The halls of the House of Representatives are now quiet; the House stands in recess until September 14, 2010. In the meantime, the Senate set aside much of its business and recessed Friday, August 6; we expect it also to reconvene in mid-September.
Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan:
The nomination of Elena Kagan wasn’t one of the things the Senate set aside: it voted August 5 to confirm Elena Kagan’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by a vote of 63-31 — a pick up of six votes from the Sotomayor vote. Five Republican senators voted for Elena Kagan: Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Lugar (R-Indiana), and Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire). One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (Nebraska), voted against her.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) called for prayer. CWA President Wendy Wright said, “Miss Kagan has demonstrated utter disrespect for the Constitution, federal law, and facts. And she has abandoned her principles when large sums of money are involved. Yet, the 500,000 members of CWA believe that with God anything is possible. We will pray that God will inspire Justice Kagan to be an impartial and just justice.”
Mario Diaz, Esq., CWA’s Policy Director for Legal Issues, echoed Wright’s sentiments, saying, “CWA will remain in constant prayer and will be diligent in holding Justice Kagan accountable for her actions in every way possible.”
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
At the insistence of homosexual activists, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) indicated that he wants to see discussion and progress towards repealing the 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from openly serving in the military. However, with recess this week, word has it that the Senate will bring this up when it reconvenes in mid-September.
CWA will continue to meet with Senate offices during the recess to stress the harm of using our military as a social experiment and the intentions of the homosexual lobby to use a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act.
Please visit or call your senators while they are back home, and ask them to oppose the Defense Authorization if it includes repealing the 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from serving in the military and lifting the ban on allowing abortions to be performed on military installations here and abroad. For additional information, please visit our SHOT campaign Web page at http://www.cwfa.org/articles/19124/CFI/nation/index.htm.
International Violence Against Women Act
S. 2982, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), is another example of a bill that sounds pleasing but would inflict harmful consequences on society if enacted. IVAWA hides under the guise of protecting women, but it includes measures to push easy-access to abortion. Radical feminist groups are pressuring for passage in the name of “reproductive freedom.”
IVAWA’s sponsors include John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Barbara Boxer (D-California), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), none of whom has a pro-family record. Thus, it is no surprise that IVAWA would directly support the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) despite its involvement in issues such as China’s promoting violence against women via forced abortion and sterilization. The bill claims that it protects “women’s rights” even as it pushes for ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CWA has opposed CEDAW from its inception; the oversight committee has a record of pressuring countries to impose abortion, disrespect motherhood – even to the point of abandoning Mother’s Day – and force women into the workplace.
IVAWA would also create a new office for “Women’s Global Issues” at the United Nations to carry out the Obama administration’s agenda to overturn pro-life laws overseas and make abortion a standard “reproductive health” initiative. Meanwhile, IVAWA does not include a ban on funding some of the worst violence against women, namely prostitution and sex trafficking.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on IVAWA on August 4, but it postponed the meeting until Senators return from recess in mid-September.