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American Hostages Released – Our Work is Not Done

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Iranian media announced they will release four U.S. citizens in a prisoner swap. The prisoners include Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist; Amir Hekmat, a former U.S. Marine; Pastor Saeed Abedni, and a fourth unnamed American. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“It is always a great day when Americans are freed and reunited with their loved ones. We praise God for His protection of these men while they were held by the Iranians.  We are rejoicing in the safe return of these men and our answered prayers.  But our work is far from done. Concerned Women for America was at the front of the fight opposing the deal with Iran last summer and petitioned for the release of our American hostages. Our Yellow Ribbon Rally was held in front of the White House and was attended by Ted Cruz and other leaders who joined our fight. Our rally made national news and our voices were heard.  We thank our members who wore yellow ribbons to remind them and others to pray for the release of these men.

“There are still more American hostages being held: ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson and two others. We also have great concern about the $150 billion and the prisoners being released to the hands of some of our greatest enemies. Make no mistake, the Iranians are not our friends, and our fight is not over.

“Concerned Women for America and our half-a-million members will not easily forget the choices our current administration has made, and we will work to educate the public to see an administration in place in our country who will put the safety of Americans first.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

Penny Nance Urges House Speaker Ryan to Return to Conservative Spending Principles

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congress has voted to pass a trillion dollar funding deal, also referred to as the “Omnibus.” Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement in response:

“Congress is constitutionally obligated to create a budget to fund the federal government. The power of the purse – the power to determine the details of federal spending – is the only power designated to Congress, and a large spending bill, also referred to as an ‘Omnibus,’ strips Congress of this power.

“In addition to standard operating expenses of the federal government, this bill is packed with Washington favors for lobbyists and liberal interest groups. Unfortunately, this bill, despite its size and impact, was considered by both houses of Congress without any ability for the rank-and-file Member of Congress to amend the bill.

“The Omnibus funds too many of the priorities of President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Although conservatives control both houses of Congress, this disaster of a bill funds ObamaCare, the Iran Deal, Planned Parenthood, and Obama’s illegal amnesty measure and is not reflective of conservative spending principles.

“We are disappointed at the spending precedent set by the previous House leadership and encourage Speaker Ryan to return to regular order once he is given the opportunity to start the process from the beginning in the second session. It is important that conservatives fight early, hard, and in a sustained manner for conservative policy priorities, the ones on which Republicans ran and won in 2014 and previously.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

VICTORY! Senate Passes Historic Bill

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Last night, the Senate passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This reconciliation bill will rescind funding from ObamaCare and redirect Medicaid reimbursement funds, the source of approximately 80% of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding to comprehensive healthcare centers. CWALAC CEO and President, Penny Nance, issued the following statement in response:

“Last night was a landmark victory for the pro-life community as well as a prime example of the Senate working for the interests of its constituents. I applaud House leadership for the care that was taken while authoring this bill, Senate leadership for the strategic manner in which it was brought to the floor, and the Senate’s fervency during the almost eight-hour debate and amendment process.

“It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood is scandal ridden. In recent memory, Planned Parenthood has been accused of failing to report statutory rape, of aiding and abetting sex traffickers, and now of selling aborted baby body parts for money. The organization is currently under Congressional investigation, and it is inconceivable that such a corrupt organization would be the recipient of more than 528 billion in taxpayer dollars annually.

“Recent polls have found, yet again, that Americans are still not satisfied with the Affordable Care Act or their healthcare as a result of it. This bill’s passage opens the door for a full repeal of the cumbersome and unpopular healthcare legislation that is currently on the books and is an important step for real healthcare reform.

“Although the president has promised to veto this bill, his veto would strengthen the need for a pro-life president in the minds of the American people while we are in a crucial election year. Additionally, a presidential veto would place the moral responsibility of sending tax dollars to a corrupt organization like Planned Parenthood on the president and his legacy.”

CWA Legal Counsel’s New Book, Be Spent, A Reminder of Essential Principles of Freedom

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Be Spent Cover Fron SmWashington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy organization for women, is proud to announce the release of CWA Legal Counsel Mario Diaz’s new book, Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom’s Survival.

Published by Barbwire Books, Be Spent argues that the basic principles of freedom are the basic principles of Christianity. Therefore, Mario issues a bold call to those who believe in these principles to “be spent” in service to God and their neighbors, as the only answer to the preservation of freedom.

New York Times best-selling author Dr. Tim LaHaye praised the work, saying, “Be Spent is both educational and inspirational. Mario Diaz writes in a style you will enjoy.”

WORLD Magazine’s Warren Cole Smith said:

Mario Diaz does us a great service by calling us back to the beautiful idea of ordered liberty. If the prophet’s gift is to remind us of “known but forgotten things,” as the poet Marion Montgomery said, then Be Spent is profoundly prophetic.

Austin Ruse, President of the Center for Family & Human Rights, praised the book’s ecumenical approach:

We know our Lord can make something good out of any evil, but sometimes we wonder what good He could have brought out of the attacks on life and family and now religious freedom. It is, of course, the great coming together of His children who have largely put aside our differences in order to fight for life and faith and family. Mario Diaz is such a fighter, and the Lord’s spirit permeates this very fine book on our current travails.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance, who wrote the foreword of the book, said:

Be Spent represents Mario’s sincere passion and life. The public can expect an honesty and realness that is seldom seen today. I hope Be Spent ignites in readers the same passion Mario has for seeing God’s principles restored in our land. I stand with him in saying that freedom’s survival depends on it.

Be Spent is available now on Amazon and at the book’s official website,
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House Passes Syrian Refugee Bill with Veto-Proof Majority

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Today the House passed a bill that would require a stricter screening process before allowing refugees into the United States. Concerned Women for America (CWA) CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“This bill is necessary for the safety of Americans and, subsequently, the safety of the world. Congress clearly recognized this fact by passing it with a veto-proof majority. Although we do have a responsibility to care for the refugees, we must, in effect, place the oxygen mask over our own faces before we can assist others. The fact that five Syrian terrorists were just stopped in Honduras on the way to the U.S. has sealed CWA’s commitment to a short-term moratorium on Syrian refugees of any faith until we and our leaders can figure out a real strategy. We will work to support Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) efforts to pass the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act (S. 2302) in the Senate.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

Houston Voters Reject So Called Equal Rights Ordinance

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Tuesday evening, Houston voters overwhelmingly rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO. The rejection of this ordinance protects the religious freedom of business owners and will keep people born as men from being allowed to enter women’s restrooms and vice versa. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“Social liberals should be concerned after last night’s election results. I see harbingers for 2016. Citizen’s voices are heard at the polls, and  I believe they will be heard again clearly next November.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to CWALAC’s Texas State Director, Ann Hettinger, Area Director Beverly Roberts, and area members who were influential in the grassroots movement to oppose this ordinance. Our hardworking and dedicated women will continue to fight for our religious liberties and common sense.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.