Rachel Bovard

About Rachel Bovard

Rachel Bovard is senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), where she advised Committee members on strategy related to floor procedure and policy matters. In the House, she worked as senior legislative assistant to Congressman Donald Manzullo (R-Il.), and Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas). She is the former director of policy services for the Heritage Foundation. Follow her on Twitter at @RachelBovard.

The House IT Scandal

Russian meddling? Campaign collusion? Forget that. That “did they or didn’t they” story has nothing on the ongoing saga of cybersecurity breaches with the possible involvement of a foreign government taking place in the House of Representatives. The story has all the features of a political spy novel: stolen servers, access to confidential

By | 2018-04-22T14:58:43+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|

Who Will Regulate Our Regulators?

The New York Times in an article reporting on President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the regulatory state, hit upon a divergence of thought on the Right. The Times quoted Gordon Lloyd, a professor emeritus at Pepperdine University and a preeminent scholar of the American Founding and the nature of limited government. Rather than

By | 2018-04-16T06:17:43+00:00 April 15th, 2018|

Congress Needs to Rein in Overreaching Judges

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month gave a speech about the rise of “super legislators.” He wasn’t talking about members of Congress; he was talking about judges. In particular, he was talking about district court judges, and the growing frequency with which individual judges from California to Boston are issuing national injunctions—that is,

By | 2018-04-02T13:03:49+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|

Contraceptive Ruling Shows Breathtaking Judicial Arrogance

In a mostly unnoticed manner, lower federal courts are actively blocking President Trump’s agenda. National injunctions, a once-rare legal practice, are now almost de rigeur among lower court judges; a way to gain national attention by using regional cases to bind the hands of the executive. It is a national injunction that is

By | 2018-03-18T12:12:16+00:00 March 18th, 2018|

‘The Very Definition of Tyranny’: National Injunctions

In the American justice system, judges have two fundamental duties. The first is to interpret the Constitution, and police the structures of government. The second is to assess statutory laws—specifically their construction and application—against what the Constitution allows. Nowhere in the solemn oath they take are judges tasked with casting value judgments on

By | 2018-03-11T13:33:41+00:00 March 11th, 2018|

No Fake Walls, Mr. President

With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program tied up in the courts, the March 5 deadline for “fixing DACA” has been nullified for the time being. DACA recipients will still receive protection under the program, at least until Trump’s decision to end it has  been litigated fully.With another “must-pass” funding bill approaching

By | 2018-03-04T12:52:03+00:00 March 4th, 2018|

How DACA Shields Violent Gang Members

The March 5 deadline to end protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is rapidly approaching and Congress still doesn’t have its act together. Democrats claim that failure to act is putting lives on the line by threatening upheaval and deportation to thousands—unless Congress intervenes. On this point, Democrats are

By | 2018-02-24T19:41:42+00:00 February 24th, 2018|

Congress Loses Focus on Illegal Immigration

Last week, Congress tried—and failed—to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Senate failed to reach the necessary 60 votes on four proposals, two from Republicans and two from Democrats, and three of which offered varying degrees of amnesty for DACA recipients and other illegal immigrant populations. There was

By | 2018-02-18T10:55:52+00:00 February 18th, 2018|