HR 4174 would give the federal government the power to collect more personal data from United States citizens and share it across federal agencies. This would create a de facto national database on all Americans. The bill was pushed through with minimal debate and only one roll call vote throughout the entire process!
During tonight’s speech, President Trump laid out the crisis on our southern border and the steps that need to be taken to end that crisis – the construction of a border wall. Last week the Democrat-controlled House passed bills that ended the shutdown, but did not give the President one penny for the wall. Five Republicans, including Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), voted with the Democrats. It’s time to build the wall!
The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has announced her resignation effective the end of this year. President Trump is considering her replacement from a short list of five – one of which is the open homosexual ambassador to Germany! Also, since President Obama’s first term the US has been a member of the “LGBT Core Group,” a group that pushes for the addition of ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’ in international law.
Pastor Andrew Brunson has ministered in Turkey for 20 years, but two years ago he was put on trial for “Christianization” with the judge trying to link him to terrorist groups that were trying to overthrow the Turkish president. Pastor Brunson spent almost two years in a Turkish prison and months under house arrest. President Trump placed Brunson’s release as one of his priorities and today his efforts produced fruit and Pastor Brunson is on the way back to the United States! President Trump deserves our thanks for his unrelenting efforts on Pastor Brunson’s behalf.
President Trump needs a strong Secretary of State who will support his agenda internationally. The President has nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. As CIA Director, Pompeo has recently met with leadership in North Korea and made progress in ending their nuclear program. However, he has not yet been confirmed as Secretary of State and there has been stiff opposition from Democrats because of his conservative views. Ask Senators Casey and Toomey to vote to confirm Mike Pompeo.
President Trump’s efforts to ban transgenders from enlisting in the military have been thwarted by activists judges. The most recent ruling requires implementation of the Obama transgender military plan to be implemented on January 1, 2018. Is the DOD doing enough to stop this? Why did General Mattis put an Obama holdover in charge of the “panel of experts” who will be advising President Trump on the transgenders in the military policy?
On Friday President Trump made some comments that did not set well with NFL players. He called out those players who refuse to stand for the National Motto before games. His choice of words were not appropriate, but he got the NFL’s attention. During Sunday’s Steelers vs. Bears game, only one Steelers’ player came to the field to stand for the National Anthem. Is he now being pressured to explain his actions away?
In an early morning Tweet President Trump announced no transgenders would be allowed to serve in the US military. He noted the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders would impose on the military. The military must be focused on victory and not be distracted by allowing transgenders to serve in any capacity.
The US National Institute of Health Director, Dr. Francis Collins, is supportive of embryonic cloning and embryonic stem cell research. He has been in that position since 2009 and does not reflect the pro-life direction President Donald Trump is leading the country. He should be replaced with someone who respects life from the moment of conception.
Late yesterday President Trumps’s Department of Education and Department of Justice sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to every school district in the nation rescinding the outrageous Obama “Dear Colleague” letter that reinterpreted Title IX and was designed to force school districts to open their bathrooms, locker and shower facilities to whomever.