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US Pray 100

Time: January 23, 2017 to May 2, 2017
Location: nationwide
Website or Map: http://www.uspray100.com/
Event Type: prayer, campaign
Organized By: Andrew R. Wheeler
Latest Activity: 2 hours ago

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Join the Presidential Prayer Team in a prayer campaign for the first 100 days of President Trump's presidency.

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Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler 2 hours ago

Daily Prayer Briefing, August 19

The Trump administration is sending a clear message to Canada and Mexico: we are not kidding around about fundamentally transforming the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“The views of the president about NAFTA, which I completely share, are well-known,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said. “I want to be clear that he is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and a couple of updated changes.”

Lighthizer’s remarks came at a press conference to kick off the first round of talks between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to renegotiate the 25-year-old trade deal. But while Canadian and Mexican representatives emphasized the benefits of the trade alliance in their opening statements, Lighthizer said that NAFTA had “fundamentally failed” many Americans.

“We need to ensure that the huge trade deficits do not continue and we have balance and reciprocity,” Lighthizer said. He went on to say that the agreement has cost America hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Highlighting just how far apart the NAFTA nations are on trade, Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland fought back against the U.S. emphasis on trade deficits. “Canada does not view trade surpluses or deficits as a primary measure of whether a trading relationship works,” she said in her opening statement.

Trump made criticizing NAFTA a focal point for his campaign for the presidency, describing it as “the worst deal ever made in the history of the world.” Early in his presidency, Trump considered exiting NAFTA but eventually settled on calling for the deal to be renegotiated.

 

As the Lord leads, please pray for:

   •   The healing of America’s political, social and racial divide

   •   President Trump and his team as they work on their important agenda items

   •   The continued growth of the American economy

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler yesterday

Daily Prayer Briefing, August 18

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions continue to stand up against so-called sanctuary cities.

“It’s time to support our police, to protect our families, and to save American lives,” president Trump said, in setting the tone for the administration's action against cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Sessions delivered remarks outlining the danger of sanctuary policies, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to bring law and order to America’s communities.

Speaking to an audience of law enforcement officials, Sessions lauded Miami-Dade County’s decision to reverse their sanctuary city policies shortly after President Trump’s inauguration.

“Miami-Dade is an example of what is possible through hard work, professional policing and a rededication to the rule of law,” Sessions said.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice determined Miami-Dade County to be “in compliance” with immigration laws.

One of President Trump’s first Executive Orders informed sanctuary cities that failure to fully abide by Federal immigration laws would jeopardize their access to certain Federal grant money.

As the Lord leads, please pray for:

   •   For President Trump as he faces criticism over his decisions and statements

   •   For the Trump administration as they work on jobs and economic issues

   •   For Attorney General Sessions as he enforces the nation’s immigration laws

The President's Daily Schedule

10:35 AM EDT – Departs Bedminster, New Jersey

12:30 PM EDT – Participates in a working lunch; Laurel Lodge, Camp David

1:30 PM EDT – Participates in a briefing with the National Security Council; Laurel Lodge, Camp David

4:15 PM EDT – Departs Camp David for Bedminster, New Jersey

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on Thursday

Daily Prayer Briefing, August 17

President Trump is making it easier for veterans to use the GI Bill to continue their education by streamlining the process and removing current timeline restrictions.

The president is set to sign the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 – also known as House Bill 3218 – to update the GI Bill to account for additional types of training and educational programs that aren’t accessible to students through the current measure.

“As higher education continues to evolve, the ways students are learning and the courses they are pursuing in modern-day society differs from even a decade ago,” House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Phil Roe said in introducing the measure.

“Recent data has shown that student veterans are succeeding at a higher rate than their non-veteran peers, and it is in the country’s best interest to continue to invest in these veterans and service members,” he added.

Among other things, the bill removes time restrictions to utilize the GI Bill, enabling future eligible recipients to use their GI bill benefits for their entire lives, as opposed to the current 15-year timeline. It would also simplify the benefit for future service members by consolidating the GI Bill into a single program over time, which would reduce VA’s administrative costs.

As the Lord leads, please pray for:

   •   President Trump as he continues to deal with North Korea’s threats

   •   The Trump administration as they work on infrastructure issues

   •   An end to the nation’s political divide and hatred toward the president

The President's Daily Schedule

1:00 PM EDT – Has lunch with Florida Gov. Scott; Trump National Golf Course – Bedminster, New Jersey

3:00 PM EDT – Meets with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon; Trump National Golf Course – Bedminster, New Jersey

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on Tuesday

Daily Prayer Briefing, August 15

President Trump is condemning “white supremacists’ after last weekend’s horrific attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The president interrupted his working vacation in New Jersey to return to the White House, addressing the attack that left one person dead and led to the deaths of two state police officers who died in a chopper crash related to the violence.

In his remarks, the president specifically called out “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” in the wake of deadly weekend clashes in Charlottesville, vowing “justice will be delivered” to the perpetrators.

The president, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in Washington, said his Justice Department has opened a civil rights probe into the deadly car attack on Saturday.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America,” Trump said.

He added, “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.”

As the Lord leads, please pray for:

   •   President Trump as he deals with a variety of important issues

   •   Federal officials as they investigate the violence in Charlottesville

   •   President Trump and the nation’s military leaders as they deal with North Korea

The President's Daily Schedule

3:00 PM EDT – Participates in an infrastructure discussion and signs an Executive Order establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects; Trump Tower – Residence

3:45 PT EDT – Makes statement on the infrastructure discussion; Trump Tower – Lobby

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 11, 2017 at 8:48pm

Aug. 10: White House Says Mortgage Deduction Cut “Not on The Table”

The White House is pushing back on reports that President Trump is considering cutting the mortgage deduction to pay for tax cuts.

Politico reported last week that the Trump administration is considering reducing the annual $1 million mortgage deduction cap for U.S. homeowners as a part of its broader tax reform, despite earlier promises to protect the tax advantage.

According to Politico, cutting the popular deduction came up at a White House roundtable with real estate industry representatives led by National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. The publication quoted an attendee as saying Cohn was willing to "ruffle some feathers" by putting everything on the table.

Current Internal Revenue Service rules allow homeowners to deduct all interest on mortgages of up to $1 million. Lowering the mortgage deduction cap could help pay for major tax cuts for businesses and individuals that Republicans view as crucial for driving U.S. economic growth.

But the White House pushed back on the notion that its position has changed.

"As we've said since we introduced our principles in April, we intend to protect the home ownership deductions," White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom said.

Cohn told Bloomberg TV Friday that the 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate should be more in line with the 24 percent average rate among other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

"We cannot be substantially higher than the OECD average tax rate out there," he said. "We've got to get in line with the rest of the world, we've got to entice capital to be invested in the United States."

Sources: (Newsmax, Politico)

As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For the Trump administration as they work on their tax cut plan
• For the continued growth of the U.S. economy
• For Congress as they consider the budget and tax cuts
Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 11, 2017 at 8:44pm

FEMA Ready for Hurricane Season, Trump Says

After a hurricane or severe storm strikes, it can sometimes take months or years for families and businesses to recover.

On Friday, with weather trackers predicting a busier-than-normal hurricane season for this year, President Trump and Vice President Pence made it a point to visit the Washington office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The president used the visit as an opportunity to pledge commitment to the nation’s emergency preparation and response efforts, the Washington Times reported.

“We are very strong on homeland security, and we’re very strong in respect to FEMA,” Trump said at the agency’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington. “FEMA is something I’ve been very much involved in already.”

Already as president, Trump said, he has approved FEMA assistance following weather-related disasters in Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska.

“We’ve already taken care of many of the situations that really needed emergency funds,” the president said. “We do it quickly, we do it effectively. We have an amazing team.”

Also attending the preparedness forum were FEMA Administrator William B. "Brock" Long, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, and several governors, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat from Louisiana, a state that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

This year, meteorologists forecast there will be an above-average number of major hurricanes.

The Weather Company forecasts 15 named storms and eight hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, three of which will be major hurricanes.


Sources: (Fox News, Los Angeles Times)

As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For FEMA officials as they prepare for weather-related disasters
• For storms and hurricanes to be less than predicted this year
• For President Trump and his team in their pledge of commitment to the nation’s emergency preparation and response efforts
Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 11, 2017 at 8:41pm

Aug. 11: White House Prefers Bipartisan Support for Tax Reform

White House officials have been engaging Democrats on tax reform, according to a report from Politico.

"We'd prefer bipartisan support for the tax plan," Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, told Politico. "We still think we can earn the support of [Democrats] on the tax package."

Politico says President Donald Trump's team has quietly been engaged with Democrats since June. Though Democrats in the House and Senate are open to working on bipartisan tax reform, it's the easier fight for Republicans – no Democrats need apply, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said in essence last week.

But Senate Democrats also are warning their peers against using reconciliation – implementing a simple 51-vote majority – to pass tax cuts, especially if it adds to the deficit, Politico reported.

McConnell "did the same thing with healthcare," Democrats Sen. Jon Tester told Politico. "We offered to help and he said, 'No, I'm going to run it down your throat.' He's going to do the same thing with taxes, and it's bad public policy when you don't bring people together to have a debate."

However, Republicans are more united on tax reform than they were on health care. House Speaker Paul Ryan said 97 percent of Republicans are in accord on tax relief.

"I think there are a lot of practical folks in the House, Senate and the administration who are looking at healthcare and saying, 'That didn't work. Maybe we should have a backup Plan B – a coalition of Democrats and Republicans,'" New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed told Politico.


Sources: (Politico, Newsmax)

As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For President Trump and his team as they work on tax reform
• For members of Congress from both parties as they work on tax policy
• That America’s leaders will work on the issues of concern to those who elected them
Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 11, 2017 at 8:35pm

Daily Prayer Briefing, August 11

President Trump continues to talk tough about North Korean threats. Working from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey while the White House undergoes renovation, the president retweeted a quote from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said: “The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack.”

After meeting with Vice-President Pence about a number of key issues, the president said of the threats from North Korea, “It’s about time someone stuck up for the people of our country and others as well.”

"Maybe it wasn't tough enough," Trump added, referencing his earlier "fire and fury" remarks about North Korea if that nation persists in threatening the United States.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said on Tuesday. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

The president’s latest comments come after North Korea's top general escalated those threats, saying this week he was drawing up plans to attack the U.S. territory of Guam with four ballistic missiles.

 

As the Lord leads, please pray for:

   •   For President Trump and his team as they deal with the North Korea crisis

   •   For the continued growth of the U.S. economy and job market

   •   For Tom Price and those working in the Health and Human Services Department

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 5, 2017 at 7:04am

Daily Prayer Briefing, August 05

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a warning Friday for those who persist in leaking government information: Don’t do it.

Speaking to reporters from the Justice Department, Sessions said sides with President Trump in standing against the number of leaks coming out of the administration.

"No government can be effective when its members cannot speak in confidence" with other government and foreign leaders, Sessions said.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country. We are taking a stand. This culture of leaks must stop.” 

"We will not let rogue, anonymous sources" endanger the country, Sessions said, adding that the Department of Justice is open for business and that newly sworn-in FBI Director Chris Wray will be involved in investigating leaks.

To potential leakers, Sessions simply said: “Don’t do it. We will find and prosecute you.”

 

As the Lord leads, please pray for:

   •   For President Trump and his team as they work on economic issues

   •   For the Trump administration as they set immigration policy

   •   For members of the Justice Department as they deal with the sanctuary cities issue

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 4, 2017 at 7:40am

Daily Prayer Briefing, August 04

President Trump yesterday addressed significant changes in the healthcare system for all U.S. service veterans.

During a telehealth event put on by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the president announced the implementation and expansion of a “Telehealth” system for veterans to allow them access to healthcare using telecommunications services.

“We’re working tirelessly to keep our promises to our veterans,” Trump said, “and we’ve dramatically increased the number of approvals for veterans to see doctors, so they are going to many more doctors of their choice.”

“These accomplishments are only the beginning. We will not rest until all veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve,” the president added.                            

The telehealth expansion “will greatly expand our services and access for veterans nationwide,” said Veteran’s Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

President Trump made improving health care for veterans a central tenet of his election campaign last year. Earlier this summer, he signed a bill into law to protect Veterans Affairs whistle-blowers and boost the department's ability to dismiss employees.

As the Lord leads, please pray for:

   •   For improved relations between the U.S. and Russia

   •   For the Justice Department as they deal with the affirmative action issue

   •   For the continued growth of the American economy

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