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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.

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.

Speaker Pelosi’s First Priority: Promote Overseas Abortion, Not End Shutdown

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Nancy Pelosi (D-Califorinia) takes the gavel as Speaker for the 116th Congress, and her priority agenda to dismantle the prolife policies of the Trump Administration take center stage.  In her first act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, Pelosi’s price tag for ending a government shutdown includes repealing the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (formerly known as the Mexico City policy), and vastly increases taxpayer funding of the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) which is a chief contributor to China’s appalling policies of forced sterilization and coercive abortion. In essence, Pelosi wants Trump’s wall on abortion repealed while forcing Americans to finance the international abortion industry.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, called out Speaker Pelosi for playing abortion politics in the shutdown deal:

“Concerned Women for America strongly opposes the Pelosi pro-abortion agenda.  The price of a deal to end the government shutdown should not be tearing down the wall that protects American taxpayers from subsidizing the international abortion industry.  In expanding the Mexico City Policy early in his administration, President Trump sent a strong message that he will defend the unborn and support the vast majority of Americans who do not want their tax dollars paying for abortion at home or abroad.

“The Democrat’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 unmasks the real agenda of liberals in Congress – to promote the radical policies of pro-abortion activists, including Speaker Pelosi, whose unabashed agenda is to prop up the abortion industry even as young Americans today embrace what science dictates:  Abortion kills children.

“We urge Congress and President Trump to reject any deal to end the shutdown that repeals the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy and expands funding for pro-abortion policies abroad.  Members of Congress take note:  Concerned Women for America will score against any spending bill containing these provisions. Your first vote for the 116th Congress will be on record for the millions of Americans who demand an end to taxpayer-funded abortions.”

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

Congress Passes Sexual Harassment Bill – American People Still Need Answers

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, both the House and Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation amending the process for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill.  The legislation now heads to the White House for President Trump’s signature. The bill does not require reimbursement of federal hush funds from the last two decades and does not disclose the identities of members of Congress who utilized this hush fund in the past.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:

“It has been over a year since the #MeToo revolution erupted, and it is high time that Congress deal with this issue on its own turf.  Our representatives have finally come to terms with changes for which 1,500 staff members and countless citizens have asked.

“Finally, in the eleventh hour and during a lame duck session, things have begun to move along.  However, there is more work to be done.

“Even with the passage of this bill, the American people are still denied full disclosure of who engages in sexual harassment in Congress.  No one is exposed for these deeds.  None of the $15 million worth of taxpayer money to settle claims in the past is returned to the Treasury.  No one is held accountable for reimbursing these hush funds.  Where is the transparency?

“Concerned Women for America continues to ask likely incoming-Speaker Pelosi to move immediately to disclose the names of every member of Congress who used the fund. This is not an issue we expect our elected officials to handle with kid gloves. The American people deserve to know. Congress works for us – not the other way around.”

 

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

SCOTUS Cowers Under Political Pressure, Again

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Washington, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court has denied cert. in Gee v. Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast, et al.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say:
“It is disappointing to see the United States Supreme Court cower under political pressure. Once again the justices confirm what former Justice Kennedy had admitted in Carhart: big abortion gets special treatment at the nation’s highest court.
“In dissent, Justices Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch make plain that, ‘what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here … has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named “Planned Parenthood.”‘ What a shame!
“Worse yet this case is decidedly not about abortion. The question is whether individuals have a private right of action under the Medicaid Act. The reason Planned Parenthood is involved at all is because some states moved to disqualify them after they were caught on tape illegally, unethically, and immorally bargaining with baby body parts.

“Fortunately, this is not the end of the road for this issue. The Court will be forced to decide the matter sooner or later. The bigger challenge they face is the public’s growing concern with their failure to neutrally apply the law without regards to political pressure. Here, they have clearly failed, again.”

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.”

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.

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.

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

Matthew Whitaker steps into U.S. Attorney General position at crucial time

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Washington, D.C. — Last week, Matthew Whitaker was appointed Acting-United States Attorney General following Jeff Sessions’ resignation.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement: 

“Matthew Whitaker is an outstanding choice for acting Attorney General. His time serving at the Department of Justice was highlighted by his dedication to expediting the settlements of key Supreme Court cases, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and the State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor. These two cases were deeply important to the hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America.

“Whitaker is known for being tough on crime and is described as “a lawyer’s lawyer.” This is exactly what the Department of Justice needs. There is a whole host of bipartisan issues that must be tackled by Congress and, with a split House and Senate, now is the perfect time to confront those issues.

“Concerned Women for America has repeatedly called on the DOJ to address the rape kit backlog. I had the honor of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past summer, urging the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act with a focus on processing rape kits. The DOJ, especially, should care for victims of rape and sexual assault. CWA asks that Whitaker make good use of his time in this important position.”

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