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  • Connolly to Host Security Clearance Roundtable At George Mason University
    Posted in News on February 19, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    On Monday, February 24, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will host a roundtable discussion on the challenges private sector companies may face when seeking federal security clearances for prospective and current employees. Roundtable participants will discuss the background investigation and adjudication backlog and evaluate proposals to reform and improve the security clearance process. “Private sector companies play a vital role in prote... Read more

  • Connolly to Bring Hatice Cengiz, Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée, to State of the Union Address
    Posted in News on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy, Good Government

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced today that Hatice Cengiz, Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée, will be his guest for Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. “Hatice’s courage to sit in the House Chamber Tuesday night should serve as a clarion call to the President that no matter how high it goes, Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for the murder of this loving father and fiancée, respected journalist, U.S. resident, my constituent, and ... Read more

  • Disease knows no borders: Responding to coronavirus
    Posted in News on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Foreign Policy, Good Government

    Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) More than 170 people have died. More than 7,800 are infected in more than twenty countries and officials expect the already grave situation to worsen. While it may seem a world away, the new coronavirus out of Wuhan, China is a crisis in its own right that is demanding a vigorous response. The World Health Organization has now declared that this outbreak constitutes a global health emergency. Domestically, the Centers for Disease Control and... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on House Oversight Hearing on 2020 Census
    Posted in News on January 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Equality, Immigration, Good Government

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement in advance of today’s House Oversight hearing “Reaching Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census:” Thank you, Chairwoman Maloney, for calling this important hearing. Census Day is less than three months away, and I am concerned that the Census Bureau is not prepared to conduct a complete and accurate count of our nation’s population, particularly among hard-to-count communi... Read more

  • Connolly, 50 Members Call for Investigation into Reports of CBP Officials Issuing Fake Court Notices to Asylees
    Posted in News on December 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Immigration, Good Government

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Veronica Escobar (D-TX), and more than 50 House Members in calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to open an investigation into recent reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are issuing fake court notices and barring refugees from entering the United States after being granted asylum. In a letter to the DHS OIG, the congressio... Read more

  • Oversight Committee Advances Connolly FedRAMP and Restore the Partnership Legislation
    Posted in News on December 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Good Government

    Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform advanced two pieces of legislation authored by Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Government Operations Subcommittee. H.R. 3941, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization Act, would codify the existing FedRAMP Program at the General Services Administration (GSA). “FedRAMP was established in 2011 to provide a standardized government-wide approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous mo... Read more

  • Connolly Statement in Support of Articles of Impeachment
    Posted in News on December 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Good Government

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) delivered the following remarks on the House floor today in support of articles impeachment against President Donald J. Trump: "Each of us took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Not to the President. Not to our political party. Today, history will judge. Did we abide that oath? To extort a foreign country to investigate your political opponent is an unconstitutional abuse of power. To solicit foreign interference in an American... Read more

  • Connolly, 100 Dems Introduce Legislation to Block USDA Rule Kicking People off SNAP
    Posted in News on December 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Seniors, Equality, Good Government

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and more than 100 House Democrats in introducing the Protect SNAP Act, legislation to prevent the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from implementing stricter work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill follows USDA’s final rule restricting hundreds of thousands of Americans’ acce... Read more

  • Connolly Amendments Included in House-Passed FY20 NDAA Conference Report
    Posted in News on December 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Veterans, Gun Safety, Equality, Good Government

    Today, the House of Representatives adopted the conference report for the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act, which included amendments offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) regarding the proposed elimination of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the government-wide backlog of security clearance adjudications, and the loopholes that still allow servicemembers who have been convicted in domestic violence cases to purchase firearms. The report also included a provision, backed b... Read more

  • ‘It’s not hard, but you need to do it’: Virginia congressman pushes REAL ID sign-up
    Posted in News on December 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors, Technology, Good Government

    Kristi King Virginia does not require drivers to upgrade to a REAL ID-compliant license, but hundreds of thousands of contractors serving defense and intelligence agencies will need one, so state officials strongly encourage it. Leading by example, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., applied for his REAL ID-compliant license in Dumfries, Virginia, on Monday. “I waited in line like everybody else, but I wanted to do it publicly to bring attention to why I need to do it and you need to do it,” Conno... Read more

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