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  • Commentary: Local Impact of Immigration
    Posted in News on August 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Immigration

    Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) White House Advisor Stephen Miller took pains last week to point out that Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, “The New Colossus,” was not affixed to the Statue of Liberty when she was unveiled in 1886. He, of course, was right in fact but wrong in spirit. The famed “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” lines were added 20 years later, but have come to represent the American ideal that we are a nation of immigrants, enthusiastically welcoming those from any backg... Read more

  • Oversight Dems Launch Investigation of Taxpayer-Funded Expenditures to Trump Businesses
    Posted in News on August 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation, Environment/Energy, Technology

    Today, all Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent letters to all Cabinet Secretaries and other federal agency heads requesting documents about how their Departments are spending federal taxpayer funds on products or services provided by businesses owned by or affiliated with the Trump Organization. “The American people deserve to know how their tax dollars are spent, including the amount of federal funds that are being provided to private businesses own... Read more

  • Connolly, Davis, Lee, Roybal-Allard Introduce Child Poverty Reduction Act
    Posted in News on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Equality

    On July 24, 2017, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017 to develop evidence-based policies to cut child poverty by half in 10 years. Far more children in the U.S. grow up and remain trapped in poverty compared to other industrialized countries. In America, approximately 20 percent of our children – or 14.7 million – live below the... Read more

  • Lawmaker to Trump’s Election Commission: Drop Your Voter Data Request
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Mohana Ravindranath A presidential commission investigating voter fraud could compromise voters’ personal information, says one lawmaker who is urging the panel to drop its request for that data. President Donald Trump established the panel in May via an executive order. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity aims to look into “vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting” such ... Read more

  • Reports: GSA canceling search for new FBI headquarters site
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Meredith Somers and Jared Serbu The long, long search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters is finally at its end. Not because the government has settled on one of the three sites in the running, but because the General Services Administration has decided to cancel the project altogether. GSA is expected to formally notify the three developers who had proposed different headquarters sites in the Washington, D.C. suburbs on Tuesday that it is ending the competition that each had ... Read more

  • Federal government cancels costly, decade-long search for a new FBI headquarters
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jonathan O'Connell The federal government is canceling the search for a new FBI headquarters, according to officials familiar with the decision, putting a more than decade-long effort by the bureau to move out of the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building back at square one. The decision follows years of failed attempts by federal officials to persuade Congress to fully back a plan for a campus in the Washington suburbs paid for by trading away the Hoover Building to a real estate developer and put... Read more

  • Va. Dem calls on Pence to rescind voter data directive
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Olivia Beavers Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) called on Vice President Pence in a letter Tuesday to rescind President Trump's voter data directive that he says “is a thinly veiled effort to carry out voter suppression on a national scale." "I write to urge you, in your capacity as chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to rescind the Commission’s directive for sensitive voter data," Connolly wrote in the letter to Pence, who serves as chairman. The Virginia lawmaker ar... Read more

  • Hill Democrats Question FCC’s Cybersecurity Protocols
    Posted in News on July 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Edward Graham Congressional Democrats are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to review its cybersecurity protocols following a May cyberattack that knocked the agency’s commenting system offline, and ahead of online activism in support of net neutrality planned for Wednesday. Ranking House Democrats on two committees — Energy and Commerce and Oversight and Government Reform, as well as their relevant subcommittees — first sent a letter to the three FCC commissioners on June 26, exp... Read more

  • A Misguided War On The United Nations
    Posted in News on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Immigration

    Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va) In the wake of World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took noble action to ensure that the unrelenting conflicts that had defined the early 20th century wouldn’t doom future generations. His vision was clear: “to defend life, liberty, independence and religious freedom, and to preserve human rights and justice” in their own lands, the global community would need to come together and create a post-war organization that would protect the sovereignty of all... Read more

  • DATA Act Can Help Increase Trust in Government
    Posted in News on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur The transparent reporting of spending data through Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) requirements will go a long way to increasing public trust in the government, according to legislators and agency officials who spoke at the DATA Summit on June 29. “Back when I was growing up, people used to trust the government,” said GSA’s Technology Transformation Service Commissioner Rob Cook, explaining that events like the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal caused a plummet in p... Read more

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