CWA: A Young Woman’s Training Ground

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Magnify your voice.  Lead a movement.  Impact culture.

That is what we encourage young women across the country to do through Concerned Women for America’s Young Women for America (YWA) program.

The past few months here at YWA have been very busy with traveling, training, and introducing young ladies to our organization. I was able to travel to Dallas, Texas, and Ft. Collins, Colorado, to meet with current and prospective leaders, as well as give some much-deserved thanks to some very generous people. We approved three new college chapter presidents in the last month — Micah Mays in Texas, Lillian Vasquez in Kansas, and Jerica Washington in Massachusetts. These ladies are excited and ready to lead a movement on their campuses, and we are thrilled to be their training ground. I would ask you to keep them, along with all of our other leaders, in your prayers, asking God to protect them as they stand for truth.

Just before Christmas, I traveled to Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida, to sponsor a YWA exhibit booth. Some of our current YWA leaders were able to attend this conference, and spending time with them was an added blessing to the trip. After countless conversations and introductions of CWA and YWA to other students, we had young ladies from 21 different schools sign up to start Young Women for America chapters. They are currently in the application process. Please join us in praying that God would raise up these young leaders and that they would not be discouraged or back down.

In early November, the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) hosted a panel of young female evangelicals rising in their field of public policy. We at CWA are proud to say that three of the five panelists are “our people.” Patrina Mosley, Alison Howard Centofante, and Chelsen Vicari are just three of the many young women who have walked through the doors of Concerned Women for America and have been forever changed as a result.

Whether it be starting Young Women for America chapters, joining a chapter on campus, coming to CWA training, interning in our headquarters, joining our staff, or listening to the testimony of CWA Founder and Chairman of the Board Mrs. LaHaye, we are being changed. The resources and educational materials that CWA has are equipping young women across the country. From the Godly leadership of Mrs. LaHaye and CWA CEO and President Penny Nance to the steadfast examples of our seasoned state directors and leaders, we are learning, growing, and being led by the best of the best. Whether or not you have personally met each young lady, we are standing on your shoulders. The time and resources that you have sacrificed are indeed training strong, Godly, conservative young women. Thank you for playing a part, no matter how small, and seeing the value of investing in the next generation.


Is this the Ninth Year of Obama? Congress Must Confirm Trump Nominees

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Almost a year has passed since the Trump Administration entered the White House, yet the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development are still in “the ninth year of Obama,” as a senior State Department official describes it.  The reason for this description? Both organizations continue Obama-era programs and policies with a staff the majority of whom support spending billions of taxpayer dollars to promote “reproductive rights” (read abortion) and LGBT ideology in foreign countries.  As Trump nominees await Senate confirmation to vacant positions in the State Department, Obama-era staff run amuck with little accountability and full rein to ignore, block, and generally derail the new administration’s agenda. Unfortunately for the Christian conservatives who helped get Trump elected, a source in the State Department, who spoke to us under condition of anonymity, estimates less than 2% of State Department staff actually represent those values.

Recently, Fox News reported 96 vacant positions in the State Department alone. Of those vacancies, 73 have no nominee and 21 are Trump nominations still awaiting Senate confirmation.  Approximately 14 of those are ambassadorships. On the State Department’s webpage listing the “Assistant Secretaries and Other Senior Officials,” 45 positions are currently listed vacant as of this writing.

It is true that President Trump plans to reduce the number of staff within the State Department, but the Democrat’s intentional obstruction of President Trump’s nominees is hurting the country. In the first six months of Obama’s presidency, a total of 206 judicial and executive branch nominees were confirmed; by comparison, President Trump had only 55 judicial and executive confirmations in his first six months. Obama’s nominees were confirmed at an average of 50 days; Trump nominees are taking an average of 69 days.  Those numbers indicate that the problem area is executive nominations because, as Mario Diaz, Esq., Concerned Women for America’s Legal Counsel has written, Trump has fared well when it comes to judicial nominations this year.

Still, at this rate, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it would take 11 years to confirm all of President Trump’s nominees. That’s because of the deliberate obstruction of executive nominations. Take Callista Gingrich, for example, she was nominated in May 25, 2017, as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and finally confirmed in October 16. That’s 144 days.

In large part, liberal senators are blocking Trump nominees by abusing the typical Senate procedure for confirmation. They continuously object to Trump nominations, whatever their record, triggering a default post-cloture debate rule that requires 30 hours of debate on the Senate floor before confirmation of each nominee. The rule, first adopted during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, was actually established to force an end to Senate stalling tactics and limit the consideration of an issue to 30 additional hours of debate.  Now it is being used precisely for stalling the president’s agenda.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) calls on Congress to speed up the confirmation process and quickly appoint those who will support the issues and ideology for which Trump was elected by the American people. We urge our members to call on their senators to push Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to stop the gridlock and confirm Trump’s nominees. Additionally, we call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to change Senate procedure, reduce the debate time on nominations from 30 hours to eight or fewer hours, and allow the Senate to confirm more than one or two nominees a week. For the millions of Americans who elected President Donald Trump and his platform to make America great again, “the ninth year of Obama” is unacceptable—and time is moving on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear friend,

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!  With life’s busyness, it’s easy for me to go about my daily routine without a thankful and grateful heart. This can be a detrimental attitude. However, Thanksgiving gives me an opportunity to realign my heart to be grateful to Him in all things.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

On that note, it is with gratitude to the Lord that I write to you today.  Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine has been blessed this year with so much.

The first blessing is you!  I thank the Lord for your participation in this ministry.  Your prayers for both CWA of Maine and the issues at hand are absolutely needed.  The actions you take, such as making phone calls, sending emails, and writing to our legislators, put feet to all that CWA does behind the scenes. I am grateful!  Your financial support literally keeps the gas in the car, the paper in the copier, the cell phone on, and much more.  I thank the Lord for your gifts.

The second blessing is Catherine (Cathy) Carsley.  She recently stepped into the Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator position.  Cathy will be managing the volunteer encouragers as they pray for and encourage their assigned state senator and house member. As a natural encourager, Cathy will be a tremendous asset to CWA of Maine in this position.

The third blessing is Renee Fortin.  She recently stepped into the position of Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator as well as Legislative Liaison.  It is her goal to have at least one chapter in each of Maine’s 16 counties by the end of 2018.  In addition, Renee will assist in all aspects of the legislative process.  She will be keeping track of legislation, keeping you informed of prayer needs, educating you on the issues/bills that are important to you, and advising action that needs to be taken.  As Renee is a longtime friend of CWA of Maine, I am excited to see how the Lord will use her as one of our leaders.

CWA of Maine has much to be thankful to the Lord for as we work together to make a difference in public policy.  We thank God for you and ask His richest blessings on you and your family during this season of thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]

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.”

The Harvey Weinstein Scandal: Why Are So-Called Feminists Defending This Creep?

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Harvey Weinstein should go sign up for the dating website OkCupid and make sure he gets that pink ribbon on his profile, branding him a feminist and supporter of Planned Parenthood. The media mogul is the ultimate bro-choicer, an adoring donor to the Democratic Party, defended by some of the left’s most powerful women.

Weinstein has been accused in a lengthy New York Times story of doing some truly horrendous things to women, totally unsolicited − also known as sexual harassment − over a period of nearly three decades. His alleged victims were talented young actresses and other women who had the potential to build successful careers on their own without some ugly, creepy man coercing them into giving him a massage or worse.

But this is Hollywood, and the feminists are the women who defend creeps like Weinstein.

Anita Dunn, a close associate of President Obama who became his communications director for a time at the White House, has been reported to have counseled Weinstein after the allegations broke in the media.

Even more troubling is that celebrity women’s advocate attorney Lisa Bloom is representing Weinstein. This is a woman who has represented victims in high-profile sexual harassment cases. Throwing that legacy away, she agreed to represent Weinstein, whom she said she has counseled that “times have changed” and he “needs to evolve into a higher standard.” Really?

Bloom’s reasoning regarding Weinstein gets better, though: “He has acknowledged mistakes he has made. He is reading books and going to therapy. He is an old dinosaur learning new ways. He wants to reach out to any of the women who may have issues with him to talk to them in a respectful, peaceful way, with me present if that is acceptable to them.”

I hope Bloom has a better answer for the women who Weinstein is accused of sexually harassing and forcing to look at him half-clothed or with no clothes at all, with tears in their eyes, as he emotionally blackmailed them for sex.

But this is Hollywood. This is Hugh Hefner’s world. This is the liberal paradise of promoting equal rights and justice for women, yet defending the men who use them for their own satisfaction, discarding them for younger versions every year, and then complaining about it years later when the women finally have the courage to say “enough!”

This is not true feminism. Supporting men who tear down women for their own use, supporting free access to taxpayer-funded abortion so men can cover up their own conduct, and mistreating women for decades is nothing for women to get behind.

These powerful women, these self-proclaimed feminists, are only hurting women when they stand up for and promote men who proudly use their own power to harass and demean women.

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

CWA on the front lines of pro-family tax reform

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is encouraged by the tax reform proposals set forth by the Trump Administration. As the framework continues to be filled out, CWALAC is working tirelessly to more than double the Child Tax Credit. We believe tax reform should be pro-family, in addition to pro-growth.

We are working closely with Ivanka Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), as well as other organizations from varying backgrounds — all united in the belief that pro-family tax reform is an investment in America’s future.

Linked is a joint statement CWALAC signed outlining specifics for enhancing the Child Tax Credit.

We are proud to be at the tip of the spear promoting pro-family tax reform.


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.

Feminists went all-out Mean Girls on Melania and Ivanka Trump

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Feminists went all-out Mean Girls on Melania and Ivanka Trump, when a Newsweek piece called them out for — wait for it — wearing high heels.

I love a good pair of stilettos, block heels, wedge, you name it, but according to Nina Burleigh over at Newsweek, heels symbolize everything that is wrong with the Trump women. That’s quite a bridge to cross following any kind of logic, none of which exists in the piece.

In fact, it’s downright legit shoe shaming.

According to Ms. Burleigh, whom I picture as a sensible shoes kind of girl, stilettos are not in fashion.  That’s probably news to Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, or any of the other top designers on 5thAvenue.  But so what either way?  If the Trump women enjoy wearing shoes that make them feel good, why berate them for their choices?

High heels were around long before Ms. Burleigh decided to go all puritanical on us.  Her article suggested that those dirty shoes appeared earliest on the feet of Italian prostitutes in the 17th century.  Actually, no, Persian horseback riders first used high heels in the ninth century to help keep their feet from slipping out of the stirrups. The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto even showcases a 17th century Persian high heel.

And in the 1600s, King Louis XVI decided that red high heels would be a status symbol of nobility (plus, he was on the shorter side so the height helped him out).

While stiletto pumps are not for everyone and do require a certain amount of grace and stability on behalf of the women who dare to don a pair, many women wear them because they make women feel good and look good.  They can bring a certain air of power to women.  While the famous stiletto designer Christian Louboutin has been quoted saying that his work is geared towards pleasing men, women adore those red-soled heels.  Why? Because they look good, and women feel dressed up wearing them.  In fact, according to the Huffington Post, historically, in times of economic downturn, sales of bothlipstick and high heels go up.

So why does any of this have to be political in nature?  Imagine if a conservative writer wrote this piece about any shoe choice of Michelle Obama.  It would be the front-page headline.  Do feminists truly have nothing else to write about these days?

Even liberal women like Hillary Clinton, Cecile Richards, and Nancy Pelosi all wear high heels.  Ms. Burleigh would not dare to casually mention them in the same article as Italian prostitutes.  As much as Ms. Burleigh wants stilettos to reflect character, they do not, but being nasty about those wearing them does

This is just a catty way for a liberal woman to take a swipe at women who not only wear, but profit from, high heels.  Maybe she would change her mind if she tried on a lovely pair of Ivanka Trump shoes.  They not only look nice but are actually pretty comfortable.

Ironically, I first read the Newsweek piece while sitting in my podiatrist’s office.  I wasn’t there because of my stiletto habit, but rather one that stemmed from running (in running shoes).  Left-leaning women and women right of center have serious policy conflicts.  Fashion, Tom Ford aside, is wonderfully neutral.  Let’s keep it that way.