Legislative Update for March 30, 2012

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The House took up the fiscal 2013 budget last week. The President, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), and the Republican Study Committee (RSC) have all proposed legislation for how the governments fiscal house should be run in the year ahead.

The Presidents budget: Increases taxes on American families and job creators by $1.9 trillion in 2012 and $3.8 trillion for the 2013 budget, and it recommends an average of $729 billion in annual budget deficits from 2012-2022.

House budget (Chairman Ryans proposed budget): Cuts spending by $4.2 trillion, compared to the baseline, and cuts $5.3 trillion compared to the presidents proposed legislation.Its a strong step in the right direction and balances the budget in ten years. Click here to read more on the budget the House passed.

RSC budget: Is structured to cut and cap spending, as well as balance the budget in five years by cutting discretionary spending to $931 billion and freezing it until the budget balances in 2017. Click hereto read more on the RSC budget.

The House Judiciary Committee also passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA).

CIANA in a nutshell: CIANA would make it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion for the purpose of evading the home states law requiring parental consent, notification, or judicial authorization.

The committee appropriately voted down fourteen proposed amendments that would have weakened the overall purpose of the bill, which is to ensure protections on parental rights when dealing with abortion. CIANA has been passed through the House in the past, but was stopped by Democrats in the Senate. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) commented to LifeSiteNews that this time around the fight in the Senate seems to be going uphill.Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) heard from the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) that CIANA may come to the House floor in May.

The Senate this week pushed back the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) from coming to the floor. CWALAC has been lobbying against this piece of legislation and, while weve held it at bay for the moment, we anticipate this coming to the Senate floor at some point during this session of Congress.

VAWA has an overly broad definition of domestic violence and rips apart the family, victimizing women and putting men in a precarious situation. Click here to read CWALACs VAWA talking points.

Take Action Now:

1.Let House leadership know CIANA is an important bill to you! Call Rep. Cantor (R-Virginia) at 202-225-2815 and let him know you want this to be brought to the House floor for a vote.

2.Call your senators and let them know you are against VAWA coming to the floor. Click here to find your senators contact information.