Welcome to Conservative Women Weekly! This week, conservative women didn’t let the Thanksgiving break slow them down. 

Reps. Stefanik, Herrera, Sen. Capito Cosponsor Bipartisan, Bicameral Paid Family Leave Legislation

The hard work of Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to push a paid family leave bill through Congress has finally come to fruition. This week, two bills were introduced in the House and Senate to allow families to access funds to support themselves during a child’s first year. The upper chamber’s bill, S.2976, was introduced by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and cosponsored by five other senators, including Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). The lower chamber’s bill, H.R.5296, was introduced by Representative Colin Allred (D-TX) and cosponsored by seven other representatives, including Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

Reps. Miller, Brooks Participate in Panel on Women in the 116th Congress

One of the hottest topics surrounding the 116th Congress is the fact that it has the highest percentage of female legislators in the body’s history. Times Talk, a project of the New York Times, held a live panel discussion on Thursday night in Washington, D.C. with four female representatives. Representatives Carol Miller (R-WV), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Sharice Davids (D-KS), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL) fielded questions from moderator Jennifer Steinhauer, with topics ranging from the modernization of Congress, stories from the Hill, their legislative priorities, and what it means to be a woman on Capitol Hill. 

Senator Capito Cosponsors Bill to Expand Veteran Access to Apprenticeship Opportunities; Bill Passes Senate

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.760, or The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act. The bill, introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and originally cosponsored by Senator Capito (R-WV), will improve communication between the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, apprenticeship programs, and veterans transitioning to civilian life. 

Female GOP Candidates Interviewed By MSNBC About Running for Office

It’s no secret that Republican women suffered a loss in the 2018 election. Many qualified women were recruited to run for office, but when all was said and done, only one Republican woman made it to Capitol Hill (Rep. Carol Miller, highlighted earlier). In a segment for MSNBC on what was being done to rebound from this gut punch, Republican candidate for IL-14 Sue Rezin, Olivia Perez Cubas from Winning for Women, and Republican candidate for CA-48 Michelle Steel were all interviewed.

Sen. McSally Influences DOD Decision to Cover Advanced Breast Cancer Screening Method

Over the last few months, Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) has been fighting to ensure that the most effective method of breast cancer screening is covered by the Department of Defense’s healthcare plan Tricare. After legislation was introduced in both the House and the Senate, McSally received a letter from Assistant Secretary Thomas McCaffery confirming that the screening method Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) was recently approved under Tricare’s provisional coverage authority. This is a win for all female service members and others covered by Tricare!

Lightning Round: 

  • This week marked one year since Kimberly Corban took the stage at TEDxMileHigh and everyone needs to take fifteen minutes to watch her speech.

  • Georgia governor Brian Kemp appointed Kelly Loeffler as the interim replacement for Sen. Johnn Isakson. She will be the 8th Republican woman currently serving in the United States Senate. Read more about her here.

  • First Lady Melania Trump, who usually stays far away from impeachment-related comments, defended her son Barron on Twitter after a witness in the hearing attempted a joke at his expense.

  • American Conservation Coalition COO Danielle Butcher was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list alongside ACC President Benji Backer this week. As co-founders of ACC, Backer and Butcher have built a team that have made strides in advancing the conservation discussion in conservative groups, including advocating for an all of the above energy approach. 

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Jillian K