Top Wagner Actions You Might Have Missed:
- As we noted in the last version of this email, Congresswoman Wagner joined 130 House Republicans and 40 Senate Republicans in signing an Amicus Brief opposing the Biden Administration’s effort to use the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to force employers of 100 or more to either get vaccinated or wear masks and submit to weekly COVID testing. On Thursday of last week, the Supreme Court sided with the Congressional Amicus Brief in National Federation of Independent Business vs. OSHA. This was a major win for the constitution and the rule of law.
- The Abraham Accords, which were signed on September 15, 2020, resulted in peace and normalization agreements between Israel and several Arab states—the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco—transforming the region, enhancing Israel’s security, creating economic opportunities for Arab states, and advancing vital US national security interests. The Accords built on the success of previous peace normalization agreements between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. The Abraham Accords were a centerpiece of President Trump’s foreign policy and one of his greatest accomplishments when in office. On Monday of last week, Congresswoman Wagner announced the formation of the “Abraham Accords Caucus”. The caucus, as the Congresswoman highlighted in her statement, “is an incredibly important initiative that will bolster the United States’ commitment to peace in the Middle East. This caucus will build on the achievements of the Abraham Accords and promote stability in the region, counteract destructive regimes, and help maintain robust working relationships between our Israeli and Arab partners.” This caucus will also ensure that one of President Trump’s greatest foreign policy achievements will remain. You can read more about the formation of the Abaraham Accords caucus here. Congresswoman Wagner will serve as Vice Chairwoman of the Caucus.
- With the Winter Olympics around the corner, Congresswoman Wagner wrote a letter to Jeff Zenkel, the CEO of NBC Universal, to air all footage of human rights protests during the 2022 election. As we have seen with previous Olympics, dictatorial governments have used these events to legitimize their regimes and soften criticism of their ongoing human rights abuses. The letter urges NBC “to air all footage of human rights protests captured during your coverage of the Winter Olympic Games, notwithstanding pressure from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to silence dissidents. We remain gravely concerned that the PRC will use the event as a platform to disseminate propaganda and distract from its egregious human rights abuses, including its ongoing genocide against Uyghur Muslims … honest and transparent coverage will help the international community defend persecuted groups like Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents, Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and human rights advocates.” The Chinese Communist Party’s actions towards these groups needs to be shown to the world. You can view the full letter here.
- On Tuesday of this week, the Congresswoman took the floor of the House of Representatives to acknowledge National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This, as always, is a somber day but as the Congresswoman notes in her speech on the floor, is particularly so because of alarming rise in human trafficking and online sexual exploitation that occurred during the pandemic. As the only member of Congress to pass legislation to successfully amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the Congresswoman noted how she will be introducing multiple pieces of legislation to counter this rise in human trafficking to eliminate sex trafficking in the upcoming weeks. You can watch the full speech here.
- Congresswoman Wagner joined twenty-eight House Republicans in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to submit a report that was legally mandated by Congress in September regarding equipment left behind during the Biden administration’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan. This report was given a ninety-day completion window. As of today, the Department of Defense has still yet to submit this important report to Congress. The letter highlights the deep concern that Congresswoman Wagner and fellow Republicans have for the non-compliance by the Department of Defense, “totally disregarding Congressional accounting of taxpayer funded equipment abandoned by this Administration and left in possession of the Taliban.” You can read a Breitbart News story of this letter here.
Other News You May Have Missed:
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- Fox News: Education Secretary Cardona solicited NSBA letter comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists: email