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Alexandria Paolozzi

Senate Legislative Update for May 16, 2014

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#BringBackOurGirls: This week the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the Boko Haram threat. Officials from the Pentagon testified on their current U.S. efforts to provide aid to the Nigerian military.

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Reid’s Personal Vendetta: For months, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has been calling out Charles and David Koch, generally referred to as “the Koch brothers,” on the Senate floor. This week, he took his personal vendetta to the extreme. Reid voiced support for a constitutional amendment that would restrict the First Amendment.

In doing so, he sought to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which affirmed what many already assume to be part of their First Amendment rights — the right to engage in independent political speech and to give money to the candidates of your choice.

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Early Education Bill in Committee: This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee marked up a bill that would create additional federal control over education, S.1697.

The bill specially looks at early education, creating additional grant programs to expand the already far-reaching control of the federal government. Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R- Tennessee) sought to offer a substitute amendment that would give states the option of using the funds as they see fit, instead of how the federal government instructs them to use it.

To read Sen. Alexander’s press statement on his proposal, click here.


More than 200 Girls Abducted by Nigerian Terrorist Group

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Who would be so brazen as to admit to the world that his terrorist group abducted more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in the middle of the night?

Boko Haram admitted earlier this week that it kidnapped the girls from their school in Chibok on April 14. That bold move has caught the attention of the world.  Yesterday, every female member of the Senate (see the list below) signed a letter to President Obama calling on him to take action by implementing sanctions against the terrorist group. The women also called on the United Nations to classify Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, just as our State Department did in 2013.

Late yesterday afternoon, President Obama stated he is sending a team of experts to Nigeria to help in the search for the girls.  Boko Haram is fueled by an anti-Christian, anti-western agenda aimed at doing away with Christians in Nigeria in order to produce a “pure” Islamic state.

Below is a list of signatories on the letter to President Obama. To read more from CWA on this issue, click here.

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Hiedi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Deb Fischer (R- NE)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Kirsten Gillibrand (R-NY)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Senate Legislative Update for May 2, 2014

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As a result of the “nuclear option” that Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) implemented last year, the Senate continues to hastily push through judicial nominations.

Monday, the Senate approved the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Despite the almost impossible battle of stopping this nomination (because of the “nuclear option” leaving Democrats with the ability to pass through judicial nominees with no bi-partisan support), Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC ) could not be silent on this nominee’s record.

Miss Friedland’s record raises serious questions about her judicial philosophy, especially when it comes to the proper role of a judge. With the types of cases coming before the courts today, it is important to make sure each judge upholds current law and does not rule based on personal philosophy.

To read CWALAC’s letter that was sent to the Hill, click here.