Capitol Hill Reports

Religious Liberty Upheld by Department of Labor August 20, 2018 A Win for Faith and the First Amendment The Department of Labor issued a directive that protects the religious freedoms of government contractors who disagree with same-sex marriage. The Trump administration has publicly declared to hold their staff accountable to defend the religious rights of organizations. Former President George W. Bush issued an executive order in 2002 that established a framework for faith-based contractors seeking contracts with the federal government. After former President Obama took office, he ... Read more

Would Federally Paid Family Leave Be An Entitlement Program? August 18, 2018 Since the election of President Trump, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, has made paid maternity and family leave a priority of the administration. This has been evident in many of Ivanka’s speeches as well as the President’s White House budget. While this can certainly be appealing, the facts say that it will be more harmful than helpful. Although the United States does not have a federally paid family leave policy, it already has the 1993 ... Read more

End DACA and Secure the Border August 11, 2018 Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security released its FY2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report which tallies up the number of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. Nearly 702,000 people overstayed their allotted time and are currently in the United States illegally. This is an increase from the previous year where over 526,000 illegal immigrants overstayed. The group that had the highest rate of overstays were exchange students totaling 68,983 current illegal ... Read more

What Can We Do About Roe v. Wade? August 5, 2018 With a new Supreme Court nominee on the docket, one of the biggest questions from both the right and the left is, “Will Brett Kavanaugh overturn Roe v. Wade?” Liberals have used this question to strike fear among their base while Conservatives have used it to conjure up hope to protect the unborn. However, Republicans have opportunities to scale back this law while waiting on a full repeal. One of the biggest ways to ... Read more

Dangers of Allowing the Workforce to Control Education July 28, 2018 The Hidden Dangers of Allowing the Workforce to Control Education President Trump has been very successful in creating jobs and boosting our economy. In fact, a report earlier this month showed that 3.4 million jobs have been created since election day. Now, there is a push to fill those jobs. The President has issued a proposal and an Executive Order in an attempt to remedy that issue, however, there are hidden dangers that could have ... Read more

Righting the Wrongs of the Obama Administration July 21, 2018 Presidents will typically use their pardon power near the end of their term. However, President Trump has decided to use it throughout his presidency to quickly give certain prisoners relief from the overreach of federal law. One of the most recent instances was the pardons of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. The Hammonds who were multi-generational cattle ranchers were convicted of setting fires to public lands in 2012. They said they had used ... Read more

Who is Brett Kavanaugh? July 13, 2018 As President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh is well on his way to be confirmed in the Senate.  The President’s announcement came Monday evening where he touted Kavanaugh’s “impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.” However, liberals are working around the clock to discredit his competence. Here are the facts about his credentials, experience, and record. Brett Kavanaugh is a 53-year-old native of Washington, D.C. ... Read more

Celebrating our Constitution July 7, 2018 This week we had the opportunity to celebrate our nation. We are honored to have the freedoms that we have been given by our Heavenly Father and by our Founding Fathers through the Constitution. Independence Day is a reminder of how great a nation we live in and also, our responsibility to keep it great. One of the provisions in the Constitution that ensures our freedoms is the establishment and standards of the Supreme ... Read more

GOOD News from D.C. June 29, 2018 Amnesty Squashed Two long-awaited immigration bills were brought to the House floor in the past week. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760) was the first to be voted on and ultimately stopped the terrible discharge petition that would have resulted in massive amnesty. The Goodlatte bill would have ended chain migration, eliminated the Visa Lottery, and stripped funding of sanctuary cities, just to name a few. Despite the great measures ... Read more

The Diminishing of Obamacare June 25, 2018 Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced that key parts of Obamacare are now unconstitutional. This came after Texas, along with 19 Republican-led states, got the ball rolling by challenging the policy in hopes to overturn it. Since then, the Trump Administration has moved full speed ahead in stripping down what they can of Obamacare to make way for Congress to finally repeal this awful policy. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor ... Read more

GOP Agrees to Two Immigration Votes June 15, 2018 Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) discharge petition (H.Res. 774) failed to get the last two signatures needed to move toward a vote in June.  Immigration is not completely off the table though.  Next week, the House plans to vote on two immigration bills: Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760) and a compromise bill that is still being written.  There are problems with both bills, but this stops the discharge petition ... Read more

The Free Exercise of Religion Is Affirmed June 9, 2018 The Free Exercise of Religion Is Affirmed The Supreme Court issued a ruling earlier this week on the long-awaited case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, cake baker Jack Phillips was asked to design a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. After explaining to these frequent customers that he was unable to do so based on his religious beliefs, the couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. ... Read more