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  • Connolly Statement on President Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement
    Posted in News on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement today: “When President Jimmy Carter sat down at the negotiating table with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David in 1978, he reiterated that Jerusalem’s final status would not be decided unilaterally. Every successive U.S. administration since then has upheld that approach. With Pre... Read more

  • Connolly Leads Bipartisan Letter to President Trump in Support of Pay Parity for Federal Employees
    Posted in News on December 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of 12 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to match the 2018 pay increase for civilian federal employees to the raise given to service men and women in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Currently, members of the military are set to receive a 2.4 percent pay increase, compared to the 1.9 percent increase for civilian federal workers detailed in President Trump’s August, 2017... Read more

  • A government shutdown could halt military death benefits again
    Posted in News on December 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans

    Claudia Grisales As the threat of a federal government shutdown rises, Gold Star families could be among those who pay the price. During a shutdown, a death benefit program for servicemembers that includes an immediate $100,000 payment to each military family could come to a halt. Other payments also could stop in a shutdown: funds that cover funeral, burial and related travel expenses as well as a temporary housing allowance in cases involving active-duty servicemembers. It happened four years... Read more

  • NoVa Delegation & D.C. Congresswoman Announce Long Awaited Breakthrough To Repair Arlington Memorial
    Posted in News on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    Virginia’s two Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, along with U.S. Reps. Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) , today announced that after years of effort by the Senators and House members, the National Park Service (NPS) has approved $227 million to initiate a long-awaited contract to fully repair and rehabilitate Arlington Memorial Bridge. The 85-year-old bridge, owned and maintained by NPS, is a vital daily route connecting Arlington, Virginia and the District of C... Read more

  • ‘A Disaster for Northern Virginia’
    Posted in News on November 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Education

    Andrea Worker U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) says that he and his Democratic colleagues are more than willing to work in a bipartisan effort on meaningful tax form. “As a leader of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of pro-business Democrats, I have written on several occasions to Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady asking them to partner with us … to simplify the tax code, create revenue … and provide middle class tax relief.” Speaking at a roundtable gathering that the... Read more

  • Connolly to Host Federal Employee and Retiree Open Season Workshop Saturday
    Posted in News on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly will hold his annual Open Season Workshop on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Fairfax County Government Center to assist federal employees and retirees in navigating through the many changes in the 2018 Federal Employees Health Benefits Plans (FEHBP), dental and vision insurance programs. The federal government’s Open Season for federal employees and retirees to change their health plans runs from November 13, 2017 through December 11, 2017. Connolly’s Open Season W... Read more

  • Connolly Statement Opposing Republican Tax Plan
    Posted in News on November 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Environment/Energy

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement in opposition to the Republican tax plan: "Congress had a real opportunity to pursue revenue neutral tax reform that would lower corporate rates and benefit the middle class. That is why I am deeply disappointed that the majority has instead elected to pursue a partisan tax plan that asks working families, veterans, and low-income seniors to pay higher tax rates than the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations. As a leader ... Read more

  • Region Reacts To LaHood Report On Metro
    Posted in News on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Martin DiCaro Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defended his long-awaited report on fixing Metro against early criticism on Monday, as critics argued it fell short in recommending workable solutions to the transit agency’s most pressing problems. A day after his 19-page report was leaked to the Washington Post, LaHood explained to WAMU he did not recommend a specific tax increase to raise an additional $500 million per year in dedicated funding because there is no regional consens... Read more

  • Federal Employee Groups Push for Pay Parity
    Posted in News on November 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Groups representing federal workers called on lawmakers and President Trump to increase the proposed 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees to 2.4 percent, matching the across-the-board pay increase for military personnel included in Congress’ latest version of the $700 billion defense authorization bill. On Wednesday, House and Senate leaders announced they had reached an agreement on the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which included the military pay raise provision. The... Read more

  • Niger: The ghost of Benghazi and the danger of mission creep
    Posted in News on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Special by Congressman Gerry Connolly Four brave American service members were killed in an ambush near the Niger-Mali border last month. The American people deserve to understand how this tragedy occurred, and the U.S. Government must ensure that we do not repeat the same mistakes going forward. Democrats should not, however, follow the example of those in Congress who cynically exploited the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. We should not embark on a highly politicized inve... Read more

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