Federal Government Issues

Current Issues on Capitol Hill

August 10, 2022 - AACS Legal Report:  Federal Courts Rule That Christian Schools Must Be Subject to Title IX

2022 Issues

The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 8404, the so-called Respect for Marriage Act.  This dangerous bill repeals the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal law.  H.R. 8404 essentially codifies "same-sex marriage," but it also allows for legal action to be taken against any person deemed to have violated the new law.  For example, it is likely that pastors and churches could be subject to legal action for not agreeing to perform a wedding for a same-sex couple, and possibly even for proclaiming God's Truth regarding His design for marriage.  The bill is now before the U. S. Senate.  ODACS ministries oppose H.R. 8404.

Text of H.R. 8404

AACS Issue Brief

Sample Letter to Senator

2019 Issues

In its 2019 advocacy before the Congress, the top priority for ODACS was the Equality Act, H.R. 5.  The Equality Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal non-discrimination law.  ODACS ministries oppose H.R. 5.

Text of H.R. 5

AACS Issue Brief

Sample Letter to Congress

Additionally, ODACS supports the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act (S. 634, H.R. 1434) and the LIFT for Charities Act (S. 632, H.R. 1545).

Sample School Choice Letter Sample LIFT Act Letter
Text of S. 634 Text of S. 632
Text of H.R. 1434 Text of H.R. 1545
AACS Issue Brief AACS Issue Brief

2018 Issues

In its 2018 advocacy before the Congress, the two primary issues that ODACS focused on were the Free Speech Fairness Act and the First Amendment Defense Act.

Sample Letter, Free Speech Fairness Act

Sample Letter, First Amendment Defense Act


Other Resources

Education Policy Articles by the Heritage Foundation

FREE BROCHURE from CLA - Pastors, Pulpits, and Politics

Note:  To find information about specific bills on the Thomas web site run by the Library of Congress, click the Bill Number button, enter the bill number in the search field (example, HR573), and then click SEARCH.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to find links to the web sites for Virginia members of Congress.

AACS Washington Flyer

AACS Issue Brief:  Federal Role in Early Education


Virginia Members of Congress

Senator Mark Warner

Senator Tim Kaine

District 1 - Congressman Rob Wittman

District 2 - Congresswoman Jen Kiggans

District 3 - Congressman Bobby Scott

District 4 - Congresswoman Jennifer McClellan

District 5 - Congressman Bob Good

District 6 - Congressman Ben Cline

District 7 - Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger

District 8 - Congressman Don Beyer

District 9 - Congressman Morgan Griffith

District 10 - Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

District 11 - Congressman Gerald Connolly