What can you do:
- Urge your Members to co-sponsor legislation supported by Eagle Forum.
- Call, e-mail, or write a letter to your Members urging passage of these bills.
- Send a letter to the editor to your local newspaper highlighting your Member's position or lack thereof on these important issues.
- S. 2117 Engaging the Nation to Fight for Our Right to Control Entry (ENFORCE) Act
Sponsored by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), this bill addresses several important immigration issues. It establishes a National Border Neighborhood Watch program, bars illegal aliens from being eligible for in-state college tuition, and makes illegal presence in the United States a felony. Also, the ENFORCE Act clarifies U.S. citizenship as extending only to children born to citizens or permanent legal residents, who are “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” The bill also includes steps to reduce Social Security card fraud, prohibits day laborer centers, and calls for the construction of a border fence.
Eagle Forum supports the ENFORCE Act.
- H.R. 4313 TRUE Enforcement and Border Security Act of 2005
Sponsored by Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Virgil Goode (R-VA), TRUE Enforcement incorporates several key aspects of curbing illegal immigration. It calls for a fence on the southwestern border, requires mandatory workplace verification of all employees’ legal status, and empowers local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws. It also eliminates incentives for aliens to come here illegally, such as repealing birthright citizenship and restricting family reunification to only nuclear family members. TRUE Enforcement fulfills the federal government’s responsibility to enforce America’s immigration laws.
Eagle Forum supports the TRUE Enforcement and Border Security Act.
- H.R. 1070 / S. 520, Constitution Restoration Act of 2005
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), limits the jurisdiction of the federal courts regarding the acknowledgment of God. The bill also prohibit U.S. courts from relying upon any law, policy, or other action of a foreign state or international organization in interpreting and applying the Constitution, other than constitutional law and English common law. The bill awaits action in the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Courts and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Eagle Forum supports the Constitution Restoration Act.
- H.R. 1100, Marriage Protection Act of 2005
Sponsored by Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN), this bill removes jurisdiction from all federal courts regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Under Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the power to limit jurisdiction of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1996, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman and also interprets the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution to permit each state to define marriage within its jurisdiction. Even though DOMA is solid law, many legal scholars are now warning that activist courts will strike it down. The Marriage Protection Act of 2005 (H.R. 1100) would not stop the state courts from acting, but it would stop federal court mischief, especially across appellate circuits. This bill is awaiting action in the House Judiciary Committee.
In the 108th Congress, the House passed the Marriage Protection Act of 2004 (H.R. 3313) on July 22, 2004 by a vote of 233-194, but the Senate took no action.
Eagle Forum supports the Marriage Protection Act of 2005.
- H.R. 2389 / S.1046, Pledge Protection Act of 2005
Due to the outrageous June 2002 ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance, Congress voted to reaffirm the phrase "One Nation, Under God." Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) wants to move a step further by removing the jurisdiction of the federal courts (including the U.S. Supreme Court) from cases involving the Pledge of Allegiance. Therefore, only state courts whose judges are elected (or retained in office) by the voters would hear Pledge cases. This bill is a practical legislative tool to check the power of the courts.
After two hostile amendments were defeated, the Pledge Protection Act passed the House on July 19, 2006 by a vote of 260-167.
In the 108th Congress, the House passed the Pledge Protection Act of 2004 (H.R. 2028) on Sept. 23, 2004 by a vote of 247-173, but the Senate took no action.
Eagle Forum supports the Pledge Protection Act of 2005.
- H. Res. 97, Resolution Supporting Constitutional Law over Foreign Law
Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) introduced this resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Judicial determinations regarding the meaning of the laws of the United States should not be based on judgments, laws, or pronouncements of foreign institutions.
In the 108th Congress, the resolution was approved in subcommittee on May 13, 2004, and forwarded to the full House Judiciary Committee, which took no further action.
Eagle Forum supports H. Res. 97 recognizing the supremacy of the U.S. Constitution over foreign law.
- H.R. 1438, No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act of 2005
H.R. 858, Social Security for Americans Only Act of 2005
H.Res. 20, Expressing disapproval of the Social Security totalization agreement between the United States and Mexico
H.Con.Res. 50, Expressing disapproval of the Social Security totalization agreement between the United States and Mexico
In January 2003, news leaked out that a deal was being negotiated to give Social Security benefits to illegal Mexican aliens. While a formal "totalization agreement" has not been presented to Congress, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has introduced H.R. 1438 to preemptively attack any such effort to add millions of illegals to the Social Security rolls. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced an alternative bill, H.R. 858. Both bills await action in the House Ways and Means Committee. In addition, separate resolutions of disapproval have been introduced by Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) and Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA).
Eagle Forum supports Congressional action to stop Social Security "totalization" with Mexico.
- H.R. 1357 / S. 658, Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2005
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), would ban the creation of a human clone for any purpose. President Bush has called on Congress to pass this legislation to completely ban human cloning.
In the 108th Congress, the House of Representatives approved the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003 by a vote of 241 to 155 on February 27, 2003. Rep. Jim Greenwood's amendment permitting experimental research cloning was defeated 174 to 231. However, the Senate took no action so the bill must be re-passed in both Houses of the 109th Congress.
Eagle Forum supports the Weldon/Brownback bills to ban human cloning but Eagle Forum opposes other versions, such as H.R. 1822 / S. 876, that permit the creation and then require the killing of cloned human embryos for experimentation.
- S. 8 / H.R. 748, Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
This bill, sponsored by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), prohibits anyone other than a parent from taking a minor across state lines thereby circumventing a law in the minor's home state requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions. The bill passed the House on Apr. 27, 2005 by a vote of 270-157 and now awaits action in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Eagle Forum supports the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.
- H.R. 2229, War Memorial Preservation Act of 2005
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), would protect the 43-foot cross erected in 1954 on San Diego's Mount Soledad by taking away the power of federal courts to hear challenges to the use of religious symbols in military memorials. The bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on National Parks.
Eagle Forum supports H.R. 2229.
- H.R. 2679, Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005
This bill, introduced by Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN), would prevent the ACLU and other groups from misusing a 1975 federal law to collect attorney's fees in lawsuits against the Ten Commandments, military crosses, the Boy Scouts, and public prayer.
Eagle Forum supports H.R. 2679.
- H.R. 2355 / S. 1015, Health Care Choice Act of 2005
This bill, sponsored by Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) and Jim DeMint (R-SC), would promote a more competitive private health care market by allowing Americans to buy health insurance policies issued in any of the 50 states, instead of just their own state (as current law requires).
Eagle Forum supports H.R. 2355 / S. 1015
- H.R. 136 / S. 557, Nullifying Executive Order 13166
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), nullifies Bill Clinton's Executive Order 13166 and provides that no funds appropriated may be used to promulgate or enforce any executive order that creates an entitlement to services provided in any language other than English. The bill awaits action in the House Government Reform Committee.
Eagle Forum supports H.R. 136.
- H.R. 997, English Language Unity Act of 2005
After successfully making English the official language of Iowa, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has introduced a bill to declare English the official language of the United States. The bill awaits action in both the Judiciary Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee.
Eagle Forum supports the English Language Unity Act of 2005.
- H.R. 240 / S. 6, Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2005
The Senate version is called the Marriage Opportunity Relief and Empowerment (MORE) Act of 2005. These bills would continue the successful welfare reforms put in place in 1996 by emphasizing work and marriage. They also reauthorize the Title V abstinence education program, which teaches teens the importance of delaying sexual activity until marriage. Unfortunately, the bills include provisions that would increase federally subsidized day care, expand access to sensitive information in the National Directory of New Hires, and add tougher provisions against non-custodial parents who are unfairly labeled as Deadbeat Dads.
In the 108th Congress, the bill passed the House 230 to 192 on February 13, 2003. The Senate attempted to move the bill in April 2004, but Democrats used procedural objections to prevent consideration. The bills must be reconsidered in both Houses of the 109th Congress.
Eagle Forum supports some provisions of H.R. 240 / S. 6 but is working to amend the egregious provisions.
- S. 167, Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, which was passed by a voice vote in both Houses of Congress and signed by President Bush on April 27, 2005.
Eagle Forum supports the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005.
- H.R. 1229 / S. 489, Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), would limit the duration of "consent decrees" which permit unelected federal judges to micromanage state or local governmental functions. The bill provides that after four years or the expiration of the term of office of the highest state or local official who authorized the consent decree, whichever comes first, a newly elected or reelected state or local official may petition the court to reopen, modify or vacate a federal consent decree.
Eagle Forum supports H.R. 1229 / S. 489 in order to reform the abusive practices of federal consent decrees.
- H.R. 3011 / S. 1279, Parent's Right to Know Act of 2005
This bill, sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).
Eagle Forum supports H.R. 3011 / S. 1279.
- H.R. 1790, Child Medication Safety Act of 2005
This bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), protects children and their parents from being coerced into administering a controlled substance or a psychotropic drug in order to attend school, and for other purposes. The bill passed the House on Nov. 16, 2005 by a vote of 407-12.
Eagle Forum supports H.R. 1790.
Eagle Forum strongly opposes
- S. 1033 / H.R. 2330, Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act
This bill to provide amnesty for illegal aliens was introduced with great fanfare on May 12, 2005. It was drafted jointly by Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain. Republican co-sponsors include Sen. Sam Brownback, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rep. Jim Kolbe, and Rep. Jeff Flake.
Eagle Forum strongly opposes any bill that would give amnesty to illegal aliens.
- S. 1197, To Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
This bill is sponsored by Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and co-sponsored by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and his good friend Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).