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Robert Hurt statement Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget request

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request.


Warner, Kaine highlight federal budget impacts on Virginia

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill.


Raising revenues must be central goal of budget talks

The recent federal budget agreement was a missed opportunity. It is good news that conservative ideologues did not force another government shutdown and that some deep cuts to critical services were avoided. But our political leaders missed the chance to create a better budget and a fairer tax system by closing loopholes and using those new revenues to meet our pressing national needs.

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Robert Hurt: The president’s budget proposes the same failed policies

Last Monday, President Obama released his budget for the Fiscal Year 2016. His $4 trillion annual budget proposal never balances – ever – making it impossible to even begin paying down our staggering debt.

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Bob Goodlatte: Renewed push for a balanced budget amendment

March 2, 1995, was a pivotal day in the history of our country. On that day, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Robert Hurt: House plan to balance budget, grow economy, protect taxpayers

Just as we have done each of the last four years, the House of Representatives approved an annual budget focused on setting a course for our nation and its future. The Path to Prosperity budget puts us on a path to fiscal sustainability so we can preserve the promise of this great country for our children and grandchildren.


Letting corporations skate on taxes undermines life on Main Street

Many politicians spin this as a “spending” crisis, claiming, “There just isn’t any money.” Nonsense. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. The stock market has soared along with CEO bonuses, and yet corporate taxes have fallen to about a fifth of their profits.

Sen. Tim Kaine holds economic development roundtable in Clifton Forge

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine hosted a roundtable discussion with local business leaders and elected officials from Covington, Alleghany County and Clifton Forge on Friday at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Shenandoah National Park: Underfunded, under threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Virginia analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Virginia’s most-visited park, Shenandoah National Park, as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.


Tim Kaine, Mark Warner urge congressional budget conferees to do job

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine called on his colleagues on the bipartisan Budget Conference Committee to “surprise the cynics” to compromise and agree on a federal budget for 2013-2014. Senate colleague Mark Warner said at the body’s first meeting on Wednesday that he wants to end the recent fiscal practice of lurching from crisis to crisis.


Will Congress learn its budget lessons?

Will Congress ever get its act together? That question is likely on the minds of many Americans, but the latest impasse should actually serve as a reminder that we need to redouble our efforts to make sure Congress focuses on the right priorities and moves the country forward.

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Kaine statement on continued push from House GOP for shutdown

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement on the proposal announced by House Republicans yesterday.

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Chris Graham: Negotiate, or else

We’ve got your daughter. We don’t want anything bad to happen. But you want to negotiate, we’re ready to negotiate. Isn’t that what it feels like Republicans are doing in this increasingly insane government shutdown fiasco?

Andrew Dobelstein: Keep Social Security off the table

President Obama’s proposal to restrict the growth of Social Security by changing annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) from the present Consumer Price Index (CPI) to a Chained Consumer Price Index represents a disingenuous departure from his earlier position to hold fast on Social Security.


Mark Warner, Tim Kaine urge Senate Republicans to cooperate on federal budget

Senate Republicans continue to block the appointment of budget conferees to work on negotiations with the House, and Democrats – including Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine – are trying to push through the logjam.

Earth Talk: The sequester’s impact on the environment

The sequester that went into effect March 1 is a budget measure that cuts federal spending across the board to the tune of $85 billion, meaning every federal agency is affected and must reduce discretionary spending. Indeed, the cuts are already having a negative impact on everything from air quality monitoring to extreme weather response capability to staffing at national parks.

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Bob Goodlatte: Budget week in Washington

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.

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Warner amendments added to Senate budget resolution

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) today successfully amended the 2014 Senate budget resolution, adding three amendments which collectively promote more effective, transparent and cost-efficient government.

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Sen. Kaine applauds passage of Senate budget out of committee

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, praised the passage of a Fiscal Year 2014 budget out of committee. The budget is expected to be voted on by the full Senate in the coming week.

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Warner to propose legislation to update, improve federal reporting requirements

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) released the following statement on Wednesday after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a list of reports produced by federal agencies that could be eliminated or consolidated, a key requirement of Sen. Warner’s 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act signed into law by the President in January 2011. The full list provided by OMB, which can be found at performance.gov, identifies 376 reports from 29 agencies that are potential targets for elimination or modification:

Goodlatte introduces balanced-budget amendments

Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is continuing on his quest to get Congress to do its part to amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

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Warner welcomes progress on budget goals, accountability

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) released the following statement today after the Office of Management and Budget launched an improved performance.gov website, a key requirement of Sen. Warner’s 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act signed into law by the President in January 2011.


Nan Grogan Orrock: The budget and Pentagon spending

Budget decisions in Washington come home to roost right here close to home. And the impact can be devastating.

Robert Hurt: Federal government overreach

During one of our district tours last year, a concerned constituent told me that federal government regulations are “taking the breath” away from small businesses and family farms in the Fifth District. And as I make visits with Central and Southside Virginians across our district, I am constantly reminded of those words as I see […]

Warner: We all need ‘skin in the game’ to solve debt, budget issues

Mark Warner might be in D.C., but he’s definitely not of D.C. “No matter how many challenges you’ve got in the Valley or on City Council or others, they are not as wacky as the people that I work with up in D.C.,” Sen. Warner, D-Va., said during a visit to Waynesboro on March 2. […]

Robert Hurt: The legislative line-item veto

This past week, the House completed passage of four pieces of legislation that would eliminate Washington, DC accounting gimmicks, increase transparency, and put an end to business as usual when it comes to out of control spending in Washington. One of these measures was H.R. 3521, sponsored by Representative Paul Ryan, which would grant the […]

Robert Hurt: Fixing a broken budget system

At a time when we in the House have been waiting on the Senate to take action and join our focused agenda of enacting measures that would reduce our staggering $15 trillion debt, the Senate acted – but they acted in a way that was dismissive of their responsibility to the American people and in […]

Balanced budget amendment fails in House vote

A measure proposed by Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte that would set into motion a process to amend the United States Constitution to require that Congress pass a balanced budget fell short today of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. “It is a simple concept – you can’t spend more than you take in,” Goodlatte […]

Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion-Eminem Edition

So the big debtbacle is finally over. You wish. This is just the start. This is the new normal. Everything from here on out will be negotiated until the final hours. That is until we set the debt and fiscal trajectory on a better path and for a period of time up to the final […]

Robert Hurt: Fighting to change the spending culture in Washington

Over the past several weeks Washington has been seized with the issue regarding the President’s request to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. The dynamics of the potential economic ramifications, my commitment to cutting government spending, and the political realities of a divided government in Washington underlined this debate. After listening to and communicating with many […]