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  • 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

  • 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 and 11 VA/MD Members of Congress Request Sec. Chao Reverse FTA Decision to Withhold Federal Transit Funds From Virginia, Maryland, DC
    Posted in News on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, Representatives Hoyer, Cummings, Scott, McEachin, Beyer, Sarbanes, Raskin, Brown and Delaney sent a letter requesting Secretary Chao reverse the FTA decision to withhold five percent of federal transit grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The members write the decision to withhold the funds authorized under the Urbanized Area Apportionments Program was crude, punitive,... 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

  • Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget targets postal union benefits
    Posted in News on June 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation, Technology

    Bill McAllister Forty-eight years after President Richard M. Nixon pleaded with postal unions to support his plan for an independent postal service, another Republican president appears to be saying those unions might have achieved too many benefits with their collective-bargaining rights. That seems to be what Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget for fiscal 2018 is saying. The president wants to roll back some of the gains the postal unions have made in the almost five decades since Nixon gav... Read more

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