April 8, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

April 8, 2018

1. H.R.1865 [115th] Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017
2. H.R.5087 [115th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
3. H.R.5404 [115th] To define the dollar as a fixed weight of gold.
4. H.R.1625 [115th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
5. 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.
6. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
7. S.1693 [115th] Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
8. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
9. H.R.2810 [115th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
10. H.R.5103 [115th] Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2018

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

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 4/9/18


WEEK OF APRIL 9TH

MONDAY, APRIL 9TH
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH
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. 4921 – STB Information Security Improvement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Mitchell / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) H.R. 4925 – FRA Safety Data Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Josh Gottheimer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

3) H.R. 4203 – Combat Online Predators Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick / Judiciary Committee)

4) H.Res. 128 – Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 2219 – End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 4293 – Stress Test Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 4061 – Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Ross / Financial Services Committee)

THURSDAY, APRIL 12TH
On Thursday, 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.J.Res. 2 – Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States (Four Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)

FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 4790 – Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)
Committee activity for the week of April 9 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 4/9/18

Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony in Congress Could Hurt Lawmakers | Time


.. After all, a video of a lawmaker aggressively scolding the Facebook chief would do very well on Facebook itself, and the activist base in both political camps tends to reward bravado over measured discourse.

That draw of drama — and the fundraising potential that follows — has top aides in both parties skittish. It is one of the few sentiments that has unified the professional staffs from both parties ahead of hearings that will be must-watch for activists, investors and the White House.

There are very serious questions Facebook officials need to answer, especially as they pertain to what comes next for the social media leader, the extent to which its users’ data may be widely disseminated and the potential for Russia to, yet again, use that information to tailor political mayhem.

Yet that could be relatively boring and non-partisan — novelties in this election year when the full House and a third of the Senate face voter.

Source: Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony in Congress Could Hurt Lawmakers | Time

Facebook hearings should force Congress to address meddling | TheHill


The steady drip of news stories about how Cambridge Analytica harvested data without consent and used it in the 2016 campaign is a reminder of how digital loopholes allow any number of bad actors, foreign or domestic, to secretly influence U.S. elections.

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate that would close those loopholes and pull digital political ads into the sunlight.

In light of all this, we have just one question: What is Congress waiting for?

The Honest Ads Act has yet to even receive a hearing, and our country is no closer today to shoring up the vulnerabilities that were exploited by the Russians in 2016 than they were last election cycle.

Source: Facebook hearings should force Congress to address meddling | TheHill

Under Trump, a voice for the American consumer goes silent


In the 135 days since the Trump administration took control of the nation’s consumer watchdog agency, it has not recorded a single enforcement action against banks, credit card companies, debt collectors or any finance companies whatsoever.

That’s likely no fluke: Mick Mulvaney, appointed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in late November, promised to shrink the bureau’s mandate and take a much softer approach to enforcement, and records reviewed by The Associated Press indicate he has kept his word.

A review of a CFPB database obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information request shows that the bureau issued an average of two to four enforcement actions a month under former Director Richard Cordray, President Obama’s appointee.

But the database shows zero enforcement actions have been taken since Nov. 21, 2017, three days before Cordray resigned.

Source: Under Trump, a voice for the American consumer goes silent

Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom | TheHill


Roger Severino has launched a new division in the Office for Civil Rights solely responsible for enforcing laws that let health professionals opt out of procedures that violate their religion or conscience.

It is also charged with investigating claims of discrimination from those who say their religious or moral rights have been violated.

An accompanying proposed rule, which hasn’t yet been finalized, would require entities that receive HHS funding to certify they are complying with the conscience statutes. Those that are not could lose funding.

Source: Trump appointee at center of fight over religious freedom | TheHill

Syria debate exposes fissures in Trump’s circle | TheHill


.. the debate is exposing fissures among Trump’s team about his broader foreign policy stances.

On one side, conservatives worry that Trump’s isolationist instincts and unpredictable nature will give up hard-won gains in Syria and across the region, especially against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

On the other, Trump loyalists argue that the president rightly eschews the neoconservative fondness for foreign intervention.

Source: The Memo: Syria debate exposes fissures in Trump’s circle | TheHill

Republicans want to know Trump’s endgame on trade | TheHill


The fight over tariffs has sent markets into turmoil and clouded economic prospects, worrying senators ahead of the midterm elections.

Prices for soybeans, corn and wheat dropped in anticipation that China will hit U.S. exports hard if Trump goes through with a plan to impose tariffs on another $100 billion in Chinese imports.

Chinese retaliation on such crops would be felt acutely in states such as North Dakota, Missouri and Montana that are crucial Senate battlegrounds this fall.

Worse, from the point of view of Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and others, is that it’s not clear where the fight is headed.

Source: Republicans want to know Trump’s endgame on trade | TheHill

Cryptocurrency miners seek cheap energy in Norway and Sweden


The process is energy intensive. Miners plug in thousands of servers at a time to get the computing power to produce cryptocurrencies, which is done by solving mathematical equations.

For a graphic on bitcoin’s energy consumption, click here

Miners of bitcoin will use about 130 terawatt hours of energy this year, matching Argentina’s consumption or the projected usage of all the world’s electric vehicles by the mid-2020s, according to Morgan Stanley.

Source: Cryptocurrency miners seek cheap energy in Norway and Sweden

FBI raids offices, home of Trump’s personal lawyer


The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided the offices and home of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, law enforcement sources said, in a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving close Trump associates.

Source: FBI raids offices, home of Trump’s personal lawyer: sources