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  • Connolly asks GSA IG to investigate FBI headquarters decision
    Posted in News on February 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Jory Heckman A member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling on the General Services Administration’s inspector general to investigate the agency’s sudden reversal on plans for the FBI headquarters building. In a letter Wednesday, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) asked GSA’s inspector general to look into why agency officials earlier this month abandoned plans to consolidate the FBI under one roof in suburban Maryland or Virginia. Instead, the GSA intends to tear down the ... Read more

  • Connolly Introduces Resolution Calling on Trump Administration to Implement Russian Sanctions
    Posted in News on February 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced H. Res. 749. The resolution calls on the Trump administration to impose mandatory sanctions on Russia under Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Congress passed CAATSA last August in response to Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine, illegal occupation of Crimea, and assault on democratic institutions around the world. The Trump administration has yet to implement any of these sanctions. “Congress passed a compreh... Read more

  • NSA Boss Seems to Hit Trump on Russia: Putin Believes ‘Little Price to Pay’ for Messing With U.S.
    Posted in News on February 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Andrew Desiderio Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, told a Senate panel Tuesday that the Trump administration is not doing enough to counter Russia’s attempts to meddle in future U.S. elections through the use of cyberattacks. “Clearly, what we’ve done hasn’t been enough,” Rogers bluntly declared during a Senate armed services committee hearing. In particular, Rogers said the administration’s decision to not immediately implement congressional... Read more

  • Democrats Try to Outflank Donald Trump After He Failed to Implement Russia Sanctions
    Posted in News on February 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Andrew Desiderio House and Senate Democrats are teaming up in an attempt to increase pressure on the Trump administration in the coming days over its controversial decision to not immediately implement sanctions against Russia last month, as mandated under legislation that Congress pass overwhelmingly. This week, House Democrats are filing a resolution aimed at compelling the administration to implement those sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). A... Read more

  • House Dem joins protest at NRA headquarters following Florida school shooting
    Posted in News on February 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Gun Safety

    John Bowden Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.) joined dozens of protesters outside the National Rifle Association's (NRA) headquarters in Virginia on Friday demanding action on gun control after a shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead. Connolly spoke to the assembled protesters in Fairfax, Va., where he blamed Wednesday's shooting in Parkland, Fla., on the NRA's contributions to lawmakers in Congress, WJLA reported. "Children are dead because of you," Connolly said. “My heart ... Read more

  • Outside NRA headquarters, hundreds gather in vigil and protest
    Posted in News on February 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Gun Safety

    Clarence Williams Gillian Beard shivered and cried outside of the National Rifle Association headquarters Friday night as she stood among strangers and mourned the killing of her best friend, one of the 17 victims gunned down this week at a Parkland, Fla. high school. The Coral Gables resident had long planned this trip to the Washington area to celebrate her 19th birthday with family on Friday. Instead, she joined about 300 people who gathered outside the NRA building to pay homage to the vict... Read more

  • GSA chief slammed for FBI building pivot
    Posted in News on February 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Mark Rockwell Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle lit into new General Services Administration head Emily Murphy for abandoning a plan to consolidate FBI headquarters in a new campus. For the bulk of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Feb. 15 Government Operations Subcommittee hearing, Murphy faced a withering fusillade of bipartisan questioning about her agency's controversial announcement a few days earlier to keep the FBI headquarters building in downtown Washington. The ... Read more

  • New plan for FBI headquarters gets cold shoulder on Capitol Hill
    Posted in News on February 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jason Miller House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members are frustrated and disappointed with the General Services Administration’s explanation about why it decided to reverse six years of effort and build the FBI’s new headquarters on its existing site. Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) told GSA Administrator Emily Murphy and Public Building Service Commissioner Dan Mathews today that they want a full briefing and to see all the ... Read more

  • House lawmakers demand answers on FBI headquarters reversal
    Posted in News on February 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Daniel J. Sernovitz House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pushed back Thursday morning against the federal government's surprise recommendation to abandon a yearslong effort to shift the FBI's headquarters from downtown D.C. in favor of building a new home for the agency on the site of its current one. In a sometimes heated subcommittee hearing, Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Gerald Connolly, D-Va., promised to press the General Services Administration to disclose documents and a fuller ex... Read more

  • Federal workers rally against Trump's proposal to change how employees receive pay raises
    Posted in News on February 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Tom Fitzgerald Some of the largest federal worker unions say they will fight President Donald Trump's efforts to reform the federal workforce. During a massive rally on Capitol Hill Wednesday, government workers demanded a raise and said Trump’s budget proposal demonizes them. This is partially about pay and partially about politics. Democrats have long enjoyed support and financial backing of government unions. While Democrats have pledged to fight for a pay raise for government workers, the u... Read more

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