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Losing Wager: “Big Marijuana’s” Legalization Crusade Endangers Our Future

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Wherever you stand on the current trend towards legalization of marijuana in our country, it is evident that we need more information, not less, both on the effects of marijuana use itself (especially its long-term use) and also on the desired and unintended consequences of the different policies being adopted around the country.

This should be a point of agreement. The more research and evidence we have, the better we will be able to assess the pros and cons of any policy which should lead us to make better decisions.

This report takes a look at the evidence and concludes, after careful review, that, regardless of its popularity, the trend toward legalization is harmful to our nation’s future. It goes against the available scientific evidence, and it is, therefore, not good policy.

Don’t Miss President Trump’s Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day, 2019

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Each January 16, the president issues a proclamation on Religious Freedom Day.  This is the anniversary date of the passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786. I encourage you to take the time to read President Donald J. Trump’s 2019 proclamation in its entirety. But here are some important highlights:

On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation’s long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith.  The right to religious freedom is innate to the dignity of every human person and is foundational to the pursuit of truth. …

Unfortunately, the fundamental human right to religious freedom is under attack.  Efforts to circumscribe religious freedom — or to separate it from adjoining civil liberties, like property rights or free speech — are on the rise.  Over time, legislative and political attacks on religious freedom have given way to actual violence.  Last October, we witnessed a horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in our Nation’s history.  Tragically, attacks on people of faith and their houses of worship have increased in frequency in recent years. …

Our Nation was founded on the premise that a just government abides by the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”  As the Founders recognized, the Constitution protects religious freedom to secure the rights endowed to man by his very nature.  On this day, we recognize this history and affirm our commitment to the preservation of religious freedom. …

Let us take the time today also to recognize, celebrate, and renew our commitment to the preservation of religious freedom. It is up to us to remain diligent to the numerous attacks we continue to see and experience here and abroad.  Just this week, a federal judge decided to rule against the Little Sisters of the Poor, even after their historic win at the Supreme Court, forcing them once again to choose between their faith and their ability to serve the poor.

The ruling will surely be appealed by the excellent attorneys at the Becket Fund, but the case should highlight for us that the fight for religious liberty is never over. We must fight for it at every turn and stand with those who serve humbly, like the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Attorney General Nominee William Barr Shines in Committee Hearings

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After submitting our letter of support for President Trump’s nomination of William Barr to be the next U.S. Attorney General last week, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) was present at the judiciary hearings yesterday and today. We are happy to report that our initial assessment of the excellent qualifications of the nominee were evident to all in attendance on both sides of the aisle.

Mr. Barr is a brilliant legal scholar with unparalleled credentials. He has already served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush where he was praised for his professionalism and independence. Before that, he joined the Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General and was in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel (1989), and as Deputy Attorney General (1991).

He followed his distinguished public service with equally impressive legal achievements in private practice where he served as an Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Verizon and General Counsel at GTE Corporation.

His extensive experience shone at the hearings. He answered every question thoughtfully and intelligently, making no political assurances, no matter how hard some Democratic senators tried. Instead, he committed himself to the same principles that guided him the first time he took the position when he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He said:

The Attorney General has very special obligations, unique obligations. He holds in trust the fair and impartial administration of justice. It is the Attorney General’s responsibility to enforce the law evenhandedly and with integrity. The Attorney General must ensure that the administration of justice – the enforcement of the law – is above and away from politics. Nothing could be more destructive of our system of government, of the rule of law, or the Department of Justice as an institution, than any toleration of political interference with the enforcement of the law.

The testimony in support of his nomination was also impressive.  Former Attorney General and Judge Michael Mukasey spoke with the highest regard of Barr’s record. He said:

It is not only the jobs he has had, but also what he has done in them and how he has done it that makes him a superbly qualified nominee. He has successfully managed a hostage crisis at a federal prison; he has helped implement the Americans With Disabilities Act; he has led in active civil rights law enforcement; he has overseen crime initiatives aimed at combating violent gangs and drug dealers; he has given advice to the White House even when it was not necessarily the advice the White House wanted to hear.

Given his record and character, Mr. Barr should be confirmed unanimously once again. The challenges ahead for the DOJ are incredibly difficult, and it will take someone with Barr’s experience and intellect to command the respect needed inside the department to get the job done aside from the hyper-partisan commentary that dominates public discourse today.

The nomination will soon move to the full Senate, and a final vote is expected in around two weeks.

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

Strengthening our Borders and Fixing our Broken Immigration Laws

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The following is a statement made by Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, Concerned Women for America’s Founder and Chairwoman; Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President; and CWA’s board members, Jean Crisp, Janne Myrdal, Ann Hettinger, Lori Scheck, Terri Johannessen, Betty Jane Strong, Cheryl Keithly, Angel Voggenreiter, and Jon Whetsell:

“Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, calls on Congress to break through political pride and work together to secure our borders with appropriate and effective means and fix our broken immigration laws.

“As a sovereign nation, it is the duty and right of the U.S. to secure our borders and protect our people. Groups who have encouraged mass and disorganized migration to our borders are manipulating and exploiting vulnerable people for political gain and unduly burden our U.S. Border Patrol. During the journey, almost 1 in 3 women have been sexually abused and many have fallen prey to violence or human trafficking.

“Both parties acknowledge the system must be fixed, and President Trump is more than willing to take on this difficult task. The status quo is hurting both citizens and immigrants. It’s time to stop the political games and work for the good of the country.”


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

Senators’ bigotry threatens all believers – The left gets closer to stifling public expressions of faith

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Quick — somebody please remind Democratic Senators Kamala Harris (D-California) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) that they’re members of what’s supposed to be the tolerant party. Based on the bigoted questions they recently posed to a judicial nominee, they may think that Democrats are the heirs of the anti-Catholic Know-Nothing party.

Sens. Harris and Hirono challenged federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher about his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, an international Catholic charitable organization with nearly two million members. What, specifically, are the senators upset about? That the Catholic organization espouses the teachings of the Catholic Church. How dare it!

Sen. Harris asked the nominee whether he agreed with the leader of the Knights, who once said that abortion is “the killing of the innocent on a massive scale.” Somebody should tell her that Pope Francis recently compared abortion doctors to hitmen.

The senator’s question reflects an alarming trend among Democratic politicians: the desire to root out any speck of religious belief that may threaten the Holy Grail of the Left, abortion-on-demand. And what Sen. Harris seeks to do with questions like this is force underground anyone — not just Catholics — with religious objections to abortion.

Sen. Hirono, whose biggest campaign committee contributor was the pro-abortion group EMILY’S List, even went so far as to ask Buescher if he would discontinue his affiliation with the Knights. “If confirmed,” she asked, “do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?”

What’s the objective? The senator’s goal is to obstruct and defeat every white, male, conservative judicial nominee of the Trump administration. That was fully on display during the Kavanaugh confirmation when she demanded that every male just “shut up.” Even if this is her objective, and even if she is a woman, religious bigotry should not be tolerated.

As for Sen. Harris, she has 2020 White House aspirations. She would do well to recognize that being on the left edge of the West Coast is far from middle America. Any pathway to 2020 still takes you through Iowa — and neighboring Nebraska for that matter.

Buescher would have been in the right to blast both senators for these questions. Instead, he calmly explained that “judge[s] must decide cases and apply the law, not advocate for one side or the other in a legal proceeding.” Simply put, his faith and religiously affiliated volunteerism has no bearing on his ability to faithfully execute the duties of a federal judge. For Harris and Hirono to insinuate otherwise is an insult to all people of faith, whether Catholic, evangelical, Jewish, or Muslim.

And remember, Harris and Hirono aren’t the only senators making these suggestions. In 2017, Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein suggested that judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious belief rendered her unfit for the bench. A few months before that, the supposedly progressive Bernie Sanders suggested that Russell Vought, an evangelical nominee for a position in the Office of Management and Budget, was unfit for public service because of his belief in the Gospel.

Sanders’ treatment of Vought makes clear that it’s not only Catholics who should be alarmed by this trend among Democrats and progressives. The Left seeks to stifle any public expression of religious belief, whether it’s relevant to one’s job or not, and block from government anyone whose religious beliefs run counter to the ideology of the Left.

For Hirono and Harris, the target was a Catholic who disagreed with them about abortion. For Sanders, it was an evangelical who disagreed with him about salvation through Christ. Other senators will find other reasons to oppose nominees of other religions. Their goal is simple: to drive religion out of the public square, even if that means suggesting that a nominee is an extremist for belonging to a two-million-member organization that raises money for the intellectually impaired, feeds the hungry, and clothes the poor.

People of all faiths and members of both parties must rise up and speak out against this rank bigotry. If you think it will stop with Catholics, you’re already wrong. And if it’s allowed to continue, the Senate will succeed in instituting an unconstitutional religious test.

 


Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by Fox News. Click here to read it.

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.

State Director Testifies Before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee in Oppostion to the ERA

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January 9, 2019
Senate Privileges and Elections Committee
Testimony in Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, my name is Toni DeLancey, I am the State Director for Concerned Women for America of Virginia. I am here today on behalf of the Concerned Women for America members who oppose the Equal Rights Amendment.

Despite claims of protecting women’s interests, the ERA will actually end up hurting women. I’m going to focus on something I know about personally: military service and what the ERA would mean for our nation’s armed services.

In the late 1980’s, eight years after ERA failed, I attended the U.S. Military Academy as an 18-year-old woman. And in 1991, I graduated from West Point with about 80 other women out of a class of 945.

Graduation day, President George H.W. Bush personally handed my diploma to me, and I saluted our then Commander in Chief. I was commissioned that day as an officer in the Army and went on to lead men and women in a tactical military intelligence unit.
THIS was a privilege of a life-time for a man or a woman.

But my women classmates and I did NOT need the ERA to accomplish this! We volunteered and competed for those slots to serve our country. We were able to contribute based upon our individual strengths and our unique abilities. Women today are pushing themselves further than ever – some, who are physically able, have even become Army Rangers and some are serving in combat roles. But these women enjoy the right to volunteer and compete to do these remarkable things.

The passage of the ERA would change this incredible progress women have already made and force equal representation of women in all military roles. This would be disastrous and severely degrade military readiness, placing individuals in roles for which they are ill-suited and put those around them in greater danger. If passed, a future war might require hundreds of thousands of women to be drafted and forced into close combat with the enemy. The current system works and provides opportunity for women and men without mandates.

The ERA is not needed for women to succeed!

The ERA hurts women and would indeed hurt our nation’s armed services.

On behalf of Concerned Women for America of Virginia, I ask you to oppose the ERA.

New House Minority Flexes Muscle on Abortion Threat

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As soon as members were sworn in and Nancy Pelosi was handed the speaker’s gavel, the battle to protect life in the 116th Congress was underway on the floor of the U.S. Houses of Representatives.   The new Democrat majority’s first legislative move to “end the government shutdown” also contains provisions to advance pro-abortion policies overseas.   Pelosi’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 undermines a signature prolife initiative of the Trump Administration, the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (formerly known as the Mexico City policy) which prohibits American taxpayer funds from being used by nongovernmental organizations to perform or promote abortion abroad.   The Democrat bill also proposes to expand aid to the United Nations Population Fund which notoriously stands by China’s policy of coerced abortions.

Spurred on by Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee and partner prolife groups who promised to score against the bill, Republicans flexed their minority muscle and stood in strong opposition.   Taking to the House floor under the leadership of incoming Appropriations committee ranking member, Kay Granger (R-Texas), prolife members chastised Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats for pushing a pro-abortion agenda on the American people from Day One.   Pro-life Caucus chairman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), and Values Action Team chairwoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) were among those exposing the Democrat’s tactics.  Rep. Granger offered a Motion to Recommit with instructions to strike the pro-abortion policy provisions from the bill.  Along with impassioned floor speeches, the Motion to Recommit is among the minority party’s best tools to amend legislation and contrast the views of members.  Democrats Dan Lipinski (Ohio) and Collin Peterson (Minnesota), the only prolife Democrats in the House, voted with the Republicans on Rep. Granger’s motion.

As will be the case in the new Congress, House Democrats will prevail in passing legislation that will break the hearts of the prolife community, as they did on final passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019.  But in flexing its muscle on the House floor, the new Republican minority set the stage for Senate debate, where a new class of prolife Senators were sworn in this week, and the Pelosi bill is expected to be dead on arrival.

Even with congressional threats to prolife policy, we can still take productive administrative action through rulemaking.  Currently the Trump administration is working to add crucial integrity measures to the enforcement of Obamacare to require transparency in abortion coverage.  The Department of Health and Human Services has submitted a rule for public comment that would require insurance providers to collect a separate payment for abortion coverage.  This is the best interpretation of the law which specifies a separate payment must be collected. The Obama administration did not accurately interpret or enforce this law, and taxpayer funds for healthcare are being co-mingled with abortion coverage.  We need your support for this rule to be put in place. Click here to submit your public comment before the deadline on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Tell the Trump Administration you don’t want taxpayer funds covering elective abortion!

Young Women for America at TPUSA Student Action Summit

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Happy New Year! I hope that you had a restful and blessed Christmas and New Years with your families and friends. The week leading up to Christmas, I traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Young Women for America had an exhibitor booth at TPUSA’s Student Action Summit. The conference was filled with great speakers who came and encouraged the students to be leaders on campus, to educate themselves and engage in dialogue. The speakers included Laura Ingraham, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dennis Prager, Allie Stuckey, Tucker Carlson, and Donald Trump, Jr.

This event was a great opportunity to share our YWA program with a couple hundred students and give them some of our educational and promotional materials. It is always such a blessing to discuss the rich history of CWA, how Mrs. LaHaye started our organization, and how someone can get involved with us on their college campus. Faces light up and they often respond, “Wow! This is what we need! I’m so glad you’re here!” We have received a number of new contacts, girls who want to start YWA chapters, and even some adults who want to get involved with CWA.

There were two of our YWA chapter leaders at the conference, as well. Being able to connect with our girls is always the highlight of every trip for me. Please pray for God to use this conference to grow Young Women for America. Pray that God sustains their desire to start YWA at their university or high school, that He would use them to educate and impact their peers, and that they would stand up for righteousness.

Grayce McAllister, the graduating YWA President at Emporia State University in Kansas, and the incoming President, Mackenzie Haddix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alba Ibraj, YWA at the University of Michigan, with Donald Trump Jr.