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  • Dem congressman: 'Just plain wrong' for Trump to hold fundraiser at own hotel
    Posted in News on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jason Squitieri As President Donald Trump holds his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night at the hotel he owns in Washington, one Democratic congressman is slamming the President over the move, arguing it is "just plain wrong." An invitation to the event, held at the Trump International Hotel, showed that tickets started at $35,000 per person, with a $100,000 price tag to sit on the host committee. Hours after telling reporters they would be allowed to cover the event, the White House cha... Read more

  • How USAID earned an ‘A’ on the FITARA scorecard
    Posted in News on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jason Miller In a rocky FITARA sea of red and yellow “Fs” and “Ds,” the U.S. Agency for International Development stood out like a lighthouse. USAID became the first agency earlier this month to receive an “A” on the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While most agencies stagnated, USAID lifted its grades from a “D” to an “A+” over the last six months. The fourth scorecard, released by the committee on June 13, showed ag... Read more

  • Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters
    Posted in News on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jim Zarroli In ordinary times, New York-based Vornado Realty Trust would be a natural candidate to take on a major construction project such as the long-awaited rebuilding of FBI headquarters. As with so much about the Trump era, however, the ordinary rules don't apply. A commercial real estate firm, Vornado is widely reported to be a finalist to build a new campus for the FBI somewhere in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. But its financial ties to President Trump are raising concerns about confli... Read more

  • Democrats fear slowdown of Russia sanctions bill in House
    Posted in News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Richard Lardner Legislation that would hit Russia with economic sanctions and limit President Donald Trump's authority to lift the penalties faces an uncertain future in the House despite the bill's heavily bipartisan backing in the Senate. Instead of moving for a quick vote to build on the burst of momentum created in the Senate, where the measure won 98 votes last week, the Republican leadership in the House has sent the sweeping sanctions package to the Foreign Affairs Committee for a review.... Read more

  • Silicon Valley, White House Tackle Troubled Government Tech
    Posted in News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    John D. McKinnon When Silicon Valley executives arrived at the White House Monday to talk about modernizing federal computer systems, there was plenty of common interest at stake. The administration wants to cut redundancies and modernize the way Americans interact with their government, and tech companies see a $90 billion-a-year business. But those companies also face a common challenge. The government’s sprawling information-technology system is flawed and balky, controlled in agency fiefdoms... Read more

  • House Democrats Pen Letter Blasting Proposed Federal Retirement Cuts
    Posted in News on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Erich Wagner More than 100 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday to oppose the cuts to federal employee retirement programs as outlined in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. Lawmakers, led by Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., described Trump’s budget request as an “assault” on federal workers, retirees and their families, calling the proposed reforms to employee retirement programs “tantam... Read more

  • Connolly Announces Town Hall
    Posted in News on June 15, 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

    On Monday, June 19th at 7:00 PM Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) will host a town hall meeting at the Sunset Hills Montessori School in Reston, VA. Connolly will provide a congressional update and then take audience questions. Due to space constraints, RSVPs are required. You can RSVP here. For additional information please contact our office at: 703-256-3071. When: June 19, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where: Sunset Hills Montessori School 11180 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 Read more

  • Unmasking the Trump Doctrine
    Posted in News on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Immigration

    Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Capitol Hill this week with the impossible task of illuminating for Congress the Trump Doctrine, defined by a unilateral retreat from the global community. In his first five months in office, President Trump has inexplicably heaped praise on strongmen including Vladimir Putin, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Rodrigo Duterte, while dismissing some of our closest allies. In Brussels for his first foreign trip, the president adaman... Read more

  • Trump partner said in running to build FBI headquarters
    Posted in News on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Bernard Condon A company that owns buildings with Donald Trump and the family of Jared Kushner is a finalist for a $1.7 billion contract to build the FBI's new headquarters. Vornado Realty Trust is one of three finalists to build a replacement for the bureau's current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., the massive J. Edgar Hoover Building, according to Garth Beall, manager of Renard Development. Renard is hoping the federal agency running the bidding process, the General Ser... Read more

  • Trump insider pursuing bid for FBI building contract, raising questions of conflict of interest
    Posted in News on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross In what ethics experts are calling a glaring “direct conflict” of interest, a significant business partner of both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is pursuing a $2 billion government contract to build a new headquarters for the FBI. “It creates a huge conflict,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who sits on the House Oversight Committee. “It’s an enormous project. The exposure here for the Trump administration is... Read more

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