Lauretta Brown is a Staff Reporter with CNS News covering Congress and a range of issues including healthcare, religious freedom, and foreign policy. Her work has appeared on outlets like the Drudge Report and Yahoo News. She is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College.

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May 23, 2016, 3:13 PM EDT
Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the Do No Harm Act Wednesday, which would amend the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to specify that religious exceptions should not apply to “protections against discrimination or the promotion of equal opportunity” and “access to, information about, referrals for, provision of, or coverage for, any health care item or service.”
May 19, 2016, 3:34 PM EDT
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) along with her colleagues Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) released a statement Wednesday opposing the House Republicans’ bill for funding to combat the Zika virus for “including Hyde language that denies access to abortions.”
May 19, 2016, 11:18 AM EDT
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) argued on the floor Tuesday for his Zika Vector Control Act, formerly known as the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring permits to spray federally approved pesticides into new bodies of water.
May 18, 2016, 10:14 AM EDT
The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act Monday afternoon, which upgrades the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 giving the administration and the State Department new resources to help combat the worldwide escalation in persecution of religious minorities.
May 17, 2016, 12:42 PM EDT
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Monday called the guidance issued Friday by the Obama administration that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their “gender identity” - not their biological sex - if they expect to receive federal funding “deeply disturbing.
May 13, 2016, 3:51 PM EDT
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) reacted to guidance issued Friday by the Obama administration that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their “gender identity” - not their biological sex - if they expect to receive federal funding.
May 12, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spoke to reporters Thursday following a meeting with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, which he said was an “encouraging, productive conversation” about how to unify the party around core principles.
May 11, 2016, 5:03 PM EDT
Members of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to request the help of Congress in combatting the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, particularly urging Congress to ease the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of insecticides and products being developed to kill the mosquitoes.
May 6, 2016, 4:18 PM EDT
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R).(AP) 
May 5, 2016, 3:06 PM EDT
Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Glenn Murdock told those gathered in Washington, D.C., in observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, “Never, I submit, has there been a time as important as today to pray for our appellate court and especially our Supreme Court.”
May 4, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said at a news conference on Tuesday that the mosquito-carrying Zika virus – which can cause birth defects such as microcephaly – was stopped in Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s by eradicating the mosquito “in a way that would be almost non-feasible today,” through “very heavy use of DDT.”
May 2, 2016, 7:11 PM EDT
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released their annual religious freedom report Monday and found that religious freedom worldwide “has been under serious and sustained assault” since their 2015 report.
April 29, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) joined a nationwide day of readings of “I Am Jazz” Thursday by reading the controversial children’s book that chronicles the life of a biological boy, Jazz Jennings, who identifies as a girl.
April 28, 2016, 6:58 PM EDT
House Republicans voted down an amendment Wednesday evening that would have allowed “service members and their dependents to receive abortion services at defense medical facilities (MTFs) if they personally provide funding.”
April 26, 2016, 4:53 PM EDT
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) sent a letter Monday, together with 73 of their colleagues to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, expressing concern and seeking information regarding the recent loosening of regulation of the abortion-inducing drug Mifeprex or RU-486.
April 26, 2016, 10:37 AM EDT
A Gallup poll released on Friday shows that the number of Americans who identify as environmentalists has dropped 36 points, from 78 percent in 1991 to 42 percent in 2016. There has also been a decline in Americans expressing concern about environmental problems, such as pollution.
April 25, 2016, 12:41 PM EDT
( – Merriam-Webster, the leading publisher of dictionaries in the United States, added over 2,000 new words and phrases to their unabridged dictionary last week, including the terms "cisgender," "genderqueer," and the gender neutral title "Mx."
April 21, 2016, 12:27 PM EDT
Robert P. George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), told Congress at a hearing Tuesday that the United States should “commit to a goal of resettling 100,000 Syrian refugees to the United States” but that “in taking these refugees, prioritization needs to be done on the basis of vulnerability,” emphasizing that the highest priority should be for “those who are vulnerable to genocide, enslavement, murder, torture.”