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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

  • If 2017 posed problems for feds, 2018 could be worse with attacks on pay, benefits
    Posted in News on January 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Joe Davidson If 2017, with President Trump’s hiring freeze and political machinations, posed difficulties for federal employees, 2018 could be worse. They did get a 1.9 percent pay raise this year, but now administration officials are considering a wage freeze and are attacking government data indicating that federal pay lags far behind that of the private sector. Don’t forget White House and congressional Republicans’ proposals to cut retirement and health-care benefits. They weren’t approved ... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on the Trump Administration's Move to Open Virginia’s Coast to Offshore Drilling
    Posted in News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Environment/Energy

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), co-chair of the House Green Dogs, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to open Virginia’s coast to offshore oil and gas drilling: “President Trump’s plan to open Virginia’s coastline to drilling is reckless and a serious threat to all Virginians. Why would we risk our local economy, our pristine coastline, our booming tourism industry, and jeopardize the Defense Department’s presence in the region for a plan that would hav... Read more

  • Democrat: 'Fraudulent' voter fraud commission got ugly death it deserved
    Posted in News on January 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Seniors, Equality

    John Bowden Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly (Va.) celebrated the "death" of President Trump's voter fraud commission on Wednesday after the White House announced the commission will be dissolved. The Virginia Democrat remarked Wednesday night in a tweet that the election integrity commission, set up last year to investigate Trump's claim that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote due to millions of illegal votes, got the "ugly death it deserved." "Fraudulent vot... Read more

  • Dem: Trump's 'bromance' with Putin has clouded his views on Russia
    Posted in News on December 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    John Bowden Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA) on Tuesday accused President Trump of harboring a "bromance" with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which the lawmaker says has clouded Trump's vision on Russia. In an interview with "The Lead" on CNN, Connolly told host Jim Sciutto that a recent decision from the Trump administration to sell lethal weaponry to Ukraine amid the country's conflict with pro-Russian separatists came despite Trump's "inexplicable" soft spot for Putin. "I think that t... Read more

  • Congressmen Want Federal Employee Pay Cuts Taken Off the Table
    Posted in News on December 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Ian Smith Four Congressmen recently sent a letter to House leaders saying they do not want pay cuts for federal employees to be used to fund increased discretionary spending caused by lifting sequestration spending caps. The letter was sent by Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), lawmakers who all represent areas with a high percentage of constituents who work for the federal government. The Congressmen said in their letter that... Read more

  • Connolly-Raskin-Cummings Lead 95 Members of Congress in Urging House Leadership Not To Use Federal Employees for Government Funding Offset
    Posted in News on December 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) led 95 members of Congress in urging Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to oppose any further cuts to federal employee pay and benefits to offset increased discretionary spending. “Enough is enough. The federal workforce should be thanked for their honorable service, not treated like a piggy bank,” said Connolly, Raskin and... Read more

  • Connolly Leads Letter to Secretary Tillerson Raising Concerns About State Department's New Mission
    Posted in News on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Foreign Policy

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) led 15 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary Tillerson concerning his recent comments regarding a new mission statement for the State Department. The letter was signed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel, and Representatives Bera, Bass, Boyle, Castro, Cicilline, Deutch, Frankel, Keating, Kelly, Lieu, Meeks, Sires, Titus and Torres. “We write to express our profound concern regarding the State Department’s new missi... 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

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