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  • 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

  • Committee Passes Bipartisan Gianforte-Connolly Telework Bill
    Posted in News on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Transportation

    Today the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed H.R. 4171, the Telework Enhancement Act Pilot Program, a bipartisan measure that extends a pilot program promoting telework in federal agencies.The bill was introduced by Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). “With the vast geography of Montana, teleworking makes it easier for the federal government to recruit and employ well-qualified Montanans, as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ... Read more

  • Connolly to Hold Health Plan Open Season Workshop for Federal Employees/Retirees on November 18
    Posted in News on November 1, 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 Wo... Read more

  • Connolly Joins Supreme Court Brief Supporting LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections
    Posted in News on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined a bicameral group of 211 members of Congress in an amici brief to the Supreme Court in support of LGBTQ protections in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. V. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. “This case is bigger than one bakery or one couple,” said Connolly. “It is about basic equality and the fundamental right of every American to a pursuit of happiness free of prejudice and discrimination. No business should ever be allowed to discriminate ag... Read more

  • Connolly, Scott, Beyer and McEachin Call on House Republicans to Protect the State and Local Tax Deduction
    Posted in News on October 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Today, Virginia Representatives Gerry Connolly, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Donald S. Beyer, Jr., and A. Donald McEachin called on House Republicans to protect the state and local tax deduction. In Virginia, 1.5 million households claim $16.5 billion in SALT deductions for an average deduction of $11,288 per household. Virginia has the nation’s 4th highest percentage of tax filers claiming a SALT deduction (37%). “This is a bad deal for Virginians who are being asked to pay even more just so House ... Read more

  • Connolly, Scott, Beyer and McEachin Send Letter in Support of State and Local Tax Deduction
    Posted in News on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Today, Virginia Representatives Gerald E. Connolly, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Donald S. Beyer, Jr., and A. Donald McEachin sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady in support the state and local tax deduction. In the letter the members wrote, “We are committed to the state and local tax deduction and will oppose tax reform legislation that repeals this important part of the United States tax code and harms the family budgets of middle income households.” “In the Common... Read more

  • House GOP Chairmen Announce Probe of Obama's Justice Dept
    Posted in News on October 24, 2017 | Preview rr

    The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they're opening an investigation into actions the Obama administration Justice Department took during last year's presidential election. The chairmen said in a statement Tuesday they have several questions, including why then-FBI Director James Comey decided to publicly announce the investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information but not to publicly announce the investigation into Donald Trump's campaign a... Read more

  • Fairfax Co. board tackles lingering opioid crisis
    Posted in News on October 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Criminal Justice Reform

    Kathy Stewart The opioid crisis is not going away any time soon; in fact, it’s only getting worse. Since 2000, the heroin and opioid epidemic has killed more than 200,000 Americans, according to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). “Every day 91 fellow Americans succumb, lose their lives to the opioid problem,” said Connolly, who teamed up with Fairfax County board of supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova to hold a town hall on the opioid crisis Saturday. The town hall included a panel of experts. “I hope... Read more

  • Connolly Introduces Opioid Immediate Suspension Order Act
    Posted in News on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Criminal Justice Reform

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced the Opioid Immediate Suspension Order Act, legislation that would help restore the ability of the Department of Justice to respond to the growing opioid crisis. “Nearly 200,000 people have died from opioid prescription overdoses since 2000,” said Congressman Gerry Connolly. “This crisis demands immediate action. The Opioid Immediate Suspension Order Act will help restore one of the most effective tools the Department of Justice had in stemming ... Read more

  • Trump promises to ‘look into’ report on drug czar nominee Marino in wake of Post/‘60 Minutes’ probe
    Posted in News on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Ed Okeefe President Trump said “we’re going to be looking into” a report about Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his drug czar nominee, in the wake of the Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that found the lawmaker helped steer legislation that made it harder for the government to take some enforcement actions against giant drug companies. The president’s comments came as congressional Democrats reacted sharply to the report that Marino helped guide the legislation that sailed through Congress la... Read more

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