The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 10/23/17


WEEK OF OCTOBER 23RD

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD
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. 4038 – DHS Accountability Enhancement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Homeland Security Committee)

2) H.R. 3328 – Cuban Airport Security Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Homeland Security Committee)

3) H.R. 3551 – C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally / Homeland Security Committee)

4) S. 504 – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono / Homeland Security Committee)

5) H.R. 2142 – INTERDICT Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Niki Tsongas / Homeland Security Committee)

6) H.R. 4010 – Congressional Subpoena Compliance and Enforcement Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa / Judiciary Committee)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH
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. 3101 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres / Homeland Security Committee)

2) H.R. 3972 – Family Office Technical Correction Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 3898 – Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 732 – Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

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

On Friday, the House is not in session. No votes are expected in the House.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 1698 – Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

2) H.Res. 359 – Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 3342 – Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 3329 – Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 469 – Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee)

Consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.Con.Res. 71, Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of October 23 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 10/23/17

Why governments should protect us from barely-taxed tech monopolies | The Guardian


.. These companies can afford to push the limits of acceptable behavior, because they have paid such care and attention to Washington. While the tech companies are hardly the image of corpulent K Street, they have built massive lobbying operations that pace the halls of the regulatory agencies and Congress, stacked with skillful hacks.

Google executives set foot in the Obama White House more often than those of any other corporation – its head lobbyist visited 128 times. Google spread its money across Washington with joyous ecumenicism. Google spent about $17m on influence peddlers of both partisan varietals. By one count, Google poured more into its DC apparatus than any other public company.

An investigation by The Intercept concluded: “Google has achieved a kind of vertical integration with the government.”

Source: Why governments should protect us from barely-taxed tech monopolies | Technology | The Guardian

Is the Party Over for Republicans in Congress? | US News


It’s not that the party’s over for congressional Republicans. It’s that they never really had one. Despite the rare advantage of trifecta control – winning the White House as well as keeping control of both chambers of Congress – Republicans in Washington are struggling, with little to show for their first nine months of one-party rule and heading into an unexpectedly competitive 2018 campaign season.

And while the minority Democrats are frequently decried as the “obstructionists” keeping the GOP from delivering on its campaign promises, it’s often been the Republican Party itself that has been the culprit.

Source: Is the Party Over for Republicans in Congress? | The Report | US News

Senate proposes measure to curb protests over Pentagon contract awards | Stripes


It wasn’t enough. Boeing and Lockheed protested the decision, arguing that the selection process was “fundamentally flawed,” holding up the weapons program for several more months, while the legal dispute was heard.

Concern over the growing number of such protests – the “lawfare” that critics say hinders the government’s ability to move ahead with important programs and services – has prompted action by the Senate.

In this year’s defense spending plan, the Armed Services Committee has included a provision that would force large contractors – those with annual revenue of at least $100 million – to pay for the delays their challenges cause should they be on the losing side of a protest.

Source: Senate proposes measure to curb protests over Pentagon contract awards – U.S. – Stripes

The GOP establishment’s days may be numbered | TheHill


Republicans haven’t even been in control of the White House and Congress for a full year, but voters are already beginning to signal buyer’s remorse.

And for good reason. In the first 10 months of a Republican-led Congress and White House, a handful of liberals masquerading as Republicans sabotaged efforts to repeal ObamaCare. In fact, if it weren’t for President Trump’s recent actions with regard to health care, Republicans in Congress might be seeing even greater discontent in the ranks.

Source: The GOP establishment’s days may be numbered | TheHill

It’s time we add tax reform to Trump’s long list of accomplishments | TheHill


As promised, the president is restoring national security. He has ended the sequestration of funds for the Defense Department, begun rebuilding our military, and overseen the collapse of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The Trump administration has achieved a massive reduction in illegal immigration, arresting nearly 100,000 criminal illegal aliens and deporting over 52,000, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year. Illegal border crossings are down over 41 percent.

He has unshackled America’s energy resources, expediting permits and approvals processes for natural gas terminals, pipelines and coal, oil and gas development.

And those are just some of the accomplishments.

Source: It’s time we add tax reform to Trump’s long list of accomplishments | TheHill

Republican’s decision to retire seen as sign of growing frustration in Washington | TheHill


Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) on Thursday became just the latest in a string of long-serving, influential moderate Republicans who’ve announced they are quitting Congress, a sign of growing frustration with gridlock in Washington despite full GOP control of government.

Source: Republican’s decision to retire seen as sign of growing frustration in Washington | TheHill

Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work by Yasheng Huang | Project Syndicate


US President Donald Trump’s administration understands the central importance of China to any strategy to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

But, so far, the US has relied on threats, such as halting $650 billion in bilateral trade, to persuade China to cooperate. This is not a stick, but a boomerang – one that will hit China and immediately return to smack the US.

What is needed instead are carrots.

Source: Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work by Yasheng Huang – Project Syndicate

Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened. | Vox


Back in May, the UPMC Health Plan in Pennsylvania said it would need to increase its health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace by 8 percent, on average, in 2018.

Then on Monday, UPMC issued a substantial revision. Premiums weren’t going up 8 percent next year after all. Instead, the increase would be 41 percent, on average.

What changed?

Obamacare hadn’t been overhauled. The customers were still the same.

But President Donald Trump had inherited an individual health insurance market that was starting to stabilize and decided to break it.

After months of threats, Trump announced late last week that he would halt federal payments to health insurers, known as cost-sharing reductions. His administration also slashed budgets for Obamacare outreach and suggested it would not enforce the law’s individual mandate, which requires every American to have insurance or pay a penalty.

Source: Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened. – Vox

24 hours later, Senate health deal all but completely dead | TheHill


The compromise would provide two years of payments to insurers, compensating them for lowering the out-of-pocket health care costs of certain ObamaCare enrollees. Trump announced he was canceling the payments last week, arguing the previous administration lacked the authority to make them.

Without the payments, the Congressional Budget Office has said premiums could rise as much as 20 percent, and enrollment would likely fall.

Democrats say Trump is seeking to sabotage the law by ending the payments, along with other administrative moves he’s made that they say could damage ObamaCare.

Source: 24 hours later, Senate health deal all but completely dead | TheHill