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House Passes Disastrous Marijuana Banking Bill in Midst of Vaping Crisis

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On Tuesday, a House Oversight Committee held a subcommittee hearing on vaping, and on Wednesday a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee also held a hearing on vaping. The CDC’s Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat in the House Oversight Subcommittee hearing said, “The epidemic is moving faster than our data gathering; we really are losing people in the meantime.” Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health announced the tenth U.S. death from a vaping-related illness.

We don’t know a lot about what these vaping-related illnesses have in common, but we do know that several of these cases are THC related, including an Oregon case where the THC was purchased from a state-legal, state-regulated, state-tested dispensary. Vaping is a growing mechanism for marijuana consumption. The DEA reports that 25% of high school students who used marijuana in 2017 vaped it.

In spite of this crisis and Congress’ acknowledgement that this is an issue, Wednesday the House passed H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act of 2019 (SAFE Act). The SAFE Act would legitimize the marijuana industry financially and give marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system. It would also grant investors access to this billion-dollar industry without incorporating any regulations or guidance for this growing industry. If enacted, this bill will enable a massive flow of financial investment in this illegal industry that is currently under national scrutiny with absolutely ZERO regard for public health. The FDA is working hard to find a solution to the vaping crisis; the SAFE Act would exacerbate it.

Banks are prohibited from being involved in activities involving illegally obtained funds, also known as money laundering. Because of marijuana’s federally illegal status, even if states legalize marijuana, banks are still committing a federal crime by financially entangling themselves with marijuana businesses and are still liable to federal prosecution. 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. This bill sidesteps common sense and merely gives banks permission to engage in marijuana-related activities. Put another way, the SAFE Act gives banks the green light to facilitate federal crime.

321 Representatives voted for this. Click here to find out if your representative voted to give the marijuana industry access to the U.S. financial system. If he/she did, tell your representative you are disappointed with his/her vote.

This bill now goes to the Senate, and although we don’t anticipate this exact bill coming to the floor for a vote, we do think there will be a vote giving the marijuana industry access to the U.S. financial system at some point. Please call your Senators and tell them to oppose the SAFE Banking Act and any other measure that would give the marijuana industry access to the financial system.

Your Help is Needed: Conscience Care Rule — Action Center

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Earlier this week, we had a huge victory surrounding the Title X program and a finalized rule we asked for your help generating comments on last summer. Yet again, we have the opportunity to back up the good work that President Trump is doing through the official rulemaking process.

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule surrounding section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This rule rolls back previous action taken by President Obama that wrongfully interpreted the word “sex” to include “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy” and prohibited so-called discrimination against these classes. This means that doctors who do not want to perform gender transition treatments would be forced to and doctors who don’t want to participate in abortions would be forced to participate, even if they have objections on moral or religious grounds.

This new rule clarifies that Section 1557 of the ACA cannot force a recipient of federal funding to provide or pay for an abortion. It will also be consistent with the First Amendment, the intent and language of civil rights laws, and consistent with pro-life provisions, conscience provisions, and religious liberty protections in current law. This rule is a timely clarification that the federal definition of sex discrimination in the ACA does not include abortion or gender transition treatments and thus aligns with existing civil rights laws. For many healthcare providers, performing abortions or gender transition treatments is a violation of conscience and sound medical practice.

We need your help commenting on this proposed rule so that it will move forward. You may remember that these proposed rules go through a public comment period, and then the issuing agency has to take public comments into account crafting a final rule. President Trump needs you to submit a comment praising this rule. Although these Obama-era rules never went into effect, HHS needs to uphold the biological definition of sex in civil rights laws. This proposed rule is now open for a public comment period that will close on August 13, 2019. After the comment period closes, HHS must then review each comment and issue a final ruling based on feedback. Therefore, our voice on this matter is crucial.

Not sure what to say? We’ve made it easy for you! Click here to be taken to a page where we further explain what this rule is, provide a sample comment, and a place for personalization. You can submit an official comment with just one click!

Please join us and use your voice to tell President Trump to continue to protect religious liberty!

House Minority Forcing Members to go on Record on Anti-Semitism

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Support for Israel has been a point of bi-partisan agreement and cooperation, but Democrats in the House are making what normally are straightforward votes difficult. As a result, House Republicans are using procedural maneuvers to get members on the record on legislation combatting the anti-Semitic BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions), since the Majority won’t bring it up for a vote.

BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. The movement’s goal is the economic isolation of Israel by encouraging individuals, colleges, private companies, and even countries to stop investing in, trading or doing business with Israel and Israeli corporations or products. The BDS Movement opposes the very existence of Israel.

Last week Republicans in the House used a procedural tactic called a Motion to Recommit (MTR) to attempt to add anti-BDS language to a retirement enhancement act. The MTR is one of the only means for the minority party in the House to force members to vote on an issue—in this case, BDS.

The MTR was narrowly defeated in the U.S. House with a vote of 200 to 222. Though bipartisan, the vote was largely along party lines with only 12 Democrats joining Republicans in support.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are trying to force a vote on more complete anti-BDS legislation by filing a discharge petition on the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East (SASME) Act of 2019.

One of the four components of this bill is the Combatting BDS Act of 2019. This enables states to choose not to do business with entities participating in the anti-Semitic BDS Movement. The BDS movement continues to spread internationally as anti-Semitism is also on the rise across the globe.

Despite the bipartisan support of this legislation in the Senate, Speaker Pelosi has refused to bring the identical House bill, to the floor for a vote. Since the Speaker has blocked this bill for four months, House Republicans are using a procedural tool, called a discharge petition, in hopes of forcing a vote on the SASME Act, H.R. 336.

A discharge petition is a means to get a vote on a bill if a majority of the House, at least 218 members, signs on to the petition.

Ironically, those 12 Democrats who voted on the MTR in support of the anti-BDS resolution, have yet to sign the discharge petition to get the SASME Act, which includes the Combatting BDS Act of 2019, to the House Floor (as of this writing).

Dr. Shea Garrison, CWA’s Vice President of International Affairs, encapsulated this inconsistency well when addressing the media:

At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise all around the world, it is a travesty that the U.S. House is unable to unite to support Israel, our most critical ally in the Middle East … It is in America’s national interest to stand strong against anti-Semitic BDS. Support for Israel should be a non-partisan issue with complete bi-partisan cooperation.

Contact your Representative and ask them to stand strong against anti-Semitism and the BDS Movement.

Stop the Move to Force our Daughters into the Selective Service!

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UPDATE: The CWALAC team has put together a letter from a coalition of conservative leaders and activists. Read it here.


Has the world lost its mind? John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and other senators think your daughter should be drafted into combat. We have gone from debating whether or not women should serve in combat to some advocating that they should be forced to serve in combat. Leadership should know better than to disregard basic biology in order to embrace political correctness.

Yet, this Tuesday, the Senate will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, which currently includes a provision to expand the Military Selective Service requirements to female citizens aged 18-26. But, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has offered an amendment which would strike the provision which forces our young women to register with the Selective Service. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee supports the senator’s wise provision which puts America’s national security first.

Our military’s sole purpose is to protect our nation, not to serve as this administration’s laboratory for social engineering. Peak childbearing years for women continue to be cited1 at 20-35, an age range in line with the 18-26 age group affected by this policy that ignores basic biology. We firmly believe in the equality of men and women, but that does not require us to ignore the physical differences and unique risks to women in combat particularly in the case of capture.

There are exceptional women who are capable of meeting or exceeding the combat standards put forth by each branch. We support them as we do all individuals willing to put their lives on the line for the greatest nation in the history of the world. However, the female draft discussion should revolve around combat readiness, efficiency, and national security, and weeding through applicants that are overwhelmingly biologically unable to meet combat standards would be a logistical nightmare and would force the lowering of combat standards. The capabilities of these rare women should not mean all appropriately aged women are involuntarily eligible for combat.

Perhaps the greatest threat to our national security is radical Islamic terrorism. Radical Islamists view women as less than men and as property. The torture, repeated rape, and humiliation that would face female POWs would be unthinkable. Women who understand these risks and who bravely choose to serve regardless are different from women who are chosen to serve based on the day they were born.

Women are not clamoring for this “opportunity.” Only 15 percent of our active-duty military forces are women.2 We find it demeaning to suggest that women who have instead chosen to serve our nation in other civilian roles – such as manufacturing, commerce, medicine or even caring for their children – are not contributing to our nation. They are indeed!

We strongly support the heroic, capable, and honorable women who chose and will choose to serve our country in the military. However, this issue centers around whether or not women are to be forced to register to serve in tip-of-spear combat roles should our nation reinstate the draft. Forcing women to serve in combat against their will is a deep departure in U.S. policy.

Penny Nance and CWALAC’s legislative team have been meeting with key Republican senators and now those senators need to hear from you.

ACTION: Call your senators now and urge them to support Sen. Lee’s amendment to strike the portion of the National Defense Authorization Act which would require women to register with the Selective Service. Click here to find your senators’ contact information.

Thank you in advance for your important action!

 

ENDNOTES
1 “Best age for childbearing remains 20-35 – Delaying risks heartbreak, say experts,” Medical News Today, September 16, 2005, accessed at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/30737.php, May 18, 2016.
2 “See Women’s Progress in the U.S. Military,” Time Magazine, September 8, 2015, accessed at http://labs.time.com/story/women-in-military/ on May 18, 2016.

Improvements to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)

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Born Alive Protections: The Pain-Capable bill requires a second physician to be present at any abortion after 20 weeks, so that the abortionist focuses on the woman and the other doctor can provide rigorous care to preserve the life and health of a baby born alive. It also requires that a baby born alive be transported and admitted to the hospital and given the same care that any other premature baby would receive.

Informed Consent: The informed consent must be signed by both the woman and the abortionist and must contain statements about the Pain-Capable law, about the abortionist doing an abortion in a manner most likely to allow the baby to be born alive, about the fact that if the baby is born alive it will be transported to the hospital for needed medical treatment, and informing the woman that she could bring a civil right of action against the abortionist, subjecting the abortionist to civil or criminal penalties, if the provisions of the law were not followed. Parents are also given a civil right of action if the law is not followed with respect to their minor daughter.

If the Abortion is the Result of Sexual Assault: If the woman has an abortion after 20 weeks, the abortionist must ensure that the woman has received medical treatment or counseling at least 48 hours before the abortion. The medical treatment or counseling cannot be tied to the abortion facility.

If a Minor Seeks Abortion Because of Rape/Incest: If the minor has an abortion after 20 weeks, the provider must notify either social services or law enforcement to ensure the safety of the child.

Mandatory Reporting of Violations: Any employee that has knowledge about a failure to comply with the Pain-Capable law must immediately report the failure to a state or federal law enforcement agency.

Annual Statistical Report: The National Center for Health Statistics will provide statistical information about all abortions after 20 gestational weeks.

CWALAC Opposition letter to S. 2578 (Anti-Religious Liberty bill)

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) wishes to express our opposition to S. 2578, the Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act. This bill would reduce religious freedom for Americans – a treacherous act that has not ever been done before – placing so-called access to birth control above citizens deeply-held beliefs. Read More

Support Letter – Stop Target of Political Beliefs by the IRS, S.2011

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On behalf of our 500,000 members nationwide, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) wishes to express our support for the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, S. 2011. This legislation, introduced by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), would prohibit the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) proposed regulations from being implemented.

Click here to read the full letter.

Letter to Senate re:Support for State Marriage Defense Act

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On behalf of the 500,000 Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) members nationwide, I am urging you to cosponsor and support Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) State Marriage Defense Act. This legislation, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, affirms the right of states to define marriage for their citizens.

To read the full letter sent to the Senate, click here.

Letter to the House – Stop Target of Political Beliefs by the IRS

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On behalf of our 500,000 members nationwide, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) wishes to express our support for the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, H.R. 3865.  This legislation, introduced by Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (R-Michigan), would prohibit the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) proposed regulations from being implemented.

To read the full version of the letter to the House of Representatives, click here.

Letter to Representatives: Support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

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January 27, 2014

The Honorable
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of our 500,000 members nationwide, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) wishes to express our support for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7).

This bill would prohibit public funding of abortion in all federal programs and ensure that no federal funds would be used for elective abortions. It would also codify the Hyde and Helms amendments, which currently must be renewed every year.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act also prohibits tax credits from being issued on behalf of any type of abortion and ensures that no federal funds placed into a trust would be used for health benefits coverage that includes abortions. These restrictions do not apply to abortions performed because of incest, rape, or to save the life of the mother.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act also protects taxpayers from assisting in paying for health care plans on the exchanges which could include abortion coverage. It ensures that the Affordable Care Act cannot circumvent the Hyde Amendment and directly appropriate federal funds to be used in the form of tax credits to directly subsidize health care plans which could include abortion coverage as part of the benefits package. In addition, it creates transparency to ensure that consumers are fully informed about abortion coverage and surcharges in plans sold on the exchanges.

When polled, a majority of Americans, whether referring to themselves as “pro-choice” or “pro-life,” said that they oppose federal funds going toward abortion. This legislation is a comprehensive approach that eliminates the patchwork of current policies. It simply ensures that Americans, many of them opposed on moral or religious grounds to abortion, are not forced to subsidize abortion with their tax dollars.

We strongly urge you to cosponsor and support H.R. 7. If this legislation is considered on the House floor, CWALAC will score in favor of it and will include it in our annual scorecard.

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

Letter to Senators: Support the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013

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This legislation is a common sense approach to assure that there is weight behind the president’s pledge that Iran cannot be permitted to reach nuclear capability. While the president and his administration work hand-in-hand with the Security Council and Germany to obtain a peaceful agreement, it is clear Iran needs a more substantial push to abide by the guidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  Click here to read the full letter.