Omnibus Let Down March 26, 2018 On Thursday, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending bill just 36 hours after it was introduced.  No Member was able to read the over 2,200-page document in its entirety before the vote.  Yet, 256 House Members and 65 Senators voted in favor of it so that they could go home for their two-week recess. There are a litany of bad spending measures in this bill that Congress never allowed you to have ... Read more

The President’s School Safety Proposal March 17, 2018 Securing Schools After several listening sessions and guidance from various organizations, President Trump released his proposal to secure our schools. Thankfully, it keeps our Constitutional rights intact. Here are the points he hits: He wants to make sure that schools are secure, just like any other government building. This means firearm training for teachers who choose to carry a gun. He also supports the integration of retired military veterans and retired law enforcement into these schools to ... Read more

Arming Yourself with the Truth March 9, 2018 Since the tragic school shooting in Florida last month, gun control has been at the forefront of legislative discussions. Democrats are claiming that they are taking the “moral high ground” by wanting restrictive gun laws to keep our children safe. As they pull at the heartstrings of parents and students, they are leaving out a huge component: the truth. Restricting gun laws devalues our freedoms. It is the government’s responsibility to presume that you are innocent ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Budget Subtraction March 4, 2018 Budget Subtraction Congress will pass a budget soon and one of the areas of focus is education. We have seen such a large government takeover of education over the last several years, but with President Trump in power, we have a chance to scale some of that back. There are a few areas, however, that we need to keep a close eye on. Data mining has crept its way into many pieces of legislation. This ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: President Trump’s HHS February 24, 2018 President Trump’s HHS One of the biggest accomplishments of President Trump’s first year in office was staffing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with individuals who respect the Constitution. We have seen the evidence of this in many ways, especially with the announcement this year of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division under the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Ironically, those who have been hired in these offices have already faced intense criticism for ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: A Break-Down of the White House Budget February 17, 2018 Ballooning Budget Blows Bigger After a brief shutdown last Friday, the Senate passed another Continuing Resolution to keep the government open for a month. This measure came with a $2 trillion price tag and Conservatives were not happy. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only Republican Senator to stand up against the massive spending bill that raised the debt ceiling and increased budget caps. This week, the President released his budget for this year that provides ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: 20 Week Abortion Ban Fails; State of the Union February 4, 2018 20 Week Abortion Ban Fails During a procedural measure this week, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) failed to go to a final vote.  The 51-49 vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to continue.  Two Republicans, Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) voted against the bill while three Democrats, Senators Joe Donnelly (IN), Joe Manchin (WV), and Bob Casey (PA) voted in favor of the bill.  This circumstance shows how radical ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Dueling Proposals January 20, 2018 Immigration has been the talk of the town recently, more specifically on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) front.  After President Trump cleared the way for Congress to make a decision, two bills emerged.  The first bill, Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 (H.R. 4760) sponsored by Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), has been referred to as a “compromise bill.”  Although it continues the DACA program for current recipients which will give amnesty ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Protecting Survivors of Abortions January 13, 2018 Protecting Survivors of Abortions Congress will soon take their first pro-life vote of the year.  The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act ( H.R. 4712/S.220 ) will move to the House floor next week.  This vote will be in tandem with the March for Life which draws thousands of pro-lifers from across the world to march the streets of Washington, D.C. as a voice for the unborn. This legislation simply requires a medical professional to use life-saving measures on a ... Read more

Dream Act, Merely a Dream December 23, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week revealing that the Dream Act (S.1615) would cost taxpayers nearly $26 billion over the next ten years. This legislation would give illegal immigrants who were brought over before the age of eighteen lawful permanent resident status. Changing their status would make them eligible for a wide array of federal programs such as health insurance, welfare benefits, and higher education assistance. To make matters worse, this is ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Taxpayer-Paid Transition Surgeries December 16, 2017 Taxpayer-Paid Transition Surgeries After a federal judge ruled against President Trump’s ban on the recruitment of transgenders, the Pentagon announced they will be accepting transgender recruits by January 1st, 2018. The Trump administration asked for a delay while they appeal, but Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly refused to grant this simple request. She stated, “…the court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Capitol Hill’s Dirty Little Secret December 11, 2017 Capitol Hill’s Dirty Little Secret Recently, the American people have learned of yet another gross misuse of their taxpayer money. Numerous Congressmen have given “hush money,” funded by taxpayers, to victims that claim to be sexually harassed or assaulted. This fund, which was created over a decade ago, has been used in over 200 cases totaling more than $17 million. The U.S. Treasury has paid out $1 million in this year alone, yet the public ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Can we make the HERO Act heroic? November 22, 2017   Can we make the HERO Act heroic? Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) recently introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act (“HERO Act” H.R. 4274) and discussions are underway. We are hearing some rumblings from Capitol Hill that are troubling. The bill could certainly be improved upon. The College Transparency Act (CTA – H.R. 2434) has reared its ugly head during these discussions. This bill would allow the collection of highly personal information throughout an individual’s college career ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Senate Confirmations November 4, 2017   Senate Must Vote to Confirm Judges!   After ten months since President Trump has taken office, the Senate Republicans have finally gotten serious about confirming his judicial nominees. This year, the Senate was only working an average of two and a half days per week. They had previously scrapped the filibuster to allow for an easier route to confirmation, but we did not see a quicker pace emerge from that action. Although Democrats were misusing ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: No Abortion Bonds Act October 27, 2017 Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced legislation this week to end federal tax-exempt bonds, or so called “abortion bonds,” for abortion providers. The No Abortion Bonds Act is a critical piece of legislation that will close loopholes in the tax code that currently subsidizes abortion facilities through tax-exempt municipal, county, and state bonds. Abortion providers across the nation have continued to take advantage of this system. For example, in 2012, the New York City Industrial ... Read more

🚩 Capitol Hill Report: Tax Reform on the Horizon October 20, 2017 Tax Reform on the Horizon Tax reform has been one of President Trump’s promises to accomplish before the end of this year.  So far, the White House has taken the lead on this issue and has put out a good framework for Congress to map out their plan. After a budget is passed this week, Congress is ready to begin work on this important task. There are even sentiments of unity among the House and the ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: White House Victories October 16, 2017 White House Victories The White House has been on a roll this week with creating Conservative priorities and guidance. They have focused on issues such as immigration, religious liberty, and conscience protections. These are all very important topics to address in today’s society. Immigration President Trump made his immigration priorities clear. Specifically, he addressed border security, interior enforcement, and implementing a merit-based immigration system.  Funding the border wall is the first priority on his list.  Some of ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Pro-Life Victory, E-Verify News October 7, 2017 Pro-Life Victory – Pain-Capable Bill Passes the House! The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) passed the House on Tuesday by a 237-189 vote with two Republicans voting against it and three Democrats voting for it.  This bill bans abortions after 20 weeks gestation when the unborn baby can feel pain.  Many Congressmen gave heartfelt speeches on the floor leading up to the vote.  Some shared the story of Micah Pickering, a healthy five-year-old boy who was born at 22 weeks. Contact ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: Physician-Assisted Suicide September 30, 2017 Physician-Assisted Suicide Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) has introduced a resolution (H. Con. Res. 80) condemning physician-assisted suicide.  This resolution echoes the sentiment of many diverse, bipartisan groups that this act is harmful to individuals and families across our nation. Physician-assisted suicide has been pushed by those in support as a compassionate measure and a way to “die with dignity.”  The truth is that this act is far more dangerous than what is being presented.  This ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: A Hard Bill to Swallow September 25, 2017 A Hard Bill to Swallow The newest healthcare bill to gain momentum is known as the Graham-Cassidy bill. This is the Senate’s last-ditch effort before the budget expires on September 30. As much as we would like it to be an easy “yes”, there are many things to consider. Here are a few things the bill accomplishes: Eliminates the individual and employer mandates Eliminates Medicaid expansion Redirects Planned Parenthood money to community health centers and retains language ... Read more

Capitol Hill Report: DACA on the Chopping Block September 8, 2017 DACA on the Chopping Block After a campaign of promised immigration reform, President Trump has addressed his next steps with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Many of the left-wing rhetoric makes this action seem like a massive deportation of innocent children. There is more to the story than that. DACA was a program implemented by President Obama and was solely a work permit and federal benefits program, not a pathway to citizenship. ... Read more

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 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 ceremony.  After saying that ... 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

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