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.

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|

Senate Shouldn’t Nuke Minority Voices: A Reply to Ed Whelan

Ed Whelan of National Review on Monday published a two-part rebuttal to my argument against the Senate’s effort to nuke their post-cloture 30-hour rule. The Senate is scheduled to start that very process Tuesday afternoon. Part one of Whelan’s argument focuses exclusively on whether or not the Senate has the right to change

By | 2019-04-02T10:21:24-07:00 April 2nd, 2019|

The Constitution Isn’t In Crisis—But the Border Still Is

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday followed the lead of the Democratic House and voted to disapprove President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. The success of the disapproval vote was expected in the House, where Democrats keep waving their arms and saying “It’s fine!” while women and children are

By | 2019-03-16T12:55:38-07:00 March 16th, 2019|

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