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.

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|

Angry About Border Conditions? Blame Congress

The woke social media over the Fourth of July was something to behold. On America’s birthday, posts were full Trump-baby angst, references to illegal militias, treasonous criminality, and concentration camps, and carefully styled photos of summer desserts that spelled out “close the camps” on top of seasonal fruit. Because you know what you

By | 2019-07-07T20:28:21-07:00 July 6th, 2019|

Border Crisis Hypocrites on Parade

Conventional wisdom holds that political parties evolve, but do so slowly, over passing generations. But today’s Democrats have broken land-speed records as they have careened leftward on the question of immigration. Today’s Democratic Party is nearly unrecognizable when compared with where it was a decade ago, or even five years ago. And the

By | 2019-06-29T17:17:09-07:00 June 29th, 2019|

Chip Roy Takes a Stand—Will Republicans Learn?

People often question whether it’s still true that one man can make a difference in the modern Congress. This week, Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) proved that it is. Fed up with the House passing legislation on autopilot (that is, passing amendments and bills “unanimously” without recorded votes and no one in the chamber)

By | 2019-06-22T14:45:52-07:00 June 22nd, 2019|

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|

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