Tag: federal government

Vector Industries celebrates workers, family

Employees at Vector Industries had lunch with some special people in their lives on Thursday: their families. “We’re here today at Vector Industries celebrating our employees,” said CEO Chrissy Johnston at the end of the Employee Forum, one in a series of events that the Waynesboro-based nonprofit business is holding to mark its 45th year in business.


Ken Plum: Saved by the Feds

As I wrote in a column several months ago, Virginia has historically ceded decisions to federal authorities on major issues on which the state had been unwilling to move forward, despite the Commonwealth’s historic antipathy toward the federal government.


Republican lawmakers seek Virginia Ebola travel bans

In light of reports that 13 African nations have banned travel from Ebola prevalent areas to their countries, and reports of airlines that have suspended commercial flights to such areas, three GOP lawmakers sent a letter urging Governor Terry McAuliffe to seek similar bans for Virginia airports and seaports.


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Robert Hurt: President’s broken promises on healthcare continue to harm Virginians

The impacts of the President’s healthcare law were the top concern facing small businesses and their employees, as the law is hindering their ability to create more jobs and is harming their employees.


Bob Goodlatte: Ditch the rule

The EPA under the Obama Administration has carried out an aggressive regulatory agenda. In April, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed rule to expand the scope of the term “waters of the United States,”


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Randy Forbes: Let’s talk about reliability

Let’s talk about reliability. We rely on our cars to start in the morning when we head off to work. We rely on our refrigerators to keep our food fresh and unspoiled. We rely on our electricity to keep our homes powered.


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Farm Bureau encourages dialogue with farmers regarding antibiotics

The American Farm Bureau Federation emphasized U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ commitment to national health and responsible livestock production practices.


Warner Senate campaign calls out Gillespie ad as misleading

Today Ed Gillespie continued his negative campaign with a desperate attack ad using made-up numbers to mislead voters on Senator Mark Warner’s record.


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Robert Hurt introduces bill to protect privacy on Healthcare.gov

Congressman Robert Hurt has introduced H.R. 5610, the Healthcare Consumer Privacy Act, which will enable individuals to remove their profiles from the federal healthcare website, HealthCare.gov.


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Randy Forbes: The real story of the man who carried the maps

“…I was the man that carried the maps…” That’s how William Loncaric described his role the day they stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy.


Senate candidate Robert Sarvis introduces Bill of Rights scorecard

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis made the following statement in observance of Constitution Day, the day honoring the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.


Do Virginians expect much, if anything, out of Medicaid special session?

Three out of four Virginia voters are actually paying attention to the debate over Medicaid expansion in Virginia that will pick back up again this week with a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.


Dominion pipeline event brings out hundreds of Augusta County residents

Hundreds of Augusta County residents descended upon Augusta Expo in Fishersville into Monday evening to get a look at Dominion’s plans for a pipeline that would bisect the region.


Earth Talk: Ethanol’s unrealized promise

Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels.


Bob Goodlatte: Protecting America against terrorist threats

Protecting the American people from threats against the nation is the highest priority of the federal government.


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Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies.


Robert Sarvis: New Ed Gillespie Senate TV ad is ‘classic misdirection’

Following the release of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie’s new “Blank Check” television advertisement, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis made the following statement.


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Robert Hurt: Senate inaction prevents strong economic recovery

As I spoke with constituents throughout the district this month, the most common theme, as I have heard so many times before, is the need for Congress to pass jobs bills that will promote economic growth in our communities.


Bob Goodlatte: Protecting college choice

Across the Sixth District and the nation, new college students are moving onto campuses for the first time, setting up dorm rooms, preparing for classes, and are just beginning to embark on their higher education.


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Randy Forbes: Teachers always still going

At 3:30 p.m. when the dismissal bell rings, America’s teachers are still going.


Not the time to be pushing Medicaid growth

Virginia politics, into June, was embroiled in a political stalemate over expanding Medicaid, a top campaign priority of the new governor, Terry McAuliffe.


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Robert Hurt: Allow our family farms to prosper

When I visited a cattle farm in Appomattox, I spoke with the farmer about the rising cost of fuel, which is among his largest expenses as it powers the tractors and vehicles that allow him to transport hay and cattle.


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Randy Forbes: Innovation hubs

All across Virginia’s Fourth District sit small hubs of creativity and innovation. The average person probably knows little about the nuances that go on inside their doors. From the outside, the buildings look quiet, a few shrubs surrounding the company signs and the walkways leading up to the entrances.


Free screening of Freedom Riders at Virginia Historical Society

Freedom Riders is the third in a series of films being shown by the Virginia Historical Society to encourage community conversations about the changing meaning of freedom and equality in contemporary American society.


Chris Graham: The erosion of America from within

So much ink and code has been devoted to the biggest problem facing America being Democrats and Republicans not being able to get along.


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Gov. McAuliffe address to General Assembly money committees

Gov. Terry McAuliffe addresses members of the money committees in the Virginia General Assembly updating the state’s current finances.


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Randy Forbes: Here’s how I can help

In high school, I worked for a local shoe store chain earning $1 an hour running stock for the salespeople out on the floor. I worked hard to keep the stock room in meticulous order because I knew it would save me time when a salesperson asked for a particular size. At the time of our annual sale, the regional manager wanted everyone out on the sales floor, even us stockers.


Virginia Credit Union League endorses Mark Warner for Senate

The Virginia Credit Union League, the statewide trade association representing 164 not-for-profit credit unions and their 3.25 million member-owners, is endorsing Sen. Mark R. Warner in his re-election bid for the U.S. Senate.


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Robert Hurt: The House acts to address the crisis at the border

Last week, the House took critical steps toward addressing the current immigration crisis at our southern border by passing key legislation that addresses the root causes of the crisis and stops the flow of illegal border crossings.


E.W. Jackson on Obama’s non-discrimination order: Abuse of authority

E.W. Jackson, minister and former Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, says President Obama is undermining the First Amendment Rights of Americans to advance the LGBT agenda.


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Augusta Health main lab accredited by College of American Pathologists

Augusta Health’s Main Laboratory in Fishersville has been re-accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) after an on-site inspection.


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ACLU supports President Obama’s non-discrimination executive order

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today expressed strong support for President Obama’s decision to amend existing federal Executive Orders to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and the federal government.