Troop Bill at the Tip of the Speier

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Getting the military funded can be a battle in itself! The U.S. House proved that today, as the two parties duked it out on everything from religious liberty to abortion. Fortunately for conservatives, the GOP held the line on our issues and won a handful of critical victories.

In committee, conservative members managed to defeat a push to expand abortion on military bases — an amendment that was championed by California Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D). Speier, who’s enjoyed thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood, thought the military should bring taxpayer-funded abortion to every base in America. Her proposal went down in flames, 25-37.

Probably the most contentious fight was over faith-based protections for military contractors, offered by Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.). Like us, Congressman Russell doesn’t think businesses should be punished or excluded from partnerships with the federal government because of their moral beliefs on issues like marriage and gender.

Today, Congressman Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) offered language that would undermine the religious hiring protections that were included in yesterday’s bill. Despite a great deal of drama on the House floor, Maloney’s effort failed by one vote, 212-213 — with 29 Republicans voting “yea.” Democrats booed, screamed, and even chanted “shame!” — all because the chamber decided to protect the fundamental freedom to believe. Thousands of faith-based organizations and family-owned businesses contract with the federal government to offer amazing services to many U.S. communities. Congress was right to stop the intolerance toward hard-working Americans who don’t think the government should punish them for their views.

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Also, in what will almost certainly punt the issue to a later date, House Republicans refused to put language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that order women to sign up for selective service. The draft debate has been a heated one in both chambers, but at least in the House, conservatives opted instead for a longer study to determine the effects on military readiness first. Thanks to all of the Republican members who stood up and defended — not just our values — but the ones who stand for us every day!

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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