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Sarah Chamberlain
Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
almost 3 years Washington, D.C., DC, United States Conversation

Your questions will be answered on Thursday, January 19th at 2pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi! I'm Sarah Chamberlain. I'm an activist, entrepreneur, public speaker, Washington D.C. powerbroker, and am a passionate advocate of women’s political engagement.

As President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, I run an organization that supports the governing wing of the Republican Party in Congress. I am the only woman in the country who’s the CEO of a major Republican organization! The mission of the Main Street Advocacy is that it serves as a forum to exchange ideas between members of Congress and Main Street women, and to engage and empower them in the political process.

I'm also the creator and facilitator of the Women2Women National Conversation Tour and am a national voice calling for women to become more involved in the political process. 

Some fun facts about me are that I was born in upstate New York. I went to University of Delaware for undergrad where I majored in accounting, and then went on to attend the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard.

I went into politics through first being an assistant to Rep. Amory Houghton Jr., a former CEO of the Corning Glass Company and a six-term member of Congress. I've written for the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and other national publications and have appeared on many media programs.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, January 19th at 2pm ET.

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  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Hi there! This is Sarah Chamberlain, the President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership. I'm really excited to take part in this Mogul AMA, and the timing is perfect given the Inauguration that's happening here in DC. I'll start answering some of the questions I've received so far, and I'd love to hear from everyone out there!

    Hi there! This is Sarah Chamberlain, the President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership. I'm really excited to take part in this Mogul AMA, and the timing is perfect given the Inauguration that's happening here in DC. I'll start answering some of the questions I've received so far, and I'd love to hear from everyone out there!

    • Michelle Daines 5
      Michelle Daines 5 American Made
      almost 3 years ago Montreal, QC, Canada and Delray Beach Florida, USA

      Looking forward to watching elected women in office and how we all unite in a non partisan manner to support each others bills and votes to advance the status of women in a Greater America.

      Looking forward to watching elected women in office and how we all unite in a non partisan manner to support each others bills and votes to advance the status of women in a Greater America.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    In your opinion, what will it take to unify the country again? Is this the most divided you've seen it?

    In your opinion, what will it take to unify the country again? Is this the most divided you've seen it?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Bethany -- I'd agree that this is the most politically divided that I've seen the country in my lifetime. Political scientists say it's the most divided we've been as a nation since the Civil War. But outside of Washington, most people don't eat, breathe, and sleep politics all the time. If you sat them down and talked to them about issues, without referencing the political battles, I think you'd find a lot of consensus about how our national problems should be approached and dealt with. That makes me hopeful that the political polarization is more a passing phase than the new normal, as Lucy put it earlier. I think we all need to be a little less rigid in our thinking about politics. Politicians from different parties should get to know each other more, but so should Americans from all walks of life. The reason that we've survived as a nation for 240 years is that Americans have had a genius for compromise. I believe that we can overcome our national problems if we focus on the practical details of policy and try to assume the best rather than the worst about the people who disagree with us.

      Bethany -- I'd agree that this is the most politically divided that I've seen the country in my lifetime. Political scientists say it's the most divided we've been as a nation since the Civil War. But outside of Washington, most people don't eat, breathe, and sleep politics all the time. If you sat them down and talked to them about issues, without referencing the political battles, I think you'd find a lot of consensus about how our national problems should be approached and dealt with. That makes me hopeful that the political polarization is more a passing phase than the new normal, as Lucy put it earlier. I think we all need to be a little less rigid in our thinking about politics. Politicians from different parties should get to know each other more, but so should Americans from all walks of life. The reason that we've survived as a nation for 240 years is that Americans have had a genius for compromise. I believe that we can overcome our national problems if we focus on the practical details of policy and try to assume the best rather than the worst about the people who disagree with us.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What is your biggest advice on dealing with heartbreak? How do you maintain work life balance?

    What is your biggest advice on dealing with heartbreak? How do you maintain work life balance?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Wow. Bethany, I’ve been through heartbreak. Six years ago I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer. He was 50 years old, working in the White House, at the peak of his career. You never get over that kind of heartbreak, but you learn to go on. You just have to get up every day, put on your shoes, and move forward. I’ve never gotten over losing Michael, but I’ve learned to cope. It has been difficult being a single working mom, but I’ve had the supportive friends and family. And the members of Congress have given me the flexibility that I’ve needed to be a part of my eleven year-old daughter’s life. I put in long hours, but I also get to go to my daughter’s plays, sporting events, chorus recitals, Girl Scout events — not all of them, but I can work and still be part of her life and get to see her grow up. I think every American household should have that ability to balance work and family life. That’s why Main Street’s Rep. Mimi Walters of California is introducing a workforce flexibility bill in the current Congress, which would help employers and employees to better adjust that balance.

      Wow. Bethany, I’ve been through heartbreak. Six years ago I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer. He was 50 years old, working in the White House, at the peak of his career. You never get over that kind of heartbreak, but you learn to go on. You just have to get up every day, put on your shoes, and move forward. I’ve never gotten over losing Michael, but I’ve learned to cope. It has been difficult being a single working mom, but I’ve had the supportive friends and family. And the members of Congress have given me the flexibility that I’ve needed to be a part of my eleven year-old daughter’s life. I put in long hours, but I also get to go to my daughter’s plays, sporting events, chorus recitals, Girl Scout events — not all of them, but I can work and still be part of her life and get to see her grow up. I think every American household should have that ability to balance work and family life. That’s why Main Street’s Rep. Mimi Walters of California is introducing a workforce flexibility bill in the current Congress, which would help employers and employees to better adjust that balance.

      • Bethany Heinrich
        Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
        almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

        Hi Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. You are an inspiration, so I can't thank you enough for being a guest on AAMA!

        Hi Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. You are an inspiration, so I can't thank you enough for being a guest on AAMA!

        • Sarah Chamberlain
          Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
          almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

          Thank you so much, Bethany! I've enjoyed being your guest!

          Thank you so much, Bethany! I've enjoyed being your guest!

  • Michelle Daines 5
    Michelle Daines 5 American Made
    almost 3 years ago Montreal, QC, Canada and Delray Beach Florida, USA

    The incidents of #RomeoFraud and #FinancialPredator crimes against ageing women are devastating the financial security of a generation of women who built our feminist culture. Despite reports of these crimes to Law Enforcement there are very few arrests and convictions. Underreported financial crimes against women result in inaccurate statistics of the resulting poverty as many lose inheritances, assets and cash savings after being targeted by Nigerian 419 and domestic enterprises committing the acts as a flourishing non taxed source of income. How can you help legislate against this form of organized crime against women of America? "The One That Got Away by Brigitte Knowles." Michelle Daines

    The incidents of #RomeoFraud and #FinancialPredator crimes against ageing women are devastating the financial security of a generation of women who built our feminist culture. Despite reports of these crimes to Law Enforcement there are very few arrests and convictions. Underreported financial crimes against women result in inaccurate statistics of the resulting poverty as many lose inheritances, assets and cash savings after being targeted by Nigerian 419 and domestic enterprises committing the acts as a flourishing non taxed source of income. How can you help legislate against this form of organized crime against women of America? "The One That Got Away by Brigitte Knowles." Michelle Daines

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      That’s a terrific question, and a critically important issue. Main Street’s Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and she has really shone a bright light on this terrible problem of fraud against seniors and retirees for the past several years. She’s held multiple hearings on the subject since 2015, and the committee established a toll-free fraud hotline (1-855-303-9470) that has received thousands of calls from all 50 states. She has said that “Sometimes there are calls from seniors asking us about scams that they have been approached with and ask what they should do. Other times it is calls from seniors alerting us that there are new scams out there. Other times there are calls from seniors telling us how they have lost thousands of dollars as a result of scams. We try to help them by connecting them to local law enforcement or the [Federal Trade Commission]. In one case, we were able to act quickly enough that we were able to get the bank to stop the money transfer. In another case, we were able to get law enforcement involved in time that they made arrests.” Just last week, Sen. Collins introduced a bill with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to crack down on schemes targeting seniors including fraudulent investment plans, prizes and sweepstakes, charity scams, predatory home lenders, telemarketing and mail fraud, Ponzi schemes, and other forms of deception. The bipartisan Seniors Fraud Prevention Act would help fight scams designed to strip seniors of their assets by helping educate seniors about fraud schemes and improving monitoring and response to fraud complaints.

      That’s a terrific question, and a critically important issue. Main Street’s Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and she has really shone a bright light on this terrible problem of fraud against seniors and retirees for the past several years. She’s held multiple hearings on the subject since 2015, and the committee established a toll-free fraud hotline (1-855-303-9470) that has received thousands of calls from all 50 states. She has said that “Sometimes there are calls from seniors asking us about scams that they have been approached with and ask what they should do. Other times it is calls from seniors alerting us that there are new scams out there. Other times there are calls from seniors telling us how they have lost thousands of dollars as a result of scams. We try to help them by connecting them to local law enforcement or the [Federal Trade Commission]. In one case, we were able to act quickly enough that we were able to get the bank to stop the money transfer. In another case, we were able to get law enforcement involved in time that they made arrests.” Just last week, Sen. Collins introduced a bill with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to crack down on schemes targeting seniors including fraudulent investment plans, prizes and sweepstakes, charity scams, predatory home lenders, telemarketing and mail fraud, Ponzi schemes, and other forms of deception. The bipartisan Seniors Fraud Prevention Act would help fight scams designed to strip seniors of their assets by helping educate seniors about fraud schemes and improving monitoring and response to fraud complaints.

      • Michelle Daines 5
        Michelle Daines 5 American Made
        almost 3 years ago Montreal, QC, Canada and Delray Beach Florida, USA

        Thank you. I would like you to read Women who love Psychopaths by Dr. Sandra Brown. It describes the special circumstances of Fraud by Romantic Deception. Women are losing millions and no tax deduction . The PTSD is destructive to family estates and leaves women penniless, homeless and suicidal because it is pseudo relationship fraud.

        Thank you. I would like you to read Women who love Psychopaths by Dr. Sandra Brown. It describes the special circumstances of Fraud by Romantic Deception. Women are losing millions and no tax deduction . The PTSD is destructive to family estates and leaves women penniless, homeless and suicidal because it is pseudo relationship fraud.

  • Leah 94
    almost 3 years ago

    What is it like to live in Washington?

    What is it like to live in Washington?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Hi Leah! Interesting question! It’s not much like what you see on the televisions shows that are set in Washington — House of Cards and so on. I’ve never been very interested in the trappings of power and all the political intrigue that people can get caught up in. After you’ve been here as long as I have, you tend to think about more practical things, like how terrible the commute is — sometimes it can take an hour to go five miles. Public transportation isn’t any better here, and the problems of the DC metro system seem to be getting worse and worse. But if you like politics, there’s no better city in the world than Washington. And I never get tired of seeing the Capitol lit up at night.

      Hi Leah! Interesting question! It’s not much like what you see on the televisions shows that are set in Washington — House of Cards and so on. I’ve never been very interested in the trappings of power and all the political intrigue that people can get caught up in. After you’ve been here as long as I have, you tend to think about more practical things, like how terrible the commute is — sometimes it can take an hour to go five miles. Public transportation isn’t any better here, and the problems of the DC metro system seem to be getting worse and worse. But if you like politics, there’s no better city in the world than Washington. And I never get tired of seeing the Capitol lit up at night.

  • Lucy Chen
    almost 3 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    Do you ever get concerned about the extremes in both parties, with the Tea Party and the ultra progressives? I get worried about the two extremes and wonder if you feel this is phase, or if it's the new normal.

    Do you ever get concerned about the extremes in both parties, with the Tea Party and the ultra progressives? I get worried about the two extremes and wonder if you feel this is phase, or if it's the new normal.

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Lucy — Yes, that’s a major concern of mine. It seems to me that the American people, on average, are angrier than they were a decade ago — doesn’t it seem that way to you? I believe that the onset of the 24/7 news cycle has had a lot to do with that. The media is more interested in reporting on political conflict than more significant process of making legislation. The Internet has added to that problem — and don’t even get me started on the rise of fake news. But I also think that most Americans are looking for practical solutions rather than ideological extremes. I’m hopeful that if the President-elect and Congress succeed in their plans to grow the economy and raise employment, that will lead to people getting more regular paychecks, and there will be less anger and political polarization.

      Lucy — Yes, that’s a major concern of mine. It seems to me that the American people, on average, are angrier than they were a decade ago — doesn’t it seem that way to you? I believe that the onset of the 24/7 news cycle has had a lot to do with that. The media is more interested in reporting on political conflict than more significant process of making legislation. The Internet has added to that problem — and don’t even get me started on the rise of fake news. But I also think that most Americans are looking for practical solutions rather than ideological extremes. I’m hopeful that if the President-elect and Congress succeed in their plans to grow the economy and raise employment, that will lead to people getting more regular paychecks, and there will be less anger and political polarization.

  • Lucy Chen
    almost 3 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    Are you excited about the Women's March? What's the biggest difference you see in how Republicans support women and how Democrats do? Is the main difference surrounding the topic of reproductive rights, would you say?

    Are you excited about the Women's March? What's the biggest difference you see in how Republicans support women and how Democrats do? Is the main difference surrounding the topic of reproductive rights, would you say?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Hi Lucy! I’m excited that women have the opportunity to exercise their First Amendment rights and participate in the political process, no matter what the issue. I honestly believe that the men of the Republican Main Street Partnership are just as supportive of women as their male Democratic counterparts in Congress — and I can say that from personal experience as the only woman who’s President and CEO of a Republican organization. But you don’t hear about that from the media. My organization hasn’t focused on social issues, and they rarely come up on the Women2Women Tour either. I always say that all issues are women’s issues.

      Hi Lucy! I’m excited that women have the opportunity to exercise their First Amendment rights and participate in the political process, no matter what the issue. I honestly believe that the men of the Republican Main Street Partnership are just as supportive of women as their male Democratic counterparts in Congress — and I can say that from personal experience as the only woman who’s President and CEO of a Republican organization. But you don’t hear about that from the media. My organization hasn’t focused on social issues, and they rarely come up on the Women2Women Tour either. I always say that all issues are women’s issues.

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    almost 3 years ago

    Is it only for Republican women?

    Is it only for Republican women?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Erin — The Republican Main Street Partnership, as the name suggests, is an organization of Republican members of Congress (men and women alike). But the Women2Women Conversations Tour is open to any woman who wants to attend. We won’t check your party affiliation or charge you admission. I couldn’t tell you how many of the women who have attended our events have been Republicans or Democrats.

      Erin — The Republican Main Street Partnership, as the name suggests, is an organization of Republican members of Congress (men and women alike). But the Women2Women Conversations Tour is open to any woman who wants to attend. We won’t check your party affiliation or charge you admission. I couldn’t tell you how many of the women who have attended our events have been Republicans or Democrats.

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 3 years ago

    How does the organization you run work?

    How does the organization you run work?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Hi Erin — great question! But also a complicated one, so this is maybe going to be a longer answer than you expected. I actually run several organizations. The best known is the Republican Main Street Partnership, which is an organization made up of more than 70 members of Congress. I like to say that they represent the governing wing of the Republican Party, because they really want to pass legislation to improve the lives of everyday Americans, and they aren’t trying to puff themselves up or prove how ideologically pure they are. They’re workhorses, not showhorses, and they’re capable of working across the aisle to get results. In the last Congress, our members introduced more than 250 bills that passed one or both chambers, and over a hundred of those became law. Main Street works like most organizations work in Washington: by having lots of meetings and discussions! I’m in touch with members every day, usually through phone and text, but I also see them on a regular basis. Main Street conducts extensive research into policy issues, and we do what we can to help inform our membership and the public about those issues. For example, we did a lot of work last year to mobilize support for the Helping Families in Mental Crisis Act, which was introduced by Main Street Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), and the 21st Century Cures Act, which was championed by Main Street Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). And Main Street, as you would expect, tries to help our incumbent members of Congress win reelection and get new members elected. I also run Main Street Advocacy, which operates the Women2Women Conversations Tour. That’s a nationwide effort to connect Main Street’s Congresswomen with audiences of women around the country, and allow them to have a discussion about issues that are important to them. It was through those conversations that our Congresswomen realized how much concern there was around issues like mental health and opioid drug abuse, and that resulted in some very significant legislation being passed by the Congress.

      Hi Erin — great question! But also a complicated one, so this is maybe going to be a longer answer than you expected. I actually run several organizations. The best known is the Republican Main Street Partnership, which is an organization made up of more than 70 members of Congress. I like to say that they represent the governing wing of the Republican Party, because they really want to pass legislation to improve the lives of everyday Americans, and they aren’t trying to puff themselves up or prove how ideologically pure they are. They’re workhorses, not showhorses, and they’re capable of working across the aisle to get results. In the last Congress, our members introduced more than 250 bills that passed one or both chambers, and over a hundred of those became law. Main Street works like most organizations work in Washington: by having lots of meetings and discussions! I’m in touch with members every day, usually through phone and text, but I also see them on a regular basis. Main Street conducts extensive research into policy issues, and we do what we can to help inform our membership and the public about those issues. For example, we did a lot of work last year to mobilize support for the Helping Families in Mental Crisis Act, which was introduced by Main Street Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), and the 21st Century Cures Act, which was championed by Main Street Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). And Main Street, as you would expect, tries to help our incumbent members of Congress win reelection and get new members elected. I also run Main Street Advocacy, which operates the Women2Women Conversations Tour. That’s a nationwide effort to connect Main Street’s Congresswomen with audiences of women around the country, and allow them to have a discussion about issues that are important to them. It was through those conversations that our Congresswomen realized how much concern there was around issues like mental health and opioid drug abuse, and that resulted in some very significant legislation being passed by the Congress.

  • Sarah Fein
    almost 3 years ago

    Are you concerned at all about Trump and how he has treated women in the past, or are you hopeful he will rise to the occasion during his term to treat all people with respect?

    Are you concerned at all about Trump and how he has treated women in the past, or are you hopeful he will rise to the occasion during his term to treat all people with respect?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Sarah — I spoke out publicly against the remarks that President-elect Trump made about women when he was talking to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush and was unaware that he was being recorded. So did just about all of Main Street’s members of Congress. However, I’ve spoken with his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and others who have pointed out how he has a great record of giving significant responsibility to women in his organizations — including, most recently, his advisor Kellyanne Conway, who became the first woman in history to run a successful presidential camapign. So I am hopeful that, as President, he will treat women with respect and will work with Congress on policies that will make real improvements in the lives of American women. As to whether he will treat all people with respect — well, he’s a New Yorker, and New Yorkers interact with each other with a sort of give-and-take that’s a little rougher than what people in most other parts of the country are used to. But I believe he will honor all Americans equally as citizens of our great nation.

      Sarah — I spoke out publicly against the remarks that President-elect Trump made about women when he was talking to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush and was unaware that he was being recorded. So did just about all of Main Street’s members of Congress. However, I’ve spoken with his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and others who have pointed out how he has a great record of giving significant responsibility to women in his organizations — including, most recently, his advisor Kellyanne Conway, who became the first woman in history to run a successful presidential camapign. So I am hopeful that, as President, he will treat women with respect and will work with Congress on policies that will make real improvements in the lives of American women. As to whether he will treat all people with respect — well, he’s a New Yorker, and New Yorkers interact with each other with a sort of give-and-take that’s a little rougher than what people in most other parts of the country are used to. But I believe he will honor all Americans equally as citizens of our great nation.

  • Sarah Fein
    almost 3 years ago

    What can we as women do to protect our rights? I am terrified that now birth control is more expensive. I worry for those who can't afford it. What do you recommend they do?

    What can we as women do to protect our rights? I am terrified that now birth control is more expensive. I worry for those who can't afford it. What do you recommend they do?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Hello, Sarah! I think that making birth control available over the counter is a critically important part of making it cheaper and more widely available. One of Main Street’s members, Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, has recently introduced legislation that would make that possible. As to your general question about what women can do to protect their rights — they can become more active politically. I’m going to be making a big push this year to get women more involved in every level of the political process, from issue advocacy to canvassing to running for office themselves.

      Hello, Sarah! I think that making birth control available over the counter is a critically important part of making it cheaper and more widely available. One of Main Street’s members, Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, has recently introduced legislation that would make that possible. As to your general question about what women can do to protect their rights — they can become more active politically. I’m going to be making a big push this year to get women more involved in every level of the political process, from issue advocacy to canvassing to running for office themselves.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Sarah! How is the Republican party changing? What are your concerns and hopes for the future of the party? How are you feeling about the inauguration and upcoming transition of power?

    Hi Sarah! How is the Republican party changing? What are your concerns and hopes for the future of the party? How are you feeling about the inauguration and upcoming transition of power?

    • Sarah Chamberlain
      Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
      almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

      Hello, Bethany! And thanks for writing in! I think the Republican Party got a real wake-up call in this past election. The message was that politicians have to be in closer touch with voters at the grassroots, really understand the issues that are troubling them, and pass legislation that really responds to their concerns. I think that we saw in the recent elections that voters want their leaders to be in-touch and able to get things done. That was the main reason for Donald Trump’s success, but it was also why our members of Congress also did so well in the elections. I always enjoy presidential inaugurations because they’re proof of the peaceful transfer of power that’s part of the genius of the American system. I’m also really optimistic that President-elect Trump will work with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to pass legislation that will respond to the real fears and frustrations of American citizens. Main Street’s members will play a central role in that process. And I’m hopeful that the Republican Party as a whole will become more about results than rhetoric, because now that they control both Congress and the White House, they can’t blame inaction on the Democrats.

      Hello, Bethany! And thanks for writing in! I think the Republican Party got a real wake-up call in this past election. The message was that politicians have to be in closer touch with voters at the grassroots, really understand the issues that are troubling them, and pass legislation that really responds to their concerns. I think that we saw in the recent elections that voters want their leaders to be in-touch and able to get things done. That was the main reason for Donald Trump’s success, but it was also why our members of Congress also did so well in the elections. I always enjoy presidential inaugurations because they’re proof of the peaceful transfer of power that’s part of the genius of the American system. I’m also really optimistic that President-elect Trump will work with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to pass legislation that will respond to the real fears and frustrations of American citizens. Main Street’s members will play a central role in that process. And I’m hopeful that the Republican Party as a whole will become more about results than rhetoric, because now that they control both Congress and the White House, they can’t blame inaction on the Democrats.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Cris — I expect Congress and the Trump administration to overturn quite a lot of the current administration’s executive orders and regulations. That’s the flaw of governing by executive order instead of through the legislative process — the next administration can easily undo many of your actions. Since vast numbers of business owners have come to regard excessive regulations as being as much a burden as high taxes, I expect that lessening the regulatory overload will have a positive impact on American jobs and employment. I don’t expect that there will be any significant impact on women’s rights.

    Cris — I expect Congress and the Trump administration to overturn quite a lot of the current administration’s executive orders and regulations. That’s the flaw of governing by executive order instead of through the legislative process — the next administration can easily undo many of your actions. Since vast numbers of business owners have come to regard excessive regulations as being as much a burden as high taxes, I expect that lessening the regulatory overload will have a positive impact on American jobs and employment. I don’t expect that there will be any significant impact on women’s rights.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Maybe I should explain for Mogul readers who aren't familiar with this concept that "sanctuary cities” are local jurisdictions that have declared their intention not to enforce federal immigration laws. President-elect Trump, while on the campaign trail, said that those cities would “not receive taxpayer dollars.” In previous years, Democrats had blocked attempts by Republicans in Congress to cut off federal funding to those cities, but with Republicans in control of both Congress and the White House, funding cuts may happen. However, the reason for withholding federal funds from cities would have to be tied to the proposed use of those funds. A few colleges and universities have declared themselves to be “sanctuary campuses,” but in practice that’s unlikely to mean more than that schools will not voluntarily cooperate with immigration enforcement officials. A lot of the recent rhetoric about sanctuary cities and campuses is based on fears about widespread deportation efforts under a Trump administration targeting all 11 million illegal immigrants in this country, but deportations on that scale seem unlikely to me.

    Maybe I should explain for Mogul readers who aren't familiar with this concept that "sanctuary cities” are local jurisdictions that have declared their intention not to enforce federal immigration laws. President-elect Trump, while on the campaign trail, said that those cities would “not receive taxpayer dollars.” In previous years, Democrats had blocked attempts by Republicans in Congress to cut off federal funding to those cities, but with Republicans in control of both Congress and the White House, funding cuts may happen. However, the reason for withholding federal funds from cities would have to be tied to the proposed use of those funds. A few colleges and universities have declared themselves to be “sanctuary campuses,” but in practice that’s unlikely to mean more than that schools will not voluntarily cooperate with immigration enforcement officials. A lot of the recent rhetoric about sanctuary cities and campuses is based on fears about widespread deportation efforts under a Trump administration targeting all 11 million illegal immigrants in this country, but deportations on that scale seem unlikely to me.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Cris — For decades, there has been agreement from everyone who studies or works with the United Nations — and we’re talking about people whose politics are left, right, and center — that the institution desperately requires significant and far-reaching reforms. But every attempt at reform has been swallowed up and neutralized by the UN’s massive bureaucratic inertia. I’m sure that the new Congress (and the Trump administration) will be taking a fresh look at how to improve the UN, but I’m not optimistic that any new reform plans will fare any better than those of past Republican and Democratic administrations.

    Cris — For decades, there has been agreement from everyone who studies or works with the United Nations — and we’re talking about people whose politics are left, right, and center — that the institution desperately requires significant and far-reaching reforms. But every attempt at reform has been swallowed up and neutralized by the UN’s massive bureaucratic inertia. I’m sure that the new Congress (and the Trump administration) will be taking a fresh look at how to improve the UN, but I’m not optimistic that any new reform plans will fare any better than those of past Republican and Democratic administrations.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Yes! Individual tax reduction and simplification is one of the top priorities on the Republican Main Street policy agenda. While it’s unlikely that you’ll see a plan coming out of Congress before the spring or summer (at the earliest), you can expect that the tax reform proposals that will emerge will seek to lower individual rates, shrink the number of brackets (and index them to inflation), and get rid of many of the exemptions that special interests have carved out over the years — which is the main reason why our tax code has become so complicated and confusing.

    Yes! Individual tax reduction and simplification is one of the top priorities on the Republican Main Street policy agenda. While it’s unlikely that you’ll see a plan coming out of Congress before the spring or summer (at the earliest), you can expect that the tax reform proposals that will emerge will seek to lower individual rates, shrink the number of brackets (and index them to inflation), and get rid of many of the exemptions that special interests have carved out over the years — which is the main reason why our tax code has become so complicated and confusing.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Cris — As far as I know, the Clinton Foundation is still being investigated by the FBI, and the IRS is looking into other cases of philanthropies that have abused their charitable status. I’m guessing that Congress will leave most such prosecutions to the FBI, IRS, and other groups that have statutory responsibility for enforcing the law in these areas.

    Cris — As far as I know, the Clinton Foundation is still being investigated by the FBI, and the IRS is looking into other cases of philanthropies that have abused their charitable status. I’m guessing that Congress will leave most such prosecutions to the FBI, IRS, and other groups that have statutory responsibility for enforcing the law in these areas.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Cris — I think that Congress’ main priority in this area, for now, should be to increase border security to deter uncontrolled immigration — and polls suggest that most Americans agree. The Republican Main Street Partnership policy agenda also supports employers’ mandatory use of a national E-Verify system that will authenticate the identities of employees at all U.S. workplaces, in order to ensure that American jobs go only to legal workers.

    Cris — I think that Congress’ main priority in this area, for now, should be to increase border security to deter uncontrolled immigration — and polls suggest that most Americans agree. The Republican Main Street Partnership policy agenda also supports employers’ mandatory use of a national E-Verify system that will authenticate the identities of employees at all U.S. workplaces, in order to ensure that American jobs go only to legal workers.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Cris — What women’s rights are you thinking of that are missing from the Bill of Rights? Obviously the Nineteenth Amendment had to be passed in order to extend the right to vote to women, but I believe that the freedoms granted to American citizens by the Bill of Rights are now universally understood to apply to all regardless of gender.

    Cris — What women’s rights are you thinking of that are missing from the Bill of Rights? Obviously the Nineteenth Amendment had to be passed in order to extend the right to vote to women, but I believe that the freedoms granted to American citizens by the Bill of Rights are now universally understood to apply to all regardless of gender.

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Sarah Chamberlain President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership
    almost 3 years ago Washington, D.C., DC, United States

    Hi Cris! There seems to be a lot of interest in this question. You’re right — Republican members of Congress have introduced legislation along these lines. As I wrote to Sarah a few questions earlier, Main Street Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) just recently introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act. There’s actually bipartisan agreement in Congress that women should in fact have 24/7 ability to order birth control to be sold over the counter. The main reason that Democrats have blocked Republican proposals, in my opinion, is that passing those bills would make it more difficult for Democrats to claim that there’s a Republican “war on women.”

    Hi Cris! There seems to be a lot of interest in this question. You’re right — Republican members of Congress have introduced legislation along these lines. As I wrote to Sarah a few questions earlier, Main Street Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) just recently introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act. There’s actually bipartisan agreement in Congress that women should in fact have 24/7 ability to order birth control to be sold over the counter. The main reason that Democrats have blocked Republican proposals, in my opinion, is that passing those bills would make it more difficult for Democrats to claim that there’s a Republican “war on women.”

  • CMB113
    almost 3 years ago

    Obama deported more illegals than either Bush or Clinton. How was Obama Administration NOT enforcing the laws?

    Obama deported more illegals than either Bush or Clinton. How was Obama Administration NOT enforcing the laws?

  • CMB113
    almost 3 years ago

    Write a reply..Why does Congress need to do this? There is already state and federal oversight.

    Write a reply..Why does Congress need to do this? There is already state and federal oversight.


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President & CEO, Republican Main Street Partnership

Activist, entrepreneur, public speaker, Washington D.C. powerbroker, and passionate advocate of women’s political engagement — Sarah Chamberlain plays many roles. As President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, Sarah runs an organization that supports the governing wing of the [...]

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