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  • House Republicans want to bring back the Holman Rule for another year
    Posted in News on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Nicole Ogrysko House Republicans want to reinstate the “Holman Rule,” a little-known provision that allows lawmakers to make changes to a federal employee’s salary, for another year. In devising the rules of debate for a House resolution, lawmakers added another section that would extend the Holman Rule through the end of the 115th Congress. The resolution includes two pieces of legislation, which members are expected to consider Tuesday afternoon. Specifically, the Holman Rule lets Congress br... Read more

  • Democrats on edge after Sessions attacks Andrew McCabe's pension
    Posted in News on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Pete Kasperowicz Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, which will likely reduce his pension benefits, has Democratic lawmakers and a key government employee union warning that Republicans are coming after federal workers. Sessions fired McCabe just before the FBI veteran's 50th birthday, stripping him of an early retirement option that by some estimates could have given him $60,000 per year in benefits immediately. Those will now be delayed u... Read more

  • Connolly Leads Letter to Appropriators in Support of Full PRIIA Funding for Metro
    Posted in News on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly and members of the National Capital Region requested the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development continue to provide the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) with $150 million in federal funds for critical capital and safety improvements. The letter was signed by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Representatives Holmes Norton, Sarbanes, Delaney, Beyer, Brown and Raskin. “Metro is “America’s Subway” and the... Read more

  • Republicans Block 13 More Subpoena Motions— Including for White House Security Clearance Docs
    Posted in News on March 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Foreign Policy, Technology

    Today, during a business meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Republicans blocked all consideration of Democratic requests to allow Members to offer, debate, and vote on 13 motions to subpoena critical documents and testimony within the Committee’s core oversight jurisdiction. Under Chairman Gowdy’s tenure, the Committee has not issued a single subpoena since Donald Trump became President. These include documents relating to interim security clearances currently bei... Read more

  • Connolly Announces Inspector General to Review FBI Headquarters Decision
    Posted in News on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Government Operations subcommittee, announced today that the General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General Carol Ochoa will review the FBI Headquarters decision. “I am pleased Inspector General Ochoa has launched a review of the GSA’s FBI headquarters decision. It was deeply troubling that at our Oversight and Government Committee hearing GSA leaders were unable or unwilling to answer ver... Read more

  • Federal officials will review decision over new FBI headquarters plan
    Posted in News on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jack Pointer The General Services Administration’s inspector general will review the agency’s decision to scrap a longtime plan to relocate the FBI’s headquarters to the D.C. suburbs. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly — one of several legislators who strongly criticized the move — announced the decision Wednesday. “I am pleased Inspector General Ochoa has launched a review of the GSA’s FBI headquarters decision,” said Connolly, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 11th District. “… The public deserves answ... Read more

  • GSA’s IG to investigate Trump administration’s sudden change in FBI headquarters plans
    Posted in News on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jory Heckman The General Services Administration’s inspector general will investigate the Trump administration’s sudden reversal on plans for a new FBI headquarters building. “My office will review GSA’s decision-making process for the revised FBI Headquarters Consolidation project,” GSA Inspector General Carol Ochoa wrote in a letter to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) on Wednesday. “The scope of our review will include whether the revised plan properly accounts for the full costs and security requ... Read more

  • Students demand 'never again' as national walkout comes to Capitol Hill
    Posted in News on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Gun Safety

    Erica King “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the NRA has got to go,” several thousand students chanted loudly in front of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday demanding Congress pass gun control legislation. Students from the Washington, D.C., area joined in the #ENOUGH! National School Walkout - a movement ignited after 17 students were murdered in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting exactly one month ago. Students held signs that read “Never again,” “Protect us, not guns” and "How many more?” on the Capitol's We... Read more

  • Democrats Seek Votes on 13 More Subpoena Motions at Thursday’s Oversight Committee Markup
    Posted in News on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Foreign Policy, Technology

    Today, Rep. Elijah. E. Cummings and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Ranking Member and Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter requesting that Chairman Trey Gowdy place 13 motions for subpoenas on the agenda for the Committee’s upcoming business meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018. For each request, Cummings, Connolly, and other Committee Members previously sent Gowdy detailed letters setting forth the specific bases for the motions, but Gowdy de... Read more

  • Connolly Joins 140 House Dems in Urging the President to Follow the Law and Impose Russia Sanctions
    Posted in News on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Today, 140 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Trump to follow the letter and spirit of the law by imposing sanctions against those behind Russia’s attacks on American democracy. In a letter led by Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot L. Engel, the lawmakers underscored that President Trump has failed to punish those responsible for meddling in the 2016 election from overseas and has done nothing to prevent future attacks, which his Administratio... Read more

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