Capitol Hill Reports

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

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