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Obama Administration Reveals GOP Leaders’ Betrayal on Common Core in Ed Bill

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Anti-Common Core activists tried for months to warn Congress that the new federal education bill (the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA) was a disaster that would cement, not overturn, the odious progressive-education philosophies of the Obama Administration. Except for 64 House members (click here to see how your member voted) and 12 senators (click here to see how your senators voted) who were brave enough to buck Republican leadership, their warnings were dismissed. Now comes confirmation that the activists were dead on…..Read more here.

Please Call NOW:  Congress to Pay for Obama’s Agenda!

December 16, 2015

On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the next year. This bill represents the final opportunity for the Republican-led Congress to rein in the Obama Administration using the powers given them by Article One of the Constitution .

After weeks of negotiations behind closed doors, the results are in, and once again, the American people lose while special interests and the president win. Here are five of the biggest problems with the omnibus:

  1. Spending. When Republicans controlled only the House, they got the White House and Harry Reid to impose budget caps in 2011, one of the few accomplishments of John Boehner’s speakership. In October, although having control of both chambers, John Boehner surrendered this one accomplishment. The omnibus spends at these much higher levels set in the final Obama-Boehner budget deal, which was rejected by two-thirds of House Republicans.
  2. Life. Planned Parenthood will continue to receive funding. In fact, no pro-life victories can be found in the bill. Republican negotiators are left bragging about their ability to keep pro-life provisions that have been attached to funding bills for years.
  3. Immigration. No new restrictions are placed on refugee resettlement programs, sanctuary cities, or President Obama’s lawless amnesties. On the contrary, a provision was slipped in quadrupling H-2B visas in fiscal year 2016, bringing in tens of thousands more low-skilled workers.
  4. Environment. In exchange for lifting the crude oil ban, environmentalists are given free rein to advance their destructive agenda. Nothing in this omnibus will stop President Obama from implementing the climate change agreement reached in Paris last week. Furthermore, the EPA can continue imposing new regulations in areas such as water and carbon emissions that will affect our daily lives in many ways.
  5. National Security. Our national security will be diminished. President Obama can continue to implement his dangerous deal with Iran. Women will be allowed into combat units, lowering their overall effectiveness and increasing risks to men and women in the front lines.

With less than three days to digest a 2000+ page spending bill, no one should expect Members of Congress to fully understand what they are voting on when the omnibus comes to the floor.

Please email or call your senators and representative and tell them to vote NO on the omnibus spending bill.

Senator Jeff Sessions (202) 224-4124

Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744

Congressman Robert Aderholt (202) 225-4876

Congressman Mo Brooks (202) 225-4801

Congressman Bradley Byrne (202) 225-4931

Congressman Gary Palmer (202) 225-4921

Congresswoman Martha Roby (202) 225-2901

Congressman Mike Rogers (202) 225-3261

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (202) 225-2665

The GOP’s Corrupt Obamacore Bargain

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Education Reform: GOP’s Corrupt Obamacore Bargain | National Review Online
The success of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz this year is a great and anguished shout from Republicans voters to the powers-that-be in Washington: The system is broken; it’s not working for us.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428383/no-child-left-behind-extension-deal-corrupt-gop

EAGLE FORUM STATEMENT ON ESEA REAUTHORIZATION

Please thank the following Alabama Congressmen who opposed final passage of ESSA.  Senator Richard Shelby, Congressman Mo Brooks, Congressman Gary Palmer, Congressman Mike Rogers!!!  See our website for a detailed list of concerns about this act that will negatively impact Alabama children for years as there is no sunset date on the act.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 10, 2015
CONTACT: RYAN HITE, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
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EAGLE FORUM STATEMENT ON ESEA REAUTHORIZATION

Washington, D.C.: After months of secret negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the education reauthorization to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, President Obama has signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), favored by the education bureaucracy but opposed by many conservatives. President Obama’s quick and willful signature on this education overhaul should only increase skepticism that this bill will meaningfully reduce federal meddling in education.

Conservative goals for education policy are simple: reduce the role of the federal government, respect the primary role of parents, and protect the privacy of students. ESSA falls short on every one of these issues.

ESSA cuts a few programs but retains many more and even adds a few, such as a pre-K grant now authorized for the first time. Spending levels will increase over the life of this act, and in spite of the outrage from millions of parents, the onerous NCLB testing mandates remain. Washington bureaucrats will still have plenty to do.

Despite popular rhetoric from supporters, this bill does not eliminate Common Core. While it contains more explicit prohibitions on the Secretary of Education, federal law already contained numerous provisions limiting the Secretary and the Department that have been repeatedly defied without consequence. The damage has already been done, and unless states take action, those that have Common Core today will still have it tomorrow.

Phyllis Schlafly and Eagle Forum have fought the progressive education agenda through its every iteration for over 40 years. Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act is an incentive to work even harder for our education agenda. Concerned parents and education activists still have ways to fulfill conservative goals:  Urge states to end their involvement in Common Core. Push Congress to pass laws protecting student privacy and parental rights. Elect a president truly committed to ending the oversized federal role in education.

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TAA Fails – TPA Passes:  NEXT ACTION TO STOP FAST TRACK

Praise God for Sen. Jeff Sessions and for those four Alabama Congressmen who supported him with their votes on the TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) bill in the House on Friday – Brooks, Byrne, Palmer and RobyPlease thank them.  Please ask all Alabama House members to vote against TAA if Boehner brings it up again this week.  Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Here is a rundown on the issue:
1. Consolidation Of Power In The Executive Branch. TPA eliminates Congress’ ability to amend or debate trade implementing legislation and guarantees an up-or-down vote on a far-reaching international agreement before that agreement has received any public review.

2. Increased Trade Deficits. History suggests that trade deals set into motion under the 6-year life of TPA could exacerbate our trade imbalance, acting as an impediment to both GDP and wage growth.

 3. Ceding Sovereign Authority To International Powers. A USTR outline of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (which TPA would expedite) notes in the “Key Features” summary that the TPP is a “living agreement.” This means the TPP commission could change the agreement as they please with no input from a Congress, including the entry of foreign workers. 

4.  Currency Manipulation. What is known about the agreement thus far is that it doesn’t address currency manipulation at all, which in one of major problems in our dealings with trading partners. 

5.  Immigration Increases. The plain language of TPA provides avenues for the Administration and its trading partners to facilitate the expanded movement of foreign workers into the U.S.—including visitor visas that are used as worker visas, especially since it is a “living agreement.

See how your Congressman voted on both TPA and TAA below. Also, read Sen. Sessions warns of another attempt to pass Obamatrade here.

 

 

 

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TAA Fails – TPA Passes

June 12, 2015

Today, the House of Representatives considered two controversial trade related bills, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), that would empower President Obama to finish massive “free trade” agreements, namely the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The complicated vote series left the fate of the package up in the air. First came the vote for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). This ineffective and wasteful government program supposedly helps workers who lose their jobs due to foreign trade; in reality, it’s a bribe to garner Democrat support for trade.

Most Democrats voted against TAA in an effort to kill the whole trade package, and most Republicans opposed TAA as useless government spending. That left 86 Republicans who voted yes, either in support of more government spending or out of total commitment to moving President Obama’s top current legislative priority, TPA.

The following Representatives should hear your disapproval. Please call or tweet them this weekend:

Aderholt
Barletta
Barr
Barton
Benishek
Bishop (MI)
Blum
Bost
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Brooks (IN)
Calvert
Coffman
Cole
Comstock
Costello (PA)
Crenshaw
Curbelo (FL)
Davis, Rodney
Dent
Dold
Donovan
Emmer (MN)
Fitzpatrick
Fortenberry
Frelinghuysen
Graves (MO)
Grothman
Guinta
Guthrie
Hanna
Herrera Beutler
Huizenga (MI)
Hurt (VA)
Issa
Johnson (OH)
Jolly
Katko
Kelly (PA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Kline
Luetkemeyer
Marino
McCarthy
McHenry
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
Meehan
Messer
Mica
Miller (MI)
Moolenaar
Murphy (PA)
Nunes
Paulsen
Pitts
Reed
Reichert
Rigell
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rokita
Roskam
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Stefanik
Stivers
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Trott
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walters, Mimi
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Young (IA)

 
The TAA vote failed, but the House moved onto the second part of the package, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA empowers President Obama to make his trade deals with foreign countries and takes away Congress’s ability to amend any agreement. Only 54 Republicans voted NO. Please call and thank them for their brave vote:

Aderholt
Amash
Brat
Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Burgess
Clawson (FL)
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Cook
Donovan
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Farenthold
Fleming
Garrett
Gibson
Gohmert
Gosar
Griffith
Harris
Hunter
Jenkins (WV)
Jolly
Jones
Jordan
Joyce
Katko
Labrador
LoBiondo
Lummis
MacArthur
Massie
McKinley
Meadows
Mooney (WV)
Mulvaney
Nugent
Palmer
Pearce
Perry
Poliquin
Posey
Rohrabacher
Rothfus
Russell
Smith (NJ)
Webster (FL)
Westmoreland
Wittman
Yoho
Young (AK)
Zeldin

 
Please note that while they voted NO on TPA, the following Representatives voted YES on TAA: Aderholt, Donovan, McKinley, Jolly, and Katko.

Although the failure of TAA today delays the process, Speaker Boehner has the power to bring TAA back to the floor next week. The outcome of that vote will determine the fate of this trade package.

Please keep up the pressure! Contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on TAA when it comes back next week. 

Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

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Two Different Views on the Cromnibus Bill

Congressional Republicans who voted for the Cromnibus bill are experiencing a great deal of backlash.  Following are two articles on each side of the issue.  One is an op-ed from Rep. Martha Roby  (AL-2) published in Yellowhammer.  The other is from Gaston Mooney, Executive Editor of Conservative Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patent Legislation That Passed the US House Will Inhibit Innovation

Patent legislation that passed the House will inhibit innovation

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on May 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM, updated May 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

By Eunie Smith

Patent legislation pending in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee can hit close to home.  I am aware of a father with young children who is under treatment for a very rare form of cancer. He is on a drug that retards growth of his tumors.  It was only FDA approved two years ago.  Once that drug’s effectiveness stops, what is next?  Where is the cure?  Cancer research must continue unabated. Legislation that harms the ability of companies to profit from their products inhibits their ability to invest in further research that can lead to more successful treatment.  In this and countless cases, the issue is saved lives!

If Congress weakens Constitutionally-based patent protections, then harm will come not just to research and development in the health care industry but also in manufacturing and technology industries which are prominent in Alabama.  Small businesses, the engine of Alabama’s economy, will no longer have protections that enable their very existence. …

http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/05/patent_legislation_that_passed.html

 

Following is a link to a video from www.savetheinventor.com on what this proposed legislation will mean for Alabama jobs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_Z610LWGk&feature=youtu.be

GOP Group, Eagle Forum of Alabama to Sponsor Candidate Forum

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Press Release                                                                                                For Immediate Release

March 4, 2014                                                                                              Contact: Joan Reynolds

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GOP Group, Eagle Forum of Alabama to Sponsor Candidate Forum

 

BIRMINGHAM – A public forum featuring the Republican candidates for the Sixth District Congressional seat will be held at The Westminster School at Oak Mountain, 5080 Cahaba Valley Trace, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014.

 

The event is sponsored by Eagle Forum of Alabama and the Shelby County Republican Women’s Club.

 

Seven hopefuls are vying for the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by retiring incumbent Spencer Bachus. There is no Democratic candidate contesting the race. The Republican Primary is set for Tuesday, June 3, 2014 with a runoff, if necessary, scheduled for Tuesday, July 15.

 

The forum’s format will allow the candidates to talk about their qualifications and why they would best represent the Sixth Congressional district in Washington. This will be followed by questions from the audience. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The event will last approximately 90 minutes.

 

“We think this will be a great opportunity for voters to see and hear the candidates on the same stage,” said Joan Reynolds, secretary of the Shelby County Republican Women’s Club, and an organizer of the forum. “It is rare for this congressional seat to become open, so Republican voters have an important choice to make in June. We believe this format will allow voters to hear the candidates give unscripted answers to issues that are important to them.”

 

The candidates seeking the nomination are Scott Beason, Will Brooke, Paul DeMarco, Chad Mathis, Gary Palmer, Robert Shattuck and Tom Vigneulle.

 

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Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer Addresses Common Core

Luetkemeyer Addresses Common Core Concerns With Arne Duncan

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has written, and is gathering co-signers in Washington for, a letter expressing serious concerns with the manner in which the US Department of Education has involved itself with Common Core standards.  Read more from Truth In American Education…