Rep. Miller’s Goals for the Family Caucus: Promote Core Values and ‘The God of the Bible’
On Monday, Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) and the Congressional Family Caucus hosted an event to discuss the challenges that face the most important unit in society: the family.
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.), and Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) all spoke about the fundamental truths that strengthen a society — the reality of male and female, the science that backs up basic truths, and the God who authored them. In this hour-long gathering, each speaker offered encouragement for those who care about upholding the family unit.
“We’re living in a time the Bible says things that are untrue will be looked at as truth, and things that are true will be looked at as untruths,” said Harshbarger. As Americans face the gender wars in the work place, schools, and even the home, she reiterated, “We have to be bold, and we have to have a backbone of steel because they are going to come at us from every side.” But to stand boldly is what the Family Caucus was created to do.
When The Washington Stand asked Miller why she started the group, she said, “Because I understand that the foundation that made our country good and great is number one, faith, and number two, the family.”
With these foundational truths as their anchor, Miller shared a number of things she is hoping the Family Caucus can accomplish in this Congress. With a tax bill around the corner, she explained, “I want to support policies that make it easy for people to get married and provide for their household.” She added that some of her financial goals revolve around couples who want to have one parent stay home to “provide for their household,” and to make sure that “it’s economically feasible.”
Additionally, Miller emphasized that in Congress, she wants to emphasize pro-life matters, school choice and parental rights policies, and a vehement push “against the evil transgender agenda.” As Miller put it, especially during an election year, issues concerning the family “should be front and center.”
She continued, “I think the American people are very unsettled when they see the disintegration of our culture, and they’re looking for answers. And I want to be involved in the rebuilding process to draw people back to our foundations, which is faith and family.”
Miller highlighted that when “people talk about [a] return to God,’” they’re often referring to a god that is more of an idea or “a figment of their imagination.” But Miller clarified, “[I’m talking about] the God of the Bible.” And bringing the true biblical God into the public square is both a current and long-term goal for Miller and the Family Caucus.
As far as long-term goals, she insisted on making it illegal to carry out gender transition procedures on minor children and obliging abortion businesses to “give women information before they have an abortion” including the baby’s development in the womb, her heartbeat, and the truth from the ultrasounds. She added that she also wants “legislation that gives tax breaks for families of a husband and wife that have children” to relieve some of the stress and help strengthen those who are building families in America.
All these goals are what the Congressional Family Caucus is working toward every day. It’s about “respecting the natural family,” Miller insisted. Babin added that surrounding everything they do, “God is still in control … and we are to be the salt and light to this country.”
As Harshbarger pointed out, “The only way we’re going to save this nation is by returning to God-given values, and the order that God told us to put things in. Him first, family second, everything else third, fourth, and fifth.” She concluded, “I, for one, will stand here with [Babin] and with [Miller] and everybody that’s part of [the Family Caucus], and … fight.”
Sarah Holliday is a reporter at The Washington Stand.