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  • Connolly Statement on House GOP Budget’s Attack on Federal Employees
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered the following remarks on the House floor in opposition to the House Republican budget that unfairly targets federal employees. The full video is available here. “Ugly is ugly. This is an ugly budget, and it exists primarily to be a vehicle for tax cuts for the already fortunate - the top 1% or 2% in America - at the expense of everybody else and it will hemorrhage red ink for ... Read more

  • Connolly and Democratic Vice Ranking Members Call for Bipartisan, Bicameral Investigation into the Equifax Data Breach
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Technology

    Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and nine other Democratic Vice Ranking Members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to pursue a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the recent data breach at Equifax that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans. “It is unacceptable for Equifax, an organization entrusted with the personal and financial information of hundreds of millions of Americans, to be so negligent with its cybersecurity practices,” sai... Read more

  • House members on both sides seek focus on middle class in tax reform
    Posted in News on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Stephen Loiaconi As Republicans unveiled the blueprint of their plans for tax reform Wednesday, Democrats on Capitol Hill indicated they may support some provisions, but they suggested a wide gap remains on tax cuts that would benefit top earners. “I think there is bipartisan support for tax relief for middle income Americans and for small businesses,” Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., said. “I think that if we stick with that and we focus on making our tax system simpler and fairer…this is a real oppo... Read more

  • Connolly Announces HUD Grant Funding for Fairfax and Prince William Counties
    Posted in News on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) announced the following HUD grants for Fairfax and Prince William counties. “I am pleased to announce today that HUD has awarded almost $10 million in Community Development Block Grants and HOME grants for Fairfax and Prince William counties,” said Congressman Gerry Connolly. “This funding is critical in helping our local governments provide housing assistance and advancing homelessness prevention efforts. Very simply, these programs save lives. If the Tr... Read more

  • Congressman Connolly’s Statement on DACA and DREAMers
    Posted in News on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Immigration

    Congressman Gerry Connolly issued the following statement today on DACA and the contributions of DREAMers to Virginia in response to troubling reports that President Trump may end the DACA program: “Since its creation in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has given nearly 800,000 DREAMers the opportunity to work and attend school. In Virginia, we have more than 12,000 DREAMers and they have contributed more than $711.4 million to our annual GDP. These young, hardwork... Read more

  • Feds on Trump’s shutdown threat: ‘It’s blackmail’
    Posted in News on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Immigration

    Joe Davidson President Trump’s latest threat to shut the government is just the most recent indication that he is unfit and unprepared for the office. The notion that the president of the United States would purposefully imperil services to taxpayers if Congress doesn’t approve $1.6 billion for his Mexico border wall would be far-fetched, if a credible person occupied the White House. “Build that wall,” he said in Phoenix this week. “Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. ... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Trump’s Threat of a Government Shutdown
    Posted in News on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Immigration

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s reckless threat to shut down the federal government unless American taxpayers foot the bill for his ill-conceived border wall. “The President promised that Mexico was going to pay for his wall. That was a lie. Now, he is willing to threaten another Republican shutdown that will hurt millions of Americans who rely on the federal government for everything from social security and veterans ... Read more

  • 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

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