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  • 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

  • Leaving Paris climate agreement cools Trump's relationship with tech
    Posted in News on June 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Environment/Energy, Technology

    Melissa Quinn President Trump's relationship with Silicon Valley may have reached a crossroads following his decision to leave the Paris Agreement, as giants of the technology industry prepare to gather at the White House while bucking the administration's position on the deal. Trump announced he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement in a speech in the Rose Garden in early June. In exiting the climate accord, the president followed through on a campaign promise and rallied his base. Th... Read more

  • Rep. Connolly predicts dire outcomes from Trump budget proposals
    Posted in News on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Education, Technology

    Brian Trompeter President Trump’s proposed budget would undermine key environmental programs and cost Northern Virginia tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) said June 8. “It’s probably one of the most radical documents that any president has submitted to any Congress,” Connolly told Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce members during a legislative update at the Tower Club in Tysons. “It slashes domestic investment profoundly an... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Republican Bill to Gut Dodd-Frank
    Posted in News on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement after House Republicans voted today to gut Dodd-Frank protections: "House Republicans have once again voted to gut critical Dodd-Frank consumer protections, leaving American consumers at risk of another Great Recession. Can Dodd-Frank be improved? Of course. But we cannot simply turn a blind eye to the reckless practices that brought our economy to the brink of collapse. The failed Republican practices of the past resulted in mor... Read more

  • Connolly: Lack of Trump appointees could stall IT modernization
    Posted in News on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Caren Cordell For all of the bipartisan goodwill that modernizing the government’s information technology has beget, there’s one thing that Gerry Connolly thinks can bring it to a halt: the executive branch. Speaking at the MeriTalk’s Cloud for Next-Gen Government conference on June 7, Rep. Connolly, D-Va., said that despite the legislative momentum behind the Modernizing Government Technology Act and White House support through recent executive orders, the movement to upgrade federal IT could s... Read more

  • Trey Gowdy looks likely to take over powerful Oversight Committee
    Posted in News on June 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Eliza Collins Republicans are about to give one of the top committee posts in the House to a guy who has never said he wants the job: South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy. Gowdy is expected to be chosen this week to take over the chairmanship of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, despite the fact he has not said he is running for the position. The Republican Steering Committee — which is made up of Republican leadership and other representatives — will meet this week to choo... Read more

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