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.

Hugh Culverhouse, Planned Parenthood, and Eugenics

The University of Alabama on May 29 announced its plans to return a $26.5 million donation from the largest donor in the university’s history. The announcement came only hours after the donor, Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., called for students to boycott the university in response to Alabama’s recent ban on abortion. Culverhouse claims

By | 2019-06-17T08:11:05-07:00 June 15th, 2019|

Democrats Offer ‘Faux Compassion’ on the Border, Says Texas Rep

As Texans go, Michael Cloud is more down-to-earth than boisterous. The freshman member of Congress is reserved and deliberate, answering questions with a soft drawl and a quick smile. Before coming to Congress in a special election last year to replace Representative Blake Farenthold, Cloud owned a video production company. In the years

By | 2019-06-08T14:22:49-07:00 June 8th, 2019|

Mexico Is Key to Resolving the U.S. Asylum Crisis

With border crossings at their highest level in more than 12 years and congressional Democrats intent on blocking desperately needed humanitarian aid and border security resources, the Trump Administration is once again left as the last line of defense at the border. On Thursday, the administration rolled out a new policy aimed at

By | 2019-06-01T21:26:38-07:00 June 1st, 2019|

How National Injunctions Create Constitutional Chaos

Nationwide injunctions—when a single district court judge can halt the enforcement of a law or policy across the country—have been stymying President Trump’s agenda from the get-go. And Attorney General William Barr is getting fed up. In a speech on Tuesday to the American Law Institute, Barr railed against national injunctions, noting that

By | 2019-05-25T17:00:29-07:00 May 25th, 2019|

Trump’s Immigration Pitch Has Real Merit

President Trump on Thursday rolled out his administration’s first, substantive take on immigration reform, and the reactions have been what you’d expect. Democrats and some Republicans immediately panned the proposal because it doesn’t provide amnesty to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (otherwise known as President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty),

By | 2019-05-19T17:14:12-07:00 May 19th, 2019|

Senate Republicans Use New Rules to Save a Crony Institution

After nuking their debate rules for nominations last month for the stated reason that they wanted to push the confirmations of more Republican judges, the Senate this week used the rule change instead to waste precious floor time expanding corporate cronyism.The Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank for more than 1,000 days has lacked the full quorum

By | 2019-05-14T11:59:32-07:00 May 12th, 2019|

The Democrats Are Humanitarian Frauds on the Border

The evidence that Democrats are now an unapologetically open borders party is piling up, and Republicans need to start calling them on it. From opposing expanded detention facilities, actively blocking legislation to fix family separation policies, and even voting against legislation that would prohibit illegal immigrants from voting, it’s becoming abundantly clear what

By | 2019-05-04T11:13:11-07:00 May 4th, 2019|

Our Lazy Republican Senate Needs to Start Confirming

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week took the extraordinary step—in response to Democrats’ obstruction of President Trump’s nominees—of using the “nuclear option” to shorten debate time for judicial and executive nominees. I’ve written at length about why this is a bad idea, most recently here and here. Prior to this action,

By | 2019-04-06T14:19:23-07:00 April 6th, 2019|