March 4, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

March 4, 2018

1. H.R.5087 [115th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
2. H.R.1 [115th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
3. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
4. H.R.1865 [115th] Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017
5. S.2095 [115th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2017
6. H.R.620 [115th] ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017
7. H.R.5077 [115th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
8. H.R.1892 [115th] Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
9. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
10. S.2155 [115th] Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act

Source: Most-Viewed Bills – Congress.gov Resources –

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 3/5/18


WEEK OF MARCH 5TH

MONDAY, MARCH 5TH
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) H.R. 1209 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 901 N. Francisco Avenue, Mission, Texas, as the “Mission Veterans Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

2) H.R. 2673 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 514 Broadway Street in Pekin, Illinois, as the “Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

3) H.R. 3183 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13683 James Madison Highway in Palmyra, Virginia, as the “U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Garrett / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

4) H.R. 4406 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, New York, as the “Tuskegee Airman Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Adriano Espaillat / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

5) H.R. 4646 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1900 Corporate Drive in Birmingham, Alabama, as the “Lance Corporal Thomas E. Rivers, Jr. Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Gary Palmer / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

6) H.R. 4685 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, as the “First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

7) S. 831 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 West Pike Street in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, as the “Police Officer Scott Bashioum Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 4607 – Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Barry Loudermilk / Financial Services Committee)

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 2226 – Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 4725 – Community Bank Reporting Relief Act (Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 4768 – National Strategy for Combating the Financing of Transnational Criminal Organizations Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Kustoff / Financial Services Committee)

4) H.R. 4986 – RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn / Energy and Commerce Committee)

5) H.R. 1132 – Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

6) H.R. 3737 – Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

7) H.R. 4043 – Whistleblower Protection Extension Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rod Blum / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

8) S. 188 – EGO Act, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Bill Cassidy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 1917 – Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee)

THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 1119 – Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Keith Rothfus / Energy and Commerce Committee)

FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH
On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.
Committee activity for the week of March 5 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 3/5/18

By rewriting history, Hindu nationalists lay claim to India


The government of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi had quietly appointed the committee of scholars about six months earlier. Details of its existence are reported here for the first time.

Minutes of the meeting, reviewed by Reuters, and interviews with committee members set out its aims: to use evidence such as archaeological finds and DNA to prove that today’s Hindus are directly descended from the land’s first inhabitants many thousands of years ago, and make the case that ancient Hindu scriptures are fact not myth.

Hindu nationalists and senior figures in Modi’s party reject the idea that India was forged from a mass migration.

They believe that today’s Hindu population is directly descended from the land’s first inhabitants. Historian Romila Thapar said the question of who first stood on the soil was important to nationalists because “if the Hindus are to have primacy as citizens in a Hindu Rashtra (kingdom), their foundational religion cannot be an imported one.”

Source: By rewriting history, Hindu nationalists lay claim to India

Trade wars will hurt, not help, U.S. security


Trade wars do not benefit anyone.

Most people living today don’t remember the last trade war, which is blamed for worsening the pain of the Great Depression and, by some accounts, helping to foster the political extremism that led to World War Two.

It started with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, passed by Congress in 1930 – despite warnings from U.S. allies – under the guise that raising import duties would protect American businesses and reverse trade deficits.

Those new taxes were met with an aggressive response from America’s trading partners. The damage was severe and rapid: from 1929 to 1933 U.S. imports decreased 66 percent and U.S. exports decreased 61 percent. Workers lost jobs, farmers lost customers and household items got more expensive.

Source: Commentary: Trade wars will hurt, not help, U.S. security

Trump’s tariff threat may be timed for Pennsylvania U.S. House race


Some Republican strategists said Trump’s tariff threat appeared to be timed, at least in part, to sway voters in the steel country of Pennsylvania, including its 18th District where Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb are facing off.

Trump has endorsed Saccone and is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh area on Saturday for a campaign event. Saccone met Trump on arrival for a similar event in January.

Source: Trump’s tariff threat may be timed for Pennsylvania U.S. House race

We must separate fact from fiction on steel debate | TheHill


Such talk — and it’s not the first time the president has made such remarks — has perpetuated a myth on Main Street that the U.S. no longer has a steel industry. So, let’s check the numbers:
Myth 1: The U.S. doesn’t make steel anymore.

Fact: The U.S. produced 82 million metric tons (mt) of steel in 2017. That ranks fourth among all steel-making countries for 2017 — behind China (832 million mt), Japan (105 million mt) and India (101 million mt).

Source: We must separate fact from fiction on steel debate | TheHill

Five things to watch for in Texas primaries | TheHill


Texans will kick off the 2018 midterm elections Tuesday as they head to the polls for the first primary of the cycle.

The Lone Star State has already seen a groundswell of enthusiasm, with the state recording historic levels of early voting.

Source: Five things to watch for in Texas primaries | TheHill

GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House | TheHill


Republicans say House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a clear path to succeeding Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) in November — if Republicans lose the House and he runs for minority leader.

Source: GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House | TheHill

Trump breaks with GOP, sparking new tensions | TheHill


Republican strategists and nonpartisan political experts say Trump appears to be looking beyond this fall’s elections, when GOP control of Congress is at stake, to his own bid for a second term in 2020.

“Clearly he’s targeting Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Those were, all four, key battleground states for him in the last election and the states he would have to win if he’s going to win reelection,” said Saul Anuzis, a political strategist and former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

“It’s a very calculated, direct move with regards to the constituency he needs,” Anuzis added. “Campaigns are no longer limited to months before the election but literally start the day after someone gets elected.”

Source: Trump breaks with GOP, sparking new tensions | TheHill

Democrats Draw More Congressional Candidates, Nastier Primaries | US News


From Texas to California, a flood of Democratic aspirants are clogging primary ballots and turning their swords on each other before they can wholly focus on their Republican foes.

In some cases, the crowded fleet is making it difficult for candidates to distinguish themselves in the media and among voters. In others, they’re earning attention largely because it’s getting messy. And the internecine warfare is most prevalent in congressional contests.

Source: Democrats Draw More Congressional Candidates, Nastier Primaries | The Report | US News