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

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 4/14/17 April 14, 2017 Personnel is Policy This has been a joyful week for conservatives in Washington as Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court. We are hearing from our conservative allies that they are equally excited about the conservative clerks he has hired as they are about his confirmation. We are also thrilled to learn of three top of the line conservatives who have been appointed to key positions within the Trump ... Read more

Eagle Forum Celebrates a Week of Progress on Campaign Promises April 1, 2017 Dear Friends: This week held multiple victories for conservatives as Congress used the Congressional Review Act to reject harmful Obama Administration regulations. Eagle Forum is particularly pleased with the repeal of regulations dealing with Planned Parenthood and Education: Restoring States Rights to Defund Planned Parenthood. In an exciting turn of events on Thursday, the Senate voted to overturn a regulation prohibiting states from defunding Planned Parenthood. Because two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill – 3/17/17 March 17, 2017   Trump Budget Cuts On Thursday, President Trump released his blueprint budget for FY 2018, and a supplemental Appropriations request to Congress to cut domestic spending in FY 2017 in order to pay for efforts to rebuild the U.S. military and National Defense and to increase border security and build the wall on the U.S. Mexico border. These documents, available here, reflect aggressive efforts to keep his campaign promises to keep America safe and to drastically ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 3/03/17 March 3, 2017 President’s Address to Joint Session of Congress President Trump’s Tuesday evening address to Congress was a home run, even according to some of the mainstream media’s most radical liberals.  For example, radical social justice activist and former Obama Green Jobs Czar turned CNN Commentator had this to say about the President’s speech.   While Jones’ comments centered on the President’s stunning tribute to slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, his point was echoed throughout the ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 2/17/17 February 17, 2017 This week on “the Hill” we are hearing from our conservative friends that the greatest need from the grassroots is to continue to fight back against the mainstream media’s and the left’s constant onslaught of attack against the Trump Administration. Eagles throughout the country did this very well during the battle to defend Senator Sessions and get him confirmed.  That made a difference and we need to keep it up! We posted a Daily Signal ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 1/27/17 January 27, 2017   Wasn’t it refreshing to see that following all of the mainstream media hype over the bitter and vulgar so-called “Women’s March,” that President Trump began the week by reinstating the “Mexico City Policy,” prohibiting U.S. foreign aid from supporting organizations that provide abortions?    This week, Eagle Forum is honored to be invited to join other pro-life leaders on the platform at Friday’s March for Life.   In honor of the March for Life, on Tuesday, the ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 1/20/17 January 20, 2017 This week confirmation hearings were held for Education Secretary designate, Betsy DeVos, Health and Human Services Secretary designate Dr. Tom Price, Environmental Protection Agency Director designate Scott Pruitt, Secretary of Energy designate, RickPerry, and Secretary of Treasury designate, Steven Mnuchin. Congressional sources are reporting that they will move immediately following the inauguration to repeal Obamacare and swiftly pass a replacement bill. Please stay tuned as we are likely to need immediate action when ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 1/13/17 January 13, 2017   This week the Senate began holding hearings on Trump Cabinet nominees.    Attorney General   The hearings on Senator Sessions’ nominees received the most attention.  Senator Sessions responded to 11 hours of questioning beautifully.  He showcased his imminent qualifications for the position of Attorney General, as well as his gracious character and his respect for the rule of law and for all people.    William Smith, a long-term Sessions staffer and a great friend to Eagle Forum also made ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 1/06/17 January 6, 2017 Colleen is looking forward to working with you in 2017 to continue our long tradition of fighting for the issues that we so dearly care about.  She is thrilled to once again be representing our beloved Eagle Forum on the Hill.  We invite you to join Colleen in Washington, D.C. anytime you are available.  Hitting the Ground Running We just got important insight from high ranking conservatives on the House side. Our sources report that the ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 12/31/16 December 31, 2016 On the Air with Gayle Colleen was a guest on Utah Eagle Forum President, Gayle Ruzicka’s radio program to discuss what we are hearing from the Trump transition team and the importance of the grassroots staying engaged, beginning with the fight to defend Senator Sessions against liberal attacks. A Strong 2017 Colleen is looking forward to working with you in 2017 to continue our long tradition of fighting for the issues that we so dearly care ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 12/23/16 December 23, 2016   We teamed up with Longtime Friend, Connie Mackey This week, long-time Eagle Forum friend Connie Mackey and I visited some key congressional staffers to discuss how we can best work together to advance a conservative agenda when Congress convenes and President Trump is inaugurated.   Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Freedom  We left so encouraged! We had the privilege of spending time with a high-level, brilliant, solid conservative congressional staffer with whom we have worked on the life issue for ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 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 ... Read more

Colleen on Capitol Hill — 12/09/16 December 9, 2016 The Lame Duck Congressional session is almost over, and although conservatives have reason to be disappointed, we can rejoice that no serious damage was done – YET. The House of Representatives is expected to adjourn on Friday, and there are indications that the Senate might be in session on Monday. Vote to Impeach IRS Commissioner On Tuesday, House Republican leadership brought the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskiner to the floor for a vote. However, ... Read more