Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FRC's Tony Perkins and Jerry Boykin to Attend The Reconciled Church Summit

January 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Executive Vice President Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin will be attending the Reconciled Church Summit in Dallas, TX on January 15th.

This summit is hosted by Bishop Harry Jackson and Bishop T.D. Jakes. The Bishops will bring together a group of racially and culturally diverse Christian leaders to take practical steps toward racial reconciliation across America.

General Boykin will be in attendance at the Interactive Media Session.

WHO: Bishop Harry Jackson, Chairman, High Impact Leadership Coalition and Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church

Bishop T. D. Jakes, Senior Pastor and New York Times bestselling author

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council President Gen. (Ret.)

Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council Executive Vice President

And other Christian leaders

WHAT: The Reconciled Church Healing the Racial Divide Summit

WHEN: January 15, 2015, 9 AM CST

WHERE: The Potter's House of Dallas

6777 West Kiest Boulevard

Dallas, Texas 75236

If you would like to arrange an interview with either Tony Perkins or Gen. Jerry Boykin to discuss their participation in this summit, please email

For more information on the summit, please visit:

In Atlanta, Family Research Council's Tony Perkins Stands with Fired Fire Chief

Tony Perkins Challenges Mayor Reed's 'Intimidating Message'
January 13, 2015

Delivers More than 31,000 petitions to City Hall in Support of Chief, Religious Freedom

ATLANTA, GA -- Today, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins joined Atlanta area pastors and religious liberty advocates at a rally in support of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Cochran was suspended and then fired because of a book he wrote for a men's Bible study group at his Baptist church.

The "Standing for our Faith Rally" was held in the Georgia Capitol Rotunda. Following the rally, tens of thousands of petitions were delivered to City Hall protesting the overreach of government authority that resulted in the Chief's firing.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following remarks to rally participants:

"This past weekend, the world marched in Paris recognizing that free speech is the cornerstone of truly free societies. A realization is now sweeping Europe that political correctness has become lethal and it is an avowed enemy of true freedom.

"While many believe the satirical work of Charlie Hebdo was in bad taste and of poor form, we recognize the freedom that they had to speak without fear of reprisal or the threat of violence. Make no mistake about it, last week's violent assault was designed to intimidate and silence others who would dare exercise that fundamental human right of the freedom of speech.

"Whether it's a journalist in France satirically writing about religion or a fire chief in Atlanta, Georgia writing about the sacred teachings of his faith, the silencing of either is a threat to the freedoms of all. The naked truth is that the actions taken against the Chief are designed to send a message that will silence Christians and in effect force them to check their faith at the door of public service.

"My friends, we must not let that happen in the United States of America.

"I am here today in Atlanta, Georgia to not only stand with Chief Cochran, but with all public servants, in particular those who are first responders, who put their lives at risk each and every day for the well-being of others. Having served as a law enforcement officer myself for nearly a decade, I understand the unique pressures that they and their families experience each and every day. I can tell you from experience that faith plays a central role for many of them. It is what prompted many of them to choose the lifestyle of giving to others. Jesus said: 'Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends, 'and it is also what sustains them when they face issues and situations that most people will never experience.

"Chief Cochran has spent a lifetime, ready at a moment's notice, to fight the fires that threatened life and property. Today, he stands ready to fight the fire and flame of intolerance that threatens the freedom of every American. I'll tell you this; I am here to stand by his side. And I will stand by the side of Chief Cochran and anyone who answers this call to defend freedom," concluded Perkins.

Bishop E.W. Jackson to Honor Police Officers at 2015 Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast

 January 14, 2014








Bishop & Mrs. Jackson Honoring one of Chesapeake, Virginia's Finest

at the 2014 MLK Leadership Breakfast


Norfolk, VA:  Bishop E.W. Jackson, his wife and church founded the Chesapeake Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast fifteen years ago to bring the community together around the vision of Dr. King.


The Breakfast honors leaders of all races and backgrounds. Click here for details of the 2015 M.L. King Leadership Breakfast.


After 9/11, they made a commitment to include representatives of law enforcement. This year, in light of attacks and protests against police over incidents in Ferguson and Staten Island, the Breakfast will do something special to encourage police officers.


"We have honored law enforcement since 9/11," says the Bishop. "We realized that police get attacked when anything seems to go wrong, but seldom appreciated for the daily dangerous job they do to keep us safe. When a law enforcement officer reports for duty, it could be his last shift. After Ferguson and Staten Island, some protesters actually called for the murder of police. Then two police officers were assassinated. Because of these unfortunate developments, we are taking special steps this year to encourage men and women in blue.


The Breakfast is also recognizing two outstanding youth. They will help honor police and the police will help honor them. Presentations and awards will be exchanged between them. Bishop Jackson has urged MLK celebrations around the country to honor police officers and youth and bring the two together.


"In Portsmouth, Virginia six people were shot just the other night. Who is going to address that?" asks Bishop Jackson. "The police are charged with bringing criminals to justice so the rest of us can live in peace and safety. When we honor those who serve us, we must always remember law enforcement officers."


The Breakfast is being held at the Marriott, 725 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia at 10 AM, Monday, January 19th. Tickets are $25, and available by calling 757-410-7740.




E.W Jackson is a Bishop of THE CALLED Church, a Marine Corps Veteran, graduate of Harvard Law School and 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia. He is the Founder and President of STAND.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

"As the Western world wrestles with its response to last week's jihadist attacks in Paris, we know more attacks are coming. I noted Friday that the head of MI5, Britain's intelligence agency, warned that Al Qaeda was planning mass casualty attacks against Western targets. Yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN, "I think there are sleeper cells not only in France but certainly in other countries and, yes, in our own. So it should come as no surprise that ISIS issued a new call for attacks on police and military personnel over the weekend. Here's an easy thing for the president to do: Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should stop all police-bashing and should call for a moratorium on the demonstrations that continue to be marked by anti-police rhetoric. They are contributing to a hostile atmosphere at a time in which the police are increasingly targeted by Islamists and other radicals."

Gary L. Bauer

Advancing Solutions for a Stronger America

Congressman Robert Hurt's Weekly Column


This week, the 114th Congress commenced, and the House of Representatives wasted no time in passing bipartisan legislation to confront the serious challenges our great nation faces.  We in the House passed three major bills to provide real solutions for the American people by mitigating the harmful impacts of the President's healthcare law, reducing the burdensome impact of regulations that hamper small business job growth, and implementing a sensible and robust domestic energy policy.

On the first day of the new Congress, the House unanimously passed the Hire More Heroes Act, which would provide small businesses relief from the senseless employer mandate in the President's healthcare law and create new opportunities for veterans looking to find work. We also passed the Save American Workers Act to restore the traditional 40-hour definition of 'full-time employment' to help protect hardworking Americans from having their hours and wages cut.  As I travel throughout the Fifth District, I continue to hear from Virginians who have had their hours cut as a result of the'30-hour rule' and the negative impacts it has had on their families, and I welcomed the opportunity to pass legislation to address this harmful provision.

On Friday, the House also approved legislation to advance the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a crucial piece of our energy strategy aimed at increasing North American energy production and giving Americans more affordable energy choices. I was proud to support each of these measures, and I was pleased that so many of our Democrat colleagues joined us in the effort to advance these proposals that will make life easier on our working families.

While we in the House spent the first week of the new year working together, the President took actions that call into question his willingness to work with us to provide more opportunity to all Americans.  Just two days into the 114th Congress, the President had already issued three veto threats against bipartisan bills.  If that were not enough, the Obama administration issued 300 new rules in the federal register in the first week of 2015.  It is my hope that the President will change his go-it-alone approach and meet us at the negotiating table as he pledged to do after the election. 


The people's House will continue to fight for real solutions to the challenges our great nation faces.  We will continue to advance bipartisan policies like those we passed this week, and it is my hope that our colleagues in the Senate will now take up these good bills and join us in advancing policies to build a stronger America for our children and grandchildren.


If you need any additional information or if we may be of assistance to you, please visit my website at or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.



Congressman Robert Hurt Votes to Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders from the President's Healthcare Law


Monday, January 12, 2015

 – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 33, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, which would ensure that emergency service volunteers are not included when determining full-time employees to be considered under the employer mandate of the President's healthcare law:


"Communities throughout Virginia's Fifth District rely on volunteer firefighters and emergency responders, and we are thankful every day for the sacrifices they make.  The President's healthcare law imposes fines on businesses and entities not in compliance with the law's employer mandate; therefore, it is imperative that we ensure that our volunteer organizations are protected from these penalties.  The consequences of failing to do so would cripple these essential emergency services in communities across the country.  I am pleased that this measure passed the House today with strong bipartisan support, and I remain committed to continuing to fight to protect Virginians and Americans from the harmful effects of the President's healthcare law."



Staff Members from Congressman Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Campbell County

Monday, January 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt's (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Campbell County on Friday, January 16 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.


Friday, January 16, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Campbell County Public Library- Rustburg Branch, Program Room

684 Village Highway

Rustburg, VA


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Congressman Robert Hurt Votes to Protect American Workers and Veterans from the President’s Healthcare Law

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of two bills to protect American workers from the President's healthcare law.  H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act, would the restore the traditional 40-hour definition of "full-time employment" as it relates to the employer mandate in the President's healthcare law, and H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act, would incentivize businesses to hire veterans by not counting them toward the employer mandate threshold:

"As we have seen time and time again, the mandates in the President's healthcare law are directly and negatively impacting the American people.  I share in the frustration and concerns of Fifth District Virginians with this policy.

"The '30-hour rule' has resulted in fewer jobs and reduced working hours for many Virginians and Americans, putting 2.6 million workers at risk of losing their jobs or their working hours.  The Save American Workers Act would restore the traditional 40-hour definition of 'full-time employment' to help protect hardworking Americans from having their hours and wages cut.  The Hire More Heroes Act also reduces the harmful effects of the President's healthcare law on small businesses and our nation's bravest men and women.  This legislation provides small businesses relief from the senseless employer mandate in the President's healthcare law and creates new opportunities for veterans looking to find work.

"As we begin the 114th Congress, these are exactly the kind of bills we will continue to advance to make it easier for our working families to succeed.   I remain committed to ensuring that all Virginians and all Americans are protected from the harmful impacts of the President's healthcare law.  I was pleased to see both of these bills pass the House with bipartisan support, and I urge our colleagues in the Senate to take up these good bills and allow the American people to get back to work."


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Staff Members from Congressman Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick, Fauquier, Charlotte, and Greene Counties


Monday, January 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt's (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick, Fauquier, Charlotte, and Greene Counties on Friday, January 9 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.


Friday, January 9, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Brunswick County Administration Building - 3rd Floor

228 North Main Street

Lawrenceville, VA


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Warren Green Building - 1st Floor Meeting Room

10 Hotel Street

Warrenton, VA


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Charlotte County Administration Building - Conference Room

240 LeGrande Avenue, Suite A

Charlotte Court House, VA


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Greene County Administration Building - Board Conference Room

40 Celt Road

Stanardsville, VA

Congressman Robert Hurt's Monthly Video Address

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today released his Monthly Video Address.  Text of the address is available below, as well as video.  You may view the video by clicking the image below, or by clicking here.



"Hi, I'm Robert Hurt.  Thank you once again for tuning into our Monthly Video Address.


"Today, we are filming our December address at our Danville District Office located at 308 Craghead Street in downtown Danville.  One of my most important responsibilities as a member of Congress representing Virginia's Fifth District is providing reliable and effective constituent service.  In order to serve our constituents, we have district offices in Danville, Charlottesville, and in Farmville, and our dedicated staff strives every day to help our constituents' with their needs -- ranging from veterans issues to Social Security and Medicare issues to immigration and visa issues.  I am grateful for the service our staff provides, and I hope that you will feel free to contact us if you ever have a federal issue that you think we may be able to help you with.   


"I also appreciate the opportunity to share with you some of what the House of Representatives has been working on during the month of December and in the closing days of the 113th Congress.


"As we brought the year to a close, the Congress approved a government spending omnibus to fund federal operations for the current fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. Unfortunately, I believe Congress failed, once again, to follow an open and transparent legislative process and, instead, waited until the last minute to cobble together a massive 1600-page, $1 trillion spending package for the United States government.  And we were given only 48 hours for consideration.


"At a time when so many Fifth District Virginians are gravely concerned about our staggering $18 trillion debt and President Obama's unilateral and unconstitutional use of executive orders, it is more important than ever that we have a full and robust debate on issues important to the American people. For these reasons, I was unable to support the government spending omnibus.


"But as we close this year and this Congress, it is my greatest hope that the new Senate and the President will work with the House in looking for new opportunities to work together on behalf of the people we represent. It is my sincere hope that the new 114th Congress will be committed to considering legislation in an open and transparent manner consistent with our obligations to the Constitution and to our constituents. We must remain committed to our shared goals of enacting pro-growth policies that will create jobs for working families and restoring our country to a sustainable fiscal path.


"Finally, December marked the arrival of the season of peace and joy, and I appreciated the opportunity to participate in community events to witness and give thanks for the blessings of American peace and prosperity. 


"In closing, let me once again thank you for the opportunity to represent you in Congress, and I look forward to continuing our work in the 114th Congress to promote a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. 


"I hope that you will always feel free to contact us at one of our district offices or our Washington office if we may ever be of service to you.  We can always be reached at our website at -- where you can also sign up for regular legislative updates.  You can also join the conversation on our social media pages.


"Thank you for tuning in to our December video address."