Natalia Castro

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Natalia Castro

MERIT Act passes out of committee, proceeds to House floor

By Natalia Castro The MERIT Act is finally moving forward. After a passing vote in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the MERIT Act will be moving onto the House floor in the coming weeks for a vote. Congress can take a major step in answering the people’s calls […]


MERIT Act picks up steam by getting a Senate version

By Natalia Castro U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) has been leading the charge for civil service reform in the House for months. Now, members of the Senate have decided to jump on board to give the MERIT Act a real hope of passing before midterms, with Sen. […]


Proposed FCC rule change to reshape children’s television

  By Natalia Castro The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been run by archaic laws for too long. KidVid rules that were implemented in the 1990’s, continue to restrict broadcasters’ ability to cater toward the needs of their clientele. What began as well-intentioned regulations to enhance televised […]


Pruitt might be gone, but the work of reining in the out of control EPA must continue

By Natalia Castro From his nomination to his resignation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt was under constant attack by the left. Whether you believe the countless accusation the left threw at the Administrator or not, one thing is clear: just because Pruitt is gone, does […]


It looks like it is down to three. Which one will Trump pick?

By Natalia Castro President Trump is just days away from announcing his nominee for the open position on the Supreme Court. Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement last month, Republicans and Democrats have been eager to determine who the President’s replacement pick will be. President Trump originally […]


The next Supreme Court Justice must uphold the principles of individual liberty

By Natalia Castro Each year on Independence Day, we celebrate the historic achievement our Founding Fathers made when they left an oppressive government to form a new country based around the principles of freedom. The Founding Fathers learned from the actions of their previous government and, after […]


On the 10th anniversary of the Heller decision, many states refuse to recognize the Second Amendment

By Natalia Castro Ten years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that every American has a basic right to defend themselves. D.C. v. Heller affirmed the constitutional right granted in the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms not just for the purpose of creating a militia but also for basic […]


It is time to Fire the Swamp!

By Natalia Castro Americans were ignited to head to the polls when President Donald Trump traveled the country in 2016 promising to “drain the swamp,” but the only group that can truly do this is the swamp itself in Congress.  Civil service reform rarely gets the media […]


Did an Obama Executive Order force the government to hire unqualified applicants?

By Natalia Castro Employees should be hired based on their ability to complete the tasks they have been assigned and nothing else. Yet under the Obama administration, hiring practices for the federal government were moved away from merit to fulfill goals irrelevant to the positions. Policies intended […]


VA MISSION Act will help veterans get health care privately, but Congress needs to find $50 billion of spending cuts to help pay for it

By Natalia Castro Congress and President Donald Trump have worked together for the last two years to promote efficiency at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA); unfortunately, recent reports reveal optimal care for our veterans cannot be achieved in the public sector alone. With the passage of […]


The time is now for civil service reform is now and Congress must act

By Natalia Castro Civil service reform is not a new idea; it has been promoted throughout history to give government employees greater protections and maintain the efficiency of government operations. But as reforms have occurred, they have consistently empowered unions and diminished the rights of individual workers. […]


Janus decision could restore freedom to choose to opt out of public sector unions

By Natalia Castro The Supreme Court is just days away from deciding a case that will alter the status of state and local public sector unions in the United States. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (Janus) will determine an employee’s ability to opt out of state and local union dues. Mark Janus challenged […]


Members of Congress cannot go around telling Blue Water Navy veterans they were exposed to Agent Orange and then do nothing about it

By Natalia Castro Nothing brings the American people together quite like honoring our veterans, and the same is true for Congress. Despite a polarizing political climate, Republicans and Democrats have consistently come together to put the care of our veterans first. While this trend on the surface […]


Why are politicians adamant about protecting the animals in MS-13?

By Natalia Castro As Congress and the Executive Branch continue to focus on immigration reform, they must focus on MS-13. Liberal counties would have their residence believe the safety of these gang members must be prioritized over the safety of law-abiding citizens-this mentality has fueled the gang’s […]


Who is this MS-13 gang the media and Democrats are defending?

By Natalia Castro Since the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has waged war on gangs within the U.S., most notably, the violent MS-13. For nearly 40 years, MS-13 has grown across the United States and Central American to become one of the deadliest gangs in the world. […]

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