Washington Weekly Review

January 16, 2015

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa to Deliver Republican Address to the Nation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

“Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier, and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-class Americans want Congress to get back to work and that they want Washington to get refocused on their concerns, instead of those of the political class,” Majority Leader McConnell said... (READ MORE)

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Senator Lindsey Graham to Introduce Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. House of Representatives introduces same bill.

Senator Lindsey Graham is currently circulating the legislative text of S. 1670, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, from the 113th Congress in preparation for reintroduction this Congress.  The bill would prevent abortions after the mid-way point of pregnancy, with exceptions.  Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-TN and Congressman Trent Franks, R-AZ are the Co-Authors for the bill in the U.S. House.  This is a high priority bill for the Christian Coalition of America and we will be scoring this bill on the next Congressional Scorecards.

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The new Republican-controlled Congress is wasting no time to advance the GOP's pro-life stand.

House Republicans passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the last session of Congress. But then Senate Democrats blocked it.

Now with Republicans in charge, two lawmakers have re-introduced the bill. It would ban abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy... (READ MORE)

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House will vote on banning abortions after 20 weeks during the March for Life next Tuesday, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision

Republicans in the House of Representatives will hold a vote on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade late this month on a marquee bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because unborn children feel intense pain in abortions.

Top Republicans and leading pro-life groups have been promoting the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.

Politico has more about the upcoming vote on the bill on January 22, the anniversary of the infamous abortion decision Roe v. Wade that ushered in an era of legalized abortions with little or no limits... (READ MORE)

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Justices hear small church fight over Arizona town sign law

A small church in a Phoenix suburb says its local government puts far stricter limits on its roadside signs advertising Sunday services than it places on politicians, real estate agents and other groups, and is asking the Supreme Court for relief.

The justices are hearing arguments Monday in a case from Gilbert, Arizona, that raises First Amendment questions about how governments may regulate their citizens' speech. The Good News Community Church and Pastor Clyde Reed sued Gilbert, claiming that religious groups are treated more severely than others.

Gilbert allows so-called directional signs, like the ones put up by the church inviting people to Sunday worship, to be no larger than 6 square feet. They must be placed in public areas no more than 12 hours before an event and removed within an hour of its end. Signs for political candidates, by contrast, can be up to 32 square feet and can remain in place for several months... (READ MORE)

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House approves ObamaCare bill despite veto threat

The House voted Thursday to curb a provision in ObamaCare that some lawmakers say is hurting the job market, as the new Republican-controlled Congress moved quickly to challenge the administration on several fronts.

The House voted 252-172 for the ObamaCare bill, which tweaks the law's definition of full-time workers who must be offered employer-provided health care. Twelve Democrats sided with Republicans in approving the first Affordable Care Act-related legislation of the new Congress.

The bill changes the full-time worker threshold from 30 hours weekly to a 40-hour minimum. Critics claim defining full-time employees as those working at least 30 hours is pressuring firms to save money by cutting workers' hours below that and, in turn, the number of full-time jobs... (READ MORE)

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