The IRS recently admitted that certain conservative groups had been singled out for extra scrutiny based on political leanings, including some in Virginia. The IRS must be held accountable for this blatant abuse of power.
Congressional efforts to uncover more details about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 continue. Last week, as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I released a report as part of an ongoing review of the events that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Private ownership of property is vital to our freedom and our prosperity and is one of the most fundamental principles embedded in our Constitution. The Founders realized the importance of property rights by enshrining these protections throughout the Constitution, including in the Fifth Amendment, which provides that “private property” shall not “be taken for public use without just compensation.”
Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressing bipartisan unity for immediate action to avert furloughs to the Defense Department’s civilian workforce, citing the potentially disproportionate impact on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The bicameral, bipartisan group of members urged Secretary Hagel to give the military services the flexibility to further reduce expected furloughs.
As the March 1 sequestration deadline approached, Attorney General Eric Holder dramatically warned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be forced to make cuts that threaten the safety of all Americans. Holder claimed that cuts to agencies within the Justice Department would diminish the department’s ability to investigate and prosecute crimes.
Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that he will host the Governor’s Business Plan Challenge in Richmond May 2, 2013. In recognition of Virginia’s strong entrepreneurial environment, the statewide challenge will spotlight the best business plans or concepts crafted by undergraduate students this year. Public and private Virginia colleges and universities are invited to send their top presenters to Richmond for the Governor’s Business Plan Challenge.
To build or not to build? That seems to be the lingering question in the White House when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s been more than four years since the application for the pipeline’s permit was originally submitted, yet construction remains blocked.
This week, the House passed our budget plan, The Path to Prosperity. The House plan is a responsible step in the right direction and tackles our spending problem head-on.
Great question from PBS political reporter Mark Shields to Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte today at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. Shields asked Goodlatte, a power broker in the House GOP as the chair of the Judiciary Committee, whether the Republican Party’s recent electoral problems are “the pizza or the box,” that is, the product that the party is offering voters, or the packaging.