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  • Connolly to Host Security Clearance Roundtable At George Mason University
    Posted in News on February 19, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    On Monday, February 24, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will host a roundtable discussion on the challenges private sector companies may face when seeking federal security clearances for prospective and current employees. Roundtable participants will discuss the background investigation and adjudication backlog and evaluate proposals to reform and improve the security clearance process. “Private sector companies play a vital role in prote... Read more

  • Connolly Leads Letter Urging the Study of an Additional Slug Location at the Pentagon
    Posted in News on February 12, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Transportation, Environment/Energy

    Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), and Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) sent a letter urging the Washington Headquarters Services to study a potential slug pick up location at the Pentagon in anticipation of planned, but significant, disruptions to commuting patterns along the I-66 corridor. “There are significant disruptions on the horizon for I-66 commuting patterns,” wrote the Members. “One of the alternatives we could make available to com... Read more

  • Connolly Supports PRO Act to Strengthen Unions
    Posted in News on February 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), legislation that would strengthen workers’ right to advocate, with one united voice, for higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions. The PRO Act passed the House 224-194. Connolly’s full statement is below and video of his remarks can be found here. I thank my good friend from California ... Read more

  • Connolly to Bring Hatice Cengiz, Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée, to State of the Union Address
    Posted in News on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy, Good Government

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced today that Hatice Cengiz, Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée, will be his guest for Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. “Hatice’s courage to sit in the House Chamber Tuesday night should serve as a clarion call to the President that no matter how high it goes, Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for the murder of this loving father and fiancée, respected journalist, U.S. resident, my constituent, and ... Read more

  • Disease knows no borders: Responding to coronavirus
    Posted in News on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Foreign Policy, Good Government

    Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) More than 170 people have died. More than 7,800 are infected in more than twenty countries and officials expect the already grave situation to worsen. While it may seem a world away, the new coronavirus out of Wuhan, China is a crisis in its own right that is demanding a vigorous response. The World Health Organization has now declared that this outbreak constitutes a global health emergency. Domestically, the Centers for Disease Control and... Read more

  • House Democrat to bring Khashoggi's fiancée to State of the Union
    Posted in News on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    By Rebecca Klar Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) will bring Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as his guest to the State of the Union on Wednesday. “Hatice’s courage to sit in the House Chamber Tuesday night should serve as a clarion call to the President that no matter how high it goes, Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for the murder of this loving father and fiancée, respected journalist, U.S. resident, my constituent, and reformer,” Connolly sai... Read more

  • SEEC Leaders Applaud Climate Priorities in House Infrastructure Proposal
    Posted in News on January 30, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation, Environment/Energy

    SEEC Co-Chairs Reps. Gerry Connolly, Doris Matsui and Paul Tonko and Vice-Chairs Reps A. Donald McEachin, Chellie Pingree, Matt Cartwright, Mike Quigley and Alan Lowenthal made the following statement in response to the Moving Forward infrastructure investment framework released by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair DeFazio, Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Pallone, and Ways and Means Committee Chair Neal. The framework outlines major investments across a range of infrastructur... Read more

  • Connolly-Schatz Reintroduce FAIR Act to Give Feds a 3.5% Pay Raise in 2021
    Posted in News on January 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, which would provide federal employees a 3.5 percent pay increase in 2021. Connolly and Schatz introduced similar legislation last year and in the 115th Congress. Early last year, Connolly introduced legislation (H.R. 790) to ensure federal employees would receive the same 2.6 pay increase for calendar year 2019 that was provided to members of the military for t... Read more

  • VA Delegation Pushes Army National Guard to Include New Richmond Aviation Facility in DoD Budget
    Posted in News on January 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), and the entire Virginia congressional delegation in urging the U.S. Army National Guard to prioritize funding for a new aviation facility in Richmond, Va. as part of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). With the current facility already impacting mission execution, the funding will help complete a much-needed facility to house the Virginia Army National Guard’s 28-aircraft fleet by the time its... Read more

  • Chesapeake Bay Area Members Press EPA on Enforcement of TMDL Pollution Reduction Targets
    Posted in News on January 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Environment/Energy

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and 18 of their colleagues sent a bicameral letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the EPA to clarify its position on the enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets. The Members write, “We were deeply disturbed by reports that, at the January 3, 2020 meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, EPA Chesapeake Bay Pro... Read more

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