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  • Metro’s structural inspections could not be trusted for years, culminating in falling metal, concrete at Rhode Island Avenue, IG finds
    Posted in News on May 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation, Good Government

    Faiz Siddiqui Metro crews copied and pasted language from prior years’ structural inspection reports for the Rhode Island Avenue station and in other instances skipped hard-to-reach areas, culminating in a steel beam and concrete chunks falling from the ceiling in 2016, the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report released Thursday. No one was injured, but the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations will be shut down for 45 days starting July 21 to permanently address the structural ... Read more

  • Connolly to Host Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony on Saturday
    Posted in News on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Gerry Connolly will host his annual Congressional Art Competition Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 3:30 PM. The event will be held at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in the McGuire Woods Gallery (Building 16). “I am pleased to invite all Virginia 11th district student artists, their families, and art educators to join me in celebrating this year’s Congressional Art Competition Awards winners this Saturday,” said Congressman Connolly. “This year we had more than 130 incredible s... Read more

  • Local Students Join Gun Safety Town Hall
    Posted in News on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Gun Safety

    Andrea Worker U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly’s Town Hall meeting at the Providence Community Center on Tuesday evening, May 1, represented a departure from most politically initiated public forums. To begin with, the format wasn’t the traditional politician updating his constituents, responding to their questions and feedback, then making the rounds and shaking hands. Instead, the congressman shared the speaker’s table with four high school students who he credited with “bringing us together this... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on Trump Decision to Withdraw from Iran Agreement
    Posted in News on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal: “With today’s unilateral retreat, the President is now responsible for the fallout of the Iran deal. All of our allies, including President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, pointed out that the agreement is working and warned that it would be deeply destructive for the U.S. to withdraw. “By all accounts, Iran is in com... Read more

  • Regional Leaders’ Patience Runs Thin As Metro Plans Yet Another Shutdown
    Posted in News on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation

    Steve Burns The announcement of a new Metro shutdown, planned for 98 days over the summer of 2019, is bringing at least one ardent Metro supporter to his wits’ end. “We were kind of promised that the SafeTrack shutdowns would be a one-time thing,” Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly told WMAL. “I think it’s very difficult, with a straight face, to make the case to the public that we’re ‘Back to Good’ when we really are back to shutdowns.” Connolly said he would like to see a full accounting of the dec... Read more

  • Trump Pulls Out of Iran Deal, Reimposes Sanctions
    Posted in News on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Rachel Oswald President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would reimpose sanctions on Iran, dealing a likely fatal blow to the 2015 multinational nuclear deal and upsetting European countries, Democrats and even some Republicans. But though Trump’s action is aimed at punishing Iran, it is anger from U.S. allies, especially France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, that could most affect the United States in the coming weeks and months. Speaking at the White House, Trump said he would not sign a ... Read more

  • Wittman, Connolly Introduce Resolution to Honor Public Servants
    Posted in News on May 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Veterans

    Representatives Rob Wittman (VA-01) and Gerald Connolly (VA-11) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating May 6-12, 2018 as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). H.Res.867 commends federal, state, county and local government employees, as well as members of the uniformed services, for their tireless and dedicated efforts, and details the significant contributions that public servants have made to the United States. It celebrates the millions of innovative, highly-skilled men and women who... Read more

  • Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions
    Posted in News on May 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Transportation

    Faiz Siddique There will be no service on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines south of Reagan National Airport for 98 days beginning in May 2019, as the transit agency embarks on a platform rebuilding project spanning six stations, part of an effort to refurbish 20 station platforms over three years. The work, which will at times target the Red, Blue, Yellow, Green and Orange lines, will focus on rebuilding crumbling station platforms that the agency says pose a safety risk to riders, and will mark M... Read more

  • OPM submits 4 familiar retirement proposals to the House for consideration
    Posted in News on May 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Nicole Ogrysko The Office of Personnel Management has submitted several proposals that would significantly change the existing retirement system for current and future federal employees. In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), OPM Director Jeff Pon outlined four major recommendations. Ultimately, the proposals would require current and future federal employees to contribute more to their retirement. The legislative proposals would have the deepest impacts on Federal Employees’ Retireme... Read more

  • Connolly to Host Student Town Hall on Gun Safety
    Posted in News on April 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Gun Safety

    Congressman Gerry Connolly will host a student town hall on gun safety measures tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM at the Providence Community Center in Fairfax, VA. The event is being hosted by students from Robinson, Woodson, Madison and West Springfield high schools in Northern Virginia. The event is open to the public and will include a student panel and then the Congressman will take Q&A. When: Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where: Providence Community Center (3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031... Read more

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