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Mark Warner, Tim Kaine on continuing resolution

Warner, Kaine press federal government on family separations

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today pressed for more information about the Administration’s policy that separates asylum-seeking parents from their children at the U.S. border.
Don Beyer

Don Beyer on visit to ICE detention facility in Capital Region

- Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today visited an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracted facility today in Anne Arundel County to see the effects of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy in person.
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Senate Democrats urge Trump to reconsider, rescind civil service executive orders

- U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen led a letter with 44 of his Senate Democratic colleagues noting their serious concerns surrounding the President’s recent executive orders pertaining to civil service.
healthcare

Warner, Kaine on Trump administration action to raise healthcare costs for Virginians

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) comment after the Trump administration released a rule to undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions by expanding health care plans that do not have many vital consumer protections.
Don Beyer

Beyer cosponsors Keep Families Together Act

- Rep. Don Beyer today signed on as a cosponsor to the Keep Families Together Act, which would formally abolish the Trump Administration’s recently-enacted policy of separating children from their parents in families seeking asylum at the U.S. border.
Donald McEachin

McEachin statement on Keep Families Together Act

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement on the Keep Families Together Act – legislation that would aim to stop this administration’s practice of family separation.
ralph northam

Northam recalls Virginia National Guard Troops from U.S. southwest border

- Governor Ralph Northam today ordered the recall of four Virginia National Guard soldiers and one helicopter from the U.S. Southwest border in response to the federal government’s enforcement of a “zero-tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their families.
Gerry Connolly

Gerry Connolly on House Oversight Committee hearing on Department of Justice IG report

- Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) comments on the hearing with the House Committee on the Judiciary on the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on FBI activities prior to the 2016 election.
tim kaine

Kaine touts military spouse employment measures in Senate defense bill

- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
mark warner

Warner statement on Senate passage of annual defense bill

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) released a statement after Congress approved the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
supreme court

Supreme Court upholds Wisconsin unconstitutional electoral maps

- Today the Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate standing in the case of Gill v. Whitford, a case which challenged the state of Wisconsin’s assembly map as an example of partisan gerrymandering.
Donald McEachin

Congressman McEachin announces $16 million to improve care for AIDS

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced $16,486,972 in grant funding to support the Virginia Health Department’s work to carry out the Ryan White CARE Act, which serves to improve care for those with AIDS.
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Farm Bureau supports science-based labeling bill

- The nation’s largest agricultural organization has voiced support for legislation that would require science-based consumer product labeling.
virginia

Northam announces $1.2 million in grants for school resource officer, school security officer positions

- Governor Ralph Northam announced the award of grants totaling $1.265 million to localities throughout the Commonwealth that will fund school resource officer and school security officer positions.
Donald McEachin

McEachin announces $1.3 million for Chesterfield County Head Start

- Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced that Chesterfield County Public Schools received a grant award of $1,389,182 to support their Head Start programs, an early childhood education program for underprivileged preschoolers.
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Northam announces $50 million in criminal justice grants

- Governor Ralph Northam announced that $50 million in funds administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services were awarded to localities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations to benefit Virginia’s criminal justice system.
Gerry Connolly

Connolly-Quigley send letter to Ryan informing Speaker of Pruitt scandals

- Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) sent a letter to the Speaker detailing the many abuses and allegations against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
mark warner

Sen. Warner on Chinese tariffs

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) comments on the Trump Administration’s  announcement that it will impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese technology imports in response to China’s theft of intellectual property, the forced transfer of American technology, and cyber attacks.
environment

Trump administration signals unprecedented attack on clean water protections

- The Trump administration has submitted a proposal for inter-agency review that would reportedly gut the Clean Water Act, stripping longstanding protections for streams, wetlands, and smaller waterways that feed drinking water sources for millions of people in the South. 
mark warner

Warner, colleagues urge OPM director not to balance budget on backs of federal workforce

- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and a group of 25 Senators wrote a letter to Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Jeff Pon, urging the Trump Administration not to cut retirement benefits for the nation’s federal workforce.
tim kaine

Kaine co-sponsors bill to boost apprenticeship programs

- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine co-sponsored legislation to increase the number of workers trained through registered apprenticeships and the competitiveness of our workers and businesses in the global marketplace.
environment

Northam joins coastal governors urging Congress to reject offshore drilling legislation

- A coalition of governors from New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia, sent a letter to Congress opposing the “Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters” Act.