January 19, 2018
As Vice President Mike Pence touches down in the Middle East, the U.S. Senate just gave him something else to talk about -- the possibility of a new Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom. Yesterday, Republicans jumped a key hurdle in appointing Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) to the post, which will come as a relief to people like Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, King Abdullah of Jordan, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Together, they've fought to make freedom a greater priority for their countries, which have been under relentless attack from extremists.
Now that the Foreign Relations Committee has given Brownback the green light, it's time for the full Senate to act on Governor Brownback's confirmation. After eight years of leading from behind, this move is yet another example of the Trump administration trying to give the world's persecuted new hope -- first, that they aren't alone, and secondly, that help is on the way. The sooner Gov. Brownback is confirmed as ambassador, the sooner the U.S. will be able to expand its efforts to help the persecuted.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.