Legislative Report Week #13 – a summary of the week at the Iowa Capitol
A well qualified nominee for the Board of Regents – DENIED by Senators
Robert Cramer is probably one of the most qualified people to be nominated by the Governor for any board or commission ever. As a member of the Board of Regents overseeing Iowa’s university system, he would have brought outstanding character, and years of business and construction expertise, to the Regents.
However, Senate Democrat Committee Chair Herman Quirmbach, and 22 other Democrat Senators disagreed with Mr. Cramer’s “core values.” And what are those core values? Robert Cramer has a Biblical worldview; it is not much more complicated than that. He has a history of being fair and evenhanded in his business and private dealings. He’s been a faithful family man, foster dad to 16 kids, and believes marriage is between one man and one woman only. As a member of the Johnston School Board, he worked for honorable compromise and “win-win” solutions. He’s exactly what is needed on the Board of Regents. The FAMiLY LEADER held a press conference Thursday to publicly express our disappointment with Senate Democrats for their short-sighted action.
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School Choice Still Alive!
Late Wednesday, House Republicans offered a compromise on “education reform” to the Senate Democrats.
They agreed to meet the Democrat’s spending demands, in exchange for leaving the policy language passed by the House intact. This means that private school and home-school liberty, passed earlier by the House, would survive. The FAMiLY LEADER supports this resolution. But without the private and home-school language, we will oppose any last minute deal or cave-in by the House.
Will Iowa Hand Over the Public’s Tax Money to Planned Parenthood?
There are ten major budget bills that have to be passed and signed by the Governor. The Iowa Department of Human Services is one agency yet to be funded. Several pro-life legislators have indicated they will not support any budget proposal that provides tax money for abortionists like Planned Parenthood. The Human Services budget bill will start in the Senate and then go to the House. The FAMiLY LEADER will support efforts to prevent taxpayer support of abortionists. It will not be easy. When “adjournment fever” sets in, it becomes very difficult for most legislators to stand firm. Please join us in prayer and support for legislators who are devoted to the protection of life.
Rally for Life and Marriage Tuesday, April 23rd
And to that end, mark your calendar and plan to join us at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 23rd at 10:30 AM. We need you to stand with us to defend timeless Biblical standards that have guided our state and nation in the past, especially the sanctity of life and marriage.
Our keynote speaker will be Daniel Becker from Georgia Right to Life. Mr. Becker is a leader in working for equality under the law for all persons, no matter how small. You will be inspired by what he has to say.
We will then need you to communicate directly with your lawmakers—“No tax money for abortionists!” Let’s send them a strong message: hundreds of us care enough about protecting innocent persons from murder that we will show up to remind them to do their duty! Get the complete details here…
Serving at the Capitol on your behalf,