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House, Senate clash on Medicaid expansion

The House of Delegates voted 68-32 to endorse a bipartisan state budget plan that includes a version of Medicaid expansion, with a group of Valley Republican delegates including Ben Cline and Steve Landes leading the no votes.

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Kaine joins colleagues in Senate bill expanding funding to fight opioid crisis

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to introduce the Opioid Response Enhancement Act to help states better fight the opioid epidemic that has put a strain on communities in Virginia and across the country.

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Warner, Kaine announce more than $2 million for Virginia public housing residents

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Virginia localities and organizations in Alexandria, Danville, Chesapeake and Harrisonburg will receive $2,301,433 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

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Kaine co-sponsors childhood cancer bill

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues as a co-sponsor of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act.

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Northam on Trump administration blocking public comment on offshore drilling

Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today reiterating his opposition to the Trump administration’s plans to expand offshore drilling off of all U.S. waters and calling on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to host additional public meetings in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.


Virginians stand up to Trump administration offshore drilling plans

Virginians from coastal communities on the Eastern Shore to Virginia Beach are joining lawmakers from the Commonwealth in standing up to the Trump Administration and its plans to open our coast to offshore drilling.

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Del. Landes honors Virginia Teacher of the Year

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Chairman of the House Education Committee, today presented House Joint Resolution 188, commending the 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year, Michelle Cottrell-Williams.

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State Senate bill could breathe new life into Virginia’s distilled spirits industry

Senate Bill 803 proceeds through the Virginia General Assembly ranks as state legislators continue to evaluate whether or not they want to foster the Commonwealth’s burgeoning distilled spirits industry.

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Morgan Griffith: Serving the Ninth and Energy and Commerce

Committees are the engines that drive Congress. At the committee level, Members of Congress learn about issues, carefully consider legislation, and conduct oversight to see what works in the Federal Government and what doesn’t.

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Del. Landes amendments included in proposed House budget

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, today highlighted his budget amendments included in the proposed House budget.


Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association statement on state budget bills

Julian Walker of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association issued the following statement on the ongoing work on state budget bills.

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Northam statement on expanded healthcare coverage in House budget proposal

Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement today after the House Appropriations Committee released its amendments to the 2018-20 Biennial Budget.

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Creigh Deeds: The Big Enchilada

Crossover came and went the day before Valentine’s Day. It was notable for lots of things, both done and undone. The biggest enchilada remains Medicaid expansion.

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Governor to discuss ag exports’ importance at conference

Gov. Ralph Northam will discuss Virginia agriculture’s and forestry’s $2.77 billion in exports when he co-hosts the 10th Annual Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade March 5.

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Alon Ben-Meir: Murder by Congress

Once again, we are faced with another mass shooting. This time the cold-blooded killings took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 14 innocent students and three adults.


Warner raises concerns about State Department vacancies

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, joined a group of 18 U.S. Senators in a letter to President Trump expressing concern about the many vacant senior positions and extensive attrition at the State Department.

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Warner, Kaine on nomination of Thomas Cullen for U.S. Attorney

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released a statement on today’s White House nomination of Thomas T. Cullen to serve as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

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Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner on Mueller indictment of Russian troll farm

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today after the Special Counsel announced the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for criminally interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Poll: Public rates JFK/Reagan as top recent presidents, Trump near bottom

As Americans prepare to celebrate Presidents’ Day, they rate John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan the best of recent chief executives, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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Warner introduces bill to provide certainty for Virginia farmers, cattlemen

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Chicken Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act.

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Northam urges General Assembly to protect Virginia fishing

Governor Ralph Northam introduced legislation that would bring Virginia into compliance with management decisions made by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) with respect to menhaden fishing.


Northam announces launch of 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program

Governor Ralph Northam announced today the launch of the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program. The Governor’s Fellows Program offers graduate students, rising college seniors, and graduating college seniors the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth.

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Warner, Kaine on Senate vote on DREAMers

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance bipartisan legislation to protect young immigrants known as Dreamers, which failed by a 54-45 vote.

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House Democrats renew call for gun safety reform

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today renewed their call for reasonable gun reforms following yesterday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left at least 17 people dead:

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The ‘wave’ election results in Virginia in 2017 show there’s a good side to taking a risk

When we talk about odds, no one would have thought that the odds of the Democrats almost retaking the state legislature in Virginia were too high.