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  • ‘A Disaster for Northern Virginia’
    Posted in News on November 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Education

    Andrea Worker U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) says that he and his Democratic colleagues are more than willing to work in a bipartisan effort on meaningful tax form. “As a leader of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of pro-business Democrats, I have written on several occasions to Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady asking them to partner with us … to simplify the tax code, create revenue … and provide middle class tax relief.” Speaking at a roundtable gathering that the... Read more

  • Connolly to Host Federal Employee and Retiree Open Season Workshop Saturday
    Posted in News on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly will hold his annual Open Season Workshop on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Fairfax County Government Center to assist federal employees and retirees in navigating through the many changes in the 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits Plans (FEHBP), dental and vision insurance programs. The federal government’s Open Season for federal employees and retirees to change their health plans runs from November 13, 2017 through December 11, 2017. Connolly’s Open Season W... Read more

  • Connolly Statement Opposing Republican Tax Plan
    Posted in News on November 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Environment/Energy

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement in opposition to the Republican tax plan: "Congress had a real opportunity to pursue revenue neutral tax reform that would lower corporate rates and benefit the middle class. That is why I am deeply disappointed that the majority has instead elected to pursue a partisan tax plan that asks working families, veterans, and low-income seniors to pay higher tax rates than the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations. As a leader ... Read more

  • Region Reacts To LaHood Report On Metro
    Posted in News on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Martin DiCaro Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defended his long-awaited report on fixing Metro against early criticism on Monday, as critics argued it fell short in recommending workable solutions to the transit agency’s most pressing problems. A day after his 19-page report was leaked to the Washington Post, LaHood explained to WAMU he did not recommend a specific tax increase to raise an additional $500 million per year in dedicated funding because there is no regional consens... Read more

  • Federal Employee Groups Push for Pay Parity
    Posted in News on November 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Groups representing federal workers called on lawmakers and President Trump to increase the proposed 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees to 2.4 percent, matching the across-the-board pay increase for military personnel included in Congress’ latest version of the $700 billion defense authorization bill. On Wednesday, House and Senate leaders announced they had reached an agreement on the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which included the military pay raise provision. The... Read more

  • Niger: The ghost of Benghazi and the danger of mission creep
    Posted in News on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Special by Congressman Gerry Connolly Four brave American service members were killed in an ambush near the Niger-Mali border last month. The American people deserve to understand how this tragedy occurred, and the U.S. Government must ensure that we do not repeat the same mistakes going forward. Democrats should not, however, follow the example of those in Congress who cynically exploited the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. We should not embark on a highly politicized inve... Read more

  • Committee Passes Bipartisan Gianforte-Connolly Telework Bill
    Posted in News on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Transportation

    Today the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed H.R. 4171, the Telework Enhancement Act Pilot Program, a bipartisan measure that extends a pilot program promoting telework in federal agencies.The bill was introduced by Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). “With the vast geography of Montana, teleworking makes it easier for the federal government to recruit and employ well-qualified Montanans, as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ... Read more

  • Connolly to Hold Health Plan Open Season Workshop for Federal Employees/Retirees on November 18
    Posted in News on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly will hold his annual Open Season Workshop on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Fairfax County Government Center to assist federal employees and retirees in navigating through the many changes in the 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits Plans (FEHBP), dental and vision insurance programs. The federal government’s Open Season for federal employees and retirees to change their health plans runs from November 13, 2017 through December 11, 2017. Connolly’s Open Season Wo... Read more

  • Connolly Joins Supreme Court Brief Supporting LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections
    Posted in News on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined a bicameral group of 211 members of Congress in an amici brief to the Supreme Court in support of LGBTQ protections in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. V. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. “This case is bigger than one bakery or one couple,” said Connolly. “It is about basic equality and the fundamental right of every American to a pursuit of happiness free of prejudice and discrimination. No business should ever be allowed to discriminate ag... Read more

  • Connolly, Scott, Beyer and McEachin Call on House Republicans to Protect the State and Local Tax Deduction
    Posted in News on October 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Today, Virginia Representatives Gerry Connolly, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Donald S. Beyer, Jr., and A. Donald McEachin called on House Republicans to protect the state and local tax deduction. In Virginia, 1.5 million households claim $16.5 billion in SALT deductions for an average deduction of $11,288 per household. Virginia has the nation’s 4th highest percentage of tax filers claiming a SALT deduction (37%). “This is a bad deal for Virginians who are being asked to pay even more just so House ... Read more

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