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Legislative Updates

Keeping up with Congress is a full-time job, which is why CWA’s Legislative Directors will update you on all the “need-to-know” details for the House and Senate. Check back every week for the latest from our hard-working legislative team.

House Updates

House Legislative Update for July 11, 20147/18/2014

Although the House had to shut down briefly for an industrial spill which could have caused asbestos to leak, this was a busy week. The Republican Study Committee, a group of House Republicans dedicated to advancing a conservative social and economic agenda, have elected Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Georgia) as Chairman for the remainder of the […]  READ MORE

Legislative Update for July 4, 20147/4/2014

Although the House of Representatives was out of session, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) was still hard at work!  This week was a great opportunity to garner support for H.R. 3829, the State Marriage Defense Act.  Introduced by Congressman Randy Weber (R-Texas), this bill confirms the rights of states to define marriage […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for June 27, 20146/27/2014

This week, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) worked diligently on the Hill to reach out to Appropriations Committee members to encourage them to attend the mark-ups and defend our pro-life provisions. We had great response to our outreach. State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill:  This bill has many longstanding pro-life policies, as well […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for June 20, 20146/20/2014

Capitol Hill was buzzing this week as leadership changes in the House approached.  With Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) stepping down from his post in just a month, votes were cast yesterday to fill the new leadership vacancies.  Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-California) will succeed Cantor as Majority Leader and Republican Study Committee Chair Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for June 13, 20146/13/2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor:  In a shocking primary, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) lost to Professor Dave Brat.  This week he announced that he will be stepping down as Leader as of July 31.  This announcement set off political jockeying within the Republican Conference as to which Members will fill leadership slots. The leadership elections will […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for June 6, 20146/6/2014

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) worked with Reps. Diane Black (R-Tennessee), Trent Franks (R-Arizona), and the pro-life caucus to get House Members to sign a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) urging him to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the Senate floor for a […]  READ MORE

House Update for May 30, 20145/30/2014

Ways and Means Committee: This week, the House Ways and Means Committee marked up three important pieces of legislation that focused on charitable giving. HR 4619 makes permanent the rule allowing certain tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) for charitable purposes.  It allows Americans who are 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for May 23, 20145/23/2014

Sex Trafficking — This week, the House passed two sex trafficking bills.  Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) worked with House staffers to strengthen these bills.  We sent a letter to House Members of Congress to thank them for their efforts to end the modern-day slavery of sex trafficking.  We also encouraged the […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for May 16, 20145/16/2014

The House is out of session this week and will return next week.  However, the backlash from the National Women’s History Museum vote still continues.  Because of her opposition, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) has been facing the ire of liberals.  Susan Milligan said that Rep. Bachmann doesn’t understand feminism.  You can read CWA President and […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for May 9, 20145/9/2014

The House was very busy this week, since next week representatives will be home in their districts for a work period. IRS: The House passed two separate resolutions this week.  The first called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.  Concerned Women […]  READ MORE

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Senate Updates

Senate Legislative Update for July 11, 20147/18/2014

The Senate was in session this week after being out for Independence Day. With a full agenda, the chamber has only 16 working days left till the August recess. Israel Resolution: This week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced a resolution expressing that, if passed, it is the sense of the Senate that Israel has […]  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for July 4, 20147/4/2014

This week the Senate was out of session for Independence Day recess.  READ MORE

Senate Update: June 13, 20146/13/2014

Support for Israel: This week, Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) circulated a bipartisan letter addressed to President Obama highlighting the June 2 Palestinian Authority government unity with Hamas. This new government unity is deeply concerning as Hamas has carried out deadly acts against Israel and is categorized as a terrorist organization by […]  READ MORE

Senate Update: June 6, 20146/6/2014

Free Speech: S. J. Res. 19, a resolution that seeks to alter the First Amendment, was brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing this past Tuesday. This hotly debated legislation, introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), would amend the United States Constitution and dramatically stifle free speech in the political arena. Revising […]  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for May 30, 20145/30/2014

The Senate was out of session this week and will return on June 2.  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for May 23, 20145/23/2014

Human Rights Abuse: This week, Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) worked to help save a woman in Sudan who has been sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith. The woman is eight months pregnant and has been in jail with her 20-month-old son. The woman’s husband is a […]  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for May 16, 20145/16/2014

#BringBackOurGirls: This week the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the Boko Haram threat. Officials from the Pentagon testified on their current U.S. efforts to provide aid to the Nigerian military. For more information, click here. Reid’s Personal Vendetta: For months, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has […]  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for May 9, 20145/9/2014

Tuesday, each female member of the Senate signed on to a letter to President Obama calling for the Administration to address the issue of 276 girls who were abducted in Nigeria. For more information, click here. To read the letter, click here.  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for May 2, 20145/2/2014

As a result of the “nuclear option” that Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) implemented last year, the Senate continues to hastily push through judicial nominations. Monday, the Senate approved the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Despite the almost impossible battle of stopping this nomination (because of the “nuclear option” […]  READ MORE

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Archived Combined Legislative Updates

Legislative Update for April 18-254/18/2014

Both the House and the Senate will be out of session until April 28.  READ MORE

Legislative Update for April 11, 20144/11/2014

House Debbie Smith Reauthorization: CWALAC is pleased the House reauthorized the Debbie Smith Act. The Debbie Smith Act provides funds to state and local law enforcement agencies to perform DNA testing on rape kits. Testing rape kits is crucial to taking dangerous criminals off the streets and bringing justice and closure to rape victims. The […]  READ MORE

Legislative Update for April 4, 20144/4/2014

House Abstinence Day on the Hill: On April 3, Shari Rendall joined National Abstinence Education Association and Family Research Council to host a Hill briefing for 45 staffers on abstinence education.  The briefing highlighted the importance of sexual risk avoidance.  In addition, we were joined by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Illinois).  He and Rep. Dan Lipinski […]  READ MORE

Legislative Update for March 21, 20143/21/2014

Both the House and Senate were out of session this week. Highlights while members were back in the district: House After being pushed to vote on the National Women’s History Museum, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) has agreed to hold a vote on this legislation (H.R. 863) sometime this year.  While the idea of celebrating […]  READ MORE

Legislative Update for March 14, 20143/14/2014

House Ukraine: Last Friday, the House passed a bill to provide the Administration with the authority to extend loan guarantees to the government in Ukraine.  This week, the House passed a bill that expressed support for the people of Ukraine and their territorial integrity.  Both bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Executive Overreach:  This week […]  READ MORE

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