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  • Connolly Statement on McConnell Concessions on Three-Week Funding Bill
    Posted in News on January 22, 2018 | 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 Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), released the following statement on Senator McConnell’s concessions on a three-week funding bill: “It is shameful that President Trump and Republicans inflicted this shutdown on the American public. I will vote to reopen government because we have big challenges that our constituents demand we address like ending sequestration, fighting the opioid crisis, and fixing the DACA problem the President created. I will also vote yes because Senator McConnell pledg... Read more

  • Connolly Calls on Ryan to Immediately Take Up the Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act
    Posted in News on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) called on Speaker Ryan to immediately bring up the Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act, bipartisan legislation with Congressman Tom Rooney to ensure the immediate payment of military death benefits to survivors of fallen servicemembers during federal government shutdowns or any other circumstance when federal spending authority lapses. The legislation now has 144 cosponsors. Connolly and Rooney originally introduced the legislation in April. “It is unco... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Republican Shutdown
    Posted in News on January 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), released the following statement on the Republican shutdown: "Republicans control the White House, the House and Senate and blame everyone but themselves for this government shutdown This is reckless, irresponsible and a complete abrogation of their constitutional duty to provide a functioning government. This is a failure of leadership and governance that discredits their legitimacy as a party. The consequences of another government shutdown will be felt b... Read more

  • Students honor Martin Luther King Jr. in oratorical contest
    Posted in News on January 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Equality

    Alex Koma Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life fighting injustice — and students competing in Prince William County’s annual oratorical contest believe people of all creeds and colors need to have that same sort of conviction in these troubled times. The 28th edition of the annual event, held Jan. 15 at the Hylton Memorial Chapel and designed to honor the civil rights icon’s legacy, challenged county students to consider King “in his own words: yesterday, today and tomorrow.” In the view of th... Read more

  • 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 fan...in the exhaust mode … to keep the smoke in the tunnel going up through the exhaust,” stated officials. Various politici... Read more

  • Connolly-Schatz Reintroduce FAIR Act
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly and Senator Brian Schatz have reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a three percent pay increase in 2019. Connolly has introduced the FAIR Act every year since 2014. The House bill is cosponsored by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Representatives Beyer, Cummings, Norton, Kaptur, Lujan Grisham, Kelly, Sherman, Clay, Comstock, McCollum, Kilmer, Bonamici, Yarmuth, Ruppersberger, Delaney, Perlmutter,... Read more

  • Connolly, Schatz push to give feds a pay raise
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Chase Gunter Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) are pushing to give federal employees a pay raise. For the fifth consecutive year, Connolly has introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act. The 2018 version is seeking a 3 percent pay increase to federal employees for 2019 -- a two percent across-the-board bump in basic pay and an additional 1 percent for locality pay. Since 2010 when President Barack Obama instituted a three-year pay freeze, federal pay has la... Read more

  • Kaine, Warner, Connolly, McEachin, Beyer, Scott Ask Trump Administration to Listen to Local Voices Against Offshore Drilling
    Posted in News on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Environment/Energy

    Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly, Donald McEachin, Don Beyer, and Bobby Scott sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that Virginia be exempted from its offshore drilling proposal, citing local concerns over the risks to tourism, the watermen’s industry, and the country’s Naval operations. The Virginia legislators cited Secretary Zinke’s announcement that drilling off the Florida coast was taken “off the table” after listening to... Read more

  • Oversight Dems Insist That Gowdy Finally Start Investigating President’s Compliance with Emoluments Clause of U.S. Constitution
    Posted in News on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today, all Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy requesting that the Committee finally launch a serious investigation of President Donald J. Trump’s compliance with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, as well as the numerous conflicts of interest caused by his refusal to liquidate all of his assets and place them in a blind trust, as both Republican and Democratic ethics experts recommended. “Over the past year, P... Read more

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