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House Republicans unveil tax reform

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Washington D.C. – Today the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled the Republican tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Job Act.  Among many changes, it was revealed that a typical family of four earning $59,000 (median household income) will receive a $1,182 tax cut. The child tax credit will be raised to $1,600 per child from the previous $1,000 per child while providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America had this to say:

“Thank you House Republicans for working to provide tax reforms that will directly impact the American family. Our nation has not seen an overhaul of our tax system since 1986 – we recognize that this was no easy task.

“I am encouraged by the pro-family focus of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which will better support American families who are struggling to keep up. An investment in American families is an investment in the future of America, and I hope that continues to be the focus as this bill moves to the Senate.

“Both the increase in the child tax credit and the preservation of the Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit are a step in the right direction. Americans should never be forced to choose between earning a paycheck and taking care of their children or parents.

“Reforming the tax system is not easy, but it is vital, and every step needs to be taken to ensure that money is being given back to hard-working American families. And so I look forward to seeing the Senate take this even further, specifically in the area of the child tax credit. CWA has been working with Ivanka Trump and the Trump Administration on increasing the Child Tax Credit in this tax reform package to $2500 per child. These reforms demonstrate the fact that America’s economy is not only business-driven but fueled by the family.”

Graham-Cassidy Bill: Last Chance for Health Care Reform

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Washington, D.C. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) as well as Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) have teamed up and introduced a bill that gives power over health care decisions back to the states and the American people. The Graham-Cassidy health care bill is the Senate’s last chance to pass health care reform with a simple majority vote through the reconciliation process in 2017. The Senate has a hard deadline of September 30.

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

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud to support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. It is time to make good on the promise made to the American people to end ObamaCare.

“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for health care. Sens. Graham and Cassidy have provided a bill that gives power back to the states.

“Improving health care means protecting life at all stages, and Graham-Cassidy does just that. This legislation ensures that no funds within the bill will be, or can be, used to subsidize plans that provide abortion coverage &emdash; something every other bill has failed to address. Most importantly, it redirects Medicaid funds away from Planned Parenthood and gives them to federally qualified health centers which provide care for the whole woman.

“All the funds provided through this legislation will go through CHIP (Child Health Insurance Programs) &emdash; a bipartisan effort to ensure underprivileged children are able to receive healthcare. It is time to give Americans real care instead of “insurance” that is not worth the plastic on which it is printed.

“While it may not solve every problem plaguing the American health care and insurance industry, Graham-Cassidy is a vast improvement over the status quo, providing momentum that enables other issues to be addressed.

“The American people have been waiting eight years to be given back their right to make their own health care choices.

“Now is the time to make good on the promise made to the American people.”

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

President Trump to Reverse Transgender Military Policy

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Washington, D.C. – Today President Trump tweeted that after meeting with his Generals and military experts that transgender individuals would no longer be serving in any capacity in the U.S. Military. This reverses a policy which had previously been instated by the Defense Department under the previous administration in which the United States Federal Government was projected to pay millions of dollars in gender-reassignment surgeries.

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SCOTUS Issues Decisive Win for Religious Liberty

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Media StatementWashington, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court just issued their opinion on Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the most important religious liberty case of the term. In a 7 to 2 decision, the Court declared unconstitutional the state of Missouri’s discrimination of a learning center because of their religious beliefs.

Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:

“Today is a great day for religious liberty.  Everyone wins. As we said at Concerned Women for America’s rally in the front of the Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments, every mom knows that a scraped knee hurts the same at whatever school your child attends – religious or not.

“The Supreme Court has always made clear that the First Amendment in no way requires the state’s hostility towards religion, and, in this case, Missouri’s own attorney admitted they were being overly cautious by discriminating against this school.  They admitted they would not violate the constitution by giving the money to them.

“Religious institutions, like schools, hospitals, and shelters, should be encouraged in their benevolent work.  Our society has benefited from their selfless commitment to help communities since our country’s founding, and the insistence of some in our society that we push them out of the public square because their love of neighbor comes from their love of God is ridiculous.

“The hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America applaud the justices, and we hope and pray this opinion signifies the beginning of a trend towards a loosening of the constraints on liberty they’ve unwisely (and unconstitutionally) imposed on us for decades.”

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

CWA Statement on President Trump’s Newest Judicial Nominees

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Today, the White House announced a new list of federal judicial nominations. Below is a statement from Concerned Women for America:

“President Trump continues to fulfill his promise to the American people by appointing supremely qualified, constitutionalist judges for judicial nominations. We are thrilled to see that Justice Gorsuch was just the beginning. The president’s faithfulness on this issue renews American’s faith that our judicial system will remain true to the Constitution– reviewing law rather than legislating from the bench.”

Statement of Penny Nance Regarding Planned Parenthood’s 2016 Annual Report

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Yesterday, Planned Parenthood released their 2015-2016 annual report — six months later than usual. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement in response:

“In the midst of a desperate fight to prove their relevance and fitness for federal funding, Planned Parenthood quietly released their latest annual report to their stakeholders (read: taxpayers). Planned Parenthood is hoping this year’s release will go unnoticed and is counting on the mainstream media, which basically serves as an extension of their PR department, for that cover.

“For an organization that is so ‘proud’ of what they do, yesterday’s release was met with radio silence. With the exception of a subtle website change noting the decrease in patients served, there was no Tweet storm or Facebook live update, no Twitter-sponsored hashtag, no bright pink email blast, and no celebrity endorsement. Upon glancing at the report, it is no surprise why.

“Since 2012, Planned Parenthood has suffered a steady loss of 600,000 patients; this year serving only 2.4 million compared to 2.5 million last year. Prenatal services are almost cut in half from last year’s numbers, although they did perform 4,349 more abortions this year. Contraception services are down; cancer screening and prevention services are down, and overall services have suffered a 12.6% drop since 2011. Government funding made up 41% of their revenue this year.

“This year’s report isn’t a fluke or a result of bad press from ‘heavily edited’ videos. It is a pattern. For an organization who spent millions this past election cycle, who has $1.5 billion in net assets, who’s CEO got a substantial bump in pay, its unfounded to say women will lose care or that Planned Parenthood will shut down without federal dollars. They’re fine.

“Planned Parenthood’s annual report spends pages in La-la-land pretending last year’s Center for Medical Progress videos were the first inclination of their shady practices. As if the criminal and regulatory referrals made by the House in 2016 to the Department of Justice are meaningless. Planned Parenthood workers have been caught on tape aiding and abetting sex traffickers and failing to report statutory rape. Furthermore, fifty-one known audits of Planned Parenthood and affiliate billing procedures showed chronic Medicaid over billing totaling almost $8.5 million in false claims. This isn’t exactly a smear campaign based on ‘fake news’ and ‘heavily edited footage.’

“Most women don’t choose to go to Planned Parenthood, but instead choose to visit one of the almost 14,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers located nationwide. This year’s reconciliation bill redirects Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursement to these centers which care for the whole woman and serve the underinsured, rural, and low-income communities. Women are going elsewhere, and federal funding should follow.”

From Judge to Justice: Gorsuch Confirmed with Bipartisan Support

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Washington, D.C. –Today, Judge Gorsuch, soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch, was confirmed 54-45 to be the next Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States with bi-partisan support.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“Today we witnessed a historic victory for our country. One that proves government ‘for the People, by the People’ is alive and well. The Senate overcame historic partisan obstructionism and restored original Senate precedent.

“On behalf of our members, I want to thank Leader McConnell, as well as Sen. Grassley, for their decisive leadership, which gave the American people a voice in November on the kind of justice they believed should fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

“I also want to thank President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate a constitutionalist judge to the Supreme Court. It is hard to imagine someone better suited to serve on our nation’s highest court than Judge Gorsuch.

“Judge Gorsuch follows the law wherever it leads, regardless of personal opinion or political preference. His constitutional jurisprudence makes him an ardent defender of the rights that keep us free.

“Judge Gorsuch will elevate the proper role of the judiciary and refuse to legislate from the bench. He is what America needs in this time of partisan dysfunction and obstructionism from the far left-the bipartisan support for his confirmation is proof.

“I would be remiss not to thank the Democrats who had the conviction to listen to their constituents rather than toeing the party line. I applaud their willingness to rise above the political fray in favor of their constituents.

“In spite of partisan gridlock, we see the symphony of the three branches of government and their checks and balances function as our Founders intended.”Our prayers continue to be with Judge, soon-to-be Justice, Gorsuch and his family as they begin this new chapter.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

Not One Reasonable Reason to Oppose Gorsuch

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Washington, D.C. –Today, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will draw to a close.Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say on the performance of Judge Neil Gorsuch at his hearings to become the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Senate Democrats have tried every way they can to show from Neil Gorsuch’s record one reason to vote against him. But they have come up empty. There is not a single reasonable reason on Judge Gorsuch’s record to vote against him.

“Now, we know many object to President Trump or Steve Bannon or the Republicans’ treatment of Judge Garland, and they will choose the unprecedented, radical position not to vote for Judge Gorsuch as a result. But, looking at his record, he comes out of now his third day of hearings unscathed.

“He has been thoughtful, poised, reasonable, independent, caring, empathetic, and humble. He has shown himself to be beyond all reasonable doubt a mainstream nominee worthy of each and every senator’s vote.

“The thousands of members of Concerned Women for America around the country that I represent are united in asking all senators to put politics aside for once and act in the best interest of our country by voting for Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

CWA of Maine Tells Sen. King, “Confirm Gorsuch!”

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Portland, ME – Monday night, Senator Angus King (I-ME) held a listening session at the University of Southern Maine to hear what his constituents think about Judge Gorsuch.

Concerned Women for America Maine State Director, Penny Morrell, had this to say:
“I made the drive to Portland to ask Senator King to vote ‘yes’ to Judge Gorsuch, because I believe he will be a strict constitutionalist, just as Justice Scalia was, and that is what America needs right now. Our country needs a court system that will rule based on law, not feelings – this is good for every American, no matter your political affiliation.

“Portland is a liberal city and does not represent our state of Maine as a whole. I knew there would be opposition to Judge Gorsuch at Sen. King’s meeting simply because of the location, which is why I was greatly encouraged to hear so many in the crowd in support of Judge Gorsuch even given the location. That says a lot about the people of Maine and how strongly we feel about Judge Gorsuch and the future of this country. Many of us traveled far to have our voice of support heard.

“I truly hope Sen. King will do what’s right and vote ‘yes’ to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Conservative Women Laud President Trump’s Protection of Young Women’s Privacy

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Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say in response to reports that President Trump has rescinded the Obama Administration directives forcing young women to shower and share private facilities with biological boys who feel they are girls:

“While most of the media continues on its “Oh my goodness! Can you believe what Trump did now?” tour, here is yet another issue where President Trump shows he is most sensitive to the concerns of the American people.

“President Obama completely ignored the reasonable concerns of the mothers, grandmothers, and young women I represent, who by the thousands wrote to express their apprehension of this government intrusion in the most sensitive of areas.

“No one has ever said that the plight of transgender children should be ignored. However, there is simply no reason to burden all children and force those who feel uncomfortable with this to “just deal with it” because of political correctness.

“It is not bigotry for a mother or a young woman to feel uncomfortable with the government forcing them to share restroom facilities with biological boys. Women deserve privacy in restrooms, locker rooms, overnight accommodations, and other sensitive areas, without government interference.

“President Trump’s directive shows concerns for all students. This is good and should be supported by all, including transgender rights advocates.

“The thousands of members of Concerned Women for America applaud President Trump for delivering on yet another promise. We are encouraged by the common-sense, respectful way in which he is treating all Americans, not just those on one side of the argument, as we saw under the Obama Administration.

“President Trump has our full support on this.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.