Christian Coalition of America's Agenda for the 113th Congress
Defunding and Rolling Back Obamacare
The pro-abortion ObamaCare legislation which passed the Democrat-controlled 111th Congress in early 2010 and which accounts for 1/6th of the American economy must be repealed or at least be rolled back or defunded. The first major bill passed by the Republican-controlled 112th Congress on January 19, 2011 was indeed the repeal of ObamaCare and it passed overwhelmingly by a bipartisan majority.
Christian Coalition of America is determined to eliminate the most onerous provisions of ObamaCare, which among many other faults, forces Americans to pay for abortions with their hard-earned tax dollars. For example, Planned Parenthood receives well over $500 million from American taxpayers every year. ObamaCare also forces Christian owners of businesses to pay for abortion drugs, contraceptives, and other services which are against the consciences of these business owners. The Christian Coalition of America will work to defund and ultimately eliminate each part of ObamaCare.
Stand With Israel
In recent years it has become fashionable to publicly push the Israeli people should trade land for peace, which further undermines the peace and security of America’s most reliable ally in the middle-east. Meanwhile, the people Israel is supposed to give up their land to are governed by the terrorist organizations like Hamas.
Christian Coalition of America is committed to the peace and security of Israel – and that means that the United States and its leaders must be in a position of weakening Israel in the face of those who are openly committed to its destruction.
We believe as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “The problems of the region are not rooted in Israel.” That is why Christian Coalition of America is launching a national campaign to call on Americans and our government to “Stand with Israel”.
The Coalition will work at the state and national levels to advocate for passage of resolutions of support for Israel that recognize Israel’s right to exist as a state and homeland for the Jewish people, that support its right to defend its borders, and that recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.
We will work to support government policies and officials who support those principles.
Reducing Government Spending and Debt
Our national debt is now 17 trillion dollars and growing by over one trillion dollars a year…for a total of over $53,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States. And that doesn’t include tens of trillions in “unofficial” debt in entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and now, Obamacare.
Year after year Congress borrows more money and then spends all that it borrows; and year after year they vote to increase our national debt limit. Now we are borrowing money to make payments on the money that we have borrowed. That’s called insolvency, and it’s where we’re headed if we don’t change course fast.
The fact of the matter is that our country doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. Quite simply, government is too big and it spends too much. We believe that unsustainable government spending is immoral and will place an incredible burden on our children and grandchildren and limit their access to the American dream.
Christian Coalition of America will work to support passage of a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution, oppose further tax increases, support flatter, fairer tax rates, and an end to the death tax.
Defending our Second Amendment Rights
Time and again, liberals attempt to use tragedies to create a perceived “crisis” that requires a new, bigger, government “solution”. Fewer places is this more true than when it comes to our Second Amendment rights.
Despite having thousands of gun-control laws already on the books throughout our county, anti-gun zealots are trying to use real tragedies like the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary or in Aurora, Colorado to create a demand for legislation that will do nothing to prevent such tragedies, but would in fact infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens.
Christian Coalition of America will advocate against further erosion of our Second Amendment liberties, and in favor of solutions to care for those with mental illness and protect themselves and others from the harm they may do.
Stop Public Funding of Abortion - And End Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Each year pro-life Americans have to put up with the fact that their tax-dollars are being used by entities such as Planned Parenthood to kill unborn children. This must stop.
We will work to support and pass legislation that will end all public funding of abortion, whether in the form of federal health care benefits, grants to organizations like Planned Parenthood, or to support the use of federal government facilities to facilitate abortion.
With so many promising new developments in the area of adult stem cell research, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for the government to continue to allow – much less expand – funding for research and destruction of embryonic stem cells. Despite this fact, the Obama administration and the Democrat leadership in Congress have done everything possible to expand tax-payer funding for human embryonic stem cell research.
Christian Coalition of America will work to roll back tax payer funding for human embryonic stem cell research and will fight to defeat any measures that expand embryonic stem cell research and spotlight all members of Congress who support using taxpayer dollars for this abominable practice.
Defending Traditional Marriage
The definition of traditional marriage is under attack as liberals seek to radically redefine an institution that has existed for thousands of years. In recent years, it has come under attack by left-wing judges who have sought to redefine marriage by judicial decree. Now, President Obama's administration is actively working to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and is supporting lawsuits to have the law overturned by the United States Supreme Court and urging the top court to legalize homosexual “marriage".
The Defense of Marriage Act is a federal law that prohibits the federal government from treating “same sex” relationships as marriage, and prevents states from being required to give legal recognition to gay marriages performed in other states.
Christian Coalition of America will aggressively work to support traditional definition of marriage laws at the state and national levels.
Energy Independence and Reform
America's economic growth, national security and the health of our environment are all intertwined with our country's energy policies - and we need a better plan. We can better ensure our national security, strengthen our economy and protect our environment at the same time by developing "Made in America" energy resources.
By doing a better job of developing domestic sources of energy, we help make our country more secure and independent, and send fewer dollars overseas to enrich countries that hate us.
We need an all-American, "all of the above" approach to our energy needs. A solution that allows for the development of American resources to lower our gas prices, but also recognizes we must work towards a much more diversified energy future. We are convinced that we can build an independent energy future, a stronger economy and make our nation more secure, as well as fulfill our scriptural obligation to use and take care of God’s creation in a responsible manner.
Ending Religious Discrimination Against Christians in the Military
America’s military personnel are constantly facing challenges from our own government when it comes to living their faith.
In recent years the Navy and Air Force instituted regulations which forbade military chaplains from praying in the name of Jesus during military functions other than worship services. These services had surrendered to atheist activists and left-wing Members of Congress in adopting these onerous regulations. Fortunately Congress rolled back these regulations, but only after an outcry by our nation’s Christians.
And after ending our country’s ban on open homosexuals in the military in a lame-duck session of Congress, the way is now open for the government to discriminate against Christians at all levels of our nation’s military a myriad of ways.
Christian Coalition of America will also fight to ensure that evangelical Christian military chaplains and other personnel are not discriminated against.
Opposing Liberal Judicial Nominees
We support the nomination and confirmation of judges who will uphold and apply the Constitution as it was originally written by our Founding Fathers – not seek to re-write it to their own ideological ends, or to make law from the bench.
Christian Coalition of America will be monitoring all of the judicial nominations sent to the United States Senate by President Obama. Christian Coalition of America will support nominees who abide by a philosophy of applying the original understanding of our Constitution. And Christian Coalition will stand in firm opposition to the confirmation of all who do not.
Opposing any Re-introduction of the "Fairness Doctrine"
Christian Coalition of America will fight to prevent any re-introduction of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" from taking effect, whether in the form of Congressional legislation or government regulation.
The "Fairness Doctrine" – which would have the practical effect of forcing radio and TV stations to broadcast an equal amount of time for liberal programs to match that of each conservative program – was abolished in the 1980’s by former President Ronald Reagan.
If it is allowed to come back, it would effectively end conservative talk-radio and put Christian television programming at risk.