Legislative Update for February 15, 2013

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Congress had a full week here in Washington before leaving for their district work period.When they return in two weeks, they will be in session for four weeks straight until the Easter recess.Those weeks in March will likely be extremely tense, as Congress addresses the sequester, the across-the-board spending cuts that will happen because of the Budget Control Act, and government funding for the remainder of 2013 (the fiscal year for the federal government began October 1, 2012.)


Department of Defense: On February 11, the Department of Defense issued a memorandum extending benefits to “same-sex domestic partners” of military members without notifying Congress, a move reminiscent of its change towards women in combat.

Even though the Defense of Marriage Act is still the law of the land, same-sex partners will be able to receive a military identification card, commissary privileges, family center programs, joint duty assignments, disability and death compensation, space-available travel, child care, and legal assistance which were previously only given to married couples.

Act Now:While your representative is in the district, please let him/her know that you would like the House Armed Services Committee to hold oversight hearings on benefits being extended to “same-sex partners” as well as women in combat.To find your representative, please click here.

Violence Against Women: Now that the Senate has passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the House is going to be under pressure by liberals who continue to claim that a “war on women” is being waged by House Republican leadership.House leaders need to realize that passing VAWA to end that rhetoric is not a reality.Even if the House passes VAWA, the fake “war” will not end.

The problem with passing this bill is that it does not address actual violence against women. VAWA is a nice-sounding bill that is deceitful because it destroys the family by obscuring real violence in order to promote the feminist agenda.In random audits by the Inspector General, repeated irregularities and misconduct were found, including unauthorized and unaccountable expenses in 21 out of 22 grants.Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee urges the House to pass the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act (SAFER).The SAFER Act will address actual violence against women by helping law enforcement process the backlog of rape kits and put rapists behind bars.


Nomination: Thursday, February 14, the Senate voted to proceed with the nomination of former-Sen. Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. This motion failed with a vote of 58-40, with 1 senator voting “present.”Click here to see the roll call vote.

Take Action Now: TheSenate will reconvene Monday, February 25, and we need your help! It has been said that the Senate will take up the motion to proceed with the nomination of Hagel again. If this is true, Hagel’s nomination will likely make it through to a final vote. Please urge the senators listed below to oppose Hagel’s nomination.

1.Sen. Collins (R-Maine) (202) 224-2523

2.Sen. Cochran (R-Mississippi) (202) 224-2402

3.Sen. Johanns (R-Nebraska) (202) 224-4224

4.Sen. Murkowski (R-Alaska) (202) 224-6665

To read an op-ed by CWALAC CEO and President Penny Nance regarding former-Sen. Chuck Hagel, click here.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): On Tuesday, February 12, the Senate passed through VAWA by a vote of 78-22. Click here to view the roll call votes.

Act Now:Please call the senators who voted against VAWA. Let them know you appreciate that they did not support funding programs that are ineffective and ultimately make matters worse for those who are victims of domestic violence.To find your senators, please click here.


1.Sen. Barrasso (R-Wyoming)

2.Sen. Blunt (R-Missouri)

3.Sen. Boozman (R-Arizona)

4.Sen. Coburn (R-Oklahoma)

5.Sen. Cornyn (R-Texas)

6.Sen. Cruz (R-Texas)

7.Sen. Enzi (R-Wyoming)

8.Sen. Graham (R-South Carolina)

9.Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa)

10.Sen. Hatch (R-Utah)

11.Sen. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)

12.Sen. Johanns (R-Nebraska)

13.Sen. Johnson (R Wisconsin)

14.Sen. Lee (R-Utah)

15.Sen. McConnell (R-Kentucky)

16.Sen. Paul (R-Kentucky)

17.Sen. Risch (R-Idaho)

18.Sen. Roberts (R-Kansas)

19.Sen. Rubio (R-Florida)

20.Sen. Scott (R-South Carolina)

21.Sen. Sessions (R-Alabama)

22.Sen. Thune (R-South Dakota)

For further movement of VAWA, please refer to the House of Representatives.