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  • Delegation Sends Letter to USDA Opposing Decision to Reduce Federal Buyouts Offered to Employees
    Posted in News on August 23, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly signed a letter lead by Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to dramatically reduce the federal buyouts offered to Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) employees who have opted against relocating to the Kansas City Region. The letter was also signed by Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Don Beyer (D-VA... Read more

  • House Democrats Demand Answers On Trump Administration’s Attempts To Weaken Action On White Supremacist Extremism
    Posted in News on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr

    65 House Democrats, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), sent letters today to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan seeking an explanation of the Trump Administration’s hampering of an effective, coordinated response to the growing threat of white supremacist extremist violence. Their oversight letter followed revelations that, despite high profile white supremacist-motivated acts of terrorism including the mass shooting in El Paso earlier this month,... Read more

  • Connolly, member of House Oversight Committee, joins call for impeachment inquiry into Trump
    Posted in News on August 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Good Government

    Jenna Portnoy Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D) on Thursday became the latest member of the Virginia congressional delegation to call for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Connolly, who is serving his sixth term in Congress, is, so far, the longest-serving Virginia representative to call for impeachment. He follows Reps. Don Beyer and Jennifer Wexton in Virginia and more than 100 other House members who support opening an impeachment inquiry into whether the president committed “high cr... Read more

  • Connolly, 213 Members Urge McConnell to Hold a Vote on Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Immediately
    Posted in News on August 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Safety, Criminal Justice Reform, Good Government

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (D-CA) and 213 Members of the House Democratic Caucus in writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to demand he immediately call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Both these bipartisan bills were passed by the House in February of this year and have been blocked for a vote by McConnell for mo... Read more

  • Connolly Calls for Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump
    Posted in News on August 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement calling for the House of Representatives to start an impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump. “In their wisdom, the Founders rejected the idea of an executive branch that could go unchecked, and granted the power of impeachment to Congress - one of the most serious means of oversight we can undertake - to hold accountable those in high office, including ... Read more

  • 31 Members Demand Answers on Coal Ash from EPA
    Posted in News on July 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Environment/Energy, Technology, Good Government

    Congressman Gerry Conolly (D-VA) joined Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Bobby Rush (D-IL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), and David Price (D-NC) in writing a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, regarding an EPA proposal to continue to weaken safeguards for coal ash piles. The letter, which was signed by more than 27 Members of Congress, expresses concerns regarding unsafe coal ash disposal and demands answers as to why the EPA has begun to weaken several cr... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on House Oversight Committee’s Report on the Trump Administration’s Efforts To Transfer U.S. Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia
    Posted in News on July 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy, Technology, Good Government

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform second interim staff report, “Corporate and Foreign Interests Behind White House Push to Transfer U.S. Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia.” “The gravity of this report cannot be ignored. While it’s unsurprising that senior Trump Administration officials ignored obvious conflicts of interest and covered up unethical communications t... Read more

  • Connolly and Meadows Reintroduce Bipartisan FedRAMP Reform Legislation
    Posted in News on July 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, and Mark Meadows, Ranking Member of the Government Operations subcommittee, introduced bipartisan FedRAMP reform legislation. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization Act of 2019 would codify FedRAMP, address agency compliance issues, provide funding for the FedRAMP Project Management Office (PMO) and Joint Authorization Board (JAB), and establish new metrics for proper imp... Read more

  • Gerry Connolly introduces bill to codify, streamline FedRAMP
    Posted in News on July 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    Billy Mitchell Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., introduced a bill Wednesday that would codify and streamline the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, better known as FedRAMP. Connolly, a longtime critic of the cloud vendor authorization process, said that in addition to codifying the program “so it’s not an orphan,” the new bill — the FedRAMP Authorization Act of 2019 — “also tries to address some of the problems we’ve been hearing from industry.” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., co-sponsore... Read more

  • Connolly, Bishop Introduce Restore the Partnership Act
    Posted in News on July 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Good Government

    Today, Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 3883, the Restore the Partnership Act, bipartisan legislation to reconstitute and reform the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), which has remained dormant since 1996. The purpose of new commission, the Commission on Intergovernmental Relations of the United States, would be to facilitate cooperation and accountability among federal, state, ... Read more

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