Tag: federal government

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.


Bob Marshall asks governor to recruit judges to help with border crisis

Bob Marshall, being Bob Marshall, wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to use state resources to assist in the resolution to the border crisis.


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Waynesboro Police warn of scammers targeting locals

The Waynesboro Police Department is cautioning citizens on a variation of a popular phone scam that is reportedly targeting local residents.


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Robert Hurt: Senate should join House jobs effort

My top priority in Congress has always been adopting policies that will lead to the creation of private sector jobs for the hardworking individuals and families of Virginia’s Fifth District.


Virginia state revenues down $439 million from forecast

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that preliminary figures indicate the state concluded Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 with an approximately $438.5 million shortfall in general fund revenue collections, excluding transfers.


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Robert Hurt votes to reform federal workforce training programs

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which modernizes and streamlines our federal workforce development programs to help jobseekers, employers, and workers alike.


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Howell, Norment intend to reconvene House, Senate in September

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Wednesday that he intends to reconvene the House of Delegates the week of September 22 to debate Medicaid expansion. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) announced that the Senate will be also be in session that week.


Ed Gillespie: Rick Perry redux?

The moment that Rick Perry’s turn as the Republican Party presidential frontrunner came to an end was excruciating to watch. Well, Ed Gillespie might have just had his own Rick Perry moment.


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Robert Hurt: A bipartisan effort to protect private property rights

The lack of private property rights protections has led to increased costs and complications for landowners when attempting to build docks or other structures on their land and also impacts property values.


How a fairer tax code can improve America’s infrastructure

As Congress heads home to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed. The first is the increasing – and troubling – trend of big corporations essentially giving up their American citizenship and reincorporating overseas to reduce their U.S. taxes.


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Cities: Situation shows immigration reform needed now

The recent activity on the border only demonstrates the absolute necessity that Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform.


Libertarian perspective on Hobby Lobby ruling

In response to yesterday’s Hobby Lobby ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict made the following statement.


Robert Sarvis officially on U.S. Senate ballot

The Sarvis for Senate campaign has received notification from Virginia’s Board of Elections that Robert Sarvis has qualified to be on the statewide ballot for U.S. Senate.


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Former Ocwen mortgage borrowers to begin receiving claim forms

Claim forms are going out this week to approximately 3,770 Virginia borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012 and who may be eligible for payment under the $2.1 billion Ocwen national mortgage foreclosure settlement.


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Robert Hurt: Community pushes back against federal overreach

This past week, the people of Lawrenceville and Brunswick County endured a tumultuous encounter with the federal government.


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Robert Hurt on withdrawal of immigrant facility plans

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement following the news that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is withdrawing its plan to use the campus of St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA as a detention center for juvenile illegal immigrants.


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Mark Warner: Feds should look elsewhere on immigrant facility

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement this morning on the proposed juvenile illegal immigrant detention facility in Lewrenceville.


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Robert Hurt statement on proposed illegal immigrant facility

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement following tonight’s public hearing at Brunswick High School on the plans to use the campus of St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville as a detention center for juvenile illegal immigrants.


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Kirk Cox: Budget passes General Assembly

Late last night, the General Assembly passed a responsible, conservative budget that addresses our state’s $1.5 billion revenue shortfall and does not include Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.


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Warner, Thune introduce Senate student loan debt bill

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and John Thune (R-SD) have introduced the bipartisan Employer Participation in Refinancing Act (S.2429) to help individuals pay down their student loan debt.


Medicaid expansion to help working individuals in Virginia

Almost 60 percent of the 360,000 Virginians who would benefit from the state’s Medicaid expansion—roughly 212,000 residents—are working Virginians employed in occupations that most people rely on daily and are critical to the state’s economy.


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Farm Bureau: Proposed EPA water regulations won’t exempt farmers

Proposed modifications from the RPA to the Clean Water Act definitely will expand the federal government’s regulation of agriculture land uses, according to Donald Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation.


Bob Goodlatte: Maintaining protection of civil liberties

The USA FREEDOM Act increases the transparency of our intelligence-gathering programs. It protects Americans’ civil liberties by making clear that the government cannot acquire Americans’ records in bulk and puts real, effective limits on what information the government can gather.


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Robert Hurt: Small businesses are the key to more jobs

Last week, I traveled the Fifth District visiting small businesses throughout Central and Southside Virginia in recognition of National Small Business Week.


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Randy Forbes: The Tenth Amendment

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


Bob Goodlatte: Seeking an independent IRS investigation

For many Americans, the IRS is the primary way they interact with the federal government. To have the IRS acting as a politicized organization that persecutes citizens for their political beliefs shakes the core of our democracy.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly leaves unanswered questions

Last Wednesday the 2014 session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die at the end of the Reconvened Session that is called at the conclusion of each regular session to consider amendments to legislation proposed by the Governor and vetoes he made of any bills.