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  • White House brushes off House investigators over aides' use of personal email
    Posted in News on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Kyle Cheney The White House brushed off a bipartisan request from House investigators for details of senior administration officials' use of private email and encrypted messaging apps for government work, including possible violations of federal record-keeping laws, a letter obtained by POLITICO shows. In a terse letter to Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) — leaders of the House oversight committee — President Donald Trump's congressional liaison Marc Short declined to indic... Read more

  • Connolly-Bulova To Host Opioid Roundtable
    Posted in News on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Congressman Gerry Connolly and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova will host a community roundtable on the opioid crisis next Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Fairfax County Government Center. The roundtable will include health and addiction experts including Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel Jr., as well as representatives from the Fairfax County Department of Health, Fairfax County Community Services Board, Inova hospital, loca... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Trump Executive Order Attack on ACA
    Posted in News on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on President Trump's health care executive order that would sabotage the Affordable Care Act: "The Trumpcare executive order is the latest act of sabotage on the Affordable Care Act that will threaten coverage of pre-existing conditions and increase costs. Americans have repeatedly rejected Trumpcare. Let’s improve the Affordable Care Act, not leave millions of people more vulnerable." Read more

  • VA Delegation Sends Letter to Sec. Shulkin on Late Choice Payments
    Posted in News on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) and the rest of the Virginia delegation in sending a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. David Shulkin, regarding the VA’s late payment to Veterans Choice Program (VCP) providers. In August of 2014, Congress authorized veterans to access private health providers to assist the overwhelmed VA Health Care system. Congress continues to fund the program; however, the VA has repeatedly struggled to make prompt p... Read more

  • House Passes FITARA Enhancement Act
    Posted in News on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Today, the House passed Congressman Gerry Connolly’s FITARA Enhancement Act by a vote of 418-0. The legislation, cosponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), would extend key provisions of FITARA that were set to expire. Companion legislation has been introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Mark Warner (D-VA). Connolly’s legislation would extend three expiring provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act: • Federal ... Read more

  • Connolly and Green Dog Co-Chairs Condemn Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
    Posted in News on October 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment/Energy

    Today Representatives Gerald E. Connolly, Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Paul Tonko (D-NY), co-chairs of the House Green Dogs, released the following statement in response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the Trump Administration intends to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). “While increasingly violent storms hammer communities in the South and wildfires force evacuations in the West, the Trump Administration continues to unwind federal action on climate change — putting the costs... Read more

  • Countdown to zero: The case for the Iran deal
    Posted in News on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Special for The Hill by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) Wake up. We are sleepwalking into an armed conflict. The hidden scandal of the Iraq War — the manipulation of intelligence to support a predetermined outcome — is now an overt political strategy to undermine a multilateral nonproliferation agreement. At a time when Iran was hurtling toward a nuclear threshold not easily undone by force or persuasion, the United States struck an accord with allies and adversaries alike that averted the so... Read more

  • Senate Panel Passes FITARA Extension in Block of IT Bills
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans, Technology

    Jack Corrigan The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would extend the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and eliminate the sunset periods for a handful of key consolidation requirements. The committee forwarded the FITARA Enhancement Act to the Senate along with a handful of other bills relating to federal technology, including the Connected Government Act, SECRET Act and Hack the DHS Act. With the Government Accountability... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on House GOP Budget’s Attack on Federal Employees
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered the following remarks on the House floor in opposition to the House Republican budget that unfairly targets federal employees. The full video is available here. “Ugly is ugly. This is an ugly budget, and it exists primarily to be a vehicle for tax cuts for the already fortunate - the top 1% or 2% in America - at the expense of everybody else and it will hemorrhage red ink for ... Read more

  • Connolly and Democratic Vice Ranking Members Call for Bipartisan, Bicameral Investigation into the Equifax Data Breach
    Posted in News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Technology

    Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and nine other Democratic Vice Ranking Members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to pursue a bipartisan and bicameral investigation into the recent data breach at Equifax that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans. “It is unacceptable for Equifax, an organization entrusted with the personal and financial information of hundreds of millions of Americans, to be so negligent with its cybersecurity practices,” sai... Read more

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