THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT
May 17, 2000
"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
WILL GREED WIN OUT?
CONGRESS TO VOTE ON PERMANENT TRADE
RELATIONS WITH CHINA
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- The Republican Party has for years been painted as the party of the rich: out of touch with the "little guy" and interested only in money. The Republican leadership is upholding that illusion by backing the Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) bill with China.
- Under current law, China's trade status must be reviewed every year. PNTR (formerly known as Most Favored Nation Status) permanently gives Red China the same low-tariff access to U.S. markets as products from countries allied with the U.S. and opens a wide range of markets for U.S. businesses in China.
- Multinational corporations are backing passage of PNTR with daily television and radio advertisements in the Washington area.
- Labor unions strongly object to PNTR because they fear job losses to low-cost foreign workers. Human rights advocates oppose the measure because of Red China's history of religious and political repression. "An unconditional grant of PNTRÍmay be taken as a signal of American indifference to religious freedom," stated the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2000 annual report released May 1. The USCIRF firmly recommended that "ÍCongress should not approve PNTR for China until China makes substantial improvements in respect for religious freedom."
- On Wednesday, May 10, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, Chinese police arrested dozens of adherents of Falun Gong, a new age religious order that practices peaceful exercises and meditation. The police kicked and punched the practitioners while herding them into police vans. Reports also indicate that two Western tourists were arrested for photographing the skirmish and at least three foreign journalists had their film confiscated.
- "By removing any leverage the U.S. might have with China through the trade debate, China would be much more free to continue its one-child forced abortion policy, religious persecution, and military build up," states CitizenLink, a web site of Focus on the Family.
- Legislation by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) and Rep. Doug Bereuter (R-NE) is being offered that would create a commission to review and monitor Chinese human rights policies. Many feel this would be a bureaucratic nightmare with no power behind it.
- The House is expected to vote on PNTR the week of May 22, with the Senate scheduled to vote on the issue sometime in June.
Lord, Teach Us to Pray:
- Father God, grant WISDOM to Congress. STOP them from passing PNTR with China. May they vote by Your conviction upon them and not by their love of money. (Ps 2:10-12; Eph 5:6; 1 Tim 6:9-12).
- And, Heavenly Father, bless those in China who are persecuted for Your Name's sake. Encourage them and lighten their burden this day. In the Name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. AMEN! (Mt 5:3-12; Rom 5:3-5; Rev 3:10).
EXTRA PRAYER NEEDED!
NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Republican U.S. Senate candidate from New York, has been in the news a lot lately. Last month he made known his battle with prostate cancer. Then his marital problems became headline news. At the time of this writing, it was not known if Giuliani would continue his campaign for the Senate seat. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democrats' choice for the U.S. Senate. Neither candidate is godly in character or worldview. They are both pro-aborts, but the staff of CHPA believes that Mrs. Clinton would bring greater harm to this nation than Giuliani. The Senate would be just another step in her expected run for the White House. Is this the wrath of God "being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness?" Rom 1:18
Please, join with the staff of CHPA in praying that God's grace be granted to us, though we do not deserve it. May God thwart Mrs. Clinton's campaign for the U.S. Senate. (Ex 33:12-17)
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