Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

gorsuch.jpg At 8 p.m. Tuesday night, President Trump introduced his nominee to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a conservative appointee with a impeccable bona vides. He is an ardent defender of religious liberty and gun rights and also sided with Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor that they should be exempt from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

Why this Matters: It is likey that Gorsuch will be confirmed if his nomination is not filibustered in the Senate. However, the Republican-led Senate could change the rules so that all that’s needed is a simple majority instead of a 60-vote majority for his confirmation. This is called the “nuclear option.”

The Court has been at 4-4 conservative vs. progressive judges since Scalia’s death February, 2016. If approved, Gorsuch will give the court a conservative slant and there are many important cases on the docket for this year.

Pray for Gorsuch’s confirmation! Thank God for a conservative nominee.

 

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Senate Democrats Boycott Hearings

Just hours after President Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates, Senate Democrats blocked the confirmation of two of Trump’s appointees by not showing up. The confirmation process requires that at least one Democrat be present on the committee. This pushed back the approval for Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary and Tom Price for Health and Human Services.

Minutes after the vote was scheduled, Democrats convened an “impromptu” new conference to announce their refusal to participate. The Republicans were caught unawares, because they were waiting for them in a hearing room further down the hall. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called their actions “abysmal” and “amazingly stupid.”

It also delayed the hearings for Jeff Session for Attorney General and Russ Tillerson for Secretary of State. So far, the President has only three nominees confirmed. At this time in their administrations, President Obama had 10 confirmed appointees, while Clinton and Bush both had 13.

The Senate committees did approve Betsy De Vos for Education, Rick Perry for Energy, and Ryan Zinke for Interior. They will not be voted on by the full Senate for up-or-down votes. Elaine Chao was fully approved for Transportation.

Why this Matters: If the Democrats continue to boycott the committee votes, it will be impossible for the panel to consider a nominee.

How to Pray: Pray for God to move on behalf of these men and women who are willing to serve us. May every false accuser and those with wicked intent be revealed and reproved by the Lord.

Prov. 11:5 – The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

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Continued Blowback on Immigration Ban

The protests against the temporary immigration pause continue despite the fact that all who were detained have now been released. However, it seems that people in the inland section of the country–colored red on the electoral map–are yawning at the news of these massive protests.

A Rasmussen poll taken before the weekend found that 57 percent of Americans support the travel ban, and just 33 percent oppose it. Rasmussen also recorded that 62 percent of voters were against President Obama’s plan to bring in tens of thousands of refugees here this year.

The American Civil Liberties Union has raised $24 million and added 150,000 new members since Saturday morning. They have also filed a class-action suit on behalf of two Iraqis who had immigrant visas and were temporarily detained at Kennedy Airport. Sixteen state attorneys general released a statement on Sunday calling the order “un-American and unlawful.”

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a Democratic appointee, has directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend the President’s executive order. Only three of Donald Trump’s appointees have been approved by Congress. One who awaits approval is Jeff Sessions, the nominee for Attorney General.

Late Monday, President Trump fired Sally Yates and appointed Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as acting AG until Sessions is confirmed.

President Obama tweeted through an associate his support of the protesters and urged community organization against Trump’s new policy. Normally, a former president does not speak out against the new administration.

While it is a temporary ban on travel by people from seven nations that are terrorist hotbeds, the mainstream media insists on calling this a “Muslim ban.” In fact, the order exempts 87 percent of Muslims worldwide. The only countries named are Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

It is interesting to note that the protests continued on Monday, when most people have to work. Billionaire leftist George Soros is the source of funding for some of the protesters, so we could say this is their job!

There are mixed reports on the potential success of these lawsuits. Some say the policy could be in trouble. However, several lawyers featured on Fox News, say there are no grounds for a lawsuit. Anyone named in the suit who is not an American citizen cannot be defended by our Constitution. Others who are citizens would have to prove that being detained caused them harm. Federal law gives the President sweeping authority over immigration. He may suspend entry of anyone he believes is a threat to national security.

 

Critics on both sides allege mistakes were made regarding Trump’s immigration executive order. Protesters created massive bottlenecks at major U.S. airports as soon as the immigration pause was announced. This is a travel restriction for visitors from seven terrorist-prone areas.

Reportedly, there was confusion among Homeland Security agents regarding visas and green card holders. Conservatives and Republicans in Washington have said it was a clumsy rollout. House Speaker Paul Ryan called the implementation “bumpy” and “confusing.”

Media outlets falsely accused the administration of not advising Gen. James Kelly, Director of Homeland Security about the executive order. Kelly came out and said he was fully aware of the President’s order and that it was a necessary step to protect Americans. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Homeland Security approved the executive order and edited some parts of the document.

One of the loudest critics was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who was recorded on video in 2015 stressing the need for extreme vetting of refugees and his support for a pause in immigration. Seeming to hold back tears in a news conference, Schumer called the order “mean-spirited.”

The numbers of those inconvenienced differ depending on who releases the information. The Trump administration says there were 109 detained out of the 325,000 people who traveled to the U.S. from foreign countries. The acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection claimed that in the first 72 hours of the order, 721 people with visas from the affected countries were denied entry to the U.S., while 1,061 were granted waivers. He added that 1 million travelers came into the country, including 500,000 foreign nationals.

Why this Matters: Earthly rulers–kings, presidents, and senators– are God’s agents for justice. They hold the ability to keep citizens safe and represent the rule of law. Nations that do not practice righteousness and proper judgment are condemned in Scripture. America is a nation of laws that should be upheld before God. Mistakes should be expected and leeway granted to this new administration.

How to Pray: God’s will be done. May He take everything that is being done with evil intent and turn it for our good. Give Him thanks for His protection and good plans for us. Pray for Trump to stay strong and uphold the law. Pray that the Senators who are behaving badly will pay for it at the ballot box.

1 Thes. 5:18 – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Prov. 14:34 – Righteousness exalted a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

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Comments

  1. midgedavis says:

    Hi Lori,

    Paul was so pleased at what he saw on TV tonight, he was calling friends and telling them about Judge Neil Gorsuch and bragging on President Trump for the first time. He just told my son Rick about President Trump honoring Antonin Scalia’s widow Maureen, which was very impressive. I love hearing hope in my husbands voice.

    Thanks for your diligence in getting the news out and so quickly too. I’m so glad you didn’t quit 🙂

    Because of your newsletter many people are Praying for Gorsuch’s confirmation! And Thanking God for a conservative nominee.

    Blessings

    Love Midge

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