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Legislative Update for January 11, 2013

By January 11, 2013Legislative Updates
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Chuck Hagel Nomination – Secretary of Defense:

On January 7, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) sent to all senators a letter opposing former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense.

As a senator, Hagel called for negotiations between Israel and Palestine, which many would categorize as being antagonistic to one of America’s most beloved allies. He also opposed sanctions against Iran and supported negotiations with the terrorist group Hamas.

During this time of anti-Americanism in the Middle East, Hagel’s positions in core national security issues could be disastrous.Please call your senators at 202-224-3121, and urge them to oppose Hagel’s nomination.Click here to find your senators.


Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is attempting to change the Senate rules to ensure that the minority voice in the Senate is shut down.

And he wants to violate Senate procedures to make this change.

The Senate was set up to be a much more deliberative body.Now, Reid is seeking to eliminate debate, as well as the amendments that could be offered.

And, worse, there is a so-called bipartisan compromise that is not as “drastic” as Sen. Reid’s option but would still limit the Senate’s ability to fully debate and amend legislation as intended.

In order to protect minority views in the Senate, the rules should not be changed.  Please call your senators at 202-224-3121 today and urge them to oppose these efforts.Click here to find your senators.

The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act:

Reps. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) both introduced bills titled, the “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act,” – H.R. 217 and H.R. 61 respectively.

This legislation will prohibit funds under Title X from going to any entity that performs abortions itself or provides money to another organization that provides abortions.

More Americans than ever identify themselves as pro-life, and they overwhelmingly do not want their money to go towards abortions.In 2010, a Government Accountability Office report found that abortion providers received nearly $1 billion in federal funds from 2002-2009. It is reprehensible with a debt reaching over $16 trillion this year that we are funding this immoral and despicable behavior.

American taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize entities that perform abortions.Call your representative at 202-225-3121, and ask him/her to cosponsor and support both H.R. 217 and H.R. 61.Click here to find your representative.