The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 7/24/17


WEEK OF JULY 24TH

MONDAY, JULY 24TH
On Monday, 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) S. 114 – A bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Dean Heller / Veterans Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 3218 – Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 282 – Military Residency Choice Act (Sponsored by Rep. Elise Stefanik / Veterans Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 1058 – VA Provider Equity Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup / Veterans Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 1690 – Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney / Veterans Affairs Committee)

6) H.R. 2006 – VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman / Veterans Affairs Committee)

7) H.R. 2772 – SEA Act (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Taylor / Veterans Affairs Committee)

8) H.R. 2781 – Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act (Sponsored by Rep. Neal Dunn / Veterans Affairs Committee)

9) H.R. 2749 – Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jack Bergman / Veterans Affairs Committee)

10) H.R. 3262 – Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Kuster / Veterans Affairs Committee)

11) H.R. 95 – Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Julia Brownley / Veterans Affairs Committee)

12) H.R. 1848 – Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)

13) H.R. 2333 – Small Business Investment Opportunity Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Small Business Committee)

14) H.R. 2056 – Microloan Modernization Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Murphy / Small Business Committee)

15) H.R. 2364 – Investing in Main Street Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Judy Chu / Small Business Committee)

16) H.R. 3180 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee)

17) H.R. 3298 – Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton / House Administration Committee)

TUESDAY, JULY 25TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 3178 – Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee)

2) H.R. 2182 – Plum Island Preservation Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Homeland Security Committee)

3) H.R. ____  – Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act (Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.J.Res. 111 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements”. (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus / Financial Services Committee)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26TH 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.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 3210 – SECRET Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

2) H.R. 2370 – Escambia County Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz / Natural Resources Committee)

3) H.R. 1927 – African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay / Natural Resources Committee)

4) H.Res. 317 – Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 3219 – Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of July 24 can be found here.

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Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 7/24/17

What Trump can do to cripple ObamaCare | TheHill


The administration has broad authority over the implementation of ObamaCare, giving officials the power to limit the law’s effectiveness even without congressional involvement.

Here are four ways Trump could cripple the law …

Source: What Trump can do to cripple ObamaCare | TheHill

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The new plan presents Democrats as the party creating jobs; offering job training; keeping healthcare costs low while making college affordable; and pushing higher wages including a hike in the minimum wage.

The plan is called: “A Better Deal — Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.”

This is the “strong, bold, sharp-edged and common sense economic agenda” Schumer promised in a television interview last month.

Source: Juan Williams: Dems finally focus on message | TheHill

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“This raises very serious doubts about the GOP’s whole agenda. Tax reform, the debt ceiling, the budget and infrastructure now should be considered a less than 50-50 possibility,” Collender says.

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Earlier this year, more than 100 (mostly tech) companies signed onto a public letter denouncing Trump’s travel ban on people from most-Muslim nations, and then followed up with court documents challenging the ban.

Last month, a group of corporate executives took aim at Trump for pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement, declaring themselves a “We Are Still In” movement despite Trump.

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Source: Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism | Aeon Ideas

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“It’s certainly less dramatic than the one we had back in 2000. Valuations aren’t as high as they were in 2000 — but that doesn’t mean they’re sustainable.”

Tech stocks in the S&P 500 index now trade at a price/earnings ratio of 18.4, according to FactSet, based on projected sector profits in the coming 12 months. That means tech is now trading at a 28% premium to tech companies’ valuations over the past decade.

To be sure, that’s nothing compared to the triple digit P/Es seen in the late 1990s. And tech back then wasn’t just in a financial bubble, but a cultural craze too — a component you’re not necessarily seeing today.

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There have been 87 announced acquisitions of U.S. companies by Chinese firms so far in 2017, the highest on record and up from 77 deals in the corresponding period in 2016.

CFIUS’s (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) more conservative stance toward deals coincides with growing political and economic tensions between the United States and China. On Wednesday the two countries failed to agree on major new steps to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China.

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An analysis found that in 61 percent of products with reference prices, Amazon’s reference prices were higher than it had sold the same product in the previous 90 days, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to the FTC dated July 6.

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