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Robert Hurt: Affordable Care Act more costly than ever?

Last week the Obama administration confirmed that the Affordable Care Act continues to break one of its signature promises.

Kai Degner talks Sixth District race, issues with Viewpoints on WVPT

Sixth District Democratic Party congressional nominee Kai Degner is an anti-establishment candidate in the year of anti-establishment candidates.


Viewpoints: One-on-one with Kai Degner

Kai Degner, the Democratic Party nominee for the Sixth District seat in Congress, joins Viewpoints to talk about his challenge to incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

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Robert Hurt: Agriculture critically important in Virginia

This past week, I had the privilege of joining the Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau for their annual meeting in Chatham.

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Robert Hurt: Reining in the CFPB’s unchecked authority

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by the Dodd-Frank Act with the intention of overseeing consumer protection.

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Robert Hurt: Separation of powers must be respected

Our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch.

Letter: A more broadly personal, kinder Kai Degner

We found Kai Degner to be more broadly personal, kinder than reported by The News Leader in its 10-1-16 “Degner … pipeline” article.

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Robert Hurt: Stop insurance company bailouts

The negative consequences and impacts of the President’s healthcare law continue to manifest themselves, with new and different problems.

Kai Degner: Goodlatte directly profits from eminent domain for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Sixth District nominee Kai Degner is hitting his opponent’s personal investment in a company that profits from the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Robert Hurt: Our national security tactics must not undermine safety

As each day goes by, we continue to learn more about the Administration’s misleading details regarding its arrangement with the Iranian regime.

Bernie Sanders nonprofit backs Kai Degner for Congress

Our Revolution, the nonprofit inspired by the Bernie Sanders campaign, announced today it has endorsed Kai Degner for Congress.

Kai Degner: Bob Goodlatte complicit in Wells Fargo scam

Kai Degner is tying Bob Goodlatte’s obstruction of the Arbitration Fairness Act to the recent Wells Fargo scam.

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Robert Hurt: Restoring transparency, accountability for our veterans

It has been more than two years since then Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigned amidst the height of an agency scandal.

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Robert Hurt bipartisan jobs bill passes House

The House passed HR 5424, the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016, in a bipartisan 261-145 vote.


AAUW Action Fund releases congressional voting record

The AAUW Action Fund has released its 2015–16 scorecard of congressional action on issues critical to women and their families.


House votes to silence public opposition to oil and gas lease sales

The House of Representatives passed a bill that will shield offshore oil and gas lease sales from public scrutiny.

Friends of Augusta endorses Kai Degner for Congress

Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group, is formally endorsing Kai Degner, of Harrisonburg, for Congress in the Sixth District of Virginia.

Can Kai Degner flip the script in the Sixth?

Kai Degner is, as he admits, 24 years and a million dollars behind in his race for the Sixth District congressional seat.

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Robert Hurt: Local leaders lead by example

We have seen time and time again how federal government overreach harms local governments and their communities.

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The Affordable Care Act: Unsustainable and unlawful

Washington policies have real and often painful effects on Fifth District Virginians, and the implementation of the President’s healthcare law is a prime example of such.

Kai Degner to host Justice Summit on Saturday

Kai Degner, Democratic candidate for the Sixth District congressional seat, will hold the first of five citizen summits in his campaign’s Founding Principles Series on Saturday.

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Robert Hurt: Rampant regulations are not the answer

A new study released last week found that since the inception of the Obama administration, it has issued an average of 81 major regulations per year.

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Robert Hurt: Appeasement, half-measures make world more dangerous

News and developments both at home and abroad this week gave us further evidence demonstrating that a foreign and national security policy based on appeasement and half measures makes us less safe.

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Randy Forbes: The way forward

When I first came to Washington, I kept finding myself getting turned around while driving my car through the unfamiliar city.

Warner calls for Congress to return from recess to pass Zika funding

Sen. Mark Warner urged congressional leaders to call Congress back into session in order to pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing public health threat posed by the Zika virus.

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Robert Hurt: Anemic economic reports demand new approach

Last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its long-term budget outlook report, which showed our national debt increasing to 141% of GDP by the year 2046.

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Robert Hurt: Those who keep us safe are most deserving of our support

As we grieve the loss of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, our nation is reminded of the responsibility shouldered by police.

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Tom Garrett comments on Dallas shootings

Fifth District Republican congressional nominee Tom Garrett issued the following statement on the shootings of five Dallas police officers Thursday.

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Robert Hurt: Honoring our nation’s independence

When the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they risked all they had for this budding nation.


Senate bill would empower student loan borrowers through financial literacy

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation to help students make smart decisions in the financing of their higher education.

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Robert Hurt: Small business access to capital

As we well know, small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and the ability for these entities to access private capital is imperative.

Jane Dittmar applauds Pittsylvania County on achieving Certified Work Ready status

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Pittsylvania County has joined the ranks of the Certified Work Ready Communities.


Senate to allow vote on gun legislation

Bipartisan legislation banning gun sales to people on the terrorism “no-fly” list will go to the full Senate for an up-or-down vote.

Connolly to meet with Virginia immigrants as part of DAPA Dinners campaign

Congressman Gerry Connolly will discuss the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program Friday.

House committee advances mental health, suicide prevention funding

On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a revised version of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.

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Robert Hurt: Taking decisive action to protect, defend our homeland

In the early morning hours on Sunday, June 12th, we were struck with the worst domestic terrorist attack since September 11, 2001.

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Robert Hurt bill to improve small business access to capital passes House committee

The House Financial Services Committee recently passed the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016 with a bipartisan vote of 47-12.

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Senate passes Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016

The Senate unanimously passed the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Mark R. Warner.

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Andy Schmookler: A Congress whose priority is the good of the nation

Although defeating Donald Trump is one essential goal for this fall’s campaign, that should be seen as one important means toward the ultimate goal.

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Why Hampton Roads matters to national security: A primer

82,000. That’s the number of military personnel – from all military services – who call the Hampton Roads region home.


No, it’s NOT ‘the soldier’

Every Memorial Day, Americans are subjected to endless reruns of an “inspirational” poem by Charles Province: “The Soldier.”

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Randy Forbes: The price we pay for political correctness

Our Founding Fathers rejected political correctness, and they rejected the notion that the government had the right to tell the people what religion was acceptable.

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Robert Hurt: Shifting the focus from permitting to progress

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of landowners, allowing challenges to federal regulatory decisions affecting personal property rights.

Time to retire Bob Goodlatte

The incumbent 6th District Congressman is ripe for retirement. His campaign coffers are full, and he has little left to do in the Congress.

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Kaine backs bill ending ban on firearms safety research

On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Senator Tim Kaine announced his support for two pieces of legislation to address gun violence.


Randy Forbes: The Tenth Amendment

A power struggle. That’s what our Founding Fathers foresaw between states and our federal government. So in 1787, they penned the Tenth Amendment.

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Bob Goodlatte: Remembering our bravest on Memorial Day

As we mark Memorial Day, the American men and women lost in the line of duty are at the forefront of our minds.

Rep. Bobby Scott honored as afterschool hero

The Afterschool Alliance recognized Rep. Bobby Scott for his strong, unwavering support for afterschool programs and the youth who participate in them.

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Robert Hurt: Thanking our country’s heroes

As we observe Memorial Day, we remember with gratitude all of those brave men and women who have defended our great nation.


Warner, Kaine introduce amendment to block commissary privatization

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have introduced an NDAA amendment to prevent the DoD from privatizing commissaries at five installations.