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Connolly to Hold Field Hearing in Chicago on Declining Postal Service Performance

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On Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11 a.m. CT / 12 p.m. ET, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a field hearing in Chicago, Illinois to examine dramatic reductions in the U.S. Postal Service’s delivery performance in the city and nationally. Since Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s tenure began in June 2020, the Postal Service’s on-time delivery perf...

President Biden Signs Connolly's 9/11 National Memorial Trail Legislation

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Today, in the Oval Office, President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate the “September 11th National Memorial Trail,” a trail route linking the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Introduced by Reps. Representatives Gerald E. Connoll...

Connolly, Fitzpatrick Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Administration to Address Ongoing Internet Disruptions in Iran

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen to express concern regarding the recent and ongoing internet disruptions during protests in Iran, and to urge the administration to clarify allowable activities and make needed changes to enhance the free flow of i...

Chairman Connolly Announces Plan to Leverage Internships to Rebuild Federal Workforce

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Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, held a discussion with Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran A. Ahuja at George Mason University and laid out his vision to attract and retain the next generation of federal employees by more effectively leveraging internship programs to create a robust career pipeline. Despite offering competitive benef...

Senate Passes 9/11 National Memorial Trail Legislation

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Last night, the Senate passed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate the “September 11th National Memorial Trail,” a trail route linking the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Introduced by Reps. Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Brian Fitz...

A competitive America must invest in R&D

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It is often said that budgets are values-based documents. If we value the future competitiveness of the United States, there are three critical priorities that must be reflected in federal spending: education, infrastructure, and research & development (R&D). While much attention is given to investments in education and infrastructure, these components are three legs of the same stool. R&D funding...

House Adopts Four Connolly Amendments to FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act, which included amendments offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee. Connolly’s provisions included the FedRamp Authorization Act, Global Health Security Act, Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act, and an amendment to provide oversight of security cooper...

House Democrats Introduce the Protecting Our Democracy Act to Restore, Strengthen, and Protect Our Democracy

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Today, House Democrats introduced the Protecting Our Democracy Act — a sweeping package of reforms that will strengthen America’s democratic institutions against future presidents, regardless of political party, who seek to abuse the power of their office for corrupt purposes. The comprehensive proposals — many of which have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans in the past — will resto...

Connolly, Lawrence, Maloney, and Lynch Demand Answers from Postmaster General DeJoy on USPS Service Standards Changes

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Today, Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Gerald E. Connolly joined U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), and Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) in sending a letter to United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors ...

Connolly, Barr Urge Secretary Blinken to Ensure Safe Evacuation of AUAF Students and Staff

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging him to do everything in his power to ensure the safe departure of remaining students and staff from American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), including by granting them presumptive eligibility for Priority-2 (P-2) desi...

Connolly Joins Letter to Administration Urging Timely Guidance on Plans to Evacuate Remaining Americans and at-Risk Individuals from Afghanistan

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Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Zoe Lofgen (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and 11 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging them to provide timely guidance on how the Administration will evacuate remaining Americans, lawful permanent residents, and vul...

Evacuees plead for action: ‘We are in some kind of jail’

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The Americans trying to evacuate hundreds of Afghans and American citizens — including one Afghan who worked as a U.S. military translator and says he is anticipating his beheading by the Taliban — pleaded for action from the Biden administration to get the would-be evacuees aboard charter flights that are standing by to fly them from Afghanistan. “Unfortunately we are left behind now,” the former...

Oversight Committee Adopts Connolly Amendment to Add $3 Billion to IT Modernization

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Yesterday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform adopted an amendment offered by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, to add more than $3 billion to federal IT modernization efforts. The amendment was included in the Committee markup of the reconciliation package being drafted in the House of Representatives. “This week, Congress continues our importan...

Reps. Connolly, Lee, Pressley, Bush, Gomez, Ocasio-Cortez and Colleagues Call on Congress to Act on Eviction Moratorium

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Representative Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Cori Bush (MO-01), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), and 58 of their House colleagues in urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to pass legislation to extend the federal eviction moratorium for the duration of the pandemic. The lawmakers’...

Connolly Statement on President Biden's Pay Increase for Federal Workers

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Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the House Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement on President Biden’s pay increase for federal workers. “It’s refreshing to work with a President who respects federal workers’ dedication and expertise, and fights to pay them accordingly. This action moves us much closer to pay equity for the public sector. After years of Trump’s...

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