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The fight for empowerment: Women in the Middle East and North Africa

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By Rep. Gerry Connolly Gender equality, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment are fundamental to our cultural identity, national security, and economic prosperity. Countless Americans have fought hard to make sure of that. However, progress on gender equality and women and girls’ rights ha been uneven around the globe, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The data speak...

The Postmaster General just backed down, but Democrats must keep up pressure

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Opinion by Greg Sargent Because the crush of President Trump’s corruption and wrongdoing has been so relentless, it often can seem like media scrutiny and congressional oversight have been reduced to nothing more than dead letters. But in the case of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service, the scrutiny might actually be having a real impact: The U.S. Posta...

Beware the Ides of August: This year it’s the postal service

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Chad Pergram Beware the “Ides of August.” That’s what we often write in this space when the eighth month on the Gregorian calendar comes round. Shakespeare warned “Beware the Ides of March” in Julius Caesar. But anyone who’s ever spent any time on Capitol Hill knows “Beware the Ides of August.” August is the most volatile month of the 12. And sure enough, the Ides of August – Aug. 15th - disrupte...

Federal Watchdog Finds Trump Administration’s Continued Efforts to Dismantle OPM are ‘Fiscally Irresponsible’

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Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, issued the following statement about the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Inspector General (IG) report finding that the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to dismantle OPM are “fiscally irresponsible” and place additional burdens on both the agency and American taxpayers. “This Administration cont...

VA inspector general exposes breakdown at D.C. hospital that led to veteran’s suicide

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Lisa Rein A veteran, suffering in pain and out of medication, turned last year to the Veterans Affairs’ hospital in D.C. for help. Instead of receiving aid, a new report says, a cascade of failures by the medical staff resulted in him being forcibly expelled. The veteran shot and killed himself six days later. A VA inspector general’s report released Tuesday revealed not only poor communication a...

Democrats slam Trump push for new FBI building in virus bill

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Matthew Daly Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of self-dealing as the White House pushes Senate Republicans to include nearly $1.8 billion to rebuild the FBI headquarters on its current site in downtown Washington as part of a new coronavirus aid package. Democrats have long accused Trump of a conflict of interest over the FBI building, which sits across the street from a downtown hot...

Connolly, Senior Democrats Request Information on Postal Service’s Operational Changes

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Today, senior Democrats on the Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting information on two documents that appear to outline drastic changes to United States Postal Service operations. Today’s letter was signed by Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Subcommittee on National Se...

Connolly Reiterates Demand for Release of ICE Detainees

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Yesterday, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to the Acting Director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to request specific information on the health and safety protocols practiced at the Farmville Detention Center, and again demand the release of all detainees in ICE custody for the duration of the pandemic. Yesterday’s...

Connolly, Maloney, Burchett Introduce Passport Backlog Elimination Act

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Tim Burchett introduced the bipartisan Passport Backlog Elimination Act. The legislation would require the State Department to submit a plan to Congress to eliminate the passport processing backlog created by the coronavir...

Connolly to Hold Hearing on Urgent Need to Modernize Federal IT Systems

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On Monday, July 20, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing to examine the longstanding issue of legacy information technology (IT) systems, the challenges they present to federal agencies, and the urgent need to modernize federal IT systems, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the federal g...

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