Monday, September 18, 2017

SAVE THESE DATES: Sept. 19th, November 11th, December 7th or 14th

MCRW will host a

Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum 
Tuesday, September 19th

6:30 - 8:30 PM.

Incumbents Clay Jackson and Kevin McGhee will be joined by
Michael Mosko, Jr., Kimberly A. Pumphrey and Amber D. Foster
who are also vying for one of the three seats up for election on the board.

The menu features a variety of savory pasta dishes
with side dishes and desserts by our members. Dinner: $8.

Location: Madison Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall,
1236 Fishback Road, Rt. 722 at the north traffic light.

Everyone is invited to attend this informative meeting.
For more information, please call (540) 923-4109.

Note: Delegate Bob Marshall was unable to attend as a Guest Speaker. This is a complete change of our agenda.

MCRW's Ladies Tea
Saturday, November 11th

Award winning actress and Smithsonian scholar Mary Ann Jung will return to Madison to portray Red Cross Angel Clara Barton on November 11th, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Plan to join us for an afternoon of tea, fun and a dynamic performance. Sign up with MCRW Treasurer Ginny Pegelow at our September 19th meeting or call (540) 923-4085,

Note: This was incorrectly listed in the newsletter as November 12th

Join MCRW for a
White House Christmas Tour

on December 7th or December 14th (final date to be determined)

Sign up at our September 19th meeting

or contact MCRW Treasurer Ginny Pegelow, (540) 923-4085,

Cost: $60 per person, Dutch Treat meal to follow the tour

Seating is limited. Priority seating for MCRW members.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great events this week in Charlottesville with AFP! #DefeatNortham

With only 51 daysleft till Election Day, Americans for Prosperity invites you to join our effort to Defeat Ralph Northam!  This week we have two events you are most welcome to participate.


Monday, September 18  5:30-8:30pm

Vote Against Northam Phone Bank

AFP Regional HQ @ 375 Greenbrier Drive, Suite 102, Charlottesville

A few hours of your time can help bring victory!  Volunteers needed to call key swing voters in Virginia. 

Complimentary dinner and all volunteers are eligible to win a Mission BBQ gift certificate.




Tuesday, September 19  6:30-9:00pm

Gubernatorial Debate Watch Party

AFP Regional HQ @ 375 Greenbrier Drive, Suite 102, Charlottesville

Watch Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam debate on our new, big TV.

Complimentary full, dinner buffet from Noodles & Company for all attendees.

Register for Debate Watch Party here:



Stand with AFP.  We are fully committed to taking action to let Virginians know #WhyRalphIsWrong for the Commonwealth.


For Virginia,


Flint Engleman | Western Region Senior Director | Americans for Prosperity-Virginia

540.226.4591 |  

Tea Party Patriots Rally in DC Sat. 9-23 Join 12 Noon MAGA

Hope you can come & get out the word. This Rally is in support of President Trump MAGA DC next Saturday 12 Noon. Details RSVP 

Thanks, Praying for the USA,

Rita Grace
Constitutional Tea Party

National Federation of Republican Women Elects Texas,Republican Leader Next President

September 16, 2017

PHILADELPHIA - Delegates to the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 39th Biennial Convention elected Jody Rushton of Plano, Texas, to serve as president for 2018-2019, during its convention held Sept. 14-17 in Philadelphia.

Rushton has been a respected force in Republican circles for three decades, dating back to her position as western states coordinator for the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1984. She succeeds NFRW President Carrie Almond of Chillicothe, Mo., who served as NFRW president during the 2016-2017 biennium.

The Republican Party of Texas recently awarded Rushton the first Susan B. Anthony Leadership Award for her work building Rising Stars among Texas Republican women throughout the state. Rushton also was awarded the Collin County Republican Party's John McVeigh Award in 2015 for outstanding service and dedication to the Republican Party. The McAllen, Texas, native has served as president of Conner Harrington Republican Women's Club and president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.

The newly-elected Executive Committee of the National Federation of Republican Women is excited to build on the organization's foundation of leadership over the next two years, Rushton said. "We are grateful and humbled to reach out to women all around this great country," she continued. "We are proud of our past, and committed to our future. We are united in our goals and stronger as we move forward together."

NFRW officers elected on Sept. 16 are:

*    PRESIDENT, Jody Rushton, Texas
*    1ST VICE PRESIDENT, Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman, Illinois
*    2ND VICE PRESIDENT, Eileen Sobjack, Washington
*    3RD VICE PRESIDENT, Julie Harris, Arkansas
*    4TH VICE PRESIDENT, Ann Schockett, New York
*    SECRETARY, Frances Taylor, Alabama
*    TREASURER, Vanessa LaFranco, New Jersey

Three members-at-large to the Executive Committee will be elected by the NFRW Board of Directors on Sept. 17.

"The women of the NFRW join me in congratulating Jody and the new administration and have the utmost confidence they will continue to lead our organization into a bright future," Almond said.

Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.

NFRW Presents Reagan Award, September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017

National Federation of Republican

Women Presents Reagan Award

to Florida GOP Leader
State Federation President Receives Honor
at National Convention

PHILADELPHIA - Florida Republican leader Dena Stebbins DeCamp was awarded the prestigious Ronald Reagan Leadership Award during the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 39th Biennial Convention held Sept. 14-17 in Philadelphia.

A resident of Lakeland and president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, DeCamp received the award at a luncheon on Sept. 16. 

The award was established by the NFRW in 2005 to recognize the outstanding leadership of one state president and is presented every two years at the biennial convention.

DeCamp and four other state presidents were selected as nominees based on overall leadership and initiation of new programs, increases in membership, participation in national programs, and excellence in public relations and campaign efforts.

DeCamp was elected president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women after serving as 1st and 2nd vice presidents and in several other state offices. From 2009-2014, she was president of Republican Women Federated of Lakeland and served as volunteer, team leader and field director for several campaigns. In 2014, Florida Gov. Rick Scott presented DeCamp with the Republican Party of Florida Volunteer of the Year Award. She is the owner and operator of a small custom embroidery shop and is married to Dr. Nelson DeCamp.

These state presidents are finalists in the Reagan Award contest:
  • Mary Barket, Pennsylvania
  • Lyn Bliss, Ohio
  • Theresa Kosmoski, Texas
  • Charlotte Rasmussen, Wisc
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.

PHOTO: Florida Federation President Dena Stebbins DeCamp, right, is presented with the 2017 Ronald Reagan Leadership Award by awards luncheon keynote speaker Peggy Grande.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

FRC, Jewish Institute for Global Awareness Calls Out Southern Poverty Law Center's Deafening Silence

September 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council (FRC) and the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness issued a joint statement today questioning the Southern Poverty Law Center's deafening silence regarding an anti-semitic incident that took place this week at Tufts University. On Monday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the university's Facebook page published "a student-made handbook that condemned the campus Jewish center for supporting Israel, which the guide called a 'white supremacist state.'" University administrators later removed the handbook from its social pages.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and the Co-Directors of the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness, Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Silodor Berk, released the following joint statement:

"This week a Tufts University student-made handbook smeared a Jewish campus group for supporting what the handbook ludicrously called the 'white supremacist state' of Israel. University administrators removed the handbook after media outlets reported on the anti-Semitic incident. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which aims to establish itself as the preeminent authority on hate groups, made no public comment on the anti-Semitic smear. This is no surprise. Its deafening silence on incidents outside its preferred targets on the religious right cannot be ignored. While the SPLC wants to be viewed as a referee on the field of political debate, their demonization of mainstream conservatives and predictable silence on incidents like Tufts University's anti-Semitic handbook can only lead to one conclusion: the SPLC wants to be both referee and player. It's time the media recognize the SPLC for what it is ---a discredited left wing political group."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Family Research Council, NC Values Coalition File Joint Amicus Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop SCOTUS

 September 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) along with the North Carolina Values Coalition have submitted a joint amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This case arose when Masterpiece Cakeshops' owner, Jack Phillips, was sued after respectfully declining to decorate a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony.

In the amicus brief, the groups argue:

"Constitution broadly guarantees liberty of religion and conscience to citizens who participate in public life according to their moral, ethical, and religious convictions.

Yet, "Colorado refuses to tolerate citizens who disagree with the state-sanctioned view of marriage," as the state "uses its anti-discrimination laws to impose crippling penalties on entrepreneurs who refuse to set aside conscience and create visual artwork that violates the owners' faith and conscience."

Contrary to ideals it purports to advance, "by demanding uniformity of thought, belief, speech, and action concerning the nature of marriage" and "by silencing one side of a hotly contested issue," the state of Colorado "promotes intolerance, uniformity, exclusion, and inequality… The result is an unconscionable inequality were people who hold traditional marriage beliefs are excluded from owning a public business. All of this is anathema to the First Amendment."

Travis Weber, Esq., Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, commented:

"To understand the issue at the center of this case people first need to know that Jack Phillips, for over twenty years, happily served thousands without regard to their sexual orientation. Phillips gladly offered to make any other type of baked item for the customers in this case, but explained that he could not in good conscience make a cake promoting a same-sex ceremony."

"The Court should take this opportunity to settle the question of whether states can coerce people of faith into wedding-related practices with which they disagree. The answer to that question should be an obvious 'no' and we hope the Court makes this clear by strongly affirming that all Americans' First Amendment free speech and free exercise rights are protected against such state coercion," Weber commented.

To review the full amicus brief, please see:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

National Federation of Republican Women To Take Message,of Unity, Optimism to Philadelphia

September 6, 2017

Republican Leaders, Experts
to Address Biennial Convention

PHILADELPHIA - Building on its message of national unity and optimism that began during the 2016 elections, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) - along with nearly 1,000 Republican women from across the nation -- will gather in Philadelphia for the organization's 39th Biennial Convention. The convention is scheduled Sept. 14-17 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St.
In addition to conducting organizational business, the NFRW will hear from Republican elected officials and leaders such as New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who secured the Republican nomination in the New Jersey gubernatorial race earlier this year, and Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball, the nation's youngest woman elected to statewide office.

Convention attendees will also participate in a series of training seminars, conducted by Republicans who are recognized nationally in their fields, that will help prepare them for grassroots victories in the elections coming up this fall and next year.  

"Philadelphia is the bedrock upon which our great and unparalleled nation is built," NFRW President Carrie Almond said. "I can think of no better place to reflect on our rich history while also exploring the opportunities we have to come together and make America great again."
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media. 

Conservative Movement Releases Open Letter to the News Media: Beware of the Southern Poverty Law Ce

September 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council (FRC) today joined a coalition of 47 conservative leaders and organizations in releasing an open letter to news organizations, calling on the media to stop using data from the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The SPLC has recklessly labeled dozens of mainstream conservative organizations as "hate groups." SPLC's labeling of FRC as a "hate group" was connected in federal court to an act of domestic terrorism committed five years ago at FRC's Washington headquarters by Floyd Corkins. Corkins confessed to the FBI that he used SPLC's "hate map" to choose FRC as a target for violence. More recently, James Hodgkinson, the attempted political assassin of House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise and many other Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate, was discovered to have "liked" the SPLC on Facebook.

The letter reads in part:

"We are writing to you as individuals or as representatives of organizations who are deeply troubled by several recent examples of the media's use of data from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a 'hate group' label of its own invention and application that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.

"The fifth anniversary has just passed of the terrorist event for which the SPLC's hate map and website were used to target its victims for political assassination. The following facts were established in the record of a federal court case. On August 15, 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins II entered the Family Research Council offices in Washington, D.C. and shot and badly wounded its building manager, Leo Johnson, who stopped his intended killing spree. According to his own statements to the FBI, Corkins intended to kill everyone in the building, and then go on to terrorize additional organizations.

"We believe the media outlets that have cited the SPLC in recent days have not intended to target mainstream political groups for violent attack, but by recklessly linking the Charlottesville melee to the mainstream groups named on the SPLC website -- those that advocate in the courts, the halls of Congress, and the press for the protection of conventional, Judeo-Christian values -- we are left to wonder if another Floyd Lee Corkins will soon be incited to violence by this incendiary information.

"That day, Corkins carried both the means to carry out this act of terrorism and a list of additional targets. The U.S. Attorney stated in federal court that Corkins targeted FRC and the additional targets by using the SPLC website's 'Hate Map.' On February 6, 2013, Corkins pleaded guilty to three felonies, and became the first person convicted of violating the District of Columbia's Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002.

"To associate public interest law firms and think tanks with neo-Nazis and the KKK is unconscionable, and it represents the height of irresponsible journalism to do so. All reputable news organizations should immediately stop using the SPLC descriptions of in individuals and organizations based on the SPLC's obvious political prejudices."

To read the full letter, please see:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Virginians must rally with President Trump

By Bob Dewey

The Republican Party did not win the 2016 election, Donald Trump did on behalf of the American people not a political party. The reason for the unsuccessful but continuing Democrat and Republican joint effort against President Trump is that the "Forgotten American People" found a leader.

Virginians have the opportunity in 2017 to demonstrate to the nation what "We the people" can do to join President Trump with "our" campaign "To make America Great Again". Virginians can stand united to expand the political fight to again govern as intended by our Founders. The national political parties have contrived a role for the Senate not expressed by our Constitution. The Senate was created to represent the several Sovereign States not political parties which have their own agendas. Obamacare and "Repeal and Replace" are the poster children of the Senatorial corruption.

Virginians must inspire the Virginia Republican candidates to rally in common cause with President Trump by advocating a restructuring of Virginia's statewide election process to remove the political power of the national political parties. A statewide election by Legislative District would remove the current national political party power and restore Virginia's intended station in the Senate. Let the results of state elections be the voice of Virginians not a national political party. Champion for Virginia to be a beacon, shining for the citizens of other states, to follow in our common march behind President Trump's campaign to "Drain the Swamp" for "Forgotten Americans".

This is the election for citizens of the Commonwealth to stand and shoulder the responsibilities of our heritage. If we are silent, we bow to our current station as serfs to our "Elite Political Establishment" Masters.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AFP: See VP Mike Pence in Virginia!

Americans for Prosperity is excited to announce Vice President of the United States,Mike Pence, will be the keynote speaker at our National Summit on Saturday, August 19th at the Richmond Marriott-Downtown.  Vice President Pence will be on the main stage talking about economic freedom and advancing prosperity for America.


Register soon!  Tickets will be going quickly with this announcement.



AFP has a growing list of speakers and panelists that will be in Richmond on August 19th.  Including:

  • Forbes Incorporated CEO, Steve Forbes
  • FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai
  • President of Americans for Prosperity, Tim Phillips
  • Virginia candidate for Governor, Ed Gillespie
  • Virginia candidate for Lt. Governor, Jill Vogel
  • Virginia candidate for Attorney General, John Adams
  • Farm rights advocate, Martha Boneta


AFP Virginia is excited to be hosting our 11th National Defending the American Dream Summit in Richmond.  A great venue at the Richmond Marriott-Downtown.  The event starts at 9:30am and concludes at 5:30pm.  Your ticket purchase includes full access to all Summit speaker and break-out sessions as well as lunch.


Register today!  Click this link to purchase your tickets via our Eventbrite link:



Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots, policy organization committed to limited government.  We advocate for policies to limit taxation, improve health care access, explore energy resources, and expand school choice options for Virginians. 


We look forward to seeing you on August 19th!


For Freedom,


Flint Engleman | Western Region Senior Director | Americans for Prosperity-Virginia

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

“Ed Gillespie will be a strong education governor for Virginia”

August 2, 2017

What They Are Saying:

"Ed Gillespie will be a strong education governor for Virginia"

Honorary Policy Chair and former governor George Allen: "Ed Gillespie will be a strong education governor for Virginia. That's important, because I believe that education and public safety are the top two responsibilities of state government. And, the best way to pay for these priorities is with a vibrant economy. Ed's education plan recognizes the need to innovatively provide better opportunities for young people to learn core academic subjects as well as skills to ultimately gain good paying jobs.  And, there's no backsliding from the principles of accountability: What gets measured, gets better. And, when Governor Gillespie delivers on his promise of access for every child to an excellent education, the student and Virginia will grow and thrive."

Speaker Bill Howell: "Virginia should be first in the nation when it comes to educational opportunities for our children. Education is the foundation to fuel prosperity and growth. We owe every child the opportunity to attend an excellent public school. Ed will work every day to make that happen."

Policy Leadership Team Co-Chair Speaker-designee Kirk Cox: "As a retired teacher, lawmaker and parent I know that Virginia will be better off thanks to Ed Gillespie's education policies. I look forward to working alongside Ed, Jill Vogel and John Adams to advance student-centered policies for Virginia."

Policy Leadership Team Co-Chair Senator Mark Obenshain: "I've worked for years to advance high-quality public charter schools for our underserved communities. The McAuliffe-Northam Administration continues to stand in the way of any meaningful progress for Virginia's children. Ed Gillespie will be a strong partner to get things done for Virginia's kids." 

Education Working Group Co-Chair Delegate Dave LaRock: "I am proud to support Ed Gillespie's plan to get Virginia back to number one in education. That means bringing innovation to education, rewarding excellence and celebrating teachers. Ed will be a governor for ALL Virginians."

Chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee Senator Steve Newman: "Virginia needs Ed Gillespie's leadership to strengthen our K-12 education system. The focus of Ed's plan is on students' outcomes and parental choice.  Ed understands that strong and motivated teachers are good for Virginia's education system and our local schools.  Ed and will ensure Virginia students receive an education tailored to their needs, so that every child is most likely to succeed."

Education Working Group Co-Chair Delegate Tag Greason: "Education is the key to unlocking Virginia's full potential, and Ed Gillespie is the leader we need to keep moving forward. His comprehensive Education plan will help all Virginia Students succeed, allowing for more personalized learning and individual student growth."

House Education Committee Chairman Delegate Steve Landes: "The House of Delegates Education Committee has taken great strides to advance teacher leadership, innovation, more opportunities and excellence for Virginia's children. Ed's plan is thoughtful, creative and student-centered."

House Appropriations K-12 Subcommittee Chairman Delegate Jimmie Massie: "Virginia needs a governor who is willing to fight for our children and inject innovation into our K-12 education system. Ed's plan strikes the right balance between accountability and flexibility. Opportunities for Virginia's children will be much better because of Ed Gillespie's education policies."

Delegate and Retired Teacher Dickie Bell: "As a retired teacher, I am delighted to support Ed's agenda for Virginia's students. Teachers across the Commonwealth will benefit from an education system that rewards innovation. I am proud to support Ed and his vision for education."

Former President of the Virginia State Board of Education Chris Braunlich: "Ed Gillespie understands that every parent wants their child's education to lead them to a good job and a bright future, and every child in Virginia deserves the best education we can give them.  Ed's education plan embraces innovations that will improve children's educational outcomes, powers teachers to excellence, and meets the needs of an increasingly diverse Virginia."

Chesapeake School Board Member Sam Boone: "As a school board member in Chesapeake, I work hard every day to ensure Virginia's children receive the best education possible. I'm proud to support Ed's agenda and look forward to having a strong partner in the governor's office in Ed Gillespie."

Harrisonburg City School Board Member Kaylene Seigle: "Ed is dedicated to providing an excellent education for all Virginia students. I'm proud to support Ed in his run for governor. He will make things better for Virginia parents, students, teachers and school leaders - Ed is the best choice for education."

Teacher Leslie Lenhert: "I appreciate the fact Ed has taken the time to listen to teachers to determine how they can be supported in the classroom. He is dedicated to putting forth policies to address the needs of ALL students."

Education Advocate Antione Green: "Ed Gillespie's heart for children and opportunity is what drives him every day. I applaud Ed for his strong leadership and big ideas. This plan is good for families, students, teachers and school leaders. Ed will be a strong governor for Virginia."

Madison County Republican Women Newsletter on VFRW website

Each month, The Blue Ridge Messenger
is posted online at the
Virginia Federation of Republican Women website.

You will also find many newsletters from other clubs there as well.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Political Condition

By Bob Dewey

In the early 1970's, female contraception became very effective. Women became singularly influential in the decision to have a child. This is an issue today because the Federal deficit spending is driven by the "assistance programs" targeting, in large part, single parent families.

Why, when we have such effective female contraception, are 41% of all births today out of wedlock? Why have we forsaken our heritage of self reliance and the arms of family for government domination?

A most limited glance at American political history answers from whence came the siren's call. The 1913 Progressive Movement's Constitutional Amendments, the Roosevelt "New Deal" and the Johnson "Great Society" set the stage for the application of Saul Alinsky's "Divide and Conquer" political campaign strategy which the Democratic Party has employed for decades. Republicans, while politically incompetent, hold hands with the Democrats in this matter and create the "Elite Political Establishment", better known as "The Swamp".

It is a terrible thing to find that God's gift of birth has become a political marker.
The question is, do we wish to allow this political condition to persist? The concept of marriage has been reduced from an obligation to insure that God's gift is placed in the arms of loving responsible parents, to a political theme. A lack of commitment to marriage by parents adds power to "the swamp's" station.

Approximately 25% of the Federal Budget targets welfare programs. Some 80% of that goes to single parent families. It must then be acknowledged that unwed mothers and divorced parents are a significant cause of the Federal Deficit. Is our Christian Heritage so tarnished that we find no problem with this?

When did the Halls of Congress repeal the responsibilities of our Christian Heritage? 1937, "The New Deal".

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Family Research Council Statement on Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed to Obamacare Repeal

 July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Senate agreed to proceed to a debate on H.R. 1628, the House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017. In order for the Senate to debate the important elements of Obamacare's repeal and replacement, senators needed first to support a procedural motion to begin consideration of H.R. 1628. Family Research Council (FRC) scored in favor of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"Finally, the U.S. Senate has taken a crucial step toward repealing Obamacare, redirecting dollars away from the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and putting America's healthcare system on a path to recovery. For more than 7 years, Republicans have promised the American people that they would repeal Obamacare, they did so in 2015, and now Congress finally has a president who will put his signature on the legislation.

"Family Research Council supported beginning debate on this health care legislation in order to get to amendments to repeal Obamacare with its massive expansion of subsidies for health care plans that cover elective abortion, to defund abortion organizations from mandatory spending programs and pull back on this onerous law that has harmed so many families. The motion to proceed was only the first step, and now senators need to support amendments to rid America of the moral, regulatory, and cost burden that the so-called 'Affordable' Care Act has been.

"We owe a deep debt of gratitude to the many Members of Congress who make the protection of unborn children in the context of health care reform a high priority. The eyes of the pro-life movement are now intensely focused on the U.S. Senate as they vote on amendments to repeal Obamacare and replace it without also subsidizing elective abortion. We strongly support amendments to ensure that, if abortion funding protections on credits are struck on procedural grounds, that Americans' tax dollars are redirected in a way that does not subsidize abortion coverage.

"We strongly oppose any amendments to continue funding for abortion organizations, such as Planned Parenthood. It's the moral responsibility of Republican senators to support the repeal bill and fulfill their campaign promises that helped them secure the congressional majority," concluded Perkins.

Family Research Council Praises President Trump's Decision to Focus on Military Priorities Over Obam

July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC -- Family Research Council (FRC) praised President Trump's decision today rescinding the Obama era transgender policy. A Rasmussen survey released last month finds "just 23% of likely U.S. voters think the U.S. military's decision to allow openly transgender people to serve is good for the military."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a Marine veteran, released the following statement:

"I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to return to military priorities -- and not continue the social experimentation of the Obama era that has crippled our nation's military. The military can now focus its efforts on preparing to fight and win wars rather than being used to advance the Obama social agenda.

"President Trump recognizes what the nation's military leadership and the American people realize, this Obama policy makes no sense.

"The last thing we should be doing is diverting billions of dollars from mission-critical training to something as controversial as gender reassignment surgery. However, the cost to readiness, recruitment, retention, morale and cohesion would have been even greater under the Obama policy. As our nation faces serious national security threats, our troops shouldn't be forced to endure hours of transgender 'sensitivity' classes and politically-correct distractions like this one.

"Now that we are assured that the Defense Department has its fiscal priorities in order, Family Research Council withdraws our opposition to increasing the budget of the Department of Defense through the 'Make America Secure Appropriations Act' and looks forward to seeing that legislation pass," concluded Perkins.

Transgender Policy Could Cost Military Billions Over Ten Years