicus brief in favor of the Bladensburg Peace Cross, responded today in a statement:

"Today, the Supreme Court delivered a much-needed win for the Peace Cross and similar memorials. In no way do such memorials violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

"However, this decision leaves in place the tangled confusion of past Establishment Clause opinions, which are currently being used to remove religious messages, signs, and symbols from public squares around our country. These issues will continue to arise, and we are thankful for those on the bench who point this out. Further, this case reveals the incredible importance of judges and justices on the bench who view the Constitution as originalists.

"As we stated in our amicus brief, religion has a natural, proper, and even essential role in our public life and the life of our military. We are grateful for the originalist result the Supreme Court delivered today and will continue to advocate for the Court to correct the grave confusion that exists in current Establishment Clause jurisprudence," concluded Weber.

- Thank You Lord that this cross will remain where it stands! Thank You for the symbol of Your salvation, grace, and mercy!

We lift up the other cases that are now before the Court, also related to preserving our own Freedom of Religion, and ask for a similar decision to be rendered in each case. In Your Name, amen.

- Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6)

9th Circuit Rules for LIFE!

Appellate Court Rules Trump Admin Can Cut Planned Parenthood Funding by $60 million

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today allowed the Trump administration to deny federal funding to entities that commit abortions on site, a temporary but significant victory for the pro-life movement. The court will continue to consider lawsuits against the rule while it is in effect.

In February, the Trump administration rolled out rules requiring facilities that receive family planning grant money Title X services to be physically separate from those that commit or refer for abortions. Under the previous rules, Title X services and abortions could "co-locate" in the same center, as long as the abortions were privately funded. The facilities receiving federal money must also be financially separate from abortion centers.

This new regulation, called the Protect Life Rule, is expected to reduce Planned Parenthood's federal subsidies by $60 million.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Rule also ends "referral for abortion as a method of family planning," eliminates a "requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral," and requires "more complete reporting by grantees about subrecipients and more clarity about informal partnerships with referral agencies."

"This ruling is a victory for President Trump and the majority of Americans who do not want to fund the abortion industry with their tax dollars," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. "The Protect Life Rule simply draws a bright line between abortion and family planning, stopping abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood from treating Title X as their private slush fund without reducing funding by a dime. Similar regulations were upheld by the Supreme Court nearly three decades ago. We are encouraged by this news and confident the Trump administration will prevail."
According to Politico, "Some states challenging the rule, including Oregon and Washington, have said they will withdraw from the Title X program if the new rules are allowed to take effect, potentially forfeiting millions of dollars."

Yesterday, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending package that would block the Protect Life Rule from going into effect. That bill presumably won't make it past the U.S. Senate or President Trump.

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen called today's news "devastating" and the pro-life policy "unethical, illegal, and harmful to public health." (LifeSite News) Read more here.

- Father God, we praise You for this ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and we pray that any actions to defy this decision would fail. In Your Name, amen.

- "Therefore, choose life . . ." (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Justice Thomas: 'Feel Free' to Reverse Precedents

Justice Clarence Thomas Urges US Supreme Court to Feel Free to Reverse Precedents

ustice Clarence Thomas on Monday urged the US Supreme Court to feel less bound to upholding precedent, advancing a view that if adopted by enough of his fellow justices could result in more past decisions being overruled, perhaps including the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Writing in a gun possession case over whether the federal government and states can prosecute someone separately for the same crime, Thomas said the court should reconsider its standard for reviewing precedents.

Thomas said the nine justices should not uphold precedents that are "demonstrably erroneous," regardless of whether other factors supported letting them stand.

"When faced with a demonstrably erroneous precedent, my rule is simple: We should not follow it," wrote Thomas, who has long expressed a greater willingness than his colleagues to overrule precedents.

In a concurring opinion, which no other justice joined, Thomas referred to the court's 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe and said states cannot place an undue burden on the constitutional right to an abortion recognized in the Roe decision. Thomas, a member of the court at the time, dissented from the Casey ruling.
. . . Thomas, 70, joined the court in 1991 as an appointee of Republican President George H.W. Bush. Thomas is its longest-serving current justice.

The court now has a 5-4 conservative majority, and Thomas is among its most conservative justices. (Reuters) Read more

- Father God, we thank You for this bold statement made by our dear brother on the U.S. Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas. May his words be heard and honored, so that in the days ahead, our Justices may rule according to the principles of morality rather than based upon case law (precedent cases.) In Your Name we pray, amen.

-"Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)

Trump Calls Off Military Strike

Trump Admits He Called Off Iran Strike '10 Minutes' Before It Was Scheduled

President Donald Trump confirmed reports Friday that he called off an ordered military strike on Iran shortly before it was set to take place.

U.S. officials were planning for a strike against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone as late as 7 pm last night, but the strike was abruptly called off by the president, according to reporting by The New York Times that was matched by other outlets.

Trump tweeted Friday morning that the U.S. military was "cocked and loaded" to hit Iran, but that he waived the order to strike after learning that 150 people would die in the attack. He said that an attack resulting in that many deaths was "not proportionate" to Iran shooting down the American drone.

"On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General," the president explained. "10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone."

Trump also warned that the military was ready to go if necessary and asserted that he placed additional sanctions on Iran.

After the drone strike yesterday, Trump reacted coolly to the news in the Oval Office and even suggested that Iran may have shot down the drone incidentally.

"I think they made a mistake, and I'm not just talking the country made a mistake. I think that someone under the command of that country made a big mistake," he said, adding "you'll see" whether he would opt to strike the country in retaliation. (Daily Caller) Read more.

- Father God, last week we could literally "feel" the prayers of our entire nation, as stood so close to going to war. We thank You, Lord, that You did hear our prayers, You granted Your wisdom to our President, and You gave us peace.

We thank You, Father God, that You are a God who hears and who answers our prayers. Amen.

- "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears; He delivers them from all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17)

Recent Floor Activity

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

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The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, the first appropriations minibus for FY 2020 by a vote of 226-203. The vote fell primarily along party lines with six Democrats voting in opposition: Reps. Heck, McAdams, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Peterson, Pressley, and Tlaib.

The President's Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) highlights five of the nine pro-life issues:
• anti-life language in the bill blocking implementation of the Conscience Protection Rule,
• blocking implementation of the Title X Program,
• providing funding for the Teen Pregnancy Program,
• blocking implementation of Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (expanded Mexico City Policy), and
• providing funding to the United Nations Population Fund.
The SAP states that the President's advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2740 in its present form.

Floor attempts to protect human life, prohibit infanticide

House: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Congress Last Week

Homeland Security

'Literally Days Away': Scalise Lays out Details of Depleting Funds as Border Services Are Pressed


Bladensburg Cross a Pyrrhic victory for conservatives at Supreme Court

Health Care Policy

'Medicare-For-All' Is a $32 Trillion Utopian Taxpayer-Funded Fantasy

Surprise billing solo sounds more like a government healthcare duet

Testimony on the Lower Health Care Costs Act

Thanks to Congress, we're making real progress in the opioid crisis

Pending Activity

Committee Activity

Senate panel advances emergency border funding

On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation held a hearing entitled "Protecting Title X and Safeguarding Quality Family Planning Care."
• During the first panel, the sole witness was Dr. Diane Foley, Director of the Office of Population Affairs at HHS. (Witness Statement, Full testimony)
• During the second panel, Catherine Glenn Foster, President of Americans United for Life, was the minority witness. (Witness StatementFull testimony, highlights).
Pro-life members asked questions of these witnesses.

Floor Outlook

Democratic leader: House will vote on reparations measure

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1790, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. At 5:30 p.m., all post-cloture time expires and Senate votes on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Hearings to examinethe state of the derivatives market and perspectives for Commodity Futures Trading Commission reauthorization.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine whether Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be designated as systematically important financial institutions.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
Hearings to examine the use of persuasive technology on internet platforms, focusing on optimizing for engagement.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examinethe implementation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund program.

Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider
• S. 727, to combat international extremism by addressing global fragility and violence and stabilizing conflict-affected areas,
• S. 1102, to promote security and energy partnerships in the Eastern Mediterranean,
• S. 1309, to identify and combat corruption in countries, to establish a tiered system of countries with respect to levels of corruption by their governments and their efforts to combat such corruption, and to assess United States assistance to designated countries in order to advance anti-corruption efforts in those countries and better serve United States taxpayers,
• S.Res. 34, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Governments of Burma and Bangladesh ensure the safe, dignified, voluntary, and sustainable return of the Rohingya refugees who have been displaced by the campaign of ethnic cleansing conducted by the Burmese military and to immediately release unjustly imprisoned journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo,
• S.Res. 198, condemning Brunei's dramatic human rights backsliding,
• S.Res. 206, marking the 70th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, expressing concern about significant violations of international humanitarian law on contemporary battlefields, and encouraging United States leadership in ensuring greater respect for international humanitarian law in current conflicts, particularly with its security partners, S.Con.Res.10, recognizing that Chinese telecommunications companies such as Huawei and ZTE pose serious threats to the national security of the United States and its allies,
• an original bill entitled, "SAFE Act",
• the Protocol Amending the Convention between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and its Protocol, signed at Madrid on February 22, 1990 (Treaty Doc. 113-04),
• protocol Amending the Convention between the United States of America and the Swiss Confederation for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income, signed at Washington on October 2, 1996, signed on September 23, 2009, at Washington, as corrected by an exchange of notes effected November 16, 2010 and a related agreement effected by an exchange of notes on September 23, 2009 (Treaty Doc. 112-01),
• the Protocol Amending the Convention between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Japan for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and a related agreement entered into by an exchange of notes (together the "proposed Protocol"), both signed on January 24, 2013, at Washington, together with correcting notes exchanged March 9 and March 29, 2013 (Treaty Doc. 114-01),
• protocol Amending the Convention between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and Capital, signed on May 20, 2009, at Luxembourg (the "proposed Protocol") and a related agreement effected by the exchange of notes also signed on May 20, 2009 (Treaty Doc. 111-08),
• the nomination of Eliot Pedrosa, of Florida, to be United States Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank, and other pending calendar business.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
Hearings to examine technological innovations in transportation.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine unprecedented migration at the United States southern border, focusing on the exploitation of migrants through smuggling, trafficking, and involuntary servitude.

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examineAmtrak, focusing on next steps for passenger rail.

Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Water and Power
Hearings to examine
• S. 325, to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey the Garrison Diversion Unit Project Oakes Test Area in Dickey County, North Dakota, to the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District,
• S. 860, to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to modify the terms of the Jackson Gulch rehabilitation project in Colorado,
• S. 990, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the implementation of the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program First Increment Extension for threatened and endangered species in the Central and Lower Platte River Basin,
• S. 1305, to establish a Federal cost share percentage for the Milk River Project in the State of Montana,
• S. 1758, to extend a repayment contract relating to the Purgatoire River Water Conservancy District and to authorize the District to develop an excess capacity contract to offset repayment costs, and
• S. 1882, to make available the continued use of Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program project use power by the Kinsey Irrigation Company and the Sidney Water Users Irrigation District.

Hearings to examine pending nominations.

Foreign Relations
Business meeting to consider pending calendar business.

Hearings to examine fixing a broken budget and spending process, focusing on securing the nation's fiscal future.

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Hearings to examine reauthorization of the Small Business Administration's Small Business Investment Company program.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine options for the interim and long-term storage of nuclear waste, including
• S. 1234, to establish a new organization to manage nuclear waste, provide a consensual process for siting nuclear waste facilities, ensure adequate funding for managing nuclear waste.

Business meeting to consider
• S. 1227, to require the Federal Trade Commission to study the role of intermediaries in the pharmaceutical supply chain and provide Congress with appropriate policy recommendations,
• S. 440, to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide that a patent owner may not assert sovereign immunity as a defense in certain actions before the United States Patent and Trademark Office,
• S. 1224, to enable the Federal Trade Commission to deter filing of sham citizen petitions to cover an attempt to interfere with approval of a competing generic drug or biosimilar, to foster competition, and facilitate the efficient review of petitions filed in good faith to raise legitimate public health concerns,
• S. 1416, to amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to prohibit anticompetitive behaviors by drug product manufacturers,
and the nominations of
Peter Joseph Phipps, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit,
Charles R. Eskridge III, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas,
William Shaw Stickman IV, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania,
Jennifer Philpott Wilson, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and
Wilmer Ocasio, to be United States Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico, Department of Justice.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (2 bills)

  1. H.R. 2109 BRAVE Act (Rep. Rice (NY) Veterans Affairs)
  2. H.R. 2196 To amend title 38, United States Code, to reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Rep. Barr Veterans Affairs)
Continue Consideration of H.R. 3055 Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020 (Rep. Serrano Appropriations)

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business, with last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 3055 Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020 (Rep. Serrano Appropriations)

H.R. 3401 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019 (Rep. Lowey Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3351 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2020 (Rep. Quigley Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 2722 Securing Americas Federal Elections Act (Rep. Lofgren House Administration) (Subject to a Rule)

Possible Consideration of FY2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations

Additional Legislative Items Are Possible

Legislative Program for next week

We will consider several bills under suspension of the rules.

The House will complete consideration of the appropriations bill, H.R. 3055, which entails Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2020.

The House will also consider H.R. 3551, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2020. That will be the tenth appropriations bill that we will consider and is another step toward the House doing its work to avoid a shutdown at the end of the fiscal year.

The House will also consider H.R. 2722, Securing America's Federal Elections Act. This legislation will protect elections for public office by providing financial support and enhanced security for the infrastructure used to carry out such elections.

Lastly, additional legislative items may also be considered, including legislation related to humanitarian assistance at the border and the legislative appropriation bill.

Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Text of Bills for the Week of June 24, 2019

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule

Monday - June 24, 2019

* H.R. 3351 - Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2020;
* H.R. 2722 - Securing Americas Federal Elections Act;
* H.R. 3401 - Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019

Committee on Rules


Tuesday - June 25, 2019

Mexicos Labor Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for an Improved NAFTA
Subcommittee on Trade (Committee on Ways and Means)

"Uranium Mining: Contamination and Criticality"
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Committee on Natural Resources)

"Reauthorizing Vital Health Programs for American Families"
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism: Possibilities and Limitations
Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism (Committee on Homeland Security)

Identifying, Resolving, and Preventing Vulnerabilities in TSA's Security Operations
Committee on Oversight and Reform

Broadband Mapping: Small Carrier Perspectives on a Path Forward
Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure (Committee on Small Business)

"Managing for Soil Health: Securing the Conservation and Economic Benefits of Healthy Soils"
Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry (Committee on Agriculture)

Protecting and Restoring Americas Iconic Waters.
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)

Oversight of Bankruptcy Law and Legislative Proposals
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law (Committee on the Judiciary)

Diverse Asset Managers: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities for Inclusion
Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services)

Learning from Whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Veterans' Affairs)

Oversight of the Department of Energys Research and Development Enterprise
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

"Do No Harm: Examining the Misapplication of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act."
Committee on Education and Labor

The U.S. Response to the Political Crisis in Sudan
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Cybersecurity Challenges for State and Local Governments: Assessing How the Federal Government Can Help
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation (Committee on Homeland Security)

Chronic Wasting Disease: The Threats to Wildlife, Public Lands, Hunting, and Health
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Natural Resources)

Election Security: Voting Technology Vulnerabilities
Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

Continuing Challenges to the Voting Rights Act Since Shelby County v. Holder
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (Committee on the Judiciary)

Recovery, Resiliency and ReadinessContending with Natural Disasters in the Wake of Climate Change (Climate Change, Part III)
Subcommittee on Environment (Committee on Oversight and Reform)


Wednesday - June 26, 2019

Building A More Dynamic Economy: The Benefits of Immigration
Committee on the Budget

Oversight of the U.S. Copyright Office
Committee on the Judiciary

Examining Social Media Companies' Efforts to Counter Online Terror Content and Misinformation
Committee on Homeland Security

Markup: HR 823 and HR 1225
Committee on Natural Resources

Artificial Intelligence: Societal and Ethical Implications
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration
Committee on Oversight and Reform

"Brexit and Other International Developments Affecting U.S. Derivatives Markets"
Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit (Committee on Agriculture)

Standing with Public Servants: Protecting the Right to Organize."
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (Committee on Education and Labor)

A Resolution offered by Chairman Elijah E. Cummings authorizing the Chairman to issue a subpoena to Ms. Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, for testimony in connection with her failure to comply with the Hatch Act and ethics laws.
Committee on Oversight and Reform

Crushed by Confessions of Judgement: The Small Business Story
Committee on Small Business

* H.R. 3407, the United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 and H.R. 1690, the Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019
Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittee on Government Operations (Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Beyond the Million Veterans Program: Barriers to Precision Medicine
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Veterans' Affairs)

Examining the Consequences of the Trump Administrations Attacks on the Job Corps Program
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor)

NASAs Aeronautics Mission: Enabling the Transformation of Aviation
Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 644, H.R. 2459, and H.R. 3292
Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife (Committee on Natural Resources)

U.S. Biodefense, Preparedness, and Implications of Antimicrobial Resistance for National Security
Subcommittee on National Security (Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Transatlantic Policy Impacts of the U.S. EU Trade Conflict
Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment (Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Request for a Department of Homeland Security Departmental Report on the Beneficiary of H.R. 2737
Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship (Committee on the Judiciary)


Thursday - June 27, 2019

Full Committee Business Meeting: I. Mark-up of H.R._______ The Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020. II. Authorizing all Members of the House of Representatives to review, at a time to be determined by the Committee, the Classified Annex to H.R.______ The Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Document Production Status Update: OPM, FBI, and GSA
Subcommittee on Government Operations (Committee on Oversight and Reform)


The Daily Jot

Friday, June 21, 2019

US, Iran tensions tangling with prophecy

The New York Times, which has a proven track record these days of distorting the facts, is reporting that the Trump Administration called off a retaliatory attack against Iran for shooting down a $140 million US drone in international airspace. Apparently, the attacks were to target Iranian radar and missile stations, but were called off in their early stages. The Times reports, "Senior administration officials said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; John R. Bolton, the national security advisor; and Gina Haspel, the CIA director, had favored a military response. But top Pentagon officials cautioned that such an action could result in a spiraling escalation with risks for American forces in the region."

AFP took a more analytical approach to the Times report, "The US president had struck a combative tone in his public comments before rowing back. "Iran made a very big mistake!" he tweeted in response to news Iran had shot down the Global Hawk surveillance aircraft. "This country will not stand for it, that I can tell you," he said later at the White House. But as the pre-dawn incident whipped up fears of open conflict between the United States and its declared foe Iran -- sending crude oil prices soaring -- Trump moved swiftly to dial back tensions. "I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth," Trump said. "I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it." The president's mixed message left the world unsure what Washington's next move would be." Oil prices eased thereafter.

The Middle East is a hotbed to say the least. Iran's vassal state Syria is a war zone of many opposing forces, including terrorists, Russians, Americans, Turks, Syrians, Iranians, Israelis and probably others we haven't heard about. The powder keg left by the previous administration there was one of the remnants of the Arab Spring Muslim Brotherhood attempted takeover of the entire region for a revived Islamic caliphate. From a prophetic standpoint, this all bears watching and praying. The US and Iran tangling in a war could ignite a series of prophetic events leading to Biblical proportions, laying the ground work for perhaps the rise of the end time king as prophesied in Daniel, the beast/antichrist.

Keep in the mind the end-time chronology given by Christ in Matthew 24. In verses 4-8, he says, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." While we have seen types and shadows of these beginnings, we have not arrived in these times as yet. A major confrontation, such as the one reported by the Times, with one or more of the nations mentioned in prophecy may be a catalyst. Then again, the New York Times is a proven vehicle of deception.

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff

Supreme Court: Heads Up!

Supreme Court: Heads Up!

This coming Friday, June 28th, the Supreme Court will finish its business for this calendar year.

As in all years, the Justices will then go into a period of recess until the first week of October, when its doors will open again.

We are releasing this "alert' so that you can all watch the actions of the Court very carefully in the coming week. We expect to see many of the Court's decisions released on or before next Friday, for your review.
Let's lift up the nine justices of the Supreme Court in this final week, as they review their opinions in preparation to be published. May each one be granted favor by the One who governs His Court in heaven, and may God's will be done in our judiciary. Amen.

"Gone Fishing!"

"Gone Fishing!"

This week our office will be closed while we take a short break from our labors. In the meantime, the editorial team of the Daily Brief will continue to publish our alerts every day this week, in our streamlined format.

If at all possible, I do appreciate your not sending me any emails until next Monday, July 1st, as I will not be here to answer you.
Thank you for your cooperation, everyone, and have a great week!
Sara Ballenger
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

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: 150411#
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.

About Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

About Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

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God bless you!