Capitol Conversations Episode

Matthew Hawkins and Steven Harris welcome Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at Becket to review the leaked draft of a new rule from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Travis Wussow explains how the DOJ could help Southern Baptist plaintiffs in the HHS lawsuits and Jeff Pickering highlights the plans for the ERLC’s summer DC interns. Also, non-hockey fans talk hockey and reveal we don’t know what we’re talking about.

Leaked HHS rule

The “HHS mandate” presently requires employer to facilitate all FDA approved contraceptives, abortion-causing drugs, and sterilization procedures as a part of their health insurance. Sufficient exceptions do not yet exist for organizations who object to such products on moral or religious grounds.


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Jeff Pickering

Jeff Pickering serves as associate policy communications director in the Washington, D.C. office. In this role, he hosts the weekly Capitol Conversations podcast, develops communications strategy, and connects journalists with the organization’s policy work. He also serves as the mentor and director of the DC internship program. Jeff previously served in both … Read More

Matthew Hawkins

Matthew Hawkins previously served the ERLC as a Policy Director in Washington, D.C. Presently, Matt is  pursuing a Ph.D. in public theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the meantime, he is writing and consulting at the intersection of religion and the public square. Matt holds an M.A. in Ethics … Read More

Steven Harris

Steven Harris serves as a Policy Director, with a particular focus on the U.S. Senate. In this role, he works with government leaders in the legislative and executive branches to advocate for the ERLC’s position on important issues, while also analyzing legislation and producing content for ERLC outlets. He holds a … Read More

Travis Wussow

Travis Wussow serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel. Travis led the ERLC’s first international office located in the Middle East prior to joining the Washington DC office. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The … Read More


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