EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Chip Roy Introduces Amendment To Protect Religious Objectors To Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Republicans in the House of Representatives are trying another path to protect religious liberty from assault by introducing an amendment to the deceptively named Respect For Marriage Act (RFMA) that would add legal protections for those who believe in traditional marriage.

The amendment, introduced by Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, mirrors word for word the protections that Republican Sen. Mike Lee tried to add to the Senate’s version of the bill.

The current RFMA reaches beyond the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision to make a private right of action for anyone who wants to sue Americans opposed to same-sex marriage. It also allows the Department of Justice, which faces severe scrutiny for politicization under Attorney General Merrick Garland, to go after religious Americans for their beliefs about marriage.

If Roy’s amendment passes the House, it will explicitly prohibit the federal government from taking “any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person speaks, or acts, in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief, or moral conviction” that marriage is between one man and woman. The amendment also would give Americans’ who are targeted by the government for their beliefs about marriage a right to sue.

While Lee’s amendment failed to meet the 60-vote threshold his colleagues set, the amendment from Roy and his Republican cosponsors Reps. Byron Donalds and Doug Lamborn will serve as a litmus test for conservative legislators who say they prioritize Americans’ First Amendment rights.

“The United States Senate failed to protect Americans of faith when they voted down my friend Senator Lee’s common-sense amendment to protect religious liberty. Unless amended, the so-called Respect for Marriage Act will fundamentally alter the relationship between faithful Americans and the federal government,” Roy told The Federalist. “Luckily, we have one last chance to amend this legislation when it comes back to the House; that’s why I am introducing Senator Lee’s amendment to the House Rules committee. This amendment should be a no-brainer for every single House Republican, and every American should know whether their representative believes they should be punished for a religious belief.”

Despite the RFMA’s flaws, 47 Republican representatives voted to pass the legislation when it made its way through the House in July.

When the bill arrived in the Senate, Roy, along with legal scholar Ryan T. Anderson, penned an opinion editorial warning Republican senators that the RFMA’s “lip service to religious liberty and conscience rights” does nothing to stop vindictive leftists from “dragging good people through the court system and a public tarring and feathering in the media for those simply living their lives in fidelity to God.”

Those “good people” include wedding vendorsadoption agenciesbakeries, and any other business run by people of faith who refuse to offer services condoning same-sex marriage based on religious convictions.

Together, Roy and Anderson urged at least three of the 12 Republicans who voted to advance the bill to reconsider supporting it in its final passage. But to no avail.

Despite problems raised by Republican voters, legal organizations, churches, and religious liberty groups, the RFMA passed the upper chamber with the support of those same 12 GOP senators.

Shortly after that vote, Roy took to Twitter to urge his House GOP colleagues to vote no “on a bill that demonstrably exposes Americans to persecution for closely held religious beliefs, in addition to attacking marriage.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who will likely assume the position of House speaker in January, already signaled his belief that this legislation should not be passed as is.

McCarthy told reporters early on Tuesday that he agrees with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) which says that the RFMA would “betray our country’s commitment to the fundamental right of religious liberty.”

“Catholic Bishops say religious protections in the Respect For Marriage Act are insufficient and far from comprehensive and treat religious liberty as a second-class right. As you know, that’s currently in the Senate. Do you agree with that assessment by the Catholic Bishops?” one reporter asked.

“I agree with them, yes,” McCarthy confirmed.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.


GOP Rep. Roy: Hearings, Impeaching Mayorkas Won’t Matter Unless Congress Uses Funding as Leverage

GOP Rep. Roy: Hearings, Impeaching Mayorkas Won’t Matter Unless Congress Uses Funding as Leverage

On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said that unless Congress starts using the power of the purse and says “we’re not going to give blank checks to this government” unless they “turn away and detain, as the current law requires” then the border won’t be fixed, regardless of how many hearings there are or whether DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is impeached.

Roy stated, [relevant remarks begin around 1:30] “You’ve got to use the power of the purse. That’s what you have to use. Look, the fact of the matter is, the founders gave us that for a reason to check an out-of-control executive branch. So, we need to say that we’re not going to give blank checks to this government unless we actually say that we’re going to turn away and detain, as the current law requires. But unless our leadership demands that, we won’t get any change. You can have all the hearings you want, you can impeach Mayorkas. But if you don’t use the power of the purse to tell this administration you will follow the law, you will turn away, you will detain, you will stop releasing, you will stop endangering the American people, you will stop flooding our country with fentanyl, you will stop allowing migrants to die like 53 in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, you will stop having our ranchers getting overrun and fences getting cut, you will stop empowering cartels, you’ll stop empowering China. We should go on offense and use the power of the purse to demand it. No more empty words. We don’t need more show hearings.”

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett


22 Lawmakers Demand Merrick Garland Explain Alleged FBI SWAT Raid on Catholic Pro-Life Activist Mark Houck

As many as 22 lawmakers have called upon Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide an explanation as to why the FBI allegedly sent 25-30 fully-armed agents to arrest Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck as his “screaming” children watched in horror.

Released Tuesday, the open letter  spearheaded by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said that the FBI should have an “extraordinary reason” for arresting Houck the way they allegedly did. The letter said:

There is much to learn about the extent of the FBI’s operations in this case, apparently since state-level charges were apparently dismissed by local authorities in Philadelphia. Surely, the FBI must have an extraordinary reason for showing up at the home of an American family, allegedly with roughly 25 heavily armed federal agents, and arresting a father in front of his seven children.

“At the moment, it appears to be an extraordinary overreach for political ends,” the letter added.

The letter demanded that Merrick Garland respond by September 30.

Republican Congressman Chip Roy of Texas told Fox News that the raid against Houck is further indicative of how politicized the FBI and the Department of Justice have become under President Joe Biden.

Mark Houck, the founder and president of The King’s Men — a group dedicated to helping men become better husbands, fathers, and leaders — was arrested at his rural Pennsylvania home last Friday for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act during his regular sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion clinic in 2021. Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, said that around 25 to 30 fully armored FBI agents stormed their property early Friday morning, aiming their rifles as the children screamed in horror.

The FBI denied sending a SWAT team to Houck’s residence while not denying that 25 to 30 fully-armed FBI agents were on site to apprehend Houck that morning. The FBI said:

There are inaccurate claims being made regarding the arrest of Mark Houck. No SWAT Team or SWAT operators were involved. FBI agents knocked on Mr. Houck’s front door, identified themselves as FBI agents and asked him to exit the residence. He did so and was taken into custody without incident pursuant to an indictment.

The FACE Act violation allegedly stems from an incident in which Houck shoved a 72-year-old abortion activist escorting women into a Planned Parenthood clinic. Houck’s family maintains that the man had been harassing his 12-year-old son.

Though media reports that the escort required “medical attention” after Houck shoved him, Brian Middleton, a spokesman for the Houck family, told Catholic News Agency (CNA) that the escort needed little more than a band-aid and sustained no serious injury. The spokesman also said that the Houck family is now seeking to obtain video evidence of the incident. Both Philadelphia police and the district attorney declined to file charges against Houck, and though the escort filed a private criminal complaint in Philadelphia municipal court, the case was allegedly dismissed in July.

According to attorney Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel, Houck agreed to turn himself over to authorities voluntarily three months ago.

“Rather than accepting Mark Houck’s offer to appear voluntarily, the Biden Department of Justice chose to make an unnecessary show of potentially deadly force, sending twenty heavily armed federal agents to the Houck residence at dawn this past Friday,” Breen told Breitbart News. “In threatening form, after nearly breaking down the family’s front door, at least five agents pointed guns at Mark’s head and arrested him in front of his wife and seven young children, who were terrified that their husband and father would be shot dead before their eyes.”

“This case is being brought solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans,” he added. “Mark Houck is innocent of these lawless charges, and we intend to prove that in court.”

The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to intimidate, injure, or interfere with anyone attempting to provide abortion access. U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said:

Assault is always a serious offense, and under the FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime. Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.

“Put simply, violence is never the answer,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Violating the FACE Act by committing a physical assault is a serious crime for which the FBI will work to hold offenders accountable.”

Houck’s attorney, Peter Breen, also told Breitbart News that the Thomas More Society notified the Biden DOJ that the “FACE Act does not cover one-on-one altercations.”

Houck could face up to 11 years in prison and fines up to $350,000 if found guilty.


158 House Members Proxy Voted for $700 Billion ‘Inflation Reduction’ Act

158 House Members Proxy Voted for $700 Billion ‘Inflation Reduction’ Act

The House of Representatives on Friday voted to pass the $700 billion “Inflation Reduction” Act, which would not reduce inflation, and 158 of the lawmakers voted by proxy.

The 158 lawmakers decided to vote by proxy at a time when there has been controversy surrounding the capability, as the Senate still required its members to vote in person.

House members have been allowed to vote by proxy, which means that one member of the House can cast a vote on behalf of an absent member. This type of voting started in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

But, instead of the proxy voting capability in the House ending as the coronavirus pandemic has improved around the country, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has extended it multiple times, citing the “public health emergency.”

As the Clerk of the House’s website has stated:

Pursuant to House Resolution 8 and the covered period designated by the Speaker on Monday, January 4, 2021, the Office of the Clerk is verifying and making available certain letters designating, changing, and revoking the authority for remote voting by proxy. Members designated as proxies may only cast votes on behalf of other Members once they have received separate exact instruction with respect to each vote.

Breitbart News reported on Friday before the final votes that the Clerk of the House had 190 members’ proxy letters submitted at the time, while the night before there were 175 letters submitted. These numbers  changed throughout the night and day as members filed new proxy letters or filed to terminate their previous ones.

This is partially due to members previously having an active proxy voting letter when it was actually needed but left active in case the members wanted to skip out of town.

Additionally, a member having an active proxy letter does not mean they will not vote in person. However, the bulk of the letters were filed with the Clerk in the past couple of weeks, as members have recently started their vacations.

For instance, on Friday, CNN reported that Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R) was in the Capitol with House Republican Intel Committee members for a news conference at 9:30 am. By noon, he was at Dulles airport,allowing someone else to cast his vote, as he had an active proxy voting letter.

The 158 members who voted by proxy per the Clerk’s website were:

  1. Amodei
  2. Axne
  3. Babin
  4. Bacon
  5. Baird
  6. Barr
  7. Barragán
  8. Bass
  9. Bentz
  10. Bera
  11. Bonamici
  12. Bost
  13. Brooks
  14. Brownley
  15. Buchanan
  16. Bucshon
  17. Budd
  18. Bush
  19. Calvert
  20. Cardenas
  21. Carter (TX)
  22. Cawthorn
  23. Cherfilus-McCormick
  24. Cicilline
  25. Cohen
  26. Comer
  27. Connolly
  28. Conway
  29. Cooper
  30. Crawford
  31. Crist
  32. Curtis
  33. DeFazio
  34. DeGette
  35. DeLauro
  36. DeSaulnier
  37. DesJarlais
  38. Deutch
  39. Diaz-Balart
  40. Doggett
  41. Doyle, Michael F.
  42. Duncan
  43. Dunn
  44. Escobar
  45. Fallon
  46. Flores
  47. Frankel, Lois
  48. Gaetz
  49. Garbarino
  50. Gibbs
  51. Gomez
  52. Gonzales, Tony
  53. Good
  54. Gooden
  55. Gosar
  56. Gottheimer
  57. Granger
  58. Graves
  59. Green (TN)
  60. Harder (CA)
  61. Harris
  62. Hartzler
  63. Herrell
  64. Herrera Beutler
  65. Huffman
  66. Jackson
  67. Jacobs (NY)
  68. Johnson (GA)
  69. Johnson (SD)
  70. Johnson (TX)
  71. Joyce (PA)
  72. Kahele
  73. Keating
  74. Kelly (IL)
  75. Kilmer
  76. Kim (CA)
  77. Kinzinger
  78. Kirkpatrick
  79. Krishnamoorthi
  80. LaHood
  81. LaMalfa
  82. Lamborn
  83. Langevin
  84. Lawrence
  85. Lawson (FL)
  86. Leger Fernandez
  87. Lesko
  88. Letlow
  89. Levin (MI)
  90. Lieu
  91. Lucas
  92. Luetkemeyer
  93. Mace
  94. Manning
  95. Matsui
  96. McBath
  97. McEachin
  98. McHenry
  99. McNerney
  100. Meijer
  101. Meng
  102. Meuser
  103. Miller (WV)
  104. Miller-Meeks
  105. Moore (UT)
  106. Moore (WI)
  107. Moulton
  108. Napolitano
  109. Nehls
  110. Norman
  111. Ocasio-Cortez
  112. Omar
  113. Owens
  114. Palazzo
  115. Panetta
  116. Payne
  117. Phillips
  118. Pingree
  119. Porter
  120. Pressley
  121. Price (NC)
  122. Rice (SC)
  123. Rodgers (WA)
  124. Rogers (KY)
  125. Roybal-Allard
  126. Rush
  127. Sánchez
  128. Sarbanes
  129. Schakowsky
  130. Sherman
  131. Sires
  132. Smith (NJ)
  133. Smith (WA)
  134. Steel
  135. Steube
  136. Suozzi
  137. Swalwell
  138. Taylor
  139. Thompson (PA)
  140. Thompson (CA)
  141. Timmons
  142. Titus
  143. Tlaib
  144. Tonko
  145. Torres (NY)
  146. Trahan
  147. Trone
  148. Van Drew
  149. Van Duyne
  150. Vargas
  151. Wagner
  152. Walberg
  153. Waltz
  154. Watson Coleman
  155. Welch
  156. Wenstrup
  157. Wilson (FL)
  158. Wilson (SC)

Breitbart News reported on Thursday that the Republican leadership was whipping votes to ensure no Republicans vote for the bill. Breitbart News added on Friday:

Since the legislation uses budgetary reconciliation, Republicans cannot stop Democrats from passing the bill; however, one senior House Republican staffer explained that they plan on making Democrats “own” the bill, which includes highlighting the deleterious effects of the bill.

The legislation would:

  • Allow Medicare to negotiate the price of drugs
  • Extend enhanced Obamacare subsidies for three years, which would cost $64 billion
  • Reduce the deficit by $300 billion
  • Increase taxes while America just entered a recession
  • Boost funding for the IRS by $80 billion, which would make the agency larger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined
  • Create hundreds of billions of dollars in green energy slush funds for the federal government to dole out
  • The bill contains budget gimmicks and fake offsets that mask the true cost of the bill

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — who has said numerous times that he would get rid of proxy voting if the Republicans take back the House in January — also stated in March that the term “proxy voting” would better be termed “convenience” voting, since members of both parties have used it like that, other than a precaution for the health crisis, which is what they claim.

In fact, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), using the $700 billion “Inflation Reduction” Act as an example on Thursday, told Breitbart News that it is “absurd” that “lazy” Democrats and Republicans are going to use the “bullshit” proxy voting rule on the “garbage” Inflation Reduction Act — which does not help inflation — instead of following the Constitution and showing up to vote in person.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jbliss@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


Blockbuster J6 Committee Expose: Mike Lee And Chip Roy Love The Constitution

Blockbuster J6 Committee Expose: Mike Lee And Chip Roy Love The Constitution

If the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 wanted to be taken seriously beyond its base followers of J6 hoaxers, perhaps it should break some major news. Investigating why Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to deploy the National Guard six times would be a good start.

Instead, the partisan probe has routinely sought to selectively leak the private messages of public and private individuals in an effort to frame political dissidents as complicit in a “violent insurrection.” Friday was the committee’s latest example of this, sending texts between a former White House chief of staff and a pair of Republican lawmakers to its go-to outlet, CNN.

In a “CNN Exclusive,” a team of four reporters published the most recent revelations from the Jan. 6 Committee to apparently implicate Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Rep. Chip Roy as guilty of fomenting the Capitol unrest.

“‘We need ammo. We need fraud examples. We need it this weekend,’” the story headlined. “What the Meadows texts reveal about how two Trump congressional allies lobbied the White House to overturn the election.” The raw text messages can be found here.

The J6 narrative charged Lee and Roy with promoting election conspiracies to assist the White House in overturning an election with apparently no problems, aside from the record-level turnout from less-reliable mail-in voting under last-minute rule changes with election offices privatized by left-wing actors. What they truly found, however, were lawmakers who worked to ensure the constitutional legitimacy of an extremely close election.

To start, CNN acknowledged both lawmakers “supported legal challenges to the election but ultimately came to sour on the effort and the tactics deployed by Trump and his team.” Both voted to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory (even if they hadn’t, objections are not illegal, and in fact have been popular among Democrats in 2001, 2005, and 2017).

The authors started the next paragraph with, “‘We’re driving a stake in the heart of the federal republic,’ Roy texted Meadows on January 1” — a comment completely ripped out of context to inflame readers obsessed with every development from the committee as a blockbuster scandal.

Roy Communications Director Nate Madden responded to the line by posting a screenshot of the raw message from CNN’s own page that included a qualifier.

“Use the whole quote, Einstein,” Madden wrote, wherein the full text read, “If POTUS allows this to occur… we’re driving a stake in the heard of the federal republic,” five days before Jan. 6. That’s quite the opposite of encouraging Trump to follow through with contesting an election outcome.

“The messages speak for themselves,” Madden told The Federalist. “But as the old saying goes, torture the data and it will tell you anything you want.”

Lee also stands accused by CNN’s Amanda Carpenter of lying about his knowledge of a scheme plotted by attorney John Eastman to pursue alternate electors. As outlined by the Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll in a Twitter thread linked below, however, the erroneous accusation results from a manipulation of the messages presented by CNN and the Salt Lake Tribune reporting on them.

According to reporting by Robert Costa and Bob Woodward linked in the Tribune story and shared by Carpenter, Lee’s knowledge of a campaign of alternate electors only extended to “a social media campaign – an amateur push with no legal standing,” not a real plot by Eastman.

What the text messages published by CNN reveal are nothing more than a pair of top Republican lawmakers fighting to exhaust all legal and constitutional challenges to ensure the integrity of an election outcome decided by fewer than 45,000 votes across three tipping-point states amid election system chaos. Such treason.

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.


Congressional Republicans: Defund Biden Vaccine Mandates Or We Won’t Vote To Stop A Government Shutdown

Congressional Republicans: Defund Biden Vaccine Mandates Or We Won’t Vote To Stop A Government Shutdown

A pair of letters from Republican lawmakers in each chamber was sent to congressional leadership Friday pledging to oppose government funding legislation without a motion to defund President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.

While the president’s vaccine mandate for large private employers was struck down by the Supreme Court in January, mandates remain in place for medical workers, military personnel, and federal staff.

“While some will say the escalating situation in Ukraine justifies ignoring the tyranny of vaccine mandates to ensure funding of defense, the fact is Americans – including our troops – continue to suffer,” wrote 39 House Republicans led by Texas Rep. Chip Roy to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “It is particularly troubling for the President to ask thousands of these troops to amass in Eastern Europe while simultaneously finger-wagging at them to get a politicized vaccine or be fired.”

In December, the Marine Corps announced more than 200 members in its ranks were discharged for their refusal to comply with the administration’s medical coercion.

Lawmakers said they would oppose moves to fast-track a government funding bill to meet the March 11 deadline without a vote to defund the vaccine mandates.

In the Senate, members of the upper chamber led by Utah Sen. Mike Lee called into question the effectiveness of Biden’s vaccine requirement in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 while the administration ignores immunity from prior infection.

“These COVID-19 vaccine mandates amount to a serious abuse of both federal power and executive authority. They also further strain the economic and social pressures our society currently faces, while completely ignoring existing evidence-based data on natural immunity from previous COVID-19 infection,” senators wrote. “Further, evidence-based research has conclusively shown that vaccination does not stop the spread of COVID-19.”

In December, Drs. Harvey Risch, Robert Malone, and Byram Bridle, three leading experts in epidemiology and immunology, outlined why “Forcing People Into COVID Vaccines Ignores Important Scientific Information” for The Federalist.

“Rapidly waning vaccine efficacy and COVID-19 surges in countries and regions with high vaccination rates — including Israel, the United KingdomSingapore, and now Europe, as well as high-vaccination U.S. states like Vermont — are evidence that vaccinated individuals can spread COVID-19 at rates comparable to the unvaccinated,” the trio of scientists explained. “Multiple studies have shown that viral load in vaccinated individuals with COVID-19 is the same as in the unvaccinated.”

The Biden administration, however, has kept its mandates in place.

“At the very least,” senators promised, “we will require a roll call vote on an amendment that defunds the enforcement of these vaccine mandates for the spending period covered by the government funding measure.”

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.


The Few Republicans Who Stopped Congress From Drafting The Nation’s Wives, Sisters, And Daughters Deserve Our Praise

The Few Republicans Who Stopped Congress From Drafting The Nation’s Wives, Sisters, And Daughters Deserve Our Praise

There were only a handful of Republicans who were willing to stare down a Democrat-controlled Congress and their GOP colleagues until they abandoned the measure in the National Defense Authorization Act requiring women to be part of the national draft. Those few who did stand up for the nation’s wives, sisters, and daughters, however, deserve our praise.

Earlier this year, five Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee voted to move the Democrat-proposed amendment forward into the NDAA, including warmonger Rep. Liz Cheney, who previously voted against drafting women. The same scenario occurred in the Senate. While a handful of GOP members such as Sens. Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton stood firm and opposed the measure on the grounds that no one should sign up to “draft our daughters,” other so-called culture war conservatives such as Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Tommy Tuberville voted with Republican Sens. Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Kevin Cramer, and Rick Scott to draft women.

The GOP legislators who fought the measure, some of them fathers of daughters, cited multiple reasons for their opposition, but it was mostly on moral grounds.

“American women have heroically served in and alongside our fighting forces since our nation’s founding. It’s one thing to allow American women to choose this service, but it’s quite another to force it upon our daughters, sisters, and wives,” Hawley wrote on Twitter in July.

There were other problems with the measure. It was a broad “blank check” for the Pentagon to use to do its bidding, it ignored the biological and military effectiveness differences between men and women, and it proudly ushered in a new era of the far left’s “gender-neutral” language. To the senators who opposed it, the provision was a slap in the face to the public, which increasingly has problems with drafting women.

“Most Americans say if a woman wants to serve that’s wonderful — and by the way, women have been absolutely central to our war efforts since we have been a country, in many different ways including, of course, fighting. But the idea that they be forced into compulsory service, I just think it’s crazy,” Hawley told Fox News in November.

Republicans such as Hawley faced backlash from other members and neoconservatives who scowled at them for threatening to delay future war monies and said they would be stifling equality and “denying the country the capability of women,” but the holdouts didn’t back down.

This week, however, the persistence of people such as Hawley and Rep. Chip Roy, who threatened to throw the voting on NDAA into disarray if the provision wasn’t addressed, forced congressional leaders on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to leave out the measure requiring women to register for the Selective Service.

“Rep. Roy is pleased to see reports that the House and Senate leadership finally did the right thing and removed the absurd requirement for women to register for the draft,” a spokesman for Roy’s office told The Federalist this week. “We look forward to reviewing the final bill text, and — given the nature of this town — hope that these reports will actually come to fruition in it. Until then, the Congressman will not stop fighting to ensure that this country does not draft our daughters. Full stop.”

By standing up to not only the Democrats but also their own party and the Twitter mob, these brave members of Congress left young women the choice to join the military without the pressure of being a pawn used to usher more “equity” into an increasingly social justice-driven bureaucracy. They deserve our gratitude for refusing to cave.


House Republicans Threaten Action if DHS Hides Data on COVID-Positive Illegal Aliens Freed into U.S.

House Republicans Threaten Action if DHS Hides Data on COVID-Positive Illegal Aliens Freed into U.S.

A group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), say they are ready to take legislative action against President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) if the agency hides data on the number of coronavirus-positive illegal aliens released into the United States.

In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the House Republicans call his leadership a “lackluster performance” and credit Biden’s “weak border policies” for “appalling” illegal immigration totals – nearly 200,000 border crossers were encountered by federal immigration officials in June.

“The June numbers put the United States at over 1 million encounters in just the first 7 months of this fiscal year,” they write:

With continued complicity from the Biden Administration, the United States is once again slated to see another massive increase in southern border encounters. For the month of July – reporting indicates another approximate 210,000 illegal migrant encounters – this will be the highest monthly total in the history of DHS.

The House Republicans then blast Mayorkas for what they say has been a “dangerously irresponsible” lack of transparency from DHS about the number of border crossers and illegal aliens testing positive for coronavirus being released into the U.S. interior.

By September 6, the House Republicans are requesting a slew of information on illegal immigration totals. Otherwise, they say they will take legislative action by introducing a resolution of inquiry that will require DHS to respond to their questions.

“The American people and migrants seeking to come here deserve better than the chaos of a wide-open border,” they write. “Without such a foundational mechanism as enforcement of the rule of law, you cannot begin to uphold the words of DHS’s mission.”

Specifically, the House Republicans want a breakdown on the number of border crossers who have illegally entered the U.S. since January 20 who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and were released from DHS custody into the U.S. interior while still coronavirus-positive, and a total of how many have recieved a coronavirus vaccine after crossing the border.

The House Republicans also want to know the final destinations where border crossers ended up after their release from DHS custody, broken down by state and county, as well as the number of border crossers apprehended since January 20 who are connected to international gangs, terrorist groups, or drug cartels.

In detail, the House Republicans additionally want the cost of housing, utilities, food, education, healthcare, coronavirus testing, coronavirus vaccines, and transportation provided to border crossers at the expense of American taxpayers.

The House Republicans who signed the letter include:

  • Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX)
  • Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)
  • Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX)
  • Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX)
  • Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)
  • Rep. W. Gregory Steube (R-FL)
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
  • Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH)
  • Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI)
  • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
  • Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
  • Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT)
  • Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC)
  • Rep. Dan Bishop (R-SC)
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)
  • Rep. Bob Good (R-VA)
  • Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL)
  • Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)
  • Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA)

The full letter can be read here:

Inquiry to Mayorkas by John Binder

Last week, DHS officials admitted in a court brief that coronavirus-positive border crossers arriving at the southern border have “increased significantly” in recent months and caused “extremely worrisome” conditions at detention facilities that are far beyond capacity limits.

“This risk has recently increased due to the recent spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant,” a DHS official wrote. “The rates at which encountered noncitizens are testing positive for COVID-19 have increased significantly in recent weeks.”

City officials in McAllen, Texas, revealed that the Biden administration has released more than 7,000 coronavirus-positive border crossers into their communities since February. In the last seven days, alone, the Biden administration released more than 1,500 coronavirus-positive border crossers into McAllen.

According to White House sources who spoke to the Washington PostBiden is weighing a plan that would give border crossers the Johnson & Johnson vaccine before their release into the U.S. interior.

The latest data reveals that the Biden administration has released about 173,000 border crossers into the U.S. interior since he took office in late January. In addition, just in the month of July, nearly 15,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) were released to sponsors across the U.S. Another 16,000 UACs remain in federal custody until they are released to sponsors.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here. 



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