Shutdown Showdown

January 27, 2018

Democrats shut down the government for three days while pointing fingers at the Republicans.  They knew that in order to pass a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it had to be attached to must-pass legislation like the budget.  Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has promised a vote on DACA before February 8 when the Continuing Resolution expires.  After rounds of opposition to this idea from the Democrats, the Democrats eventually caved and voted to open the government.  Even though this seems like a win for the Republicans, the proposed DACA legislation is problematic.

The proposal known as the “Gang of Six” amnesty bill has been cooked up by Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).  This bill will not address any of President Trump’s list of demands.  Instead, the proposal extends amnesty to DREAMers as well as their parents, which totals over 10 million eligible illegal immigrants.  Not only has this proposal upset members in the House, the President vehemently rejected the bill.  Fortunately, there is another option.

Conservatives in the House are rallying around the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760) sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).  Even though this bill continues the DACA program, massive border control measures are included.  Some of these provisions will include an end to chain migration, an end to the Visa Diversity Lottery, mandates E-Verify, and improves border security.  About 694,000 illegal immigrants are eligible for this program, but the good immigration reforms will prevent this problem in the future.  Conservatives are pushing for a vote on this as soon as possible.

Eagle Forum has sent out an alert in support of H.R. 4760.  Please contact your Congressman to urge their vote on this bill.

HHS Protects Conscience Protections

The Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that they are taking great strides to protect conscience protections and life by creating the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division under the Office of Civil Rights.  One day later, President Trump announced via satellite to the March for Life a new proposed rule by HHS that will protect medical professionals.  This rule is modeled after current laws such as the Coats-Snowe, Weldon, and Church Amendments, that prohibit discrimination when a medical professional refuses to participate in an abortion.  The rule will also require that entities comply with those laws in order to receive federal grants.  Unsurprisingly, the left has already begun verbally attacking the new division and their rule.

HHS is taking public comments on this new rule.  If you would like to comment, the instructions are here.


Tabitha Walter is the Washington, D.C. Executive Director for Eagle Forum.