Congressman Connolly's top priority has always been to protect and grow Northern Virginia's economy. He has helped develop our region into an economic engine for the Commonwealth by championing the growth of the technology and government contracting industries, fighting the dangerous and indiscriminate sequestration cuts, and protecting federal employees' pay and benefits. Northern Virginia is now home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.
As a leader of the pro-business New Democrat Coalition, Congressman Connolly has encouraged investments in three major pillars of a healthy American economy – education, infrastructure, and research and development. He has supported more federal assistance for local school systems, advanced new ways to invest in mega-transportation projects, and advocated for the permanent extension of the Research & Development Tax Credit. These initiatives help unleash innovation, reduce poverty, and strengthen the American middle class – the backbone of our economy.