Senators – Fund the Troops First

June 11, 2018
Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 6/12/18

Conservatives want the Senate to work fulltime and overtime starting now until their work is done. Working Americans do this, or they don’t get paid. Eliminating paid leave in August is nice but insufficient.

As we have outlined in previous memos, conservatives now call on the Senate’s leadership to use this critical time to pass all of their appropriations bills, confirm President Trump’s nominees, and work to implement a strong conservative agenda.

Specifically, we call on the Senate to prioritize funding for the troops. Before passing a funding bill for themselves, which the Senate has indicated they are planning to do, the Senate should immediately take up funding bills for the Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration. Fund the troops first. Fund Congress last.

Moreover, the substance of these funding bills is important. When Congress passed its $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, it failed to defund sanctuary cities, failed to defund Planned Parenthood and failed to address any part of Obamacare. It also openly blocked President Trump from building his border wall. The Senate should use this current opportunity to address these long-standing campaign promises.

Finally, we ask the Senate to clear the historic backlog of President Trump’s nominees. There remain 156 nominees pending in committee, and 108 available for immediate floor consideration. This Senate has confirmed substantially fewer nominees under this president than at similar times under his last four predecessors. Despite progress on judicial nominees, there are now more judicial vacancies than when Trump took office last year. Given this, we urge the Senate to use the full weight of the Senate’s rules against Democrat obstruction of Trump’s nominees.

The Senate must show it is serious about doing its job by using this canceled recess to accomplish these priorities. We look forward to supporting them in these efforts.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Thomas E. McClusky
President
March for Life Action
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Wesley Denton
Former Communications Director
Senator Jim DeMint (SC)
Cleta Mitchell, Esq. The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
William L. Walton
Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.
Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Former White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
David Bozell
President
ForAmerica
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable Jim DeMint
United States Senate
Former Member, South Carolina
Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)
Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives
Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman
ConservativeHQ.com
Jason S. Jones
Founder
Movie to Movement
Melvin Adams
Former President
Renewanation
Dr. Richard Scarborough
Founder
Vision America
Barry Meguiar
President
Revival Outside the Walls/IgniteAmerica
Nick Logan
CEO
Cornerstone Payment Systems
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Martha Boneta
President
VCS
The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California
Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
Larry T. Beasley
President and CEO
The Washington Times
Kay Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Foster Friess
Chairman
PatientsUSA.com
Rebecca Hagelin
Secretary
Council for National Policy
Susan Carleson
Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union
The Honorable Diana Denman
President
The Reagan Legacy Forum
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
Peter J. Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
J. Keet Lewis
Co-Founder
Lewis Group International
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
James Hansberger
Chairman
Legal Immigrants for America
Douglas Napier
Senior Vice President
Alliance Defending Freedom
The Honorable Penny Pullen
President
Life Advocacy Resource Project
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Charles Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
The Honorable William Owens
President
Coalition of African American Pastors
The Honorable Belden Bell
Legacy Society CoChair
The Heritage Foundation
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Washington Bureau Chief
Infowars.com
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Caroline Lewis
Owner
Percipio Communications
The Honorable Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Mrs. Roy Moore
President
Foundation for Moral Law
Joan Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
Ralph A. Rebandt, II
Lead Pastor/Senior Chaplain
Oakland Hills Community Church/ Michigan Police Chiefs
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State Representative
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli
President
Senate Conservatives Fund
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club
Dr. Richard K. Rounsavelle DDS
Trustee
Media Research Center
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Founder, President, and CEO
Center for Security Policy
Mr. Floyd Brown
Chairman
Western Center for Journalism
Mr. John Dodd
President
Jesse Helms Center Foundation
Mr. Paul Liberman
Executive Director
Alliance for Israel advocacy
Mr. Randy M. Long
CEO
Long Business Advisors, LLC
Eunie Smith
President
Eagle Forum
Bob Adams
President
Revive America PAC
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
Mr. Ralph A Rebandt II
Lead Pastor/Senior Chaplain
Oakland Hills Community Church/Michigan Police Chief

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