The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 7/10/17


WEEK OF JULY 10TH

MONDAY, JULY 10TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. in pro forma session. No votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, JULY 11TH
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. 1492 – Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Energy and Commerce Committee)

2) H.R. 702 – Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

3) H.R. 1988 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1730 18th Street in Bakersfield, California, as the Merle Haggard Post Office Building (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

4) H.R. 954 – To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Natural Resources Committee)

5) H.R. 1397 – To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock / Natural Resources Committee)

6) H.R. 1404 – Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Raúl Grijalva / Natural Resources Committee)

7) H.R. 1541 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Natural Resources Committee)

8) H.R. 1719 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier / Natural Resources Committee)

9) H.R. 1913 – Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta / Natural Resources Committee)

10) H.R. 1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Natural Resources Committee)

11) H.R. 2156 – Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Natural Resources Committee)

12) H.R. 597 – Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Natural Resources Committee)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
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. 2664 – Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg / Education and the Workforce Committee)

2) H.R. 2480 – Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act (Sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler / Judiciary Committee)

3) H.R. 2200 – Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 23 – Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017, Rule Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David Valadao / Natural Resources Committee)

H.R. 2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
Committee activity for the week of July 10 can be found here.

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Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 7/10/17

How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl | Racked


You know it’s a racket, but you click anyway.

The effortlessly chic French woman is one of the most persistent tropes in our lifestyle landscape.

Sixty years after a young, unapologetically sexual Brigitte Bardot danced her way into the pop culture canon in the film …And God Created Woman, publications like Vogue, Into the Gloss, and Who What Wear now publish a steady stream of articles on the supposedly superior and increasingly specific ways that French women dress, do their hair, eat, exercise, and fall in love.“

Source: How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl – Racked

The Hamburg G20: A clash of competing visions of world affairs | European Council on Foreign Relations


Europe’s multilateral vision for the G20 appears to be merely a side show to the traditional struggle for national power.

Two views of the world and two concepts of managing international affairs compete with each other – not clashing head on, but rather competing for pole position in a race to the finish line.

The two different approaches are global governance versus a concertation of power; in other words, multilateralism versus multipolarity.

In the European understanding, the legitimacy of the G20 rests on its contribution to fostering global public goods, such as sustainable and inclusive growth, open trade, socioeconomic progress, and protection of the environment and climate.

But in the eyes of many large players participating in the club, the G20 is not about legitimacy but about power, because power rather than purpose or process is the real reference point of legitimacy.

In this sense, the raison d’être of the G20 is not to organize commitments of participants to some common good but to serve as a platform for great power interests and preferences, and to balance competing claims and ambitions.

Global governance is a tool, at best, but certainly not an end in itself; a tool that needs to deliver on the power interests of the actors rather than constrain their ambitions.

Source: The Hamburg G20: A clash of competing visions of world affairs | European Council on Foreign Relations

No wonder Trump is Putin’s favourite: he’s making America weak again | The Guardian


Even the most hardcore anti-Trumpers, those ready to believe the president’s campaign colluded directly with Moscow in corrupting the 2016 US election, don’t think it works quite like that. The notion of Trump as Manchurian Candidate, an agent of the Russian secret service, is fun as fantasy, but it’s no more than that.

If there was collusion, it will have involved Trump acolytes rather than the man himself. Besides, any future case against Trump might not have to prove collaboration at all: that Trump sought to impede the FBI’s investigation into the affair, and thereby obstruct justice, would be grounds alone for impeachment.

Source: No wonder Trump is Putin’s favourite: he’s making America weak again | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

Analysis: Trump remains unpredictable force among US allies


Trump still departed Europe on Saturday in the same position as he started: an unpredictable force on the world stage and an outlier among longtime American partners.

For the president’s backers, his posture is the fulfillment of his campaign promise to bring more opaqueness to American foreign policy and challenge long-standing global agreements, even with the nation’s closest allies.

But his detractors say he keeps sending the world dangerously mixed messages.

Source: Analysis: Trump remains unpredictable force among US allies

Australian Journalist’s G20 Summit Report Goes Viral After Calling Donald Trump the ‘Biggest Threat to the West’


Chris Uhlmann said: “We learned that Donald Trump has pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. He managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America.”

The journalist added Trump was “a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the west’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”

Source: Australian Journalist’s G20 Summit Report Goes Viral After Calling Donald Trump the ‘Biggest Threat to the West’

GSA ‘grossly mismanaged’ TTS, special counsel says | FCW


The office that examines federal agency whistleblower complaints found the General Services Administration “grossly mismanaged its Technology Transformation Service,” backing a complaint filed by one of its top acquisition officials.

In a July 6 report to the GSA, the White House and Congress, the Office of Special Counsel said the GSA’s response to a whistleblower complaint by GSA Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe was unreasonable.

Source: GSA ‘grossly mismanaged’ TTS, special counsel says — FCW

Is Congress transparent enough? | FCW


Bill numbers, summaries and sponsors are all available online for public viewing, but transparency advocates are looking to make more-granular aspects of the legislative process more accessible and understandable.

Over the past decade, there’s been a significant push to make congressional data more discoverable and accessible to the American public, moving the centuries-old paper-based process online to Congress.gov.

Source: Is Congress transparent enough? — FCW

IG: DHS botched management software rollout | FCW

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Despite spending $24.2 million on the Performance and Learning Management System that was aimed at handling workforce training and performance management, the report said, DHS has been unable to make the system meet operational requirements for those duties.

Source: IG: DHS botched management software rollout — FCW

Germany starts to withdraw troops from Turkish Incirlik base | DW


Germany has started to withdraw troops from a Turkish air base where they have been supporting international operations against the so-called “Islamic State.”

This follows a row with Ankara over access to the base.

Source: Germany starts to withdraw troops from Turkish Incirlik base | News | DW | 10.07.2017