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.

Two Pathways on Immigration

In a win for the rule of law, the amnesty push in the House of Representatives—for the moment, at least—has been stopped in its tracks. But a new front in the battle for meaningful border security measures is about to emerge. After cutting a few side deals to stop the final two Republicans

By | 2018-06-16T10:45:44+00:00 June 16th, 2018|

Amnesty By Consensus

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called a two-hour family meeting of Republicans on Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to head off amnesty votes on the floor of the House. As reports have trickled out about the meeting, however, it’s clear Ryan bought himself nothing but time. Proponents of the discharge petition—nearly all House

By | 2018-06-11T00:07:28+00:00 June 10th, 2018|

It’s Time for Congress to Take Action on ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions

Just days after taking office, President Trump issued Executive Order 13768 to block certain federal funds from flowing to sanctuary jurisdictions—that is, municipalities, cities and states which deliberately choose not to enforce federal immigration law within their borders. Yet, in what seems to be a contradictory effort, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen

By | 2018-06-04T08:12:00+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|

House Republican Leaders Dally and Delay on Immigration

Democrats in the House of Representatives are currently two GOP signatures away from forcing a series of votes designed to pass amnesty for upwards of 17 million illegal immigrants. Those responsible for stopping this effort—the House Republican leadership—have already conceded that it will happen. Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) told the Washington

By | 2018-05-27T00:42:15+00:00 May 27th, 2018|

Enough Obstruction: McConnell and the Senate Need to Work

Draining the D.C. swamp takes two critical things: willpower and manpower. President Trump has plenty of the former. But his attempts to gain the latter are being blocked actively by recalcitrant Senate Democrats and lazy Senate Republicans.  Senator Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) shameful smearing of Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department

By | 2018-05-06T09:39:45+00:00 May 6th, 2018|

DACA Delay Exposes Hypocritical Republican Congress

Donald Trump as a candidate vowed, “We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties.” In particular, he promised to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave legal status to illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States as children. In March, the president made

By | 2018-04-30T12:44:53+00:00 April 29th, 2018|

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|