Capitol Hill Brief — Peace for Israel

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This week, we’ve been discussing the good news of the restoration of the U.S.’s strong relation with Israel under the Trump Administration.

America’s relationship with Israel is vital to our national security, as well as our foreign policy strategy in the Middle East. Israel is among the United States’ closest allies and is the nation that most closely shares our values of freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

I was so grateful to share with the president CWA’s thanks for the White House’s unequivocal support and commitment to Israel’s security in such an important part of the world.

As Christians, we also know and trust in God’s promise to bless those who bless Israel. And so, pray for Shalom, peace for Israel.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

What is the Congress up to on Tax Reform?

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On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and sent it over to the Senate.

Earlier this week, the Senate introduced their own version of a tax cut bill.  The Senate Finance Committee sent out for a vote a tax plan that raises the Child Tax Credit from $1000 to $2000; this is a change that Concerned Women for America has been advocating for the last several months.

Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) also moved to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate tax to help provide additional relief to low- and middle-income families. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that repealing the mandate would lower the federal budget deficit by $338 billion over the next 10 years. The individual mandate tax was created in the Affordable Care Act as a tax levied against the American people, forcing them to either pay a fine or pay for health coverage they don’t want or can’t afford.

Watch for a Senate floor vote on the tax reform package, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to happen as soon as the Senate returns from their Thanksgiving break.  If they are successful, the bill will then be on its way to a Conference Committee with the House of Representatives to work out the differences in the two bills.

Pictured above is CWA Chief of Staff, Caroline Aderholt, with Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Capitol Hill Brief — Israeli Anthem

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I hope you realize that anti-Semitism is alive and growing in some parts of the world.  Did you see the recent video of Israel’s Tal Flicker who won the gold medal in judo at a recent event in Abu Dhabi?

Flicker took his place atop the winner’s podium, gratefully accepted his gold medal, and stood straight for the playing of winner’s national anthem, as it is customary. But, Israel’s anthem was not played. Instead, they played the anthem of the International Judo Federation. The Israeli flag was not raised either.

In the video you saw Flicker humbly singing the anthem for himself, while they publicly humiliated him.

Friends, this makes me fighting mad. We must stand against anti-Semitism wherever it is found.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

CWA Prepares for the Supreme Court

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Fresh off our brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) legal team is already working on our next amicus (friend of the court) brief to be submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.  This week, the Court said it would hear arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.  This is an important pro-life, First Amendment case where it is crucial that the voices of conservative women are well represented. Rest assured, CWA will answer the call and represent your voice before the Court.

Our involvement will be especially sweet for our leadership team in California.  CWA of California fought long and hard against the vicious law that is being challenged in this case.

California’s Reproductive FACT Act (AB 775) was specifically designed to curtail pro-life clinics’ effectiveness by requiring them promote abortion services.  Unfortunately, our efforts were not well received in such a liberal state, and the law was passed.

Under this law, pro-life clinics must post printed notices in several languages urging women to contact state facilities where they can get a free or low-cost abortion.  The notice must read: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”

It also asked unlicensed pregnancy centers to put up large signs saying: “This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.”

Thankfully, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), a network of pregnancy resource centers, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), challenged the law’s unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.

Both the district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California denied NIFLA’s motion for a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of the law.  Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, and we hope the Justices will reverse the lower court’s decisions and protect the constitutional rights of pro-life clinics.

As you probably notice, in this case, the law seeks to both restrict speech and force unwanted speech, under threat of considerable fines. Even more dangerous is the fact that it is all motivated by a specific ideology — by the content of the speech.  The purpose is to discredit pro-life views and elevate abortion as a legitimate form of family planning.

The engagement of government in such pernicious manipulation of political and cultural debates through the violation of the constitutional rights of its citizens under threat of law is not only shameful and dangerous, but it is simply unconstitutional. Whatever your views on abortion, we should all agree that the government should not harrass its citizens in this way.

Please pray for your legal team here in Washington, D.C., as we prepare to represent your voice before the Court.

Find Out How to Impact Our State Legislators Through Prayer and Encouragement

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Dear Friend,

Do you want to make a “powerful and effective” investment in the state of Hawaii? Consider participating in the annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project sponsored by Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Hawaii.  The project is designed to be simple, yet effective, as we pray for the hearts and minds of our legislators and their families.

We are very excited to be embarking on our eighth year of prayer and encouragement, and we want to invite you to join us! The EAL Prayer Project consists of sending postcards of encouragement and a commitment to pray for your assigned state legislator(s) during the 2018 Hawaii legislative session. The EAL Prayer Project is not used for lobbying purposes.

The EAL Prayer Project impacts state legislators in two ways. First and foremost, it intensifies and ensures consistent prayer for each legislator. Second, it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators, as well as those who do not normally agree with CWA. As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and as they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged.

CWA is prayerfully seeking faithful volunteers so that the 71 legislators, the governor, our two U.S. senators, and our two U.S. representatives will be individually prayed for during the 2018 legislative session, which begins January 17th and continues through the first week in May.  We will provide the postcard. All you have to do is provide the stamps and a commitment to pray and encourage.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail CWA of Hawaii’s state office. Specify whether you would like to pray for one or two legislators, and provide your name, address, phone number, and email address.

I can’t think of anything more powerful than praying for those in authority, as they are responsible for making policy decisions that impact our daily lives. This is a great project for churches, homeschoolers, women’s groups, and more.  I hope you will join us!

We are looking for your commitment today! Your packet will be mailed to you this coming January.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear friend,

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!  With life’s busyness, it’s easy for me to go about my daily routine without a thankful and grateful heart. This can be a detrimental attitude. However, Thanksgiving gives me an opportunity to realign my heart to be grateful to Him in all things.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

On that note, it is with gratitude to the Lord that I write to you today.  Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine has been blessed this year with so much.

The first blessing is you!  I thank the Lord for your participation in this ministry.  Your prayers for both CWA of Maine and the issues at hand are absolutely needed.  The actions you take, such as making phone calls, sending emails, and writing to our legislators, put feet to all that CWA does behind the scenes. I am grateful!  Your financial support literally keeps the gas in the car, the paper in the copier, the cell phone on, and much more.  I thank the Lord for your gifts.

The second blessing is Catherine (Cathy) Carsley.  She recently stepped into the Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator position.  Cathy will be managing the volunteer encouragers as they pray for and encourage their assigned state senator and house member. As a natural encourager, Cathy will be a tremendous asset to CWA of Maine in this position.

The third blessing is Renee Fortin.  She recently stepped into the position of Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator as well as Legislative Liaison.  It is her goal to have at least one chapter in each of Maine’s 16 counties by the end of 2018.  In addition, Renee will assist in all aspects of the legislative process.  She will be keeping track of legislation, keeping you informed of prayer needs, educating you on the issues/bills that are important to you, and advising action that needs to be taken.  As Renee is a longtime friend of CWA of Maine, I am excited to see how the Lord will use her as one of our leaders.

CWA of Maine has much to be thankful to the Lord for as we work together to make a difference in public policy.  We thank God for you and ask His richest blessings on you and your family during this season of thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

South Dakota Legislators Need Our Prayers

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“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”  I Timothy 2:1

Dear CWA Friends,

It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign for the 2018 South Dakota legislative session. This is our 19th year of executing this inspiring program!  Some of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning, and we appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the session beginning in January?  You will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard that is pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote every week.  Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him.  Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Many legislators responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards last year with words of appreciation. Your efforts build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. As an “encourager,” you will benefit from the blessings of being a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator Campaign this year, please reply by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions just prior to the opening of the South Dakota legislative session in early January.

May God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org
 

Illinois Legislators Need Our Prayers!

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Be a Part of the CWA of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator Project

Only prayer and action will turn the hearts of our legislators and Illinoisans in 2018!  Here’s how you can help!

We are seeking intercessors for the CWA of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project.

EAL is a project of encouragement and prayer for our Illinois elected officials, members of the Illinois General Assembly, and all Illinois county board and commission chairpersons. It is not an expression of political or public policy views.  It involves three easy steps:

  1. CWA provides 12 pre-addressed postcards that contain a Scripture verse, Founding Father quote, and prayer.
  2. Participants sign, stamp, and send a postcard once a month starting in February and pray earnestly for their assigned legislator.
  3. Participants are welcome to pray for and encourage more than one legislator.

Special thanks to all those who participated in the EAL project during the 2017 legislative session. We received several messages from legislators expressing their gratitude for the encouragement and prayers.

If you would like to participate in the CWA of Illinois EAL Project, please call me at 815-297-2918 or email [email protected]. Be sure to specify the number of legislators you would like to pray for and encourage.  Please provide your name, address, and email address. 

The Illinois EAL project cannot exist without funding.  If you feel led, please donate to CWA of Illinois. All donations given to CWA of Illinois will fund the state’s projects and initiatives. Click here to donate today, or feel free to send a check to the address below!

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this nation! In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” — 1 Timothy 2:1

We are looking for your commitment today. Your packet will be mailed to you this January. 

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
1255 W. Empire Street
Freeport, IL 61032

(815) 297-2918
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Trump Administration’s Support for Israel

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It’s been refreshing to witness the Trump Administration’s unabashed commitment to support Israel. And I’m so grateful I got to thank the president at a dinner. Their latest action involved withdrawing from UNESCO, citing their unquestionable anti-Israel bias.

The U.S. owed $550 million to it, and it contributed annually about 70 million, which compromised about 22 percent of its budget.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Trump, saying, “This is a courageous and ethical decision because UNESCO has become a theater of the absurd; instead of preserving history, it distorts it.”


Let us continue to pray for the Trump Administration, Israel and the overall situation in the Middle East. Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.