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  • Derailment called a ‘red flag’ as Md. lawmakers debate funding for Metro
    Posted in News on January 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation, Technology

    Kate Ryan Monday morning’s derailment along Metro’s Red Line comes as regional lawmakers are discussing ways to pay for capital improvements for Metro, including the possibility of dedicated funding. In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan has said he is open to regional funding for Metro. In September, he offered to have Maryland pay $500 million dollars over a period of four years if Virginia and D.C. would do the same. In Maryland’s General Assembly, twin bills are being drafted that would do essentia... Read more

  • 63 passenger metro train derails, officials call for funding increase, still can't agree on method
    Posted in News on January 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation, Technology

    Shannon Ryan “It seems like we probably derailed leaving the Farragut North station. We might of hit some rails, some loose rails. We are obviously stuck in the tunnel. There's no radio transmission on my radio,” according to officials. Officials discussed smoke and communication issues that were factors in the 2015 fatal incident at L’Enfant plaza. We have activated the the exhaust mode … to keep the smoke in the tunnel going up through the exhaust,” stated officials. Various politici... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on GOP Tax Plan
    Posted in News on December 19, 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

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on the GOP tax plan: “The tax plan before us today would be a disaster for Northern Virginia. The GOP plan caps the state and local income deduction. It caps the mortgage interest deduction. And it phases out the medical cost deduction. Our district, where 50 percent of tax filers claim a SALT deduction, is one of the top congressional districts in the nation affected by this change, and 75 percent of our district’s SALT claimant... Read more

  • NoVa Delegation & D.C. Congresswoman Announce Long Awaited Breakthrough To Repair Arlington Memorial
    Posted in News on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    Virginia’s two Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Reps. Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) , today announced that after years of effort by the Senators and House members, the National Park Service (NPS) has approved $227 million to initiate a long-awaited contract to fully repair and rehabilitate Arlington Memorial Bridge. The 85-year-old bridge, owned and maintained by NPS, is a vital daily route connecting Arlington, Virginia and the District of C... Read more

  • Region Reacts To LaHood Report On Metro
    Posted in News on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Martin DiCaro Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defended his long-awaited report on fixing Metro against early criticism on Monday, as critics argued it fell short in recommending workable solutions to the transit agency’s most pressing problems. A day after his 19-page report was leaked to the Washington Post, LaHood explained to WAMU he did not recommend a specific tax increase to raise an additional $500 million per year in dedicated funding because there is no regional consens... Read more

  • Committee Passes Bipartisan Gianforte-Connolly Telework Bill
    Posted in News on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Transportation

    Today the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed H.R. 4171, the Telework Enhancement Act Pilot Program, a bipartisan measure that extends a pilot program promoting telework in federal agencies.The bill was introduced by Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). “With the vast geography of Montana, teleworking makes it easier for the federal government to recruit and employ well-qualified Montanans, as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ... Read more

  • House resolution introduced to condemn Aug. 12 violence
    Posted in News on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation, Equality

    Ryan M. Kelly Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, with support from Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, introduced a resolution Thursday night that condemns the “violent and hateful attacks carried out in Charlottesville.” The resolution specifically condemns the actions of white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. It also honors the lives of the three people who were killed on Aug. 12. “I am pleased to introduce this important resolution tonight with Congressman Tom Garrett that br... Read more

  • National Capital Region Delegation Sends Letter Supporting WMATA Anti-Terror Security Grant Application
    Posted in News on September 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly, Steny Hoyer, Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Sarbanes, John Delaney, Donald S. Beyer, Jr., Barbara Comstock, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long in support of WMATA’s FY17 application for Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) funds. The funding would allow Metro to protect the transit system and its customers and implement anti-terror programs. In 2016, WMATA customers took more than 300 million rail and bus trips. “As ... Read more

  • LaHood Calls For ‘Reform Board’ To Govern Metro But Stays Silent On Funding
    Posted in News on August 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Martin DiCaro Five months after Virginia hired him to craft a regional consensus around Metro governance reforms and funding needs, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is recommending that the WMATA board of directors shrink to five members who are solely responsible to the transit system, not the parochial interests of the local officials who would appoint them. On Monday, LaHood delivered a preliminary report on Metro’s labor costs and governance problems at a rare summit of the g... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Secretary LaHood's Metro Recommendations
    Posted in News on August 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on reports of Secretary LaHood's Metro recommendations: "The fact that it is Virginia's suburban compact members and not the state government in Richmond who pay Metro subsidies has been dismissed in Secretary LaHood's report. No one should dictate to them who should represent them on the Metro board. I will oppose any attempt to impose taxation without representation for my constituents just as I have on behalf of those in the D... Read more

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