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The fight to stop a cornerstone of Trump's 'retribution' agenda is underway

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A central part of Donald Trump’s plan should he return to the White House is to dismantle the “deep state,” getting rid of the federal government workers who might stand in the way of his broader agenda. Allies of those civil servants are already gearing up for a fight. With nearly a year left until next fall’s election, President Joe Biden’s administration, lawmakers and advocacy…

Mountain Valley Pipeline Will Have to Wait

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By Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Rep. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA) Opining on the fate of the Mountain Valley Pipeline—a gas project that would run through our home state of Virginia—your editorial “Judges for Legal Disobedience” (July 12) criticizes the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for refusing to honor “proper orders” from Congress. As lawmakers who were active in…

Va. congressman calls for ‘sensible gun control’ during Gun Violence National Awareness Month

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Faith leaders, activists and elected officials in Fairfax County, Virginia, took part in a community conversation Friday about how to reduce gun violence. The discussion was hosted by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay, and state Sen. Jennifer Boysko. According to Every Town For Gun Safety, nearly 1,000 people in Virginia and more…

Myth vs. Truth: Dissecting the Republican narrative about the border

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Republicans are clamoring over themselves to blame President Joe Biden for any and every challenge facing America. Nowhere is that more apparent than on the issue of immigration and border security. If you listen to my Republican colleagues, you’d believe Joe Biden single-handedly broke our immigration system and refuses to fix it. They keep this lie alive by perpetuating a series of…

Democrats name their 'weaponization' committee members

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Democrats are sending a former Trump impeachment lawyer and several longtime oversight members to sit on the newly created Republican-led House subcommittee investigating the "weaponization" of the federal government. Why it matters: The weaponization committee will be a highly visible vehicle for Republicans to probe the Justice Department and FBI after a series of…

Kevin McCarthy’s ugly new Ukraine threats should prod Democrats to act

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We learned this week that a Republican-controlled House could very well move to oppose continued U.S. military aid to Ukraine. In response, a few voices have arisen — including ones from inside the Biden administration — to insist that in the end a GOP House would of course do the right thing and keep that aid going. But even if Biden aides are professing confidence about continuing…

Cameras in the Supreme Court would be a step toward accountability

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The recent draconian decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has unleashed a crisis of legitimacy at the Supreme Court. For the first time, the American people are grappling with the realization that an established constitutional right has been ripped away. Secrecy and a lack of transparency will only further that mistrust. The Oct. 3 editorial “Put cameras in the Supreme Court” appropriately…

House Bill Would Block Trump Plan To Make It Easier to Fire Federal Workers

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The House will vote on a measure this week that would ensure the job security of thousands of federal employees who previously faced uncertainty around their employment security following an executive order issued by former President Donald Trump. Trump issued an order in October 2020, the month before the presidential election, which established a new employment category for federal…

How to stop Trump’s sneak attack on the civil service

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Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat, represents Virginia’s 11th Congressional District in the House of Representatives and is the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s subcommittee on government operations. Americans should be horrified to learn there is an active plot by a former political leader, twice impeached, to remove people he regards as his political opponents from…

USPS to Buy a Ton of Electric Delivery Trucks

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In February, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced his plan to buy a badly needed new United States Postal Service delivery fleet. There was just one problem: Ninety percent of the trucks would be gas-powered, with fuel efficiency ratings less than half a mile per gallon better than those of the existing fleet. Environmental groups sued. Lawmakers tried to step in. And then, earlier…

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