Legislative Update for May 18,2012

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The so-called “war on women” that was launched by the feminists and liberal Democrats had the House quickly scheduling a vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Ironically, these same feminists almost derailed their own legislation because it did not include protections for homosexuals. We have been saying all along that they want to reauthorize VAWA not to protect abused women but to promote their anti-family and pro-homosexual polices. While the House did pass VAWA by a vote of 222-205, a majority of Democrat women opposed it. Click here to see the results. Now the House and Senate will need to conference their bill to resolve the differences. 

The House also passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 299-120. To see how your Member voted, please click here. The NDAA included two important amendments. The first reaffirmed the Defense of Marriage Act within the military. The other protects conscience and religious freedom for military chaplains and personnel. Finally, the NDAA included a provision that would not allow funding for the Law of the Sea Treaty if the treaty was ratified by the U.S. Senate.

In the House Judiciary Committee, there was a hearing on the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation is crucial; it would make it illegal for a mother to obtain an abortion in D.C. after the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater because the baby is able to feel pain.

Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed 12,000 abortions a year, gave the most graphic, heart-wrenching testimony at the hearing. He provided graphic details of abortions performed during the second and third trimesters. He stated that abortion is a horrific act and unborn babies suffer horrendous pain.

Act Now: Call 202-225-3121 and urge your representative to support the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 3803. To find your representative, please click here.

In the Senate, it has been over 1,100 days since a budget has been passed. And, for the third straight year, Democrats didn’t even offer their own budget. However, the Senate did have the distinct honor of opposing five budgets this week. Interestingly, not even Senate Democrats supported President Obama. His budget was unanimously rejected by a vote of 99-0.

CWALAC supported budget resolutions by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). These budgets would have provided a crucial step to balancing the budget and straightening our nation’s fiscal house.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee passed a bill that will give benefits to same-sex partners. This legislation would provide life insurance, health insurance, and travel and retirement benefits to “same-sex domestic partners” of federal employees.

Federal funds should not be used to elevate relationships outside of marriage to the level of a binding legal marriage which provides unique benefits to individuals and society that cannot be replicated by any other living arrangement.

Act Now: Call your senators and urge them to oppose The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, S. 1910. To find your senators, please click here.