Legislative Update for December 13, 2013

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LegisUpdateLogoBudget Deal:

The House passed the Ryan-Murray budget deal by a vote of 332-94 that set-aside the bipartisan Budget Control Act of 2011, increased spending from $967 billion to $1 trillion, and imposed new revenue, like the Transportation Security Agency fee increase.

To read CWALAC’s letter of opposition to the budget deal, click here.

To read the Conservative Action Project coalition letter, click here.

Take Action:  Now that the budget has passed setting the parameters, appropriators will be coming up with an omnibus spending bill.  Please call your representative and urge him/her to ask that conscience protections (H.R. 940) be included in the must-pass spending bill.  Also, please call Speaker John Boehner (202-225-0600) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (202-225-4000) and ask them to include it in the must-pass spending bill. Even though the Supreme Court will hear the Hobby Lobby case next year, the HHS mandate goes into effect on January 1, 2014, so this legislative fix is needed.

Women’s History Museum:

On December 11, the House Administration Committee held a hearing on the Women’s History Museum.  CWALAC has opposed efforts to allow a National Women’s History Museum to be built on the National Mall, because this museum is costly, not needed, and will be misused as another mouthpiece for the feminists.

Take Action:  Please call your representative and ask him/her to oppose H.R. 863, a bill to form a commission to study the feasibility of building the Women’s History Museum on the National Mall. To find your representative, click here or call 202-225-3121.


Judicial Nomination/Nuclear Option:

A consequence of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nevada) “power-play,” called the “nuclear option,” was in full effect this week.  Sen. Reid brought up controversial nominees to the D.C. Circuit who, under original Senate Rules, had failed confirmation.

Nina Pillard: Among the three was Nina Pillard, whose radical thinking on issues affecting women are extremely troubling. For example, Pillard stated:

Many abstinence-only curricula were designed and are strongly supported by religious and conservative groups such as Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America (CWA). These curricula’s views of sex, sexuality, and sex roles closely track the priorities of such supporting organizations. CWA, a powerful abstinence-only proponent, consistently expresses support for “motherhood.” CWA’s advocacy exploits a useful ambiguity in the meaning of that word, referring both to the unassailable fact that women who bear children are mothers and to the traditional, sex-based assignment of women to the social role of primary family caregiver-a role that CWA particularly champions. For example, CWA opposes the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) because it is based on a conviction that, as CWA protests, “a change in the traditional role of men as well as the role of women in society and in the family is needed to achieve full equality between men and women., CWA decries the Convention’s requirement that signatory nations modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices … based … on stereotyped roles for men and women., CWA’s explicit in its opposition to such change, and in its commitment to win official support for maintenance of sexstereotyped roles and behavior.

Unfortunately, thanks to Sen. Reid’s “nuclear option,” Pillard was confirmed by a vote of 56-42.

To read CWALAC’s letter of opposition to Nina Pillard’s nomination, click here.

Chai Feldblum: This week, the Senate also confirmed Chai Feldblum to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum has already showed extreme bias when looking at those with deeply held religious beliefs, stating:

Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.

Again, thanks to Sen. Reid’s “nuclear option,” Fledblum’s nomination was confirmed by a vote of 54-41.

To read CWALAC’s letter of opposition to Chai Feldblum’s nomination, click here.

Endorsement: Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee has endorsed Sen Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (S.1808).  This measure protects the rights of individuals and organizations from religious discrimination by the federal government by limiting the government from denying any person or group tax-exempt status for exercising their religious conscience rights.

Take Action: Please call your senators and urge them to sign onto Sen. Lee’s bill. To find your senators, click here or call 202-224-3121.