Tag: Congress


Senate committee approves bill to reduce wasteful end-of-year spending

A Senate committee approved a proposal from Mark Warner and Rand Paul to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending.

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Forbes applauds committee passage of Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016

The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act).

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Robert Hurt: House focused on national debt

When I came to Washington in 2011, we were in the midst of a historic level of fiscal irresponsibility that threatened to drive us into a borrowing crisis.

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Bob Goodlatte: Ending the opioid epidemic

Today, the United States is in the throes of an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.

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Forbes praises House passage of defense policy bill

Congressman Randy Forbes released the following statement on the House passage of the annual defense policy bill.

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Warner recognized as Fiscal Hero by Campaign to Fix the Debt

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) has been honored by the nonpartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt as a ‘Fiscal Hero’ for his leadership in Congress.

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Randy Forbes: Stand with Israel

Over the years, I’ve had the distinct privilege of visiting the nation of Israel multiple times. It is a beautiful place – words can hardly do it justice.


Warner, Kaine vote to approve emergency Zika funding

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine voted to advance $1.1 billion of emergency funding for the prevention and treatment of the Zika virus outbreak.

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Robert Hurt: We must remain committed to those serving our country

The House of Representatives will be considering the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for this year.


Warner, Klobuchar join effort to combat human trafficking on airplanes

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Amy Klobuchar are urging Congress to pass legislation that would combat human trafficking on commercial air flights.

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Randy Forbes: Visas are weapons in the hands of terrorists

Family-based immigration visas, fiancé visas, and other documents required for entry into our nation can be used as the Trojan horses.

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Randy Forbes introduces bill to strengthen visa security

Randy Forbes introduced legislation to address critical vulnerabilities in the United States’ current visa application screening process.

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Robert Hurt: First responders are a community’s greatest asset

Over the past week, I had the opportunity to meet with our local first responders throughout Central and Southside Virginia.

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Randy Forbes: Street signs and the Constitution

Along the Virginia Beach oceanfront, visitors and residents find their way to the sandy beaches and activities by street number.

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Bob Goodlatte: Iran’s bad behavior stuck on repeat

When it comes to the United States’ dealings with Iran, it seems like the record is stuck on repeat.

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Forbes visits NASA Langley, founds bipartisan NASA caucus

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced the launch of the brand new Congressional NASA Caucus.

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Kaine urges FDA to approve mandatory prescriber training on opioids

Sen. Tim Kaine is calling on the FDA to implement committee recommendations to approve mandatory training for prescribers of opioids.


Warner, Kaine announce $3 million for low-income housing in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will receive $3,140,000 for low-income housing.

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Robert Hurt: Supporting small business is vital

At a time when our economy is struggling, Congress must do everything possible to help small business achieve success.

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Bob Goodlatte: Protecting the Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

A lot has changed since 1986. Mail was sent with postage stamp, a search engine was called a library, “tweets” were the sounds made by birds.


Warner introduces bill to eliminate unnecessary government reports

Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced legislation that would eliminate or consolidate 223 reports mandated by Congress.

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Robert Hurt votes to protect retirement security

Rep. Robert Hurt voted in favor of a resolution to nullify a Department of Labor rule to amend the definition of the term “fiduciary.”

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Kaine renews call for authorization of war on ISIL

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine attended a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on counter-ISIL operations and Middle East strategy.

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House approves Robert Hurt bill to encourage investment in startups

The House voted to approve a bill that ensures startup companies can connect with angel investors without inadvertently violating SEC rules.

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Robert Hurt: National security calls for realism, not idealism

President Obama’s foreign policy fails to address the threats facing the United States and our allies.

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Kaine calls for testing of lead levels in school drinking water

Sen. Tim Kaine joined 24 of his Senate colleagues in calling for additional federal resources to test drinking water in schools for lead.

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Bob Goodlatte: The real costs of illegal immigration

The real costs of illegal immigration are something no family should be forced to pay.

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Randy Forbes: Where does your money go at the UN?

Here’s a question for you to consider: Do you know what your taxpayer dollars are funding at the United Nations (UN)?

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Kaine on funding for Appalachian Regional Commission

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine offered comment on the move in the Senate to cut funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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Kaine applauds Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act.

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Robert Hurt: Bringing accountability to the IRS

Virginians remain troubled by the reports of IRS official’s misconduct, and the American people deserve accountability and answers.


Warner, Kaine call for emergency Zika funding

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are calling for immediate passage of an emergency request for money related to the Zika Virus outbreak.

Bob Goodlatte: Answers, accountability and the Obama administration

Fair representation and accountability – that’s just the starting point for what the American people deserve from their government.

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Randy Forbes: Sandcastles

Years ago, I was with my family at the beach sitting several yards back from the water.

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Forbes: Thuggish Russian regime shows its colors in Baltic

Congressman J. Randy Forbes released the following statement on Russian aircraft provocations against the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea.


Kaine, Warner introduce bill to strengthen federal support for Medicaid expansion

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senate colleagues to introduce the States Achieve Medicaid Expansion Act of 2016.

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Forbes: Wallops Island ideal location for Navy MQ-4C Triton

Congressman J. Randy Forbes visited Wallops Island on Tuesday to tour space facilities and meet with the Wallops Island Regional Alliance.

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Warner: Garland deserves Senate vote

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland today.

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Robert Hurt: Federal, state, local cooperation is key

As has been the case for far too long, it is clear that Washington is still too often standing in the way of a robust economic recovery.

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Randy Forbes: A different world

It struck the heart of Christians in Lahore, Pakistan and reverberated across the world into the hearts of their fellow man.

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Warner co-sponsors bill providing access to life-saving epilepsy treatment

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) has signed on to co-sponsor the bipartisan Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015.

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Virginia Organizing to senators: We need a strong CFPB

Virginia Organizing leaders will visit Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 7 to attend the Senate Banking Committee hearing.

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Robert Hurt: We need a plan of action

On March 22, 2016, as hundreds of innocent travelers in Brussels, Belgium began their day, they unknowingly became victims of another unspeakable attack by ISIS.


More prisons is not reform

Holman Prison in Alabama is home to death row and many there have little to lose should something go wrong.


Warner, Kaine urge action on national parks maintenance backlog

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine are urging congressional leaders to address the maintenance backlog facing the country’s national parks.

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Andrew Griffin suspends Fifth District GOP campaign

Andrew Griffin issued the following statement announcing the suspension of his campaign for the Fifth District Republican nomination.

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Randy Forbes: An open letter to those who served

Ten days ago, our nation lost a hero. Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin was killed in a rocket attack by the Islamic State as he served with the 2nd Battalion.

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Robert Hurt: We are here to serve you

While people often associate the work of Congress with debates on legislation, our office provides a variety of additional services.


Warner, Kaine call for new tools to fight campus sexual assault

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are calling for additional federal resources to investigate and enforce sexual assault laws on college and university campuses.

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Griego calls for Goodlatte to repudiate Smith grassroots remarks

Sixth District Republican congressional candidate Harry Griego called on incumbent Bob Goodlatte to repudiate remarks by former State Senator Ralph Smith.