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  • 2014 ERLC Legislative Agenda

    The second session of the 113th Congress is likely going to be a very difficult period legislatively. Between election year jockeying and the ongoing political rancor it will be hard to find a path forward for many of the bills we want to see become law. Nevertheless, government is part of God’s design for ordering

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  • 2015 ERLC Legislative Agenda

    This year brings the beginning of the 114th Congress, and with it new opportunities to advance legislative issues important to Southern Baptists. The following is a partial listing of the various legislative and policy initiatives we will engage this year as part of our stewardship of God’s design for government. Some of these initiatives are

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  • 2016 ERLC Legislative Agenda

    The 114th Congress begins its second session this year. While we celebrated some advances over the course of the last year, many important bills still await congressional consideration, including several that have made their way through the House but await Senate action. The Senate situation is complicated because of the cloture rule, which requires 60

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  • 2017 ERLC Legislative and Policy Agenda

    In Washington, the new year brings a new Congress, a new Administration, a new balance of power, and carries with it new opportunities to pursue legislation that will serve Southern Baptists and the common good. We are excited to release today the ERLC’s 2017 Legislative and Policy Agenda. The document lays out our priority legislative and

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  • 2018 ERLC Legislative Agenda

    In Washington, we are in the second session of the 115th Congress. This is an election year, which means the window for legislative activity is shorter than usual and tensions will heighten when voting on difficult issues. While 2017 was a year of many surprises and political uncertainty, we remained focused on our priorities and

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  • 2019 Legislative Agenda

    The first session of the 116th Congress is underway. The midterm elections in 2018 resulted in the Democratic Party taking control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. The 116th Congress commenced in the middle of a partial government shutdown, perhaps serving as an indication of the kind of gridlock and

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  • 2020 ERLC Recap

    2020 was not the year any of us expected. With the arrival of COVID-19, our world changed rapidly and we were all forced to adjust. But even through crisis and tragedy, our churches found ways to continue serving those around them. Throughout this year, our team has worked tirelessly on behalf of our churches to

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  • 2020 Legislative Agenda

    The second session of the 116th Congress is now underway, and the ERLC is active with the work of speaking from our Southern Baptist churches into the legislative process. Over the next year the ERLC will continue to work to make progress on core areas of our agenda, such as pro-life and religious liberty legislation. The ERLC will

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  • 2021 Public Policy Agenda

    The inauguration of a new president and the swearing-in of a new Congress always means a time of change and new beginnings. The 117th Congress, though, begins in a time of unique peril and uncertainty for our country. A global pandemic—and the resulting economic distress—along with the January 6 insurrection against our country mean that

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  • Adoptee Citizenship Act Coalition Letter 2021

    The Honorable Nancy PelosiSpeakerUnited States House of Representatives 1236 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Jerry NadlerChairmanHouse Committee on the JudiciaryUnited States House of Representatives2132 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Kevin McCarthyMinority LeaderUnited States House of Representatives 2468 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Jim JordanRanking MemberHouse

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