Welcome to the seventh installment of Conservative Women Weekly! This week, we highlight five conservative women who stood up for our beliefs, introduced new women to the spotlight, and applauded those who introduced legislation and new programs to benefit the American public.
On Thursday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced S. 2017, a bill to close loopholes in the law and allow the prosecution of those who perpetuate female genital mutilation. In April 2019, the Department of Justice asked Congress to close the loophole through legislation after a court ruling allowed the offense to go unpunished. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Deb Fischer (R-NE). The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Late last week, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) pushed back on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s concentration camp comments. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez referred to the detention centers operating on the southern border as “concentration camps”, drawing parallels to the ones that Adolf Hitler operated in Europe during World War II. Cheney is the third-ranking Republican in the House minority. Republicans and nonpartisan Jewish coalitions were quick to denounce the comparison and call on the representative to apologize.
The Department of Labor announced this week that a new industry-recognized apprenticeship program would be introduced within the next few months. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlines the intent of the program and proposed over $183 million in the development of apprenticeship programs through university and private company partnerships. Trump has been a loud advocate for the development of alternative paths to employment. This is the latest example of her hard work towards creating jobs for all Americans.
Former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, during an interview with NBC’s Sheinelle Jones, dismissed the assumption that race relations have gotten worse under President Trump. Rice was the Secretary of State in the Bush 43 administration. She was the first black woman to assume the role. In the interview, she admitted that there are still racial issues in America, but that action needs to be taken instead of just talking about them.