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 Case Against Universal Background Checks

On Capitol Hill this week, lawmakers got a visit from Attorney General Bill Barr and White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland, looking to sell them on a gun control proposal. The proposal, an outline of which was released by the Daily Caller’s Amber Athey, parallels legislation proposed by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Joe

By | 2019-09-21T15:41:22-07:00 September 21st, 2019|Tags: |

Red Flags About ‘Red Flag Laws’

After a handful of mass shootings over the summer, Congress is returning to session flush with the need to act on gun violence. Unfortunately, consensus appears to be forming around proposals that are both ineffective and constitutionally suspect. I’m talking about federal “red flag” legislation, which would allow family members and friends to report on

By | 2019-09-14T18:02:57-07:00 September 14th, 2019|Tags: |

Lies the Left Tells About Guns

Congress reconvenes this week after a summer fraught with multiple mass shootings. Reportedly, legislation implementing tighter gun control is on the table, with rumored support by some in the White House. The rhetoric surrounding guns continues to escalate. Here’s the thing about guns. The Constitution—that handy little document—guarantees our rights to them, and that guarantee

By | 2019-09-07T19:56:24-07:00 September 7th, 2019|Tags: |

In Defense of Steven Menashi

The Left is living with a whole lot of buyer’s remorse when it comes to the judiciary. After nuking the judicial filibuster in 2013, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unwittingly set up what has become the Left’s worst nightmare: federal courts loaded with President Trump’s judicial picks. Not only will Trump’s judicial nominees,

By | 2019-09-01T21:00:20-07:00 August 31st, 2019|Tags: |

Ending ‘Catch and Release’

As Congress persists in serially ignoring anything having to do with the border crisis, the Trump Administration continues to release regulations aimed at fixing the problem of illegal immigration. The administration on Friday released its latest rule to address a longstanding “pull” factor: that illegal migrants who arrive with children immediately are released into the

By | 2019-08-24T17:19:07-07:00 August 24th, 2019|Tags: |

Spare the Angst Over the ‘Public Charge’ Rule

The Trump Administration is continuing to take steps to enforce existing immigration laws. And the response from the Left and the mainstream media (at this point, one and the same) has been what you’d expect. Earlier in the week, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that after nearly

By | 2019-08-17T21:04:49-07:00 August 17th, 2019|Tags: |

Fiscal Conservatism, R.I.P.

The drama over congressional testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller this week obscured other important legislation before Congress—like the mammoth $2 trillion, two-year budget deal lawmakers passed on Thursday. While this budget deal got very little attention outside or even inside the Beltway, it is a massive agreement that betrays any notion of

By | 2019-07-27T16:49:38-07:00 July 27th, 2019|

Can Trump’s New Asylum Rules Stem the Illegal Tide?

Illegal immigration numbers remain at levels triple that of previous years, and Congress continues to bicker, foot stomp, other otherwise ignore the problem. In the face of this, the Trump Administration released its latest attempt to bring the border crisis under control.  Under new rules issued last week, migrants will now be required

By | 2019-07-20T17:30:26-07:00 July 20th, 2019|

High-Skilled Immigrants Act Is a Sop to Big Tech

In a rare moment of bipartisanship last week, Democrats and Republicans joined hands to make a small, but fundamental change to our immigration system. Not to provide critically needed updates or wholesale reforms, but, rather, to toss a sop to the billionaires of Big Tech. Thanks to furious lobbying from Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett

By | 2019-07-13T14:26:22-07:00 July 13th, 2019|

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