September 2017 

In This Issue
CNP Action, Inc. presents the September edition of Heard Around the Hill. This monthly publication provides updates and news about what is happening on Capitol Hill, plus events and projects sponsored by Conservative groups around the country. Here is what this month's edition includes:        
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  gridlockGridlock Reform Is Essential 

Ken Blackwell
CNP Action, Inc. Board Member and CNP Member Ken Blackwell wrote an article for Townhall entitled The Time Has Come For Gridlock Reform . In it, he writes "When the Senate confirmed Judge David Nye to a federal district judgeship in Idaho, he became an acute illustration of what's wrong in Washington right now. Judge Nye was originally appointed by President Obama for the judgeship and enjoyed wide support from Senate Democrats, but when President Trump - in a good will gesture toward bipartisanship - re-nominated him those same Democrats delayed his confirmation for the maximum amount of time under senate rules. Now, why would they do that? Senate Democrats have now become the doctors of Gridlock." To read Ken's entire article, click here.

Mike Thompson
Speaking of gridlock, the above infographic from CRC Public Relations puts the obstruction by Senate Democrats on judicial nominations in perspective. CNPAI Secretary and Treasurer and CNP Member Mike Thompson is the Senior Vice President of CRC Public Relations.

    listList of Bills That President Trump
Has Signed Into Law
President Trump
While many major legislative items remain in process, President Trump has signed into law 56 bills since he took office. To see the full list of bills, click here. The first bill he signed was S.84 on January 20. It provided an exception to the limitation against the appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces, allowing the appointment of General James Mattis to the post. Yesterday, September 12, President Trump signed H.R.3732, which provides emergency aid to American survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Jose.
   secretMedia Matters' Secret Plan
to Destroy Conservatives
On August 22, The Stream published LEAKED: Media Matters' Secret Plan to Destroy Conservatives. It begins, "Now we know: Earlier this year, the left-wing activist group Media Matters began an all-out effort to destroy conservatives. The founder laid out the details in the 49-page Democracy Matters: Plan for Strategic Action. He didn't expect it to be leaked to the public. In a document labeled 'Private and Confidential,' Media Matters founder David Brock explains how the group intends to take down some of the most well-known leaders on the right and squelch conservative speech and policies. Left-wing billionaire George Soros is one of the financial backers." To read the entire article, click here.
introducingIntroducing the Arizona
Legislative Prayer Caucus

Lea Carawan
In the wake of increasing violence, division and natural disasters, it is heartening to bring good news. Arizona has joined the growing bi-partisan network of more than 850 federal and state elected leaders, in over 30 states, who believe prayer is one of America's greatest needs. The newly formed Arizona Legislative Prayer Caucus will be led by Senator Nancy Barto and Representative Mark Finchem. Is your state involved? To learn more about the American Prayer Caucus Network, click here.

CNP Member Lea Carawan is the Executive Director of  the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.
    houseHouse GOP Launches
New Tax Reform Landing Page

Right now is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to move forward with bold, pro-growth tax reform to cut taxes, create jobs, grow wages and vault America back in the lead. The House GOP has launched for the public to learn more about their principles for tax reform. The page explains that one of their goals is to make the tax code simpler by throwing out special-interest loopholes and consolidating deductions. They propose that their plan will make filing taxes so easy that the American people will only have to submit a postcard like the one pictured above. For more information, please visit
  ppSigning Opportunity: SBA List's
Defund Planned Parenthood Open Letter
It is long past time to defund Planned Parenthood. The Republican-led pro-life Congress took office over eight months ago, and they still have not followed through on their promise to defund Planned Parenthood. Now is the time to apply heavy pressure on Congress to get
Marjorie Dannenfelser
the job done. The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) invites you to take action now by adding your name to this open letter to Congress urging them to defund Planned Parenthood in the next reconciliation bill.  
CNP Gold Circle Member Marjorie Dannenfelser is the President of the SBA List.
inputInput Needed: Retreat Program for the CPI
Jim DeMint
The Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) provides conservative leaders and staff on Capitol Hill with tools, tactics, resources and strategies to advance conservative policies in Congress. One of the ways CPI will do this is by hosting annual planning retreats. CPI will host their first retreat next month, and they need your input as they develop the program. CPI encourages you to take a minute to complete this four question survey.

CNP Executive Committee Member Jim DeMint is the Chairman of CPI.
    nfraNFRA Endorses Judge Roy Moore

Judge Roy Moore
According to an August 28 press release by the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), the NFRA endorses CNP Member Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Willes Lee
CNP Member and NFRA President Willes Lee stated "Judge Moore is the candidate Alabama and the United States needs in Washington, DC. Conservative in his own right, Judge Moore holds all liberals - Republicans as well as Democrats - to does the NFRA. He is determined to drain the DC swamp and to make America great again."
   frcSigning Opportunity:
FRC No Religious Test for
Government Service Petition
During a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor nominated by President Trump to a federal judgeship, several U.S. senators, including Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN), used Barrett's faith to cast suspicion on her suitability as a judge. Sadly, this is not new ground for some in the Senate. This comes on the heels of another instance earlier this year of religious hostility by a senator towardPresident Trump's nominee to be Deputy Director ofthe White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought. When Vought answereda question about his Christian faith, SenatorBernie Sanders (I-VT) declared Mr.Vought is "really not someone who this country is supposed to be about."OurConstitution guarantees there will be no religious litmus test. Americans should never be forced to choose between their faith and public service. The Family Research Council (FRC) encourages you to sign their petition urging senators to pledge not to oppose nominees on the basis of their religious views.   
Tony Perkins
Jerry Boykin
CNP Action, Inc. Board Member and CNP President Tony Perkins is the President and CNP Member Jerry Boykin is the Executive Vice President of FRC.  
    genderTransgender Pronouns...for the Classroom?
Mat Staver
CNP Member and Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver issued a press release about a recent memo from the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to public schools and teachers stating that if they refuse to refer to transgender students by their preferred pronoun, then it could mean big trouble. GOPUSA wrote an article on this topic and expressed that conservatives have lost their confidence in Secretary DeVos "as a champion for conservative and biblical ideals."
 nomSigning Opportunity: NOM
Religious Liberty Rights Protection Petition

All across America, people of faith have been targeted by the government for adverse action because of their traditional beliefs about marriage. Bakers, florists, photographers, inn keepers, small businesses, charities, schools, pastors and churches, among many others, have been targeted for persecution. People have been sued, fined and even jailed. They have been forced to give up their ministries, been threatened with closure and loss of federal accreditation, and had their reputations ruined simply because they believe in the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Brian Brown
Not only do these attacks violate the religious liberty rights of people of faith, they are unconstitutional, wrong and unfair. This persecution must end. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) asks you to sign their petition demanding that President Trump and Congress get off the dime, quit talking and start acting.

CNP Member Brian Brown is the President and Former Executive Director of NOM.
The next Heard Around the Hill will be issued on Wednesday, October 11. If you would like to submit information to be included in this publication, please send your submission to Sherri Francescon before 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, October 5. 

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Sherri D. Francescon
Managing Director, CNP Action, Inc.