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  • Connolly-Schatz Reintroduce FAIR Act
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly and Senator Brian Schatz have reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a three percent pay increase in 2019. Connolly has introduced the FAIR Act every year since 2014. The House bill is cosponsored by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Representatives Beyer, Cummings, Norton, Kaptur, Lujan Grisham, Kelly, Sherman, Clay, Comstock, McCollum, Kilmer, Bonamici, Yarmuth, Ruppersberger, Delaney, Perlmutter,... Read more

  • Connolly, Schatz push to give feds a pay raise
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Chase Gunter Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) are pushing to give federal employees a pay raise. For the fifth consecutive year, Connolly has introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act. The 2018 version is seeking a 3 percent pay increase to federal employees for 2019 -- a two percent across-the-board bump in basic pay and an additional 1 percent for locality pay. Since 2010 when President Barack Obama instituted a three-year pay freeze, federal pay has la... Read more

  • Kaine, Warner, Connolly, McEachin, Beyer, Scott Ask Trump Administration to Listen to Local Voices Against Offshore Drilling
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Environment/Energy

    Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly, Donald McEachin, Don Beyer, and Bobby Scott sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that Virginia be exempted from its offshore drilling proposal, citing local concerns over the risks to tourism, the watermen’s industry, and the country’s Naval operations. The Virginia legislators cited Secretary Zinke’s announcement that drilling off the Florida coast was taken “off the table” after listening to... Read more

  • If 2017 posed problems for feds, 2018 could be worse with attacks on pay, benefits
    Posted in News on January 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Joe Davidson If 2017, with President Trump’s hiring freeze and political machinations, posed difficulties for federal employees, 2018 could be worse. They did get a 1.9 percent pay raise this year, but now administration officials are considering a wage freeze and are attacking government data indicating that federal pay lags far behind that of the private sector. Don’t forget White House and congressional Republicans’ proposals to cut retirement and health-care benefits. They weren’t approved ... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on the Trump Administration's Move to Open Virginia’s Coast to Offshore Drilling
    Posted in News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Environment/Energy

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), co-chair of the House Green Dogs, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to open Virginia’s coast to offshore oil and gas drilling: “President Trump’s plan to open Virginia’s coastline to drilling is reckless and a serious threat to all Virginians. Why would we risk our local economy, our pristine coastline, our booming tourism industry, and jeopardize the Defense Department’s presence in the region for a plan that would hav... Read more

  • Congressmen Want Federal Employee Pay Cuts Taken Off the Table
    Posted in News on December 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Ian Smith Four Congressmen recently sent a letter to House leaders saying they do not want pay cuts for federal employees to be used to fund increased discretionary spending caused by lifting sequestration spending caps. The letter was sent by Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), lawmakers who all represent areas with a high percentage of constituents who work for the federal government. The Congressmen said in their letter that... Read more

  • Connolly-Raskin-Cummings Lead 95 Members of Congress in Urging House Leadership Not To Use Federal Employees for Government Funding Offset
    Posted in News on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) led 95 members of Congress in urging Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to oppose any further cuts to federal employee pay and benefits to offset increased discretionary spending. “Enough is enough. The federal workforce should be thanked for their honorable service, not treated like a piggy bank,” said Connolly, Raskin and... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on GOP Tax Plan
    Posted in News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Transportation, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Seniors, Environment/Energy, Education, Technology, Animal Welfare, Gun Safety, Criminal Justice Reform, Equality, Immigration

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on the GOP tax plan: “The tax plan before us today would be a disaster for Northern Virginia. The GOP plan caps the state and local income deduction. It caps the mortgage interest deduction. And it phases out the medical cost deduction. Our district, where 50 percent of tax filers claim a SALT deduction, is one of the top congressional districts in the nation affected by this change, and 75 percent of our district’s SALT claimant... Read more

  • NoVa Delegation & D.C. Congresswoman Announce Long Awaited Breakthrough To Repair Arlington Memorial
    Posted in News on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    Virginia’s two Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Reps. Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) , today announced that after years of effort by the Senators and House members, the National Park Service (NPS) has approved $227 million to initiate a long-awaited contract to fully repair and rehabilitate Arlington Memorial Bridge. The 85-year-old bridge, owned and maintained by NPS, is a vital daily route connecting Arlington, Virginia and the District of C... Read more

  • ‘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

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