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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 September 15, 20149/15/2014

The House is expected to finish its legislative business and wrap up.  It may reconvene if needed based upon Senate action. GAO Report:  Several House leaders requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent watchdog agency, investigate abortion in ObamaCare.  This week, the GAO released its report that showed that all Americans, even in […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for September 8, 20149/8/2014

The House returned to Washington, D.C., this week after its August recess, and it was a busy week! ISIS:  This week President Obama briefed House Members of Congress on the ISIS situation.  As part of that briefing, President Obama has requested $5 billion in counter-terrorism funds to fight ISIS.  However, the terror posed by ISIS […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for August 8, 20148/8/2014

Members of Congress have left Washington, D.C., for their districts.  Now is a great time to visit your representatives while they are at home! Standing with Israel: Just before Members of Congress left town, the House passed emergency funding for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System.  This legislation will provide $225 million to help Israel replenish […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for August 18/6/2014

By a vote of 370-40, H. Con. Res. 105 passed the House on July 25.  This concurrent resolution states that the president may not, under any circumstances, deploy or maintain U.S. Armed Forces “in a sustained combat role” in Iraq without specified and enumerated Congressional authorization. Both Republican and Democratic congressmen rallied behind this measure, […]  READ MORE

House Legislative Update for July 25, 20147/25/2014

Sexual Exploitation: On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed five bills designed to fight human trafficking.  Collectively, these resolutions amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and aim to further “deter, detect, and disrupt” the vast trafficking network manifested on our soil.  Highlights of the legislation passed include H.R. 5116, which requires that Department […]  READ MORE

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

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Senate Updates

Senate Legislative Update for September 12, 20149/12/2014

With only two weeks left before the Senate goes out of session for the month of October, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has decided to waste time – time that could be spent working on funding our government. Instead, Reid chose to focus the bulk of the week highlighting a measure that would restrict the […]  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for August 8 – September 58/8/2014

The United States Senate is out of session and will return for votes on September 8.  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for August 1, 20148/1/2014

The Senate was busy this week closing out legislative items before leaving for the August recess. Israel Resolution: On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against the terrorist group Hamas. It also condemned the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that called for an investigation into potential human rights […]  READ MORE

Senate Legislative Update for July 25, 20147/25/2014

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed this treaty by a vote of 12-6. It is likely that the Senate will bring this United Nations treaty to the floor for a vote in September. To read CWALAC’s letter on the CRPD, click here. Action: Please […]  READ MORE

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

Anti-Religious Liberty Vote: This week, Senate Democrats tried to pass an anti-religious liberty bill that would restrict American’s First Amendment rights like never before. 60-votes were needed in a crucial procedural vote. If passed, S.2578 would have trumped the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling. Members stopped this by a vote of 56-43. CWALAC sent a […]  READ MORE

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

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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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