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Nance to Newsweek: Did Evangelicals Make a Mistake in Supporting Trump?

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee to Newsweek: “Evangelical policy leaders have been willing to work with every president. To his credit, President Trump sought our advice often—and we supported his policies because they matched our positions. We will never again settle for political crumbs from the establishment’s table. We expect conservative elected officials to live up to their campaign promises to earn our votes.”

Read Penny’s entire Newsweek piece here.


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For America (Day 117)

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Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name forever.
With thankful hearts, we behold
Your awesome works from the beginning.

You are Faithful and True
Still moving in the midst of Your people.
Help us fret not for evildoers.
They are like grass withering away.

But Your Word stands forever.
We delight in Your counsel and Your statutes,
We crave to know You more and more,
To increase in faith and trust; this is our goal.

Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ
To be our Savior—to show us the way of salvation.
His example is our encouragement and aim,
Oh, to be more like Him, each and every day.

We stand in the great promises of Scripture.
We delight ourselves in You Lord,
Knowing You will give us the desires of our heart.
Give us righteous desires Abba, Father.

For often we seek after the wrong things
Thinking they will somehow fill the hole in our hearts,
When we know it is a God-shaped hole we bear,
And only living water will ease our thirst.

Lord, we pray for the assault on sexuality
The enemy is leveling against our world.
We pray against the increasing gender confusion,
Against the identity crisis he seeks to create in Your creation.

But our identity is found in Christ,
Let that healing lesson spread among those who hurt today.
Our hearts break for them; do not let the enemy get away
With his schemes to establish a lie as a foundational truth in their lives.

Let the truth that You are our Creator shine ever so brightly.
May we commit our ways to You, Lord,
For we know You will act. And You are good!
You are God.

In the name of Jesus, we pray,
Amen.


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All Night Vote-A-Rama to Push Massive New COVID Spending

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This week, President Joe Biden shirked off a request from several moderate Republican Senators to work on a bipartisan coronavirus relief bill. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats led by Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders laid the path for a budget resolution establishing a framework for massive new federal taxpayer spending for coronavirus relief that subverts the 60-vote requirement of the legislative filibuster. Their tactic guaranteed passage on a party-line vote after an all-night amendment marathon and Vice President Harris showing up to break the 50-50 tie.

This first partisan showdown by President Biden and his new Senate majority was proof enough that any talk of unifying Washington D.C. policymakers is nothing more than lip service. It previewed the coming battle over whether the filibuster will stand and the issues that will define the differences between the two parties and their priorities.

The process was not without a tactical opportunity for Republicans to file hundreds of amendments for floor consideration (over 800 in all were filed) and secure several votes on key issues during the 50 hours of debate. In a letter to Senators, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) signaled our intent to score relevant amendments related to our seven core issues. Of the forty-five amendments that received votes, CWALAC identified six votes that will be included on our scorecard, which have put Senators on record for the next election on some key issues.

Two of the six amendments passed to become part of the budget resolution.  The others failed:

Protecting Life:  Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) offered a Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act amendment to create criminal and civil penalties for medical providers who fail to exercise the same degree of care for babies who survive an abortion or attempted abortion as would be provided to another child born at the same gestational age. The vote failed 52-48 (all Republicans plus Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin [West Virginia] and Bob Casey [Pennsylvania] voted yes). Sixty votes were required under the Budget Act due to a lack of germaneness as a non-budget measure.

Supreme Court Packing:  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) offered an amendment to prevent attempts to increase the number of Supreme Court Justices beyond nine. The amendment put Senators on record on the issue of court-packing. On a failed 50-50 vote, every Senate Democrat opposed the amendment indicating that every one of them would support adding justices to the Supreme Court in an attempt to overrule the current 6-3 conservative majority.

Religious Freedom:  Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) offered an amendment to prohibit infringing the free exercise of religion in employment, commerce, social services, faith and community partnerships, or access to housing, healthcare, or education. With 60-votes needed, the amendment failed 50-50 with Sen. Manchin voting yes and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voting no across party lines.  In his remarks, Sen. Lee cited the targeting of Little Sisters of Poor because of their religious beliefs as a reason why this protection is needed.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) offered an amendment to limit COVID-19 relief payments to states or localities that impose greater limits on the content of speech or restrictions on religious exercise, houses of worship, and faith-based organizations under the pandemic. This measure passed 51-49 with Sen. Manchin crossing the aisle.

Reopening schools: Senators Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) offered an amendment that would withhold additional coronavirus funds to schools that do not reopen for in-person learning after teachers have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The amendment failed on a party-line vote.

U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee) offered an amendment which shows the Biden Administration that any attempt to undo President Trump’s historic move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in 2018 would not have Senate support. Their amendment requires the United States to maintain its Israel embassy in Jerusalem and passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 97-3.

With final passage of the budget measure after an all-night vote-a-rama, Democrats will now be able to write a partisan reconciliation bill that can bypass the filibuster in the Senate. Eleven Senate committees are now instructed to report legislation for the $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package demanded by President Biden by February 16. One month after losing two seats in the Georgia runoff election,  Senate Republicans must exercise every muscle as the minority party to hold the line against the radical political priorities of the left.

By: Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

MORE Act Promotes Marijuana Use, Not Justice

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With a government shutdown on the horizon and coronavirus crippling communities across America, the Democrat-controlled Congress has prioritized the left’s obsession with pot use to vote on a bill removing federal controls over an exploding Big Marijuana industry.

The House passed the Marijuana Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) Act by a vote of 228-164  under a deceptive banner of social justice. While touted as a decriminalizing measure to expunge the records of low-level offenders, the MORE Act actually dismantles federal enforcement against marijuana. This vote marks an historic surrender in the war on drug addiction. It denies the real threats of high potency marijuana to public safety, mental health, and our most vulnerable populations, including America’s youth.

In a total policy reversal, the MORE Act would remove marijuana as a controlled substance, legalizing and commercializing its use, manufacture, and sale, without health-related safeguards, advertising guardrails, or measures to crack down on the thriving illicit marijuana market. It would fully legalize unlimited potency marijuana products, including vapes and edibles appealing to youth, and allow any form of advertising, including on television during the Super bowl.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) signaled our strong opposition to this bill and our intent to score against any member of Congress voting in favor on our member scorecard.

In a letter to House members, CWALAC CEO and President Penny Nance warned, “Repackaging marijuana as a social justice issue in the MORE Act will not solve the problem of lucrative, greedy financial markets and reckless commercial marketing of marijuana. It will not change the harmful, increasingly potent nature of this drug as a danger to public health. Any federal de-scheduling of a psychotic drug removes the ability to enforce against its use, becoming a greater threat to public safety. This includes the U.S. Department of Transportation requirements for public transit workers.”

Here’s more about why the MORE Act is an irresponsible and reckless policy:

  • Fails to include common-sense safety measures like requiring a warning label on the health risks posed by marijuana, limitations on marijuana product potency, or restrictions on locating marijuana businesses within 1000 feet of schools, daycares, private kindergartens, public parks, or recreational facilities.
  • Retroactively decriminalizes marijuana, requiring Federal courts to expunge prior “nonviolent” marijuana convictions and conduct re-sentencing hearings, potentially leading to the early release of drug traffickers.
  • Funnels taxpayer money to the marijuana industry, making federal grants and loans available for marijuana-related businesses and service providers.

CWALAC believes America must stand against drug addiction and the promotion of drug use in our culture. The marketing of the MORE Act as a social justice measure is disingenuous and redirects attention away from prevention and treatment. If Congress enacts the MORE Act, America can expect more of the damaging effects of our drug-induced culture.

Press Release: CWALAC Responds to Nationwide Women’s March

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2020

Contact:
Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee Responds to Nationwide Women’s March

 Nance: “The liberal left chooses to exclude women with conservative views.”

Washington, D.C. – As participants in this year’s Women’s March prepare to send what they call “an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition” to the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, there’s no mistaking this fact: they don’t represent all women.  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee’s (CWALAC) CEO and President Penny Nance has this to say:

“Amy Coney Barrett is going to be the next Supreme Court Justice. She is a woman of character and uniquely qualified for this moment. Her sincere faith, strong marriage, and devotion to family make her an ideal role model for young conservative women who aspire for both family and career achievement.

“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is right; soon to be justice Barrett breaks not a glass ceiling but a concrete barrier reinforced by women on the left in order to exclude women with conservative views. No more must women conform to the litmus test of progressivism to sit at the ‘cool kids table.’  Americans reject the religious bigotry and abortion dogma that has been the standard required from women in order to attain achievement in government. The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court creates a new definition of feminism and creates a seat at the table for us.

“The year 2020 is the year of the conservative woman. While some will be marching to thwart the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is continuing their Women for Amy Bus Tour, where we’ve experienced overwhelming support around the nation in key battleground states for an accomplished, conservative women like her and for the confirmation of soon to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”

For information on the “Women for Amy” bus tour, please go here.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Press Release: CWA Celebrates 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

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August 26, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
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CWA Celebrates 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

 Washington, D.C. – As today commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which officially granted women the right to vote, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) Penny Young Nance had this to say:

“Today, we celebrate 100 years of women’s triumph in attaining their right to vote. We remember the tenacious and relentless women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul who endured significant adversity but held firm to their values and dreams of equality. They were also clear that their rights could not be built on the broken rights of others. Alice Paul called abortion ‘the ultimate exploitation of women.’  We owe the suffragists a great deal of gratitude. Without them, we would not be able to exercise our voices in the critical upcoming elections. We are 68 days out from an election in which issues such as the sanctity of human life and religious liberty are hanging in the balance. Therefore, CWA is on the road with our She Prays, She Votes tour and traveling to battleground states including Arizona, Florida, and Iowa to galvanize women to pray for our country and vote their values.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

CWA Still Committed to the Principles of our Founding

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Precisely forty-two years ago, in 1978, Beverly LaHaye held the first Concerned Women for America (CWA) meeting in San Diego, California, to educate women about the threats presented by the so-called Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). More than 1,200 attended. It was the beginning of what would become the largest public policy organization for women in the nation.

CWA went on to have a resounding victory against the ERA both in the culture and the courtroom. But, believe it or not, some radical feminists never got over that resounding loss. They are still trying to revive the old, putrefied ERA corpse to this day.

CWA continues to stand in their way.

Just last week, we filed a brief in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia standing against illegal efforts to bypass precedent and keep the effort to pass the ERA alive. The brief, filed by Michael Farris, who was legal counsel for CWA back when we defeated the ERA the first time, and who is now the CEO and General Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, explains to the court why the efforts to revive this effort violates the constitutional process.

Simply put, the ERA’s ratification deadline has come and gone. The effort is legally dead. The U.S. Congress gave the states seven years to ratify it, and they failed in that effort decades ago. To pass the ERA, they would need to start the process all over again.

Even the radically liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has acknowledged as much, saying at a Georgetown Law School event that the effort to revive it comes “long after the deadline passed” and needs to start over. “I would like to see a new beginning,” she told the moderator Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge M. Margaret McKeown, “I’d like it to start over.”

In our brief, we argue ERA activists themselves have acknowledged that their time has expired in numerous public statements. But now they seek to circumvent the constitutional process and revive the effort. Even their efforts to “remove the deadline,” acknowledge as much:

The Alice Paul Institute admits that “the ERA did not succeed in getting [sufficient] ratifications before the deadline.” The Feminist Majority Foundation explains that Congress must either “rescind the arbitrary timeline on ERA ratification … [or] pass the ERA again.” Likewise, the League of Women Voters of the United States currently urges its followers to “Tell Congress to remove the deadline so the ERA can cross the finish line!” … On its website, Equality Now tells supporters they “now must urge Senators to pass S.J. Res. 6, another joint resolution to eliminate the deadline. It is more important than ever to urge Senators to eliminate the original deadline!”

The ERA was bad policy then and is still bad policy today. It is why the American people rejected it. Feminists seek to use it to force their radical pro-abortion policies on the country, like finally getting our tax dollars to pay for abortions up to the moment of birth. Big abortion businesses like NARAL and Planned Parenthood have long argued that ERAs at the state level guarantee a right to taxpayer-funded abortions.

The president of the National Organization for Women argued, “The ERA would codify reproductive rights in the Constitution and greatly support low-income women who are the first to lose access to affordable birth control when family planning services are reduced.”

And today we know the ERA would be even worse for women, given the monumental fight in which we are engaged in an effort to protect women sports. Proponents of the ERA want to redefined the word “sex” in federal law opening the door for men who identify as women to hijack women’s rights, safety, and protections.

CWA is currently fighting in courts and legislatures around the country for the right of women in women’s shelter to prevent males from coming into their spaces, a development that could further aggravate the emotional and psychological pain of women who have suffered domestic abuse, rape, and even trafficking in some cases.

The bottom line is that the ERA continues to be a disaster for women and CWA is, once again, leading the fight against it to preserve the intrinsic and unique value of every woman. We won back then. And we will do so again.

4 Things You Should Know about Mrs. America, Hulu’s Series on Phyllis Schlafly

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The Television Network FX/Hulu has released a series called “Mrs. America,” a dramatization about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) fight. This series has offensive and often inaccurate depictions of Phyllis Schafly, Eagle Forum’s beloved founder. CWA’s  founder, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, also worked hard to fight against the ERA in the early years of our organization and along with Phyllis Schlafly, our side won!

We at CWA are working alongside our friends at Eagle Forum to see that the truth is spoken about Phyllis Schlafly’s legacy. An attack on Phyllis is an attack on the conservative movement, and we must fight back! Recently, our CEO and President Penny Nance was interviewed by Crosswalk about this series and Phyllis Schlafly. Here’s what Penny told reporter, Michael Foust:

“She was such a bright woman – really one of the most intelligent women I’ve ever met … She was brilliant, astute and strong. She was often the only woman in a group of men and certainly the smartest person in the room.”

Read Michael Fousts’s Entire Piece Here about Phyllis Schlafly:

CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance on “Marcus & Joni” on DAYSTAR Television

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Our CEO and President Penny Nance appeared on Daystar TV on the “Marcus & Joni” Show.

Penny spoke to Marcus and Joni Lamb about numerous topics including her book, Feisty and Femininecurrent events, COVID-19, Concerned Women for America, abortion, and President Trump among many additional topics. Penny closed the show in a heartfelt prayer!

See Penny Nance’s Segment and the Entire Marcus & Joni Show Here: (Penny’s segment runs from 43:30 to 59:13)

Drug Dealing Under Federal Law

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On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing titled “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.” Many senators touted S.1200, the Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019 (SAFE Act) as a solution for state-legal cannabis (marijuana) businesses who currently are unable to access the U.S. banking system.

Marijuana remains illegal on the federal level and financial engagement in illegal activities is known as money laundering. Because banks are prohibited from engaging in money laundering, they cannot provide marijuana businesses with banking services. The SAFE Act would legitimize the marijuana industry financially and grant marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system. Make no mistake, allowing the marijuana industry to operate within the U.S. banking system is drug dealing under federal law.

Keeping marijuana operations separate from the banking system has helped limit the rate of growth of the marijuana industry. If the SAFE Act is enacted, marijuana will still be illegal, but banks will now have the approval of the government to participate in money laundering. This would also be the first time the United States banking industry was opened to Schedule I drug operations and would set an alarming and dangerous precedent of granting banking access to criminal activity.

Although the banking industry claims to take no position on marijuana legalization, they want to profit from this new line of business depositing federally illegal proceeds, and the SAFE Act creates more problems than it solves. Would marijuana business deposits be FDIC insured? If entities choose to legalize other drugs, as we have seen in Denver and Oregon regarding the schedule I drug magic mushrooms, would banks accept those funds as well? How would a bank differentiate between legally-obtained funds and illegally-obtained funds? This bill fails to address these and so many other problematic, logistical, and legitimate questions.

Unfortunately, most of the committee was notably absent from the hearing and missed the opportunity to ask banking industry executives and marijuana advocates questions like these.

The SAFE Act provides no assurance that drug trafficking organizations would be unable to access the banking system for marijuana-related businesses. Rather, according to experts in drug policy and law enforcement, the SAFE Act will likely enable cartel operations. Canada, which legalized recreational marijuana nationwide in late 2018, has already seen offshore investments infiltrate their marijuana operations, some with ties to organized crime.[1] The U.S. government should not make it easier for foreign drug cartels to flourish in the U.S. and profit off of the addictions of our citizens.

The SAFE Act also enables illegal operations to expand its business of marketing high potency concentrates in kid-friendly forms, such as marijuana gummies, ice creams, and sodas[2]. Edible products that contain high-concentrate THC have recently come under scrutiny[3] for causing surges[4] in emergency room visits in legalized states and have been shown to increase[5] the risk of psychosis.

The SAFE Act creates more problems than it claims to solve. Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug with a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use in the United States and should remain illegal.[6] This bill is a backdoor attempt at full recreational legalization in all states (the eventual goal of legalization proponents). The SAFE Act is the banking industry and the marijuana industry’s reckless push to normalize the use of this dangerous drug.

Call your representatives today and tell them to OPPOSE S.1200, the Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019.

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[1] Smart Approaches to Marijuana. (2019, March 28). House Financial Services Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill [Press release]. Retrieved May 29, 2019, from https://learnaboutsam.org/house-financial-services-committee-approves-marijuana-banking-bill/

[2] Reckless Marijuana Legalization Bill, STATES Act, Reintroduced Today. (2019, April 04). Retrieved April 30, 2019, from https://learnaboutsam.org/reckless-marijuana-legalization-bill-states-act-reintroduced-today/

[3] Rabin, R. C. (2019, March 25). Marijuana Edibles May Pose Special Risks. Retrieved April 1, 2019, from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/well/eat/marijuana-edibles-may-pose-special-risks.html

[4] Monte, A. A., Shelton, S. K., Mills, E., Saben, J., Hopkinson, A., Sonn, B., . . . Abbott, D. (2019). Acute Illness Associated With Cannabis Use, by Route of Exposure. Annals of Internal Medicine,170(8), 531. doi:10.7326/m18-2809

[5] Groundbreaking New UK Study Confirms Link Between Daily, High Potency Marijuana Use and Psychosis. (2019, March 19). Retrieved April 21, 2019, from https://learnaboutsam.org/groundbreaking-new-uk-study-confirms-link-between-daily-high-potency-marijuana-use-and-psychosis/

[6] Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice; Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana, 81 Fed. Reg. 53767 (Aug. 12, 2016) (codified at 21 C.F.R. Pt. II).

For Liberal CEOs, Abortion is Good For Business

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CWA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, penned the following opinion piece featured on The Daily Signal:

“As more states pass restrictions on abortion, companies are coming out of the woodwork to oppose them.

Recently, some 180 companies “employing more than 108,000 workers” purchased a full-page ad in The New York Times under the banner “Don’t Ban Equality: It’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive health care.”

Translation: It’s time for businesses to defend abortion.

Many of these companies aren’t typically considered far-left organizations. Exactly what message are they sending to women by spending ad dollars to promote abortion? Are they saying babies are bad for business?

A closer look at these companies may help to unmask what’s driving this ad.

It turns out that only two of them are listed among the top 180 companies offering the most paid maternity leave to women, according to Fairygodboss, a women’s career advancement network. And those two companies are nowhere near the top of the list.

In other words, these companies are stingy. They aren’t supporting women; they’re protecting their bottom line.”

Read the entire opinion piece.