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  • House Republicans Turn Up the Heat on Pruitt
    Posted in News on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy

    Brian Dabbs House Republican power brokers are zeroing in on Scott Pruitt—and they’re predicting a rocky road ahead for the controversy-laden Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Democrats have long maligned Pruitt for, among other things, his spending habits, rental of a condo from a juggernaut lobbyist couple, and endorsement of dramatic raises for two top political staffers. And Republicans have largely brushed off the accusations, choosing instead to champion Pruitt’s deregulatory... Read more

  • Dem lawmaker calls on Fox News to fire Hannity
    Posted in News on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Brett Samuels Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said Monday that Fox News should fire Sean Hannity in the wake of the revelation that he is a client of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Hannity has frequently covered stories about Cohen — including the FBI raids on the New York lawyer's home and office last week — without revealing his own connection. “I think he is so into this like a pig in the mud he can’t get out of it. And I think he deserves to be fired. His word can never aga... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on President Trump’s Pardon of Scooter Libby
    Posted in News on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Transportation, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Seniors, Immigration

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to pardon Scooter Libby: “First, Sheriff Arpaio. Now, President Trump pardons Scooter Libby. This is a perversion of the pardon power and an instrument for obstruction of justice. The President is sending a clear signal to others that he will reward obstruction of justice. This is a sad moment for our democracy and justice syst... Read more

  • Trump Pardons Former Cheney Aide ‘Scooter’ Libby
    Posted in News on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Foreign Policy

    Louise Radnofsky and Peter Nicholas President Donald Trump said Friday he has pardoned a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. “I don’t know Mr. Libby,” said Mr. Trump, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.” Mr. Libby, now 67 years old, was convicted in 2007 of lying to a grand jury and obstructing justice in a case that involved the leaking of the identity o... Read more

  • Top Dems Release Detailed New Info from Senior EPA Whistleblower
    Posted in News on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Transportation, Environment/Energy

    Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-VA), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to President Donald Trump and a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt expressing grave concerns about stunning new revelations they received this week from Kevin Chmielewski—a long-time supporter and campaign aide of President Trump who served as Pruitt’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at EPA. In their let... Read more

  • Stunning letter from top Democrats reveal ‘potentially illegal actions’ by EPA’s Pruitt
    Posted in News on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy

    Kyla Mandel Two letters sent by top Democratic senators and representatives to President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt Thursday reveal new information about the administrator’s questionable travel habits and what prompted him to fire former deputy chief of staff Kevin Chmielewski. Chmielewski, a lifelong Republican and former Trump aide, was placed on administrative leave in February by Pruitt. Chmielewski told Democratic senators and represen... Read more

  • Lawmakers’ Letter Claims Further Spending Abuses by the E.P.A. Head, Scott Pruitt
    Posted in News on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy

    Eric Lipton and Lisa Friedman Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, insisted on staying in luxury hotels that were costlier than allowed by government standards, while also pushing to fly on an airline not on the government’s approved list so he could accrue more frequent flier miles, one of his top former deputies at agency has told congressional investigators. The new allegations are detailed in a scathing six-page letter signed by two senators and three House lawma... Read more

  • Connolly Calls On FTA to Immediately Release Metro Funds and Adopt GAO Report Recommendations
    Posted in News on April 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Transportation

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on today’s release of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s report on how the Federal Transit Administration can strengthen oversight safety: “This GAO report finds that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) does not have its own house in order regarding guidance for state transit safety agencies. GAO found that FTA does not have a plan or timeline... Read more

  • Democrats cry foul as GOP eyes move to cancel spending
    Posted in News on April 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Transportation, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Education

    Mike Lillis Democrats are lashing out at the notion that President Trump and GOP leaders may seek to eliminate some of the funding increases in the enormous 2018 spending package adopted less than two weeks ago. Republicans have come under fire in their districts during the spring recess after supporting the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill, which provides a huge bump in both defense and domestic spending, adding hundreds of billions of dollars to federal deficits. In response, Trump and Majority Lea... Read more

  • It's time for the president to dump Scott Pruitt
    Posted in News on April 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Environment/Energy

    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) It seems every day there is another disappointing headline for the beleaguered EPA administrator. There are the chartered airplanes and the unprecedented 24-hour security detail that none of his predecessors required. We’ve read about a secret privacy booth more appropriate for the CIA than the EPA. And then there is the sweetheart condo deal and his abuse of the Safe Drinking Water Act to dole out staggering pay raises to his political allies. It is time for a reset... Read more

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