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Connolly, Lynch, Porter Urge Defense Department to Recommit to Public Transparency and Accountability

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Today, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security; Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations; and Committee Member Rep. Katie Porter sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III urging the Department of Defense (DOD) to build upon his previous commitments to transparency and expand public and Congressional access to in... Read More »

Connolly, SEEC Urge Elimination Of Federal Tax Breaks For Oil And Gas Companies

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This week, Co-Chair Rep. Gerry Connolly joined Vice-Chair Rep. A. Donald McEachin and fellow leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui and Paul Tonko, and SEEC Vice-Chairs Reps. Chellie Pingree, Alan Lowenthal, Mike Quigley, and Matt Cartwright submitted testimony to the Ways and Means Committee for its Member Day hearing. The ... Read More »

Chairman Connolly, Ranking Member Hice Request that Biden Prioritize MSPB Nominations

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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rep. Jody B. Hice, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden requesting that he prioritize nominations to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). “We write to urge you to nominate qualified board members to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), w... Read More »

Connolly, Fitzpatrick, Beyer Introduce September 11th National Memorial Trail Legislation

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Today, Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced legislation to designate the “September 11th National Memorial Trail.” The Secretary of Interior would be authorized to designate a tour route to link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Me... Read More »

Connolly, Chabot Global Health Security Act Passes Committee

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Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Global Health Security Act, bipartisan legislation offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation. The legislation, which previously passed the House in September 2020,... Read More »

Lawmakers Urge President Biden to Rectify Alleged Cannabis Firings; Help End the Failed Policy of Cannabis Prohibition

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined 30 Members of Congress, led by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Beyer (D-VA), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), in urging President Joe Biden to rectify instances in which several White House staffers were reportedly suspended, put on probation, or asked to resign after honestly disclosing past cannabis use. In addre... Read More »

Foreign Affairs Committee Advances Connolly's Saudi Dissidents Act

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Today, the House Foreign Affairs advanced the Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act, legislation authored by Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Connolly’s bill would hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and Connolly’s constituent, and impose a cost to Saudi Arabia for continuing to engage in such acts o... Read More »

Connolly Announces Rep. Porter to Serve as Vice Chair for Government Operations Subcommittee

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Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, announced the selection of Rep. Katie Porter as the Subcommittee’s Vice Chair. “No one does more homework or comes more prepared for a hearing than Representative Porter,” Chairman Connolly said. “Her leadership, talent, and signature whiteboard will be invaluable as we work to save the United States Postal ... Read More »

Connolly, Maloney, Lynch, and Lawrence Issue Statements on the Postal Service’s 10-Year Plan

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Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations; Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security; and Committee Member Rep. Brenda Lawrence, issued the following statements in response to the announcement by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of his 1... Read More »

Top Oversight Committee Members Introduce IG Subpoena Authority Act

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Today, as part of Sunshine Week, Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, the Vice Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney introduced the IG Subpoena Authority Act to grant testimonial subpoena authority to federal Inspectors General. "Last month the Department of Justice Inspector General testified bef... Read More »

House Passes Bipartisan Protect Democracy in Burma Act

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the Protect Democracy in Burma Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Representative David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership Majority, and Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Co-Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership Minority. The l... Read More »

Korea Caucus Co-Chairs Statement on Blinken, Austin South Korea Visit

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Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Joe Wilson(R-SC), Ami Bera (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, released the following statement on Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin’s trip to the Republic of Korea. “As co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, we welcome Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin... Read More »

Connolly, Blumenauer, Pascrell Lead 50 Members in Urging President Biden to Remove and Replace Entire Postal Board of Governors

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade, and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight, led 50 of their colleagues in writing to President Joe Biden to urge him to immediately remove and replace the six curr... Read More »

House Adopts Connolly Amendment to VAWA Reauthorization Act

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Today, the House adopted an amendment offered by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. The amendment would strengthen the 2016 Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights by providing survivors the right to be informed of the status and location of sexual assault evidence collection kits. Survivors are empowered by greater transparency into how their ki... Read More »

Connolly Statement on NAPA Study Release

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Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the House Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement on the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) study release on the Trump administration’s proposed OPM-GSA merger. “This report clearly and definitively rejects the Trump administration’s half-baked plan to abolish the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). It was a plan ... Read More »

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