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.

It Takes a Veto

All summer long, Republicans have been touting their success in passing spending bills. The problem? There are no Republican policies in them. The bill the Senate passed earlier this week—which combines three spending bills into one package and extends government funding through December 7—fails to address any Republican policy priorities. It somehow manages

By | 2018-09-22T20:57:31+00:00 September 22nd, 2018|

Requiem for the Pro-Life Movement

Is the pro-life movement on Capitol Hill dead? If it is, it’s congressional Republicans who have killed it. Funding for for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) —where nearly all federal pro-life policy resides—will pass a Republican Congress this month without a single new pro-life policy attached to it. Specifically, the bill

By | 2018-09-16T21:17:44+00:00 September 15th, 2018|

All Out of Eyerolls

Senate Democrats unleashed a flurry of coordinated rhetorical assaults this week against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. At its center were their shopworn tropes about how Kavanaugh, a white man, is a racist, affiliates with white supremacists, and wants to see women die in the streets. The charges fell flat. The

By | 2018-09-09T21:01:32+00:00 September 8th, 2018|

Do-Nothing Republican Senate Goes Home

The Senate adjourned this week amid self-administered backslaps for “working hard during August” (they worked a grand total of 6.5 days) and donning self-congratulatory laurels as they praised themselves for implementing “major Republican priorities.” But for anyone paying attention, the Senate’s latest “work” session had all the characteristics of the 115th Congress: wildly

By | 2018-08-31T11:30:47+00:00 September 1st, 2018|

‘Toxic Masculinity’ Didn’t Kill Mollie Tibbetts, Lax Border Security Did

On the early evening of July 16, 2018, 20-year-old rising college sophomore Mollie Tibbetts went for a run. In the tiny town of Brooklyn, Iowa, this wasn’t unusual. With only about 1,500 residents, Brooklyn is a town in the middle of America’s heartland where “not a lot of big things happen.” Enter Cristhian

By | 2018-08-24T21:24:49+00:00 August 25th, 2018|