May 6, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

May 6, 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.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.
4. H.R.4 [115th] FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
5. H.R.1625 [115th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
6. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
7. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
8. H.R.2810 [115th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
9. S.2155 [115th] Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
10. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

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

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – 5/7/18


WEEK OF MAY 7TH

MONDAY, MAY 7TH
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. 4910 – Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Austin Scott / Veterans Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 4335 – Servicemember Family Burial Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Correa / Veterans Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 1496 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4040 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, as the “Marvin Gaye Post Office”, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

4) H.R. 4301 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 Tom Hall Street in Fort Mill, South Carolina, as the “J. Elliott Williams Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Norman / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

5) H.R. 4574 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 West Schick Road in Bloomingdale, Illinois, as the “Bloomingdale Veterans Memorial Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

6) H.R. 4722 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 111 Market Street in Saugerties, New York, as the “Maurice D. Hinchey Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. John Faso / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

7) H.R. 4840 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 567 East Franklin Street in Oviedo, Florida, as the “Sergeant First Class Alwyn Crendall Cashe Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Murphy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

TUESDAY, MAY 8TH
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. 3170 – Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Small Business Committee)

2) H.R. 4668 – Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Small Business Committee)

3) H.R. 4754 – Change Order Transparency for Federal Contractors Act (Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon / Small Business Committee)

4) H.R. 1700 – SCORE for Small Business Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams / Small Business Committee)

5) H.R. 1680 – Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight / Small Business Committee)

6) H.R. 1702 – Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dwight Evans / Small Business Committee)

7) H.R. 4111 – Spurring Business in Communities Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Small Business Committee)

8) H.R. 5236 – Main Street Employee Ownership Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velázquez / Small Business Committee)

9) H.R. 4743 – Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Small Business Committee)

S.J.Res. 57 – 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 “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act” (as engrossed) (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran / Financial Services Committee)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 5645 – Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Handel / Judiciary Committee)

H.R. 2152 – Citizens’ Right to Know Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe / Judiciary Committee)

THURSDAY, MAY 10TH
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. 3053 – Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Shimkus / Energy and Commerce Committee)

FRIDAY, MAY 11TH
On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.
Committee activity for the week of May 7 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – 5/7/18

The Week In Lies Of The Modi Government | Yashwant Sinha

[India]

Banking frauds have nearly tripled in the last five years, the amount involved in these frauds rising from around 10,000 crores ($1.5B) in 2013-14 to over 28,000 crores ($4.2B) in 2017-18. The total amount involved in these frauds has crossed 90,000 crores ($13.5) during the last four years.

According to another report, the declining number of operators in every telecom circle in the country has led to large-scale job losses.

The number of operators per circle has come down from an average of around 10 operators about a year and a half ago to only about six today.

According to a report prepared by recruitment firm CIEL HR, some 80,000- 90,000 jobs could be lost as a result of this development.

Source: The Week In Lies Of The Modi Government – By Yashwant Sinha

The FBI Is in Crisis Mode and America Is Paying the Price | Time


Some question whether the FBI has gotten too big and has been asked to do too many things. After 9/11, then FBI director Robert Mueller, who is now the special counsel leading the Russia probe, made massive new investments in counterterrorism and intelligence, shifting resources and investigative focus from white collar crime and bank robberies.

Many of the bureau’s woes developed on Comey’s 3½-year watch. They extend beyond the most visible controversies, like the Clinton email and Russia investigations, to his costly confrontation with Apple over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting in 2015, and beyond.

Critics say Comey’s penchant for high-profile moral fights has, ironically, undermined the bureau’s reputation. Trump himself has used that line of argument to challenge the FBI.

Source: The FBI Is in Crisis Mode and America Is Paying the Price | Time

GOP nightmare looms in West Virginia | TheHill


If Don Blankenship wins on Tuesday, Democrats will have plenty to use against him. The former CEO of Massey Energy led the company during the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that left 29 people dead. Blankenship was released from prison on May 10, 2017, after his conviction for willfully violating mine safety and health standards.

“If he’s the nominee, Joe Manchin skates to reelection,” one GOP source said of Blankenship on Monday. “He’s the dream opponent.”

Source: GOP nightmare looms in West Virginia | TheHill

Why Cities Are So Bad at Cybersecurity | Nextgov


In partnership with the International City/County Management Association, we conducted the first-ever nationwide survey of local government cybersecurity.

Among other things, the survey data showed just how poorly local governments practice cybersecurity.

Source: Why Cities Are So Bad at Cybersecurity – Nextgov

How the U.S. Government Learned to Stop Worrying About The Global Internet and Kicked Russians Off Its Networks | Nextgov


The global internet is a lot less global than it was a few years ago.

The U.S. government, which used to be the loudest advocate for knocking down digital barriers, has begun to erect barriers of its own since the 2016 election and the Russian hacking and influence operation that upended it.

U.S. officials and lawmakers once merely condemned Russian and Chinese laws that forced tech companies to share their source code or to store citizens’ data within national borders. Now, they’re developing countervailing laws and policies that limit the ability of those nations’ companies to access and endanger U.S. secrets.

Source: How the U.S. Government Learned to Stop Worrying About The Global Internet and Kicked Russians Off Its Networks – Nextgov

The Government’s Tech Talent Gap is (Still) Getting Worse | Nextgov


The government added more than 200 people to its IT workforce from September to December, expanding from 84,451 employees to 84,669.

But a Nextgov analysis found agencies have yet to reverse a disturbing trend within their aging tech shops: the number of federal IT specialists age 60 and over is more than quadruple the number of IT workers under 30 years old, and the gap is widening.

Source: The Government’s Tech Talent Gap is (Still) Getting Worse – Nextgov

Merk Investments | Merk Research

As part of Merk’s in-house research we regularly evaluate a consistent set of charts covering the economy, equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies.

The aim is to keep our eyes open and to look through the noise of the headlines, avoiding the distractions of sensationalized click-bait.

Source: Merk Investments – Merk Research

Navy Receives Northrop-Built F-35 Electronic Warfare Simulation Platform | ExecutiveBiz

Northrop said Tuesday it shipped the Combat Electromagnetic Environment SimulatorSignal Measurement System and the Synchronizer Controller System to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in Point Mogu, Calif.

CEESIM is designed to simulate multiple radio frequency emitters simultaneously and equipped with the Advanced Pulse Generation technology that works to generate electronic warfare mission scenarios.

Source: Navy Receives Northrop-Built F-35 Electronic Warfare Simulation Platform | ExecutiveBiz