Today on Capitol Hill, important confirmation hearings begin for Russell Vought, the president’s nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While the OMB may seem a bit out of our scope, the nominee – in this case – is certainly not.
Russell Vought has served as the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget since January 2019. (He took over for Mick Mulvaney when he became President Trump’s acting chief of staff.) Before that, Vought was the deputy director of OMB. But it is his experience prior to OMB that is particularly of interest and importance to us: Vought previously served as vice president of Heritage Action (the lobbying arm of The Heritage Foundation), policy director of the House Republican Conference under then-Rep. Mike Pence, and budget director and executive director of the Republican Study Committee – the largest conservative caucus in Congress.
Some may remember Vought’s name from a big news story in June 2017 when confirmation hearings were held in the Senate for his nomination to deputy director of OMB. During those hearings, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attacked Vought for his Christian faith. Specifically, Sanders called into question an article Vought had written in 2016 in The Resurgent regarding a matter at his alma matter, Wheaton College. In the article, Vought described Muslim theology as deficient and said, “They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
While Vought’s statement accurately represents Christian theology and is shared by millions of believers across America and the world, Sanders called it hateful and Islamophobic and said Vought was “really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about” and therefore, he’d vote no. Sanders’ sentiment spread and, in the end, nearly cost Vought the nomination.
The final Senate vote on Russell Vought’s nomination to deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget was 49-49. Vought’s confirmation was not in jeopardy due to questionable experience or qualifications for the job (which are plentiful), but rather, due to an expression of his Christian faith. Thankfully, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm Vought to the position in February 2018.
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Vought came as close as anyone in history to being rejected for public office due to his religious faith.
As he takes the microphone again and comes before two Senate committees – the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee began this afternoon, with the Budget Committee slated for tomorrow afternoon – will he face similar treatment? We pray the answer is no, and we invite you to join with us in praying for fair hearings for Mr. Vought.
Won’t you also contact your senators and ask that they vote yes to confirm Russell Vought to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget? You can quickly send a message to both of your senators in your FPA Action Center.
For religious freedom,
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate failed to approve the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It is a sad commentary on our nation when we must even consider such a proposal. It is an outright travesty when not enough elected officials vote to extend basic protections for the most vulnerable among us—babies who somehow miraculously survive abortions.
In the U.S. Senate, in order to avoid a filibuster, 60 senators must vote for what is called cloture on any legislation before it can advance. In other words, without 60 senators voting to agree to continue with debate, any given bill will fail.
The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was no different from any other legislation in this respect – without 60 votes, the bill will fail.
That is what happened on Tuesday – on a bill to stop infanticide, fewer than 60 of 100 U.S. senators voted to protect survivors of botched abortion.
It failed on a 56-41 vote, with 41 senators voting to kill it.
We want to make sure you know how your senators voted on this most basic bill because it serves as a barometer of just how far some elected officials will go to protect abortion. Failing to vote to protect abortion-injured babies makes it abundantly clear where 41 U.S. senators stand on the issue of life in general.
We have also made it easy for you to communicate with both of your senators about this vote. Once you find out how they voted, we have provided an option for you to “Take Action” to thank them or to ask them to reconsider their position on the Born Alive Bill. Our system will automatically generate the appropriate messages that you can simply personalize as desired.
It is important to note that three senators running for President were not even present Tuesday to vote on the matter, although they have already been outspoken in their radical support for abortion on the campaign trail. We have set up a message addressing their failure to vote as well.
Thank you for standing strong, being informed and taking action on this matter.
That’s a rhetorical question, right? Unfortunately, no. Many would debate whether newborns have a right to life – and just such a debate will ensue in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday when the body votes on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). Make your voice heard today by asking your senators to vote for life!
When it comes to infants born during attempted abortions, some actually believe it’s okay to kill a newborn. You may recall Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s infamous words last year when speaking about late-term abortions: “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
To be blunt, those comments – and the arguments made by other pro-abortion extremists – are not about abortion at all, but rather about infanticide.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require that babies born alive after a failed abortion receive medical care. It seems simple enough. After all, babies are routinely and consistently provided medical care upon birth. There is no litmus test for how wanted the baby is or for any other qualification; medical care is given because newborns require it. Sen. Ben Sasse’s bill would affirm that truth and make clear in federal law that babies born during attempted abortions are no less human or worthy of life than other infants.
Sen. Sasse (R-NE) has said, “Everyone in the Senate ought to be able to say unequivocally that killing [a] little baby is wrong. This doesn’t take any political courage.… There should be no politics here that are right versus left, or Republican versus Democrat.” We couldn’t agree more!
The Senate is also poised to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) on Tuesday. This bill, authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, when scientific evidence tells us an unborn child can feel pain. It is noteworthy that the United States is one of just seven countries worldwide which permit abortions after 20 weeks; the others are China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands.
More than 20 states have so far enacted laws to protect babies older than 20 weeks. We applaud Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin for passing such laws. Yet we must work to protect unborn babies in EVERY state of the union.
Please take a few moments today to call and email your two U.S. Senators to urge them to vote in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311).
Thank you for standing with us to protect life!
For the babies,
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Do you sometimes wonder if your vote matters? Do you believe that politicians are often all talk and no action? Perhaps you’ve seen far too many campaign promises broken and have become cynical. Well, I want to highlight one vote last November that definitely did matter. You elected someone who does what he promises and lives out his biblical beliefs in D.C. – Senator Kevin Cramer.
Senator Cramer has always been very upfront and unapologetic about his faith, and specifically, how his beliefs directly affect his political life. He stands for the things you hold most dear.
- Protection on life, from conception to natural death
- Sanctity of marriage being between one man and one woman, as defined in Scripture
- Protection of religious liberty for all
- Importance of the family as the “glue” which helps holds our nation together
However, it’s one thing to say you stand for something as a politician; another to vote and work every day to advance those causes. The good news is that Kevin is doing just that – acting on his convictions.
A clear example of this is when Senator Cramer recently introduced the Patient Rights Act, Senate Bill 1993. The bill would prohibit federal funding to health care entities “that do not respect all human life and patient rights”. It would require all federally funded health care entities to recognize the unborn as patients, prohibit abortions, prohibit physician assisted suicide, and prohibit Do-Not-Resuscitate orders and withdrawal of life sustaining treatment on minors without parental consent.
Senator Cramer also just joined three other senators to introduce the Never Again Education Act which would create a specific fund to provide education about the Holocaust to school-aged children, by giving teachers the resources to teach students about this atrocity. As Kevin stated, “The story of the Holocaust must always be taught, so the experience of the Holocaust may never be repeated.”
It is precisely because of Senator Cramer’s strength of character and pro-life and pro-family stances that we at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota endorsed his candidacy for Senate in 2018, and we are very happy to report he is delivering on his promises. Our organization helped his election efforts through calls, in-person engagements, social media, email, and many more ways. However, most importantly, you voted for Kevin and are now able to see what this dedicated Senator is doing in Washington to represent your biblical views. Your vote did count!
We want to thank Senator Cramer for all he is doing, and in particular, for his strong stance for the family and for life, from those not yet born to those nearing the end of life. North Dakotans should be proud to have him on Capitol Hill, letting the nation know what we stand for. It’s definitely Kevin for the win!
President and Executive Director
Vince Torres, Executive Director
Call me ignorant or naïve, but I never though the abortion culture would lead us to a place where 44 U.S. Senators would condone infanticide. And yet, that is precisely what took place on Monday when the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Per the title of the bill, the intent of the legislation was simple—to protect babies who survive botched abortions by requiring that they receive medical care after birth. 60 votes were needed to advance the measure. It garnered 53.
I believe this vote will go down as one of the most severe human rights violations in U.S. history—a vote in which 44 U.S. Senators decided that a child who has been born should be left unattended to die a slow and excruciating death. And sadly, our two U.S. Senators from New Mexico—Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich—were among the 44.
Also among the 44 were the 6 announced Democratic candidates for President of the United States—Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. I mention these names because many of these politicians will be on the ballot in 2020, and at that point, we, the people will decide whether or not they should continue to lead our nation.
When you vote in 2020 and beyond, please remember February 25th, 2019. Remember this vote. Remember these names.
Together, let’s turn our collective outrage into action and let’s be part of the change we desperately want and need.
“[W]e cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide….and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.” -President Ronald Reagan
Last night on the floor of the U.S. Senate, infanticide was up for a vote.
Specifically, senators had the chance to outlaw the practice of killing babies that survive abortion attempts – a practice that has been in the news lately, even garnering a very public defense from the governor of Virginia.
A bipartisan group of 53 senators voted to outlaw infanticide. That included every Republican who voted, plus three Democrats: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Doug Jones of Alabama.
But 44 Democrat senators voted to protect the grisly and heartless practice of killing babies who are taking their first breaths of fresh air. That was more than enough to kill the bill, which needed 60 votes to break the Democrat filibuster.
Now, the question is whether voters – whom polls show have become increasingly pro-life in reaction to extreme pro-abortion policies – will remember.
Family Policy Alliance will be reminding voters in race after race that elections matter when it comes to life-and-death issues like infanticide.
But we’ll also be reminding them of some good news on that front. Just days ago, President Trump finalized a Title X rule that is expected to cut $50 to $60 million of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.
Family Policy Alliance supporters played a role in this victory, as thousands of you sent messages to President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, urging that they take this action.
The rule requires that, in order to receive funding, family planning clinics must be housed in separate buildings from abortion operations. As the nation’s leading abortionist, Planned Parenthood can’t meet that standard.
Yes, elections matter, for bad and for good. But voters forget and need reminding. Please continue to stand with Family Policy Alliance as we hold the politicians accountable – and make sure that the voters remember.
To support our efforts to hold politicians accountable, remind voters of how their elected leaders voted on prolife issues, and advance prolife policies in DC and states across the country, please consider a gift to Family Policy Alliance.
Family Policy Alliance President Paul Weber with new U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer after last night’s election in Fargo, N.D. Family Policy Alliance supporters made possible a major investment in this critical prolife, pro-family victory.
It was supposed to be a blue tidal wave. The media said so, and history said so. But good people who love our country and biblical values just kept working. In the spirit of Daniel, they stood firm and took action (Dan. 11:32).
The result wasn’t victories everywhere. The Left scored big wins in parts of the country, and the likely reality of a Speaker Pelosi will be a hard reminder of some of the damage from last night’s election.
But there was enormous good news as well, and that balance was a dramatic change from the last three midterm elections, in which the party in control of the White House suffered cataclysmic losses.
Topping that list of victories was the strong list of pro-life reinforcements joining the U.S. Senate. The Senate will be more pro-life, more conservative and better able to continue confirming the outstanding judicial appointments that the President has been making.
One of those victories that Family Policy Alliance invested heavily in – thanks to your support – was Kevin Cramer’s victory over Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. Eight months of hard work on the ground – accompanied by targeted messaging to tens of thousands of voters via mail, phones and video ads – helped lead the way to a resounding win last night.
Paul Weber, President & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, was in Fargo last night and gave thanks to the people who made this win possible. “Congratulations to the volunteers and supporters of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota – people who put in countless hours and made this enormous outreach to North Dakota voters possible. Because of their hard work and sacrifice, North Dakotans finally have a pro-family conservative representing their values in D.C. This was one of the most closely watched races in the country, and it should be an encouragement to all that voters – not Planned Parenthood money or a liberal agenda – ultimately have the final say.”
Your support also played a role in other national victories like that of religious-freedom champion Josh Hawley, who now goes to the U.S. Senate from Missouri.
You helped make conservative wins in the Senate possible even before election day by urging your Senators to confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court! It was clear that the Kavanaugh vote played a major role in pro-family victories last night. Of the five most-watched Senate races, four incumbents who voted against Justice Kavanaugh lost their races to a more conservative Senator—like Kevin Cramer in North Dakota. Only incumbent Senator Joe Manchin in West Virginia, who voted for Justice Kavanaugh, won his re-election. So thank you for helping tee up these major wins—even before election night!
All across the country, your support also made possible dozens of victories in important state-level races.
For example, on a challenging night, only three alumni from our Foundation’s highly selective Statesmen Academy lost their bids for re-election. That means nearly 50 of these outstanding Statesmen Academy graduates will be serving this January when state legislatures (and Congress) reconvene.
Also, Georgia and the nation will likely secure a critical victory in the governor’s race, where Family Policy Alliance of Georgia played a key role in an effort to defeat Stacey Abrams, a Hollywood-backed progressive. Soon, our team in Georgia should be able to advance much-needed pro-life and pro-freedom protections.
In addition, the network of allied state organizations that we serve enjoyed huge victories. Among many examples, the people of West Virginia – with backing from the Family Policy Council of West Virginia – passed a momentous measure that ensures that abortion is not a “right” found in the state constitution.
Thanks for your investment that made these victories possible! Now, on to more wins as together we continue to “stand firm and take action.”
Standing firm with you,
President & CEO
Election Day is finally here! That calls for a celebration in two ways.
First, no more ads! We all appreciate that.
But second and more importantly, we are among the few people in the annals of history who have had the privilege to elect our leaders. And as Christians, voting is both a stewardship responsibility and a ministry opportunity – a chance to serve our fellow man by electing leaders and enacting policies that will best advance the common good.
So if you haven’t already voted, please do so today – and remind other like-minded people to vote as well! With so many close races expected, that simple act could make the difference.
Then join Family Policy Alliance tonight on social media as we track key results, including the following:
12 Key Senate Races on Our Top Watch List
AZ : Martha McSally vs. Kyrsten Sinema
FL: Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson
IN: Mike Braun vs. Joe Donnelly
MI: John James vs. Debbie Stabenow
MN: Karin Housley vs. Tina Smith
MO: Josh Hawley vs. Claire McCaskill
MT: Matt Rosendale vs. Jon Tester
ND: Kevin Cramer vs. Heidi Heitkamp
NV: Dean Heller vs. Jacky Rosen
TN: Marsha Blackburn vs. Phil Bredesen
TX: Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke
WV: Patrick Morrisey vs. Joe Manchin
12 Key Governor Races on Our Top Watch List
AK: Mike Dunleavy vs. Mark Begich
CO: Walker Stapleton vs. Jared Polis
FL: Ron DeSantis vs. Andrew Gillum
GA: Brian Kemp vs. Stacey Abrams
IA: Kim Reynolds vs. Fred Hubbell
KS: Kris Kobach vs. Laura Kelly
MI: Bill Schuette vs. Gretchen Whitmer
NM: Steve Pearce vs. Michelle Lujan Grisham
OH: Mike DeWine vs. Richard Cordray
OK: Kevin Stitt vs. Drew Edmondson
SD: Kristi Noem vs. Billie Sutton
WI: Scott Walker vs. Tony Evers
12 Key Ballot Measures on Our Top Watch List
AL: Allow Ten Commandments on Public Property (Amendment 1)
AL: Pro-Life Protections (Amendment 2)
AZ: School Choice (Proposition 305)
FL: Voter Control Over Gambling Expansion (Amendment 3)
ID:Gambling Expansion (Proposition 1)
MA: Gender Identity (Question 3)
MI: Recreational Marijuana (Proposal 1)
MO: Medical Marijuana (Amendment 2 + two others)
ND: Recreational Marijuana (Measure 3)
OR: No Tax Funding of Abortion (Measure 106)
UT: Medical Marijuana (Proposition 2)
WV: Pro-Life Protections (Amendment 1)
Of course, there are many other important races as well, including U.S. House races, state legislative races and more. We’ll plow through the results and pull out the nuggets that you may want to know. Join us on Facebook or Twitter this evening, and watch for updates on email tomorrow.
Thanks for standing strong and taking action!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
Dear Ministry Partner,
Many key differences separate the two contenders for our state’s U.S. Senate seat, but one of the most important differences Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota has consistently highlighted is the life issue.
Representative Kevin Cramer has taken a public stand that he is firmly pro-life, and he has a long voting record to back it up. On the other side, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has proudly proclaimed her pro-abortion stance, taken thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood, and voted to kill innocent children in the womb. Most recently, she voted against the 20-week abortion ban, which she then celebrated with the now infamous “high five” with liberal Senator Chuck Schumer.
I’m confident that you know many family members, friends, and acquaintances who feel as strongly about preserving the lives of preborn children as you do. To help the get word out to everyone, we’ve created a very short video on Heidi’s pro-abortion stance, as shown above.
Please help us spread the truth about Senator Heitkamp’s blatant disregard for preborn babies by forwarding this email, posting on social media (here is a link to the video we posted on Facebook), and talking to your friends and neighbors. Together, we can help stop the slaughter of innocent children, but only if you and thousands of others who share your values help us in this important task.
Please continue to speak up, spread the word, and most importantly, vote. You can make a difference for truth and life here in North Dakota and in Washington!
President and Executive Director
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota
Today, the U.S. Senate advanced the Kavanaugh nomination to final passage, which is expected to happen tomorrow.
The 51-49 vote was on a standard procedure to limit floor debate to 30 hours. Passage today was essential and is an encouraging sign that Kavanaugh will be confirmed, but it is no guarantee. Senators can and sometimes do change their vote on final passage. All eyes are particularly on Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who voted no. Encouragingly, two swing senators, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), just announced on the Senate floor that they plan to vote for Kavanaugh.
In addition, Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican who supports confirmation, will be in his home state of Montana for his daughter’s wedding, but plans to take a private jet to D.C. immediately after the wedding to vote for Kavanaugh if needed. The vote would be held open to allow him to cast his vote.
For Americans who care about this critical nomination, there is plenty to be done. Above all, that starts with prayer – both for the nomination and for God’s mercy and healing for our bitterly divided nation.
It’s also not too late to speak up to your senators. You can send a message to both of your senators here, and you’ll get a follow-up message with their specific phone numbers. Or you can call the U.S. Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators. Please respectfully ask them to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.
Thank you for being salt and light in our nation at this critical time!
The Family Policy Alliance Team