Colleen on Capitol Hill β€” 12/16/16

December 16, 2016

Last week was a very productive week in Washington.

Please be on the lookout for a coalition letter setting forth conservative expectations for the Department of Education, including specific policy expectations and personnel recommendations for assistant secretaries.  We will circulate that letter as soon as it is finalized.

Work to Support Sessions’ Confirmation as Attorney General
 
The consensus among our conservative allies is that the grassroots must be involved in helping get Senator Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General.  His confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin January 20, 2017.  The more we can do to fight back against liberal attacks and keep them on the defensive, the better our chances of getting solid conservative Supreme Court nominees.  Below is a series of links to good articles about Senator Sessions.  Please share them strategically with your lists and social media networks
 
The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard: “Awkward: Dem critics of Jeff Sessions spent 20 years praising him
 
 
Senator Grassley response to allegations that Senator Sessions was not being forthcoming about his record:
 
Democrats and Republicans from Alabama praise Senator Sessions:
 
Daily Signal, John-Michael Seibler “No, Jeff Sessions as Attorney General Won’t Mean Criminal Justice Reform Is Dead
 
Update H.R. 4919
 
Last week we told you about H.R. 4919, a bill that would provide federal funding to provide tracking devices for people with Autism and dementia.  The House passed this bill by voice vote under suspension of the rules last week, and the Senate bill has passed unanimously over the summer.  However, thankfully, the Senate adjourned without granting final approval to the law. 
 
We Must Keep Up Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley referred Planned Parenthood for criminal action for their sale of fetal tissue.  Within hours of the referral, President Obama announced an executive rule that would effectively prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood.  When the Senate returns we must keep up pressure on our Senators to vote for the budget that defunds Planned Parenthood!  Here is an excellent article on the issue from our friends at Family Research Council: http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA16L30&f=WU16L10 
 
Good Friend to Eagle Forum, Cong. David Brat!

Colleen and husband Wayne on the left, had the pleasure of talking with Congressman David Brat at last weekend’s Republican Advance in Richmond, Virginia. Congressman Brat is a great friend to Eagle Forum. He shared that he misses Glyn Wright and is thrilled to know that the Eagles are back on Capitol Hill.
 
If you have any questions or legislative concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Colleen at cholcomb@attorneyholcomb.com or call 757-277-4848.