From (a Focus on the Family site): The Next Congress: A Nightmare for Conservatives

The Next Congress: A Nightmare for Conservatives

New leadership guarantees a drastically different — and liberal — direction.

Senate Photography StudioWhat will life be like when Democrats take power in the next Congress?

Dave Christensen, director of government relations for the Family Research Council, said it certainly won’t be what we’ve become accustomed to over the last dozen years.

“It’s going to be very different, not only because of what bills may get passed, but what bills we won’t be voting on,” he said. “I don’t expect votes on bills that the House recently passed, such as the Public Expression of Religion Act, to protect religious expression and to stop frivolous lawsuits on Establishment Clause cases. The Pledge Protection Act is something we’ve had votes on. That’s not something we can expect votes on.

“What they are going to have votes on, instead, will be increased federal funding for comprehensive sex-ed programs; they will also try to water-down the current pro-life provisions that prevent federal funding for abortions, particularly in military hospitals overseas. So the tone of Congress is going to change.”

House Leadership

Who will lead the House? The most liberal of liberals.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has served as minority leader, is expected to become the next speaker of the House. There is some question whether Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., or Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., will become the majority leader. Rep. James Clyburn, D-Texas, is expected to become majority whip.

“Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer have both consistently voted for the pro-abortion position on issues,” Christensen said. “They have taken extreme positions on increased federal funding for Title X (sex-education) programs and programs that put money into the coffers of Planned Parenthood. They have not supported the issues that most pro-lifers, most values voters, support at all.”

Amanda Banks, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said all of the proposed Democratic leaders scored 0 percent on the Family Research Council Action/Focus on the Family Action scorecard — except one.

“Actually, Rep. Hoyer scored 28 percent,” Banks said.

The anticipated Republican House leadership, however, is likely going to be amenable to the pro-family agenda. Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and John Boehner, R-Ohio, are candidates for minority leader, and Reps. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are candidates for minority whip.

“All four of these men are conservatives,” Banks said. “We have a great possiblity of having conservatives in leadership who truly believe in family values. Some of them in recent days have spoken out and said they not only believe in the values agenda, but that the Republican Party must return to their core values which includes conservative social policy. ”

Senate Leadership

In the Senate, the leadership news is also not encouraging. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the current minority leader, is expected to become majority leader. Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin will become majority whip.

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