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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.”

CWA Engaged to End Unethical Fetal Tissue Research

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Concerned Women for America is actively engaged in the effort to end unethical fetal tissue research. We are working with Congress to stop funding of this gruesome practice and are asking the Trump Administration to change policy. Some fetal tissue contracts were made by the Obama Administration and cannot be rescinded, but the Trump Administration can decline to renew them.

In September the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) for fetal tissue use in select research. Aside from the unethical nature of this research, taxpayer dollars should not be funding any sort of contract between the U.S. Government and ABR because ABR is still under federal investigation for illegal profiting from the sale of aborted fetal tissue.  After backlash from the pro-life community, the FDA announced a termination of the ABR contract, and Health and Human Services (HHS) promised an internal review of fetal tissue research policies.

Last week stemming from a report that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding fetal tissue research to the tune of $103 million annually, 74 Members of Congress, led by pro-life champions Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) and Vicki Hartzler (R-Missouri), sent a letter to HHS Secretary Azar asking for a moratorium on fetal tissue research in exchange for ethical research alternatives that, unlike fetal tissue research, are showing promise and producing results.  It is unconscionable that NIH research uses the organs of unborn children from elective abortions at 17-24 weeks gestation.

This week a seven-year fetal tissue contract between HHS and the University of California at San Francisco expired.  Instead of the expected long-term renewal, the contract was only renewed for 90 days. While this is a big step in the right direction, a pro-life administration should not be funding unethical, anti-life research. Fetal tissue research is the scientific version of the famed Alaska “bridge to nowhere[1]” and is a waste of taxpayer money.

Fetal tissue research is not groundbreaking or cutting edge; it began in the 1920s and has yet to produce positive results. In 2001 the first NIH-funded clinical trial using fetal tissue to treat patients with Parkinson’s was described as “absolutely devastating,” “tragic, catastrophic” and “a real nightmare” as the experimental introduction of fetal tissue worsenedthe patients’ symptoms.[2]This is just one example of several clinical trials, completed in the U.S. and abroad, where fetal tissue did not produce promising results. Instead, fetal tissue intervention often proved detrimental.

These catastrophic and devastating results are not exclusive to fetal tissue, but also to the use of fetal stem cells[3]. In 2009 a young boy developed spinal tumors after being injected with fetal stem cells[4]. There are promising research avenues, such as adult stem cell therapies, the use of cord blood, and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.

Science is moving away from fetal tissue experimentation because it has failed to produce any significant scientific gains. The U.S. government should be funding promising research not dead-end projects that are outmoded and unethical.

[1]https://www.heritage.org/budget-and-spending/report/the-bridge-nowhere-national-embarrassment

[2]https://s27589.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Prentice-writtentestimony-AZ-House-Judiciary-fetal-tissue-trafficking.pdf

[3]https://s27589.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Prentice-writtentestimony-AZ-House-Judiciary-fetal-tissue-trafficking.pdf

[4]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7894486.stm

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.

Reflections on 41: Three Things I Learned from President George H.W. Bush

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I joined the George H.W. Bush White House as a twenty-something presidential management intern after completing my Ivy League master’s degree in public policy. Becoming deputy associate director of education policy for the Office of Economic and Domestic Policy was a dream job. I could never have imagined stepping into an office in the Old Executive Office Building and calling it my own when starting graduate school. Having been invited to serve the man who occupied the Oval Office and declared his intention to be the Education President made it all the more meaningful. As all can attest who accept such a role, the hours are long and the benefits are priceless. Being in the center of the national conversation and influencing the direction of national policy is a heady experience. But that is where the character of the president we honor this week offered lasting life lessons for me.

First, prudence is a virtue. My generation will recall the Saturday Night Live comedy skits Dana Carvey mastered of our 41st president – the hand gestures and phrases that Carvey may have repeated more than the actual president became part of President Bush’s lasting persona. Especially the phrase “wouldn’t be prudent.” I heard this line enough out of George H.W. Bush’s mouth that it would have stuck either way. And I couldn’t help but reflect on what he was conveying. For a young woman new to politics, it spoke volumes. There are situations which tempt an expedited response, but a pause to reflect and a measured approach might result in a better solution or outcome in the long run. Prudence was a guideline to govern the decision-making process. Prudence might lead to results that aren’t always optimal or politically expedient, but generally never regretful.

Second, kindness counts. President Bush admits he was never good at the “vision thing.” But from the moment he took the oath of office, he cast a vision of a “kinder, gentler nation” that guided his presidency. It was this principle that inspired his“Thousand Points of Light” to recognize the organizations in our communities who reach others with kindness and compassion. Literally, one such organization a day was highlighted throughout his presidency from the moment of inception! We staffers would get the press releases and be reminded every day of the virtue of serving others. President Bush’s personal letters were another way he showed kindness. He was a man of the written word, whose heart was not easily expressed vocally, but bled all over the page in ink. Troves of these letters are treasures for so many people and have become the basis of the only autobiography ever written.

Third, faith matters. While private in his demonstrations of religious or spiritual expression, President Bush exemplified the foundation of faith that upheld his life. He stood on solid ground and an abiding belief in God, in humanity, and in the founding principles that birthed and upheld our nation. He conveyed calm in the midst of the storm through major events of his presidency, like the Gulf War. He invited people to the table to negotiate tough issues, like the nation’s governors on education or congressional leaders over major policy pursuits like the Americans with Disabilities Act. He believed that good-faith efforts to find common ground while keeping your word can lead to breakthroughs. His integrity was not always matched by the other side, yet he never lost faith in the potential of people to do the right thing. In Washington, some may call that naïve. I call it noble.

George H.W. Bush, our 41st president, was indeed a man of honor, worthy of our every remembrance for a lifetime of service to our country. Thank you for being my first and lasting example of prudence, kindness, and faith in the midst of Washington politics.

For America (Day 99)

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All hail King Jesus!
All hail Emmanuel!
We thank You, Lord,
For the glorious day of Your coming.

You have been and continue to be
Through every season of life —
Through joy and pain, feasting and need —
God with us! We praise Your name!

In wisdom, You chose us
To be Your instruments at this moment,
In this place, for this generation,
To preach repentance and salvation to all peoples.

Give us boldness in the face of many trials.
Do not let us shy away from the good news of the Gospel,
However many shameful attacks come our way.
Be to us our shelter and refuge.

Be to us the source and aim;
Open the eyes and ears of our hearts
That we may be sensitive to Your voice.
It is You Whom we seek to please.

To that end, help us break through our selfishness.
Change our desires to match Your will on every count;
Help us praise You in every season,
Bringing peace and joy wherever we are.

What more do we need, if we have You?
We are rich — You have blessed, and blessed, and blessed.
We receive with thanksgiving and a humble heart,
And we pray You allow us to give, and give, and give.

To love You above all and our neighbor as ourselves,
This is our only aim. For we know, in this,
All the law is fulfilled. And in obedience
We seek to live all the days of our lives.

Help us to impact our community,
Not with flattering words, or pretext for greed,
Nor seeking our own glory, but with gentle hearts
Help us proclaim Truth.

Amen.

Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

How the Republican minority House members can still have influence

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Now that (most) of the election dust has settled, members have met their new colleagues, chosen their party leadership, and everyone is in the process of preparing for next year. On January 3, the largest Freshman (new members) class since WWII will be sworn into office. About 75% of House Republicans have never been in the minority and, inversely, about 65% of House Democrats have never served in the majority.

Come January 3, the House of Representatives will be very hostile to conservative issues, especially the life issue. The last time Democrats controlled the House there were about 40 pro-life Democrats who consistently voted pro-life, now there are 2. During this last election cycle, Democrat party leaders told candidates they were not welcome in the party if they were pro-life, because, as Penny says, “abortion is their religion.”

However, there are ways that members of the minority party can have influence outside of voting “no.” A motion to recommit (MTR) with instructions returns a bill to committee and can amend, or possibly kill, legislation. The MTR is a power held exclusively by the minority and can make things uncomfortable for moderate majority members who may oppose the bill or parts of the bill based on their districts. At a bare minimum, a MTR takes up legislative time. Democrats have said they do not plan on holding votes before 1:00 p.m. or after 7:00 p.m. in order to accommodate members with families, so time allotted for votes will be precious.

Floor speeches are also great ways for the minority party to message for or against something. One-minute speeches might not seem like much, but they are televised by C-SPAN, which can have an audience of 1 million typically engaged, voting citizens at any given time. For those issues that have bipartisan support but not leadership support, a discharge petition can be used to force legislation out of committee and put it on the floor. While it requires the majority of the House (218 members) and is rarely successful, it can be used for political pressure. In 2015, a discharge petition caused a major headache for Speaker Boehner over an immigration issue. Minority members can pick apart the majority’s position in minority committee reports. These reports officially state a position counter to the majority and can be written by one or more minority members of the committee.

These are all ways to draw attention to the stark contrast of the positions on the opposite side of the aisle and can make things uncomfortable for the majority, who is usually fighting to keep their caucus together on controversial issues. But ultimately, a divided government forces us to find common ground and work together.

We do know that the Democrats are drooling over getting rid of pro-life protections, and, thankfully, the Senate will serve as a backstop to make sure we don’t lose gains on that front. While the President can veto bills with concerning language, and we are encouraging him to do so, a pro-life Senate is an added layer of security. With the net gain of 2 pro-life Senate seats, we finally have a pro-life majority in the Senate. Although Senators Collins (R-Maine) and Murkowski (R-Alaska) are Republicans, they are not pro-life and usually vote against pro-life measures. With next year’s Senate makeup, we can lose Sens. Collins and Murkowski on a life issue and still win. This will be crucial during the Appropriations (spending) process, where many of our pro-life gains have been accomplished.

While things in the next Congress will be different, there is always hope, and there is always progress to be made. Like Justice Kavanaugh said during his opening statement, “I live on the sunrise side of the mountain, not the sunset side of the mountain. I see the day that is coming, not the day that is gone. I am optimistic about the future of America …”

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Historic Mississippi Election

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Washington, D.C. — Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won Mississippi’s runoff election, defeated Democrat challenger Mike Espy for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat.

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

 “I would like to whole-heartedly congratulate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on her historic election.  As the first woman elected to Congress from the great state of Mississippi, she inspires a new generation of conservative women.  Concerned Women for America LAC was proud to endorse her and urge our members in Mississippi to simply vote their values.  Our members around the nation prayed for her and will continue to do so as she continues the hard work of representative government.  We are excited to work alongside her on key issues like the protection of  life and religious freedom here and around the world and to stand firm for the nation of Israel.

“In all the media chatter regarding the ‘year of the woman,’ many neglect to notice that women are not monolithic and a large number embrace conservative values, especially the dignity and sanctity of human life.  The historic elections this year of Cindy Hyde-Smith and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) to the U.S. Senate and Governors Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) and Kimberly Reynolds (R-Iowa) strongly counter that narrative. Conservative women applaud their election not simply based on gender but based on their support of our principles.”

 


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

Open letter to Berkeley Student, Isabella Chow, from YWA President at Texas A & M

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Dear Isabella,

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for being a brave and strong representative of our Christian faith. Thank you for standing up for what is right and what is true. Thank you for giving a voice to those who are not as forthcoming with their beliefs due to the fear of being ridiculed and berated by the masses. Thank you for being a true leader of the conservative movement. I pray that you will be blessed beyond measure in the long run because of the decision you made. Many adults, much less students, would not dare stand up for their conservative beliefs in this day and age, but rather just go along with the majority in fear of standing out. But you, at 20 years old, decided that this issue goes against your faith and you would not just go along with it.

My name is McKenna, and I am founder and president of Young Women for America at Texas A&M University.  Daily, I see the indoctrination and spread of the liberal agenda among college students. We are being flooded with the notion to think with our hearts instead of our minds. In your case, reading off the names of transgender people who were murdered is a prime example of that. Rather than presenting facts to the Senate, they want to use solely pathos to tug at people’s heartstrings so that those who go against their cause will be viewed as monsters. No one wants to be labeled as a heartless person, thus young person after young person are roping themselves into the Democratic narrative so that they can avoid ostracization.

Fifty years ago, there was not even a thought (in either the public or legislative realm) that gender was not defined by simple biology. Now, we are being brainwashed by the mainstream media, professors, and even our lawmakers that gender is fluid and it is a social construct. Where did this come from? Why is the mere 0.6% of the adult population who identify as transgender deciding elections and dividing political parties? I do not know the answer to this other than the Democrats are in need of a new victim group, because African Americans are leaving the left in record numbers. Rather I would pose an alternate question that should be causing moral abhorrence: where is the outrage that 89.3% of African American murders are committed by other African Americans? Where is the outrage that 3,000 babies are aborted every day in this country?

No, it is not a women’s right issue. No woman should have the rightto terminate another human being’s life just because it is inside of her, but I digress. Instead let’s just focus on the 0.06% of the population that disagrees with simple biology and if you do not support them, you are a “bigot, sexist, homophobic, transphobic” disgrace. How is it that supporters of this fraction of the population can have and share their opinion, but opposers cannot have theirs? Newsflash liberals, this is America; the First Amendment protects ALL speech not just speech you don’t find offensive (which is very rare these days).

Now don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that anyone has the right to disagree with you and anyone can speak out against you. This is exactly what you made clear in your address. Where it gets dangerous though, is when people want to shut you down and quiet your speech. The true liberals in the past would have celebrated you speaking up for your beliefs and that you have the freedom to do so. They would be ecstatic for differing thoughts and a presence of pluralism in our country.

However, the current “liberals” just want to shut you up, because you do not fit in their mold. I do not recall you calling for their resignation or conjuring up propaganda to demonize their lives. You did not scream at them, discredit/deny their existence (like they often claim conservatives do), or claim they offended you in any way. But rather, you politely disagreed and voted how you thought right. My question to the liberals is, who decides what is offensive and what is not offensive? I thought you were all for freedoms and self-expression; however, if our nation continues in the direction of shutting down speech certain people don’t like, the only thing that will result is tyrannical rule. There would have to be one supreme ruler deciding what is a pass and what is a fail. If anyone can be silenced, then everyone can. Is that what you really want? There is hope for America though, because of truefreedomloving patriots like you.

To all those who say you should have just abstained and not given a reason behind your abstention, I pose to them a question. Why is it that you can spew your beliefs and give your reasoning, but Ms. Chow cannot? Those who voted in favor of this condemnation did not need to explain why, because their vote said it all. If Ms. Chow would not have given a reason, she would have had no recourse against your slandering.

Isabella, do not be dismayed by all those who have left your side through this. As Tomi Lahren says, “The trash takes out itself.” Keep showing people that having different opinions and being able to share them is what makes America the greatest and freest nation ever to exist. Nowhere in the world are citizens afforded the amount of freedoms we are afforded here in the United States. Just know, Isabella, you have the backing of millions of American patriots out here, and we are here to fight right alongside you. The fight is far from over, but as 2 Timothy 4:7-8 reveals,“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Keep this in mind and fight on! God brings the greatest blessings out of our most tragic circumstances. God knows what He is doing here, and I have a feeling something great is coming your way!

Stay strong,

~McKenna

 

McKenna Dallmeyer is a freshman Political Science major at Texas A&M University. McKenna started the Young Women for America chapter at Texas A&M in the fall of 2018 and is serving as the chapter’s president. 

CWA Calls for President Trump to Ensure Full Release and Religious Asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi

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Washington, D.C. — In 2010, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, was sentenced to “death by hanging” for blasphemy against Islam. Her crime for the death penalty was allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam to her neighbor. After this mother of four spent eight years on death row, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned her conviction on October 31, 2018.  However, this decision was condemned by Pakistani Islamist parties — most prominently by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which sparked mass protests in major cities and continued to call for her imprisonment and death.  Succumbing to pressure, on November 2, the Pakistani government signed an agreement with TLP to bar Asia Bibi from leaving Pakistan while the Supreme Court ruling in her favor is under review for possible error.

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

“Asia Bibi’s life is obviously in grave danger.  Islamists are calling for her beheading. Two Pakistani politicians, Governor Salmaan Taseer and Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, were assassinated for supporting her release and opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Dozens more people in Pakistan have been killed as a result of blasphemy accusations.

“If any religious persecution case is critical and in need of quick attention, it is the case of Asia Bibi. This is a landmark verdict in Pakistan as two distinct groups — those promoting religious tolerance and the fundamental Islamists who oppose it — battle over the future of Asia Bibi. It is extremely rare that a blasphemy case is overturned in Pakistan, and we must act quickly.

“As the leader of religious freedom around the world, the U.S. must remain committed to promoting the tolerance of religious minorities and respect for the fundamental human right of religious freedom. As the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, with religious freedom as one of our core issues, we ask President Trump to call for the full release of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi to allow her to exit safely from Pakistan. And as she is in dire fear for her life, we ask President Trump to grant Asia Bibi religious asylum in the U.S. as soon as possible.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit www.concernedwomen.org