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  • Democrats seek to avoid DACA's isolation in budget negotiations
    Posted in News on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Tal Kopan Democrats are facing a tightrope challenge to achieve their goal of protecting young undocumented immigrants this month: Keep attention on the issue, but don't let it get singled out. Already, both sides have begun messaging on the topic, with Republicans accusing Democrats of wanting to shut down the government over immigration and of being unreasonable, and Democrats maintaining they're fighting for a host of programs beneficial to Americans. Lawmakers are racing toward a January 19... Read more

  • With ‘dreamers’ in the balance, Democrats ponder whether to force a shutdown
    Posted in News on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Mike DeBonis, Erica Werner and Ed O'Keefe A year after losing the presidency, Democrats are facing an uncomfortable question: Are they willing to force a government shutdown to extract political victories — a hardball tactic for which they have long blasted Republicans? The dilemma comes as a Jan. 19 funding deadline approaches and bipartisan negotiations over immigration and other issues have so far failed to produce an agreement. The thorniest issue is the fate of “dreamers” — roughly 2 milli... 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

  • Congressman Connolly’s Statement on DACA and DREAMers
    Posted in News on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Immigration

    Congressman Gerry Connolly issued the following statement today on DACA and the contributions of DREAMers to Virginia in response to troubling reports that President Trump may end the DACA program: “Since its creation in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has given nearly 800,000 DREAMers the opportunity to work and attend school. In Virginia, we have more than 12,000 DREAMers and they have contributed more than $711.4 million to our annual GDP. These young, hardwork... Read more

  • Feds on Trump’s shutdown threat: ‘It’s blackmail’
    Posted in News on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Immigration

    Joe Davidson President Trump’s latest threat to shut the government is just the most recent indication that he is unfit and unprepared for the office. The notion that the president of the United States would purposefully imperil services to taxpayers if Congress doesn’t approve $1.6 billion for his Mexico border wall would be far-fetched, if a credible person occupied the White House. “Build that wall,” he said in Phoenix this week. “Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. ... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Trump’s Threat of a Government Shutdown
    Posted in News on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Immigration

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s reckless threat to shut down the federal government unless American taxpayers foot the bill for his ill-conceived border wall. “The President promised that Mexico was going to pay for his wall. That was a lie. Now, he is willing to threaten another Republican shutdown that will hurt millions of Americans who rely on the federal government for everything from social security and veterans ... Read more

  • Commentary: Local Impact of Immigration
    Posted in News on August 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Immigration

    Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) White House Advisor Stephen Miller took pains last week to point out that Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, “The New Colossus,” was not affixed to the Statue of Liberty when she was unveiled in 1886. He, of course, was right in fact but wrong in spirit. The famed “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” lines were added 20 years later, but have come to represent the American ideal that we are a nation of immigrants, enthusiastically welcoming those from any backg... Read more

  • Border Patrol Ordered To Block Congressmen During Travel Ban
    Posted in News on August 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy, Equality, Immigration

    Betsy Woodruff As chaos unfolded at the nation’s airports, Trump administration officials issued clear directives: treat lawyers’ calls like “protests” and keep duly elected representatives out. On the chaotic day the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect, high-level Homeland Security officials directed their staff at airports around the country to stiff-arm members of Congress and treat lawyers with deep suspicion. Members of Congress say they’re shocked by the orders, uncovered i... Read more

  • A Misguided War On The United Nations
    Posted in News on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Immigration

    Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va) In the wake of World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took noble action to ensure that the unrelenting conflicts that had defined the early 20th century wouldn’t doom future generations. His vision was clear: “to defend life, liberty, independence and religious freedom, and to preserve human rights and justice” in their own lands, the global community would need to come together and create a post-war organization that would protect the sovereignty of all... Read more

  • Beyer, Connolly Call On Department of Homeland Security To Grant Asylum To Syrian Human Rights Advocate Dr. Radwan Ziadeh
    Posted in News on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy, Immigration

    Virginia Representatives Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly issued the following statement today on the case of Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, currently under consideration by the Department of Homeland Security: “The Department of Homeland Security's announcement that it intends to deny asylum to Virginia resident Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, a Syrian legal scholar and human rights advocate, is completely nonsensical. Dr. Ziadeh was accused of engaging in terrorist activity after helping arrange peace conferences that wer... Read more

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