Capitol Hill Reports

Summer Break is Over September 3, 2017 Summer Break is Over  As the summer recess comes to a close, here are a few major pieces of legislation we can expect to see in the upcoming months.    Budget   The budget is at the top of Congress’s priority list, and as you well know, this will not be an easy fight. Many hot button items will be on the table such as defunding Planned Parenthood, funding for the border wall and deciding whether or not ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: The New Cash Crop August 18, 2017 The New Cash Crop The legalization of marijuana has been cropping back up in preparation for the upcoming appropriations fights. This issue has been touted by the left as a safe way to boost the economies of states, but the facts paint a different picture.   Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have a law legalizing marijuana in some form. These states’ intentions were to see a rise in revenue, however, they have seen ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: To the forefront . . . August 11, 2017 To the forefront . . . Even though the House and Senate are currently in recess, President Trump continues to bring the issues of illegal immigration and American jobs to the forefront.  He recently announced his support for the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (S. 1720, “the RAISE Act”) sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA). The RAISE Act makes great strides on a number of immigration issues.   First, this bill uses ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: President Trump’s First Six Months August 4, 2017   President Trump’s First Six Months A hallmark of our Republic has been the orderly transfer of power from one administration to another no matter how hotly contested an election – because Americans have respected the result of the election process. Instead, often blind and certainly unprecedented obstructionism following President Trump’s election has been the name of the game for Democrats and their fellow travelers. It has the potential to undermine our governmental structure. In ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Supreme Court Cases to Watch Supreme Court Cases to Watch Currently, there are three notable court cases that are necessary for the Supreme Court to rule on in order to preserve religious freedom and free speech.  One case has been taken up, while the other two have been awaiting a decision on whether they will be considered.    Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission   Cake baker, Jack Phillips from Colorado, was asked in 2012 to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: HHS Cancels Obama’s Failed Sex Ed July 21, 2017 HHS Cancels Obama’s Failed Sex Ed This month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has decided to pull $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research from more than 80 institutions. This money was in the form of five-year grants. These programs included those that handed out contraception and taught children how to "explore their sexuality." The left, of course, is furious over this!   Organizations, like Ascend, have fought to expose the lies behind ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 7/15/17 July 15, 2017 Eagle Forum Supports Two Amendments With the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) at the forefront of the House this week and Appropriations bills moving, Eagle Forum was busy weighing in on two noteworthy amendments. These key amendments would safeguard families and protect our military personnel. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced an amendment to the NDAA in response to the Department of Defense’s decision to delay the implementation of the Obama administration’s military transgender mandate. The mandate allows ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 7/07/17 July 7, 2017   Protecting Americans The House passed two immigration bills last week backed by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions. The bills tackled illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities.  Most importantly, they increase the safety of Americans across the nation.   Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-MA), is an initiative that has been a priority of President Trump. The bill was named after Kate Steinle who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 7/03/17 July 3, 2017 Notable Supreme Court Cases Religious liberty has become the left’s punching bag, forcing the Supreme Court to rule on many cases dealing with this issue alone.  We saw one of those cases this week, along with challenges to President Trump’s executive order dealing with travel and refugees from other countries.  Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer Trinity Lutheran Church in Missouri applied to a state program that provides rubber surfaces made out of recycled tires to safeguard ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report — 6/25/17 June 25, 2017 Our Lips to Bears Ears   In April of this year, President Trump issued an executive order for Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to conduct a 120-day review of several national monuments.  First on his list was Bears Ears, a 1.35 million-acre site in southeastern Utah designated as federal land under the Obama administration just this past December.  This act was an aggressive overreach of the White House that continues to hurt the ... Read more

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