Saturday, September 23, 2017

115th US Congress The Leader's Weekly Schedule - Week of 9/25/17

Leader's Weekly Schedule
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. 2061 - North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)

2) H.Res. 311 - Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro / Foreign Affairs Committee)

3) S. 1141 - Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 2519 - The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tim Walz / Financial Services Committee)

5) H.R. 1235 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Neal / Financial Services Committee)

6) H.R. ____ - Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)

7) S. 810 - To facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

8) H.R. ___- Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast / Veterans Affairs Committee)
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 2824 - Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith / Ways and Means Committee)

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 4:00 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) S. 327 - Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Dean Heller / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 3229 - To protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries / Judiciary Committee)
H.R. 2792 - Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of September 25 can be found here.

Friday, September 22, 2017

RAND PAUL : 'I won't be bribed or bullied' on Obamacare vote... EFFORT WAS 'FAKE'...

RAND: 'I won't be bribed or bullied' on Obamacare vote...

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pushed back on Friday against pressure from President Trump to vote for a last-ditch GOP effort in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying that he "won't be bribed or bullied."
In an early-morning tweet, Trump warned Paul that if he failed to vote for Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy's (R-La.) health-care proposal, he would forever be known as "'the Republican who saved ObamaCare.'"
But in a series of tweets following the president's post, Paul contended that the Graham-Cassidy measure does not fulfill the GOP's longtime promise to repeal the ACA, and ultimately keeps ObamaCare's taxes and spending.
  No one is more opposed to Obamacare than I am, and I've voted multiple times for repeal. The current bill isn't repeal.

I won't vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn't happen Read More


STORY: says he 'cannot in good conscience' vote for GOP health care bill.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday said he "cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham Cassidy proposal.

McCain is one of four Republican senators who have been undecided on the GOP healthcare overhaul, and his opposition dealt the bill's chances a significant blow.
Also on Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she is leaning toward voting NO on Graham Cassidy. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has already expressed his his opposition to the bill, which he said didn't fully repeal the Affordable Care Act.
If all three of these votes are nay votes, the bill would not pass. Republicans have until Sept. 30 to pass a health care bill with only 50 votes. After that, they will need 60 votes, a nearly impossible threshold to meet. Read McCain's full statement below:
"As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.
"I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30th budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process.
"We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do. The issue is too important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance. A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach.
"Senators Alexander and Murray have been negotiating in good faith to fix some of the problems with Obamacare. But I fear that the prospect of one last attempt at a strictly Republican bill has left the impression that their efforts cannot succeed. I hope they will resume their work should this last attempt at a partisan solution fail.
"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won't be available by the end of the month, we won't have reliable answers to any of those questions.
"I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it. The bill's authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.
"I hope that in the months ahead, we can join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to arrive at a compromise solution that is acceptable to most of us, and serves the interests of Americans as best we can."Read More

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Now $105,662,975.27

Federal Appeals Court Hearing Set for September 15 on Secret Service Failure to Comply with Additional Presidential Travel Information Requests 
(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch announced it obtained travel records from the Secret Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, bringing the known total of travel expenses for former President Barack Obama and his family to $105,662,975.27.  The latest records show President Trump’s travel expenses total slightly over $4 million.
Judicial Watch also announced that oral argument will be heard on Friday, September 15, 2017, in an additional FOIA lawsuit challenging the district court’s dismissal of Judicial Watch’s claim that Homeland Security has a history of violating FOIA’s requirements in the processing of Judicial Watch’s requests. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:15-cv-01983)). Judicial Watch sought discovery in this case.
The hearing will be held before D.C. Circuit Judges Judith W. Rogers, Sri Srinivasan, and Cornelia T.L. Pillard:
Date: Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 A.M.
Location: Courtroom 31
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
333 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
The new Obama travel records obtained from the Secret Service were the result of a FOIA lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (No. 1:17-cv-01007)). Judicial Watch’s lawsuit produced the following travel records showing a total of $3,696,266.56 for Obama travel:
·       Michelle Obama’s trip to Morocco cost $128,108.47 in hotels; $88,725.60 in car rentals; $1,476.07 in gas/oil and $972.22 in cell phone charges for a total of $244,218.01
·       Michelle Obama’s trip to Liberia cost $55,220 in hotels; $44,000 in car rentals; $2,500 in gas/oil and $1,000 in cell phone charges for a total of $107,890
·       Michelle Obama’s trip to Spain cost $79,764.49 in hotels; $81,750.99 in car rentals and $4,547 in staff overtime pay for a total of $166,062.48
·       Obama’s November 2016 appearance at a Clinton campaign rally in Orlando, FL. cost $150,530.99 in hotels; $103,526.96 in air/rail; $11,588.76 in car rentals and $5,829 in equipment for a total of $271,467.71
·       Obama’s trip to Los Angeles in October 2016, which included two fundraisers and an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” cost $127,822 in hotels; $38,715 in air/rail; $24,326 in equipment and $4,992.30 in car rentals for a total of $195,855
·       Michelle Obama’s October 2016 appearance at a Clinton campaign rally in North Carolina cost $13,206 in hotels; $11,965 in air/rail and $1,331 in car rentals for a total of $26,502
·       The Obama family trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August 2016 cost $2,512,380.88 in hotels; $89,586.82 in rental cars; $53,234.69 in air/rail and $29,068.97 in miscellaneous expenditures for a total of $2,684,271.36
·       The Secret Service spent $1,862,230.74 on the Obamas’ final Christmas to Honolulu on the taxpayers’ dime: $1,765,583.12 on hotels and $96,647.62 on car rentals.

Added to the previously released costs, the known total of travel expenses for the Obamas is now $105,662,975.27 Read More: HERE
Judicial Watch also released travel expenses related to President Trump’s travel totaling $4,082,427.71

Paper is not dead - הנייר לא מת

Foreign commercials are so good!
My hat's off to the advertising team that came up with the idea. It has been  said that paper is dead ..    It' s only 39 seconds so please watch it  all...the irony won' t be lost on you.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

President Trump and the First Lady wished all Israelis a happy new year

ראש הממשלה נתניהו ורעייתו הגברת שרה נתניהו נפגשו במסדרונות האו״ם עם נשיא ארה״ב דונלד טראמפ והודו לו על נאומו האמיץ והחשוב היום בעצרת האו״ם.
הנשיא טראמפ הזמין את ראש הממשלה נתניהו ורעייתו לקבלת פנים שהם מקיימים הערב, והגברת טראמפ הזמינה את הגברת נתניהו לארוחת צהריים בראשותה בה ישתתפו נשות מנהיגים מרחבי העולם.
הנשיא טראמפ והגברת הראשונה איחלו לכל אזרחי ישראל שנה טובה.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sara Netanyahu met US President Donald J. Trump in a hallway in the United Nations and thanked him for his courageous and important speech at the UN General Assembly today.
President Trump invited Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife to a reception in the evening, and Mrs. Trump invited Mrs. Netanyahu to a lunch that she is hosting for the wives of world leaders
President Trump and the First Lady wished all Israelis a happy new year.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sarah Netanyahu met in the halls of the United Nations with the president of the United States, Donald Trump and thanked him for his brave and important speech today at the united

President Trump has invited the Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife to welcome them tonight, and Mrs. Trump has invited Mrs. Netanyahu to lunch and led in her will participate in women leaders from around the world

President Trump and the first lady wished to all citizens Israel happy new year.

Wishing ALL A Happy, Healthy and Wealthy Ros h Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah 2017 will begin in the evening of WednesdaySeptember 20 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 22
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Rosh Hashanah (Hebrewרֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎, literally meaning the "beginning (also head) [of] the year") is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah(יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), literally "day [of] shouting/blasting." It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים‎ Yamim Nora'im, lit. "Days [of] Awe") specified by Leviticus 23:23–32, which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.
Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. Tishrei is the first month of the Jewish civil year, but the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.
According to Judaism, the fact that Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year is explained by it being the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman according to the Hebrew Bible, and their first actions toward the believed realization of humanity's role in God's world. According to one secular opinion its origin is in the beginning of the economic year in the ancient Near East, marking the start of the agricultural cycle.[1]
Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn), as prescribed in the Torah, following the prescription of the Hebrew Bible to "raise a noise" on Yom Teruah; and among its rabbinical customs is attending synagogue services and reciting special liturgy about teshuva, as also enjoying festive meals. Eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey is now a tradition, hoping thereby to evoke a "sweet new year".
"Rosh" is the Hebrew word for "head", "ha" is the definite article ("the"), and "shanah" means year. Thus "Rosh HaShanah" means 'head [of] the year', referring to the Jewish day of new year.

President Trump "America First" UN Speech Text

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Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates, welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city as a representative of the American people to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.
Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8. The stock market is at an all-time high, a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth, the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time, and it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assem Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today, but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed. We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve. But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.
Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances, that prevented conflict and tilted the word toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people, force dislocation and mass migration, threaten our borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens. To put it simply, we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.
This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars, to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity. It was in the same period exactly 70 years ago that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those these beautiful pillars, they are pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity. The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As president, Truman said in his message to congress at that time, our support of European recovery is in full accord wit The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members. To overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity, and peace, for themselves and for the world. We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government, but we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.

icymi: FULL SPEECH: Trump Addresses World Problems at the 72nd UN General Assembly VIDEO

President Trump Gives an address to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.Trump: "I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs."

"As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you as the leaders of your countries will always, and should....

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו praised President Donald J. Trump's United Nations General Assembly speech.
"President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity," Netanyahu said.
In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.