Duluth, GA – Led by a large turnout of voters of faith, Karen Handel won the Special Election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.
Although her Democratic opponent outspent her by 12-1 and received tens of millions of dollars in support from outside liberal interest groups, religious conservatives turned out in large numbers and voted overwhelmingly for Representative-elect Handel to put her over the top.
The Faith & Freedom Coalition campaigned to educate and mobilize these voters of faith, including distributing over 100,000 voter guides, knocking on over 20,000 doors, and making over 120,000 get-out-the-vote phone calls, and were key in Handel’s ability to overcome her opponent’s spending advantage.
“Just as voters of faith turned out in record numbers to elect President Donald Trump, faith voters once again flexed their muscles and were indispensable in electing Karen Handel to the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Tim Head, executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. “Faith & Freedom volunteers showed their effectiveness in galvanizing voters of faith to go to the polls and help elect a like-minded conservative to Congress.”
The Faith & Freedom data-analytics-driven grassroots “ground game” focused on faith-based voters in Georgia’s 6th District, specifically targeting those whom the data analytics showed were regular churchgoers, held to a strong faith commitment, and were pro-life, pro-Israel and anti-Obamacare.
The 2017 Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority conference began Thursday with an electrifying speech from President Donald J. Trump, and wrapped up Saturday with a rousing speech from Vice President Mike Pence. We’ve included a clip of the President’s remarks below.
The annual three day conference in Washington, DC was the largest and most successful to date. But as you know, now is not the time to take a victory lap, but instead to continue the momentum!
The media and the radical Left are determined to stop the Trump legislative agenda, including the repeal of Obamacare, ending taxpayer-funding of abortion, and the confirmation of conservative judges to the federal bench. We must take this golden opportunity to advance our shared pro-family values in Congress, state legislatures, and local government.
Road to Majority featured an array of speakers, unprecedented in modern American political history, including: President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, Kellyanne Conway, Charles Krauthammer, Eric Metaxas, and many others.
We hope that you take the encouragement and knowledge gained through three days of speeches, panel discussions, and praise and worship back to your community and continue the fight for our shared values, including religious liberty and the sanctity of human life.
Please JOIN USas we continue the momentum generated at Road to Majority, but in the meantime, take a moment and enjoy photos from all three days!
Senator Cruz had not completed his remarks when a member of the audio-visual team mistakenly announced the next speaker. We sincerely apologize to Senator Cruz who is a great friend of this organization and people of faith across the country.
Washington, DC – Vice President Mike Pence will give the keynote address at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Patriot’s Gala on Saturday, June 10 at 6:00pm during the annual Road To Majority conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
Faith & Freedom Coalitions Road To Majority is the nation’s premier grassroots conference for mobilizing and equipping people of faith and conservative activists to influence state and federal policy and to help elect like minded conservatives.
“Vice President Pence has consistently served as a champion for the pro-life, pro-family, pro-economic growth movement in America as a member of Congress, as Governor of Indiana, and now as Vice President of the United States,” said Faith & Freedom Coalition Executive Director Tim Head. “President Trump and Vice President Pence are bringing real reform to Washington and have delivered on their campaign promises to appoint an outstanding Supreme Court Justice, appoint the most socially conservative Cabinet in our nations history, and have achieved a number of pro-life and pro-family victories.”
The Patriots Gala featuring Vice President Pence is the crescendo of the three day Road to Majority conference that begins on Thursday, June 8 with a Legislative Luncheon and Capitol Hill Townhall meeting featuring members of the U.S. House and U.S Senate.
The three day event features an all-star line-up of speakers, including Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. David Perdue, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Eric Metaxes, Charles Krauthammer, Dr. James Dobson, Pat Boone, Pastor Jason Jimenez, and many more. In addition to an all-star line up of conservative speakers, Road To Majority also features a series of panel discussions on topics such as religious liberty, evangelical support of Israel, and digital advocacy.
Last year Faith & Freedom hosted over 1,000 conservative activists from across the country and heard from speakers such as President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and many more.
“We expect over 1,500 grassroots activists from across the country to attend Road To Majority this year and leave better equipped to influence elected officials to strengthen families, promote time-honored values, and protect the dignity of human life and marriage, said Tim Head. “The energy created at Road To Majority last year helped propel conservatives across the country across the finish line in November and we look to continue the course toward conservative governance through grassroots trainings and events at Road To Majority 2017.”
Washington, DC – Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed issued the following statement on the Executive Order from President Trump to protect religious freedom.
“President Trump’s executive order removes a sword of Damocles that has hung over the faith community for decades by administratively repealing the Johnson Amendment and restoring the right to political speech by pastors, churches and ministries. By ending the Obamacare mandates that violate the religious faith of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based nonprofits, this executive order lifts a cloud of fear over people of faith and ensures they will no longer be subjected to litigation, harassment and persecution simply for expressing their religious beliefs. This is just the first bite at the apple, not the last. We still support the full statutory repeal of the Johnson Amendment and Obamacare mandates, but this order is a giant step in the right direction in protecting the First Amendment rights of Christians and other Americans of conscience and faith. I applaud President Trump and his administration for this bold leadership in advancing religious freedom.”
(Washington, DC) – The Faith & Freedom Coalition supports the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and will include the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today as a key vote in the 115th Congress Scorecard and voter guides distributed to millions of faith based voters across the country.
Millions of Faith & Freedom members from across the country were alerted that a vote to repeal Obamacare is imminent and voters of faith continue to flood U.S. House offices with calls and emails encouraging them to vote in favor of the AHCA.
“The pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom provisions in the AHCA properly address the views of millions of voters of faith for whom repealing Obamacare is one of their top legislative priorities and we encourage the House of Representatives to pass the AHCA,” said Faith & Freedom Chairman Ralph Reed. “Those provisions include the defunding of Planned Parenthood, ending of federal taxpayer subsidies of abortion, restoring the Hyde Amendment, and ending the mandate on faith-based charities such as Little Sisters of the Poor to subsidize medical services to which they object as a matter of their faith.”
According to the Government Accounting Office, over 1,000 federally subsidized plans nationwide were covering elective abortion in 2014. Obamacare contains multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion, and abortion expanding regulatory mandates, and Faith & Freedom strongly encourages members of the House to vote for the AHCA to eliminate the-subsidizing and abortion-expanding provisions of Obamacare. The AHCA would also restore the principles of the longstanding Hyde Amendment and prohibit any future federal tax credits from subsidizing the purchase of plans that cover elective abortion.
“Obamacare has assaulted the consciences and violated the faith of millions of Americans by subsidizing numerous abortion providers and forcing faith based organizations to pay for elective abortion, in direct violation of their Constitutional rights, and we are happy to support the AHCA, which will end those provisions,” said Faith & Freedom Executive Director Tim Head.
The AHCA also reforms Medicaid to give the states greater flexibility to provide quality health care for the neediest among us. This is consistent with the principle of subsidiarity, which calls on those of faith to meet the needs of the poor in a manner closest to those in need, not through a wasteful, inefficient and distant bureaucracy.
Under the American Health Care Act, open-ended Medicaid checks from Washington will be replaced by a system of per capita spending with specific funding for the elderly, blind and disabled, children, and the able bodied adults who were enrolled under ObamaCare.
“We strongly support allowing states greater flexibility in using Medicaid funds that will permit innovations promoting personal responsibility such as work requirements and premium participation similar to those in Florida and Indiana, consistent with the principles of subsidiarity and federalism,” said Head.
As we assess the report card for President Donald Trump after his first 100 days in office, it is useful to recall that during the campaign there were three moments that solidified then-candidate Donald Trump’s support among evangelicals and voters of faith.
The first came in May 2016, when Mr. Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. This was the first time in U.S. political history such a list had been released by a major party presidential nominee. The second was Trump’s selection of full-spectrum conservative and Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. The third came during the third and final presidential debate (just days after the release of the Access Hollywood tape), when Trump made a deeply personal and impassioned plea on behalf of unborn life in response to a question on abortion. After Hillary Clinton blithely dismissed concerns about late-term abortions, Trump shot back that “if you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me.”
These inflection points (what strategist Lee Atwater once referred to as “defining moments”) helped Trump win an astonishing 81 percent of the evangelical vote, and in his first 100 days in office, he has delivered on his promises to those voters of faith. Arguably the most important factor in winning their support was his iron-clad pledge to choose a Supreme Court nominee from the list of 21 names released in May of last year.
First and most critically, he won confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch was an outstanding nominee with an Ivy League and Oxford education, a clerkship at the Supreme Court, a senior role in the Justice Department, and a decade on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Intellectually, he is a strict constructionist steeped in natural law theory. In ideological pedigree he is a conservative, his mother having served in the Reagan Cabinet. In personality and temperament he is measured and humble, displaying an independent streak, his sharp mind leavened with good humor and respect for others. His knowledge of the law was astonishing. He performed ably in his hearings and won confirmation easily. This was a major victory for the Trump White House, not only keeping a central campaign promise but doing so quickly and with relative ease, marking the first time a Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed in the first 100 days of a new administration since 1881. Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats sweetened the victory with an ill-advised filibuster of Gorsuch, forcing the Republicans to change Senate rules, costing the far-Left its only real tool to block future Trump nominees to the High Court.
The Gorsuch pick was not an isolated decision. If personnel is policy, Trump deserves credit for assembling one of the most impressive teams in modern times. His national security team of former General Jim Mattis at Defense, H.R. McMaster at the National Security Council, and Rex Tillerson at State is gold-plated. He also won confirmation of men and women of faith and solid conservative credentials like Betsy DeVos at the Education Department, Dr. Tom Price at Health and Human Services, Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department, Ben Carson at Housing and Urban Development, Rick Perry at Energy, Sonny Perdue at Agriculture and Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency. His White House staff includes advisors of solid faith and stalwart conservative credentials like chief of staff Reince Preibus, senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell.
Policy decisions by President Trump have been equally conservative and pro-life. In his first 72 hours in office Trump restored and strengthened the “Mexico City policy” that prevents U.S. tax dollars from being used to promote or perform abortions in overseas family planning programs. He signed a Congressional Review Act into federal law that overturned an Obama directive forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood. Because of President Trump’s leadership, for the first time since Roe v. Wade, states can end funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers under state Medicaid programs.
In foreign policy, Trump’s welcoming with open arms of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House (a needed thaw after 8 years of chill in the U.S.-Israeli relationship under Obama), dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal on terrorists in Afghanistan, and launching Tomahawk missiles on the Syrian Air Force after it gassed innocent civilians (including children), sent a clear and powerful message that there is a new sheriff on the international stage. The release of American prisoners by Egypt after a meeting between President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Trump shows he is already learning the importance of personal diplomacy.
While repealing and replacing Obamacare remains an unfinished task, it hasn’t been for lack of trying on Trump’s part. He has personally lobbied members, invited wavering legislators to the White House for meals and bowling sessions, and called Senators and Congressman with blazing frequency, sometimes multiple times a day. At this writing the House is inching closer to repealing Obamacare, and Trump deserves credit for gently but firmly moving the ball.
Finally, while little noted by the media, Trump’s proposed tax cut relieves the crushing tax burden on family-owned small businesses by slashing their tax rate to 15 percent. If passed, this tax cut will strengthen the family, create millions of new jobs, and give Mom-and-Pop family businesses on Main Street the same tax treatment as multinational corporations. This is a long overdue reform. The Trump tax cut also expands the standard deduction to $24,000, insuring that the basic needs of a middle-class family for housing, food, and other necessities are free from taxation. The expansion of the child care tax credit helps working moms without empowering bureaucrats.