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  • VA Delegation Sends Letter to Sec. Shulkin on Late Choice Payments
    Posted in News on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) and the rest of the Virginia delegation in sending a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. David Shulkin, regarding the VA’s late payment to Veterans Choice Program (VCP) providers. In August of 2014, Congress authorized veterans to access private health providers to assist the overwhelmed VA Health Care system. Congress continues to fund the program; however, the VA has repeatedly struggled to make prompt p... Read more

  • Senate Panel Passes FITARA Extension in Block of IT Bills
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans, Technology

    Jack Corrigan The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would extend the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and eliminate the sunset periods for a handful of key consolidation requirements. The committee forwarded the FITARA Enhancement Act to the Senate along with a handful of other bills relating to federal technology, including the Connected Government Act, SECRET Act and Hack the DHS Act. With the Government Accountability... Read more

  • EPA staff headed for lowest levels in 30 years as environmental disasters pile up
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Environment/Energy

    Mark Hand Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency employees are leaving as the Trump administration works to reduce the federal government’s role in protecting Americans from toxic air and water. The staff reductions are occurring at a time when the EPA’s work is proving more valuable than ever. Storms, floods, and deteriorating infrastructure are forcing communities across the country to turn to the federal government for help protect their health and environment. A shrinking EPA will like... Read more

  • Connolly Sends Letter to Boy Scouts Condemning POTUS Remarks
    Posted in News on July 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans, Education

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) sent a letter the Boy Scouts of America condemning President Trump’s remarks at this week’s quadrennial Boy Scout Jamboree. Connolly called on Randall Stephenson, National President for the Boy Scouts of America, to respond to the President’s remarks in a way that teaches Scouts the valuable lesson that all of us are created equal…and that even the President of the United States, when he does something wrong – something that contradicts not only the princ... Read more

  • House Adopts Connolly Amendment Waiving Veteran ID Fee
    Posted in News on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, the House of Representatives adopted Congressman Gerry Connolly's (D-VA) amendment to the Minibus funding bill that would waive the fee for homeless veterans applying for a veteran identification card. The Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 directs the Veterans Administration (VA) to produce universal identification cards. Connolly's amendment prohibits the VA from charging a homeless veteran a fee for this service. "We have a responsibility to take care of our veterans, especially ... 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’s window for scoring early legislative victories is shrinking
    Posted in News on May 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Transportation, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Education, Technology, Immigration

    Damian Paletta and Mike DeBonis President Trump faces an increasingly narrow path to win major legislative victories before the looming August recess, with only two months left to revive his health-care or tax initiatives before Congress departs for a long break. White House officials said Tuesday that Trump has become increasingly incensed that legislation is bogging down in the Senate, something they blame on Democrats. Trump wrote on Twitter that the Senate should change its long-standing rul... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Memorial Day
    Posted in News on May 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on Memorial Day: "Memorial Day offers a chance for solemn contemplation of the ultimate price brave Americans in uniform have paid to keep the light of freedom alive not only here at home, but throughout the world. As we remember and honor all who have died in service to our country, we should ask ourselves what we as citizens can do to give back to those who have already given us so much, including the last full measure of devot... Read more

  • Thompson, Connolly Keep the Promise to MIA/POWs
    Posted in News on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) introduced H. Con. Res. 61, a resolution to ensure transparency and cooperation from countries that enter into future trade deals with the United States, in the research and recovery efforts of our nation’s missing service members. “As a father of a wounded warrior, every day I am thankful that my son returned home safely,” Congressman Thompson said. “Sadly, many service members were not as fortunate and for those... Read more

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