Conservative Leaders Support Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

A group of more than 100 conservative leaders including Ron Pearson of Conservative Victory Fund signed a memo in support of the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. The text follows:

July 18, 2018
Washington, DC

We strongly endorse the nomination of the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States and urge the Senate to confirm him with haste.

Conservatives believe the United States Constitution is the ultimate authority for the interpretation of American law. Conservatives therefore enthusiastically agreed with the commitment by candidate Trump, and now-President Trump, that appointees to the Supreme Court of the United States should be committed to applying the Constitution to cases that come before the Court.

By nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump chose a candidate whose attributes have been described as "very much in the mold of Justice Scalia," who was committed to applying and interpreting the Constitution as written.

Throughout his career on the bench, Judge Kavanaugh's opinions have reflected thoughtful, precise and clear language in support of the original intent of the Constitution, the separation of powers, federalism, religious freedom, political speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, and constitutional limitations on the expansion of the administrative state.

Judge Kavanaugh clearly set forth his judicial philosophy when he wrote, "The judge's job is to interpret the law, not to make the law or make policy. So read the words of the statute as written. Read the text of the Constitution as written, mindful of history and tradition. Don't make up new constitutional rights that are not in the text of the Constitution. Don't shy away from enforcing constitutional rights that are in the text of the Constitution."

Judge Kavanaugh's credentials are impeccable and rival those of sitting justices - a degree from Yale Law School; clerkships with three federal judges; twelve years as a sitting Federal Court of Appeals Judge, and time spent in other significant roles of public service. He is certainly qualified.

The United States Senate should carry out its Constitutional role in a timely manner. President Trump's nominee merits the timely advice and consent of the Senate so that the Supreme Court will have a full complement of nine sitting justices when the next term of the Court begins on October 1, 2018.

Posted August 07, 2018

CVF-Backed Candidates Winning Primaries

Many primaries for the U.S. Congress have already taken place. Several states are still having their primaries like Minnesota, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

CVF supported solid conservative open seat candidates and incumbents in primaries across the country. Among primaries that CVF-backed candidates won are the following:

Michael Cloud, TX-27 (Open seat and special election due to resignation of incumbent)

Russ Fulcher, ID-1 (Open seat due to incumbent Raul Labrador running for Governor)

Greg Pence, IN-6 (Open seat due to incumbent Luke Messer ran in primary for U.S. Senate. Greg is also the brother of Vice President Mike Pence who was supported by CVF in each of his Congressional elections and is a good friend of CVF)

Dana Rohrabacher, CA-48 (Incumbent who had to run in the California "jungle" primary where all candidates who seek the office run against each other and the top two vote getters face each other in the November election)

Chip Roy, TX-21 (Open seat due to Lamar Smith's retirement)

Jay Webber, NJ-11 (Open seat due to incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen's retirement)

Posted July 26, 2018

President Trump Nominates Constitutionalist for Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate with its Republican majority has approved more than 20 judges for the nation's second highest courts. President Trump's successful nomination and approval of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court also depended on the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.

Now President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the latest Supreme Court vacancy. Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer has already declared all-out war on this nominee. Schumer and his left-wing allies in the Senate and in the media are attacking with half-truths and some outright falsehoods as part of their attempt to take back the Senate in November. The result would be no more good nominees to the Supreme Court and other federal courts. That why this November's election is so important.

Below see some examples how Judge Brett Kavanaugh has already stood up against overreaching regulations.

Rejects Agency Overreach

Judge Kavanaugh has overruled federal agency action 75 times.

In White Stallion Energy Center LLC v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh rejected EPA's efforts to impose massive emissions regulations without considering costs.

o In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court agreed.

In Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh argued in dissent from denial of rehearing en banc that the Obama EPA's burdensome greenhouse gas regulations for power plants exceeded its authority and that courts should "not lightly conclude that Congress intended" to "impose enormous costs on tens of thousands of American businesses, with corresponding effects on American jobs and workers."

o In a decision authored by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court agreed.

In EME Homer City Generation v. EPA, Judge Kavanaugh held that the Obama EPA's cross-state air pollution rule was unlawful and imposed excessive regulatory burdens on the states.

Respects Corporate Entities' First Amendment Rights

In U.S. Telecom Ass'n v. FCC, Judge Kavanaugh dissented from denial of rehearing en banc in a case upholding net neutrality. Judge Kavanaugh argued that the net neutrality rule exceeded the FCC's authority and violated the First Amendment, arguing that "the Government must keep its hands off the editorial decisions of Internet service providers."

In Emily's List v. FEC, Judge Kavanaugh struck down FEC regulations that limited independent political spending by non-profit organizations, ruling that the regulations violated the First Amendment "right of citizens to band together and pool their resources . . . in order to express their views about policy issues and candidates."

Mandates Accountability for Independent Agencies

In PHH Corp. v. CFPB, Judge Kavanaugh concluded that the structure of the CFPB-whose single director wields massive power but cannot be removed by the President except for cause-impermissibly invades the President's power to supervise the Executive Branch. He noted that independent agencies "pose a significant threat to individual liberty and to the constitutional system of separation of powers."

In Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB, Judge Kavanaugh concluded that provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act insulating the PCAOB from presidential control by making its members removable for cause only by the SEC violated the Constitution.

o In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court agreed.

Posted July 11, 2018

Google Chinese Relationship Sparks Congressional Concern

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Congressman Mike Conway (R-Texas), Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland) today sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressing concern about Google's relationship with the Chinese telecom company Huawei because of its potential threat to U.S. national security.

"Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have extensive ties with the Chinese Communist Party. As a result, this partnership between Google and Huawei could pose a serious risk to U.S. national security and American consumers," the members wrote.

The letter urges Google to reconsider their work with Huawai, particularly in light of their decision to terminate a key partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense known as Project Maven.

The full text of the letter can be found below.

June 20, 2018

Sundar Pichai
Chief Executive Officer
Google LLC
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Mr. Pichai,

We write to express our concerns about Google's "strategic partnership" with Huawei Technologies. Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have extensive ties with the Chinese Communist Party. As a result, this partnership between Google and Huawei could pose a serious risk to U.S. national security and American consumers.

Since the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its investigative report on the national-security issues posed by Chinese telecommunications firms in 2012, U.S. officials have publicly raised concerns about Huawei's ties to the Chinese government. During a February 2018 hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the heads of six U.S. intelligence agencies warned American citizens not to use Huawei products or services. At the same hearing, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray testified that he was "deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks." The concerns of the Intelligence Community are well founded: recent reports indicate that a former U.S. intelligence officer charged with spying for the Chinese government used Huawei technology to communicate with his handlers.

In fact, Congress is considering a number of bipartisan measures to address the threat posed by Huawei. Earlier this year, we introduced the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, which would prohibit the U.S. government from purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment or services from Huawei or other Chinese telecommunications companies. Both chambers of Congress have included elements of this bill in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a measure that would bar the use of the FCC's Universal Service Fund to purchase equipment or services from companies deemed a national-security risk, including Huawei. Over the coming months, the federal government will likely take further measures to defend U.S. telecommunications networks from Huawei and companies like it.

We urge you to reconsider Google's partnership with Huawei, particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense. This project uses artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of U.S. military targeting, not least to reduce civilian casualties. While we regret that Google did not want to continue a long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the military and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist Party than the U.S. military.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to your response, including the rationale for your decision to partner with Huawei but not the U.S. military, as well as your plans to mitigate the grave risks of working with Huawei.


Posted June 21, 2018

Fund the Troops First, says Conservative Action Project

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.

Posted June 15, 2018
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