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Score Letter: Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act

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The Honorable
United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator,

On behalf of our supporters and activists nationwide, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) encourages your support of S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. When this bill reaches the Senate floor for a vote, CWALAC will score in favor of cloture and final passage and will include this vote on our annual scorecard.

Israel and Jordan are key U.S. allies in the Middle East who are crucial to the fight against terrorism and ending the brutal Assad dictatorship in Syria. Ensuring the stability of the Middle East and the safety of Israel is in the national security interests of America. S. 1 improves defense and security assistance provisions and aid to Israel, reauthorizes the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, passes provisions to combat the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, and aims to stop the massacre of the Syrian people.

It includes four measures of support, most of them hotlined, previously passed by the Senate: the Rubio-Coons United States-Israel Security Authorization Assistance Act of 2018 (S. 2497), the Ros- Lehtinen-Deutch United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act (H.R. 2646), the Engel- Royce Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018 (H.R. 1677), and the Rubio-Manchin Combating BDS Act of 2018.

This bill is aptly the first priority of the new Congress, as it is in America’s best interest to support our ally Israel both home and abroad. Abroad, S.1 bolsters aid and strengthens security assistance in Israel, and the anti-BDS provisions ensure support at home. The BDS movement is an economic attack against Israel that has incited violence against Jewish people in America and overseas time and time again. Over half the states have passed similar anti-BDS movement laws; this provision supports state efforts and sends a strong message to Israel that we are serious about combatting anti-Semitism and supporting their influence in an unstable region.

Concerned Women for America asks you to stand by our allies in the Middle East. They need your support. Ensuring the stability of the Middle East and supporting Israel is a vital U.S. interest, and we urge you to vote in favor of S. 1.

Sincerely,

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Senate Votes on Bill to Strengthen U.S. Security in the Middle East

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate is voting on the first bill introduced in the 116th Congress, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (SASME Act). The SASME Act is made up of four bipartisan bills nearly enacted by Congress in 2018: the Rubio-Coons United States-Israel Security Authorization Assistance Act of 2018, Ros-Lehtinen-Deutch United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, Engel-Royce Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018, and Rubio-Manchin Combating BDS Act of 2018.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement:

“Thank you, Leader McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senators Rubio (R-Florida), Risch (R-Idaho), and Gardner (R-Colorado) for making the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 the Senate’s first priority of 2019. No more playing politics when it comes to our allies. The SASME Act combines four key bipartisan foreign policy bills that were nearly passed into law last year with little controversy. This bill is a basic necessity for U.S. foreign policy.

“Over half the states in the country have already passed an anti-BDS bill. Contrary to comments by new Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), this bill is 100% in line with American values and our first amendment. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel is blatant anti-Semitism and has continually incited violence against Jewish people here in America and abroad time and time again.

“Concerned Women for America is scoring this bill, and we will be scoring in favor of cloture and final passage. Anyone who votes against Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act will forever be on record as undermining efforts for peace and stability in the Middle East, abandoning our ally Israel, and condoning anti-Semitic behavior in the United States.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Speaker Pelosi’s First Priority: Promote Overseas Abortion, Not End Shutdown

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Nancy Pelosi (D-Califorinia) takes the gavel as Speaker for the 116th Congress, and her priority agenda to dismantle the prolife policies of the Trump Administration take center stage.  In her first act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, Pelosi’s price tag for ending a government shutdown includes repealing the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (formerly known as the Mexico City policy), and vastly increases taxpayer funding of the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) which is a chief contributor to China’s appalling policies of forced sterilization and coercive abortion. In essence, Pelosi wants Trump’s wall on abortion repealed while forcing Americans to finance the international abortion industry.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, called out Speaker Pelosi for playing abortion politics in the shutdown deal:

“Concerned Women for America strongly opposes the Pelosi pro-abortion agenda.  The price of a deal to end the government shutdown should not be tearing down the wall that protects American taxpayers from subsidizing the international abortion industry.  In expanding the Mexico City Policy early in his administration, President Trump sent a strong message that he will defend the unborn and support the vast majority of Americans who do not want their tax dollars paying for abortion at home or abroad.

“The Democrat’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 unmasks the real agenda of liberals in Congress – to promote the radical policies of pro-abortion activists, including Speaker Pelosi, whose unabashed agenda is to prop up the abortion industry even as young Americans today embrace what science dictates:  Abortion kills children.

“We urge Congress and President Trump to reject any deal to end the shutdown that repeals the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy and expands funding for pro-abortion policies abroad.  Members of Congress take note:  Concerned Women for America will score against any spending bill containing these provisions. Your first vote for the 116th Congress will be on record for the millions of Americans who demand an end to taxpayer-funded abortions.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Congress Passes Sexual Harassment Bill – American People Still Need Answers

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, both the House and Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation amending the process for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill.  The legislation now heads to the White House for President Trump’s signature. The bill does not require reimbursement of federal hush funds from the last two decades and does not disclose the identities of members of Congress who utilized this hush fund in the past.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:

“It has been over a year since the #MeToo revolution erupted, and it is high time that Congress deal with this issue on its own turf.  Our representatives have finally come to terms with changes for which 1,500 staff members and countless citizens have asked.

“Finally, in the eleventh hour and during a lame duck session, things have begun to move along.  However, there is more work to be done.

“Even with the passage of this bill, the American people are still denied full disclosure of who engages in sexual harassment in Congress.  No one is exposed for these deeds.  None of the $15 million worth of taxpayer money to settle claims in the past is returned to the Treasury.  No one is held accountable for reimbursing these hush funds.  Where is the transparency?

“Concerned Women for America continues to ask likely incoming-Speaker Pelosi to move immediately to disclose the names of every member of Congress who used the fund. This is not an issue we expect our elected officials to handle with kid gloves. The American people deserve to know. Congress works for us – not the other way around.”

 

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Use Your Voice – Episode 6, Pro-life Senate Majority: Opportunities, Hurdles, and Action

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Penny Nance is joined by CWA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny to take stock of the life issue in the upcoming 116th Congress. Just over a month past the election, there are so many things to address but this episode focuses on what the election results mean for the pro-life movement – opportunities to hold the line on the issue, hurdles to overcome, and what CWA has done and is doing to ensure these innocent lives inside the womb are being fought for!

Doreen also gives insight into her time working for the late President George H.W. Bush.

SCOTUS Cowers Under Political Pressure, Again

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Washington, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court has denied cert. in Gee v. Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast, et al.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:
“It is disappointing to see the United States Supreme Court cower under political pressure. Once again the justices confirm what former Justice Kennedy had admitted in Carhart: big abortion gets special treatment at the nation’s highest court.
“In dissent, Justices Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch make plain that, ‘what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here … has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named “Planned Parenthood.”‘ What a shame!
“Worse yet this case is decidedly not about abortion. The question is whether individuals have a private right of action under the Medicaid Act. The reason Planned Parenthood is involved at all is because some states moved to disqualify them after they were caught on tape illegally, unethically, and immorally bargaining with baby body parts.

“Fortunately, this is not the end of the road for this issue. The Court will be forced to decide the matter sooner or later. The bigger challenge they face is the public’s growing concern with their failure to neutrally apply the law without regards to political pressure. Here, they have clearly failed, again.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) Holding Up U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act

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Washington, D.C. – The United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 seeks to ensure Israel’s sovereignty and safety by bolstering its security against growing threats. Primary among these threats is Iran’s presence on Israel’s northern border. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) introduced an amendment to the act which cut all of Israel’s security assistance. This undermines the purpose of the bill, and his amendment was voted down 20-1. Yet Sen. Paul continues to be the only member of Congress withholding support for the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act and has kept it from receiving a vote on the Senate floor for over a month now.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, issued the following statement in response:

“Sen. Paul’s singular refusal to support Israel by not allowing a vote on this bill is disappointing and detrimental to the state of Israel and to United States foreign policy.

“Israel is one of our greatest allies in the world and a vital beacon of democracy in the Middle East. They are under almost constant threat from surrounding countries, and the assistance provided by the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act is absolutely necessary to best equip Israel’s military to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens and the sovereignty of their state.

“Sen. Paul is singling out Israel by standing in the way of this bill. Targeting Israel in this way emboldens Israel’s enemies — entities like Iran who would love nothing more than to see separation between our nations. In many ways, a strong Israel is also a strong United States. There is nothing to be gained by blocking this bill, but there is much to be lost. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee urges Sen. Paul to cease being the barrier to a vote on this bill.”

President Trump to Nominate Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador

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Washington, D.C. — President Trump has announced Heather Nauert, a current U.S. State Department spokesperson, as his choice for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued this response:

“Concerned Women for America members from around the nation applaud President Trump for his appointment of Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador.  Ms. Nauert’s years of experience, both as a news correspondent and more recently as the U.S. State Department spokesperson, have prepared her to effectively represent our nation.

“Nauert is a strong supporter of the president’s agenda and, like her predecessor, will courageously and firmly pursue our national interests.  Concerned Women for America members look forward to enthusiastically supporting her confirmation.”

 

For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Use Your Voice – Episode 5, Adoption – A Celebration of Life

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Did you know that in Virginia alone, there are about 5000 children in the foster care system and about 1000 children who are available for adoption AT THIS MOMENT. And that is just one state.

DJ Jordan joins Penny Nance to celebrate November as National Adoption Awareness Month. After a career in journalism, DJ spent almost a decade on Capitol Hill including as a spokesperson for Rep. Aderholt (R-Alabama) and as Communications Director for Sen. Lankford (R-Oklahoma). At this time, DJ is running for the state legislature in Virginia and he joined Use Your Voice this month to share his family’s heart for adoption and the story of their daughter, Tori.

This month’s episode is our favorite to date. Adoption is a beautiful expression of the heart of God and DJ’s incredible personal insight is worth hearing.

Matthew Whitaker steps into U.S. Attorney General position at crucial time

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Washington, D.C. — Last week, Matthew Whitaker was appointed Acting-United States Attorney General following Jeff Sessions’ resignation.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement: 

“Matthew Whitaker is an outstanding choice for acting Attorney General. His time serving at the Department of Justice was highlighted by his dedication to expediting the settlements of key Supreme Court cases, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and the State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor. These two cases were deeply important to the hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America.

“Whitaker is known for being tough on crime and is described as “a lawyer’s lawyer.” This is exactly what the Department of Justice needs. There is a whole host of bipartisan issues that must be tackled by Congress and, with a split House and Senate, now is the perfect time to confront those issues.

“Concerned Women for America has repeatedly called on the DOJ to address the rape kit backlog. I had the honor of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past summer, urging the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act with a focus on processing rape kits. The DOJ, especially, should care for victims of rape and sexual assault. CWA asks that Whitaker make good use of his time in this important position.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.