February 26, 2021
Last night, Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat Caucus in the U.S. Congress voted to pass the so-called “Equality Act,” the most blatant attempt to undermine religious liberty, free speech, and the right to dissent in American history. The final vote was along party lines, with the exception of three liberal Republicans from New York and Pennsylvania who were convinced that God’s design for humanity was not worthy of protection.
Here’s how Louisiana’s Congressional delegation voted:
1st District: Steve Scalise – NO
2nd District: Vacant
3rd District: Clay Higgins – NO
4th District: Mike Johnson – NO
5th District: Vacant
6th District: Garret Graves – NO
The House action is disappointing, but not unexpected. Pelosi has attempted, for years, to appease LGBT+ radicals with legislation that would punish Americans who favor natural marriage, the nuclear family, or oppose transgender surgeries and hormone infusions for adults and children.
So, what’s next?
The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate, where more intense opposition is expected. With the chamber split 50-50, passage is anything but guaranteed. Louisiana’s two U.S. Senators, John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, have not supported this effort in the past and we have no reason to believe they will this time. But we encourage you to contact both and let them know that you oppose the so-called Equality Act.
Senator Kennedy’s Office: (202) 224-4623
Senator Cassidy’s Office: (202) 224-5824
If the Equality Act happens to pass the U.S. Senate, it will be taken to federal court, as a direct assault on the U.S. Constitution. LFF will continue to support any actions that protect American families, and the rights guaranteed to them in the U.S. Constitution.
Friends, I cannot overstate the seriousness of this legislation and what it means for Louisiana and America. This horrible piece of legislation would fundamentally change what Americans are allowed to do and say. It is as much a threat to your free speech as it is an assault on God’s design for humanity. It must be defeated.
As you head into the weekend, here are a couple other stories I want you to be aware of:
President Biden’s HHS nominee, Xavier Becerra, declined to name a single abortion restriction that he would support at his Wednesday hearing. “Is there just one, just one restriction as it relates to abortion that you might support?” asked Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT). Becerra’s silence as to his priorities is deafening.
Another Biden nominee, Dr. Levine, evaded answering questions from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a physician, regarding support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries. Levine, who is transgendered, dodged all of Paul’s questions on whether or not minors should be allowed to try and change their gender.
Senator John Kennedy is warning Americans that the Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package is a “neo-socialist wish list.” What is supposed to be a bill to help Americans is inflated with money for transit projects, illegal immigrants, and things that have nothing to do with recovering from the virus. He stated that he is in full support for spending additional to combat the coronavirus, but this bill just isn’t it.
Governor Edwards says he plans to push legislation to increase the minimum wage during the upcoming legislative session. We’ll watch this carefully as Louisiana’s business owners and families claw their way out of COVID shutdowns.
We are closely monitoring a number of very concerning situations in Washington, D.C. and will keep you updated as things progress. In the meantime, please join the 60-Second Brigade to get critical updates and, if you feel led, please click here to make an investment in our culture-preserving work.
In His Service,