Capitol Hill Reports

Capitol Hill Report — 6/19/17 June 19, 2017   Breathing Life into Healthcare As the Senate is drafting their version of the Obamacare repeal and replace bill, Conservatives are urging that the pro-life provisions from the House version remain.  The Senate is using the reconciliation process to pass this bill which requires only 51 votes to pass.  The caveat is that the entire bill has to pass a six-part test called the Byrd Rule to ensure that the bill stays pertinent to budgetary ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 6/09/17 June 9, 2017 Finance Fights The House and Senate have been working on three major issues to send to President Trump’s desk by the end of this year: healthcare, the budget, and tax reform. Conservatives should be encouraging their legislators to work swiftly, but wisely on these major bills. Obamacare repeal/replace passed the House last month and is now before the Senate. The White House is saying that the Senate version will be similar to the House-passed version ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 5/26/17 May 26, 2017 Davis-Oliver Act   Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) recently introduced the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431 “Davis-Oliver Act”) which was marked-up in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The bill was named after two California law enforcement officers who were killed by an illegal immigrant. This act would give power back to local law enforcement officers to enforce immigration laws consistent with federal law. In order to ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 5/22/17 Eagle Forum’s D.C. Directors Colleen Holmes Holcomb and Tabitha Walter, with former Director, Glyn Wright McKay, met with one of the best on the Hill – our good friend, Cong. Dave Brat this week along with other Members and their staffs. They are representing us on the front lines in Washington, D.C., fighting the good fight. Please send your prayers, support, and encouragement so that we may continue to represent Eagle Forum and our causes on ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 5/15/17 Senate and House Status   This week, the House is in recess and will return Tuesday, May 16th. The Senate, however, has been in session working hard to confirm President Trump’s nominees including Scott Gottlieb for Commissioner of Food and Drugs and Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson.   Judicial Nominees   President Trump announced Monday ten new nominees to the lower federal courts.  This is a step in filling the 119 vacancies that Senate Republicans held open during the Obama ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 5/05/17 May 5, 2017 Hitting the Ground Running This week began my orientation to Eagle Forum.  Colleen Holcomb kindly introduced me to key players in the movement who have been long-standing Eagle Forum supporters.  They were more than willing to catch me up on the issues they are working on and offer their assistance.  I had the opportunity to introduce myself at two coalition meetings where I was welcomed very warmly.  I am looking forward to continuing to ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 4/28/17 April 28, 2017 Obamacare Repeal Revived   Our Capitol Hill sources tell us that members of the House Freedom Caucus, some of Eagle Forum’s greatest friends and strongest allies in the House, have agreed to support the American Health Care Act, the Obamacare Repeal and Replace bill that fell short of passage earlier this year, with the addition of an amendment that allows waivers from certain Obamacare requirements. None of our conservative allies is giving a full-throated endorsement ... Read more

President Trump Needs Our Help April 21, 2017 We received an email from the White House asking for our help with regards to a new guidance memo, “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce,” (see here) which lays out actions to craft a government-wide reform plan that will chart the course for a less intrusive, leaner, more effective, more accountable government. This plan will be delivered as part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. To ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 4/14/17 April 14, 2017 Personnel is Policy This has been a joyful week for conservatives in Washington as Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court. We are hearing from our conservative allies that they are equally excited about the conservative clerks he has hired as they are about his confirmation. We are also thrilled to learn of three top of the line conservatives who have been appointed to key positions within the Trump ... Read more

Eagle Forum Celebrates a Week of Progress on Campaign Promises April 1, 2017 Dear Friends: This week held multiple victories for conservatives as Congress used the Congressional Review Act to reject harmful Obama Administration regulations. Eagle Forum is particularly pleased with the repeal of regulations dealing with Planned Parenthood and Education: Restoring States Rights to Defund Planned Parenthood. In an exciting turn of events on Thursday, the Senate voted to overturn a regulation prohibiting states from defunding Planned Parenthood. Because two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill – 3/17/17 March 17, 2017   Trump Budget Cuts On Thursday, President Trump released his blueprint budget for FY 2018, and a supplemental Appropriations request to Congress to cut domestic spending in FY 2017 in order to pay for efforts to rebuild the U.S. military and National Defense and to increase border security and build the wall on the U.S. Mexico border. These documents, available here, reflect aggressive efforts to keep his campaign promises to keep America safe and to drastically ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 3/03/17 March 3, 2017 President’s Address to Joint Session of Congress President Trump’s Tuesday evening address to Congress was a home run, even according to some of the mainstream media’s most radical liberals.  For example, radical social justice activist and former Obama Green Jobs Czar turned CNN Commentator had this to say about the President’s speech.   While Jones’ comments centered on the President’s stunning tribute to slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, his point was echoed throughout the ... Read more