• Southern Baptists win re-election to Congress

    November 17 2016 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptists win re-election to Congress

    All Southern Baptist members of Congress participating in the Nov. 8 election successfully defended their seats. Three senators and 26 representatives won re-election. With three other senators who were not up for re-election, Southern Baptists will count at least 32 of their own when the next Congress convenes in January.

  • GOP senator delivers trio of powerful speeches on race

    July 18 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    GOP senator delivers trio of powerful speeches on race

    The U.S. Senate’s only black Republican said that ending racial discord starts with breaking bread together. “I have experienced what’s possible when the family talks,” Sen. Tim Scott. “I think this is incredibly important that while our problems appear in black and white, our solutions are black and white.”

  • Harris announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

    September 13 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 2 comments
    Harris announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

    At a private gathering Sept. 12 in Clemmons, Mark Harris announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. He is in a race that now has at least three other Republicans who are vying for the seat held by Kay Hagen.

  • Mark Harris considers Senate run

    May 7 2013 by BR staff | with 7 comments
    Mark Harris considers Senate run

    While Mark Harris continues to lead his church in Charlotte, there seems to be a groundswell of support for him to run for public office.

  • Six states seek to legalize assisted suicide

    February 18 2013 by Angela Lu, World News Service | with 0 comments

    Six states – Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Kansas, Hawaii, and Massachusetts – are looking to pass bills legalizing assisted suicide, which has never made it through a legislature despite 122 attempts in 25 states. Physician-assisted suicide is legal only in Oregon and Washington state, and in both cases the law passed through ballot measures.

  • House passes bill to give disaster relief to religious groups

    February 14 2013 by Caleb K. Bell, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    The House Wednesday (Feb. 13) overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow places of worship to receive federal aid to repair their buildings damaged during Hurricane Sandy.   The bill, which garnered strong bipartisan support, is also expected to pass the Senate, and would address what its sponsors consider a discriminatory practice that keeps federal disaster money from religious groups.

  • Adoption credit made permanent in ‘cliff’ bill

    January 4 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The so-called “fiscal cliff” bill signed by President Obama didn’t fully please either political party, but it did contain great news for the adoption community by maintaining a tax credit that makes adoption more affordable for low- and middle-income families.

  • Online poker opponents warn of Senate battle

    December 13 2012 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) ethics entity and other gambling foes are speaking out against legislation to legalize online poker that is a threat to gain U.S. Senate passage before the end of the year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and conservative Sen. Jon Kyl, R.-Ariz., have drafted a bill that reportedly would legalize Internet gambling on poker.

  • Rubio talks creation, homosexuality, abortion

    December 11 2012 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio addressed three topics of prominent concern to evangelicals during an event in Washington Dec. 5, sharing his views on the age of the Earth, whether homosexuality is a sin and when life begins. At a breakfast hosted by Politico, Rubio did not back down from comments he made to GQ last month in which he said the age of the Earth is “one of the great mysteries.”

  • Fiscal cliff imperils adoption tax credit

    December 6 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Fiscal cliff imperils adoption tax credit

    With Congress embroiled in debate over the so-called fiscal cliff, many in the adoption community are concerned the adoption tax credit set to expire at year’s end could be forgotten, even though immediate action is needed.

  • Group suggests church accountability measures to senator

    December 6 2012 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A commission examining several church-related tax issues – such as the limitations of the pastoral housing allowance and the IRS’ power to investigate churches – submitted a 91-page report to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley Dec. 4. The report by the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations said its 43 recommendations to increase accountability would not impose excessive legislation, giving careful attention to the preservation of religious freedom.

  • Senate defeats treaty opposed by family groups

    December 5 2012 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The U.S. Senate fell short in its bid to ratify a treaty critics charged could subvert parental authority and American sovereignty, as well as expand abortions. Senators voted 61-38 Dec. 4 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) but failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required in the Senate to approve a treaty.

  • N.Y. Senate committee passes church/school bill

    February 1 2012 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A New York State Senate committee has stepped in on behalf of churches that soon will not be allowed to meet in public schools in New York City.

  • Senate committee votes to repeal marriage act

    November 11 2011 by Michael Foust , Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    WASHINGTON (BP) – A Democratic-controlled Senate committee passed a bill Nov. 10 that would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), marking the first time that a committee in either chamber of Congress had acted to reverse the 1996 law that gives states the ability to make their own marriage laws.

  • GREENSBORO – A new law requiring an ultrasound image be shown to pregnant women was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles’ decision highlights part of what is called the “Woman’s Right to Know” act passed in July by the N.C. Senate and House, overturning a veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue.