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Robert Hurt votes for EPA reform bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released a statement after voting in favor of three bills to reform the EPA.


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Robert Hurt: Recognizing the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans

This past week, as our nation came together on Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country, I had the honor of traveling across the Fifth District and talking with many of Virginia’s brave veterans.


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Robert Hurt: A renewed opportunity to forge a brighter future

It is a great honor to represent Fifth District Virginians in Congress, and I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to continue serving you for the next two years.


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Robert Hurt: Constituent services are a top priority

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


David Swanson: 57 candidates and nothing on

I was lucky to attend a debate among the candidates for Congress from Virginia’s Fifth District just before Game 7 of the World Series. This was the kind of event you can write about while drinking beer and yelling at a television with your family. In fact, I’m not sure there’s any other way you could write about it.


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Robert Hurt: We need to restore common sense to Washington

As I travel around Virginia’s Fifth District, I constantly hear from constituents who are astounded and upset by the manner in which the federal government operates at times.


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Robert Hurt: Protecting health, safety in face of Ebola crisis requires more action

Over the past several weeks, our office has received numerous calls and emails from constituents who are concerned about the growing threat of the spread of Ebola in the United States and abroad.


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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.


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Robert Hurt: Reforming the tax code and allowing small business to grow

As I traveled along Route 58 recently, touring a variety of manufacturing companies, I talked with small business owners and working Virginians about the biggest issues for success in their businesses.


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Robert Hurt: Protecting Americans’ privacy on Healthcare.gov

Recently, a constituent contacted our office to express concern over the fact that he was unable to delete his profile from Healthcare.gov.


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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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Robert Hurt: The House continues to fight for jobs

Throughout the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives has maintained a laser focus on the policies that will create the conditions needed for more robust job growth.


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House passes Robert Hurt small business bill

The House voted Thursday to pass the Jobs for America Act from Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.), which combines the text of 15 bipartisan bills to improve conditions necessary for economic growth and job creation.


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Robert Hurt: We must work together to combat the threat of ISIL

On Wednesday, the President addressed our nation regarding the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


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Robert Hurt votes to protect farmers, small businesses from regulatory overreach

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.


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Robert Hurt: Helping American families save for higher education

Over the past 36 years, the cost of a higher education has increased 13 fold. That means college tuition expenses have jumped 1,225% since 1978; that’s four times the rate of inflation and food costs.


Libertarian in Fifth District Congress race opposes pipeline

Paul Jones of Charlottesville, Libertarian Party candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives, announced his opposition to the joint-venture Atlantic Coast Pipeline project sponsored by Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources.


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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.


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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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Robert Hurt: Healthcare law continues to cost Americans more

Insurance rates for 2015, the second year since the implementation of the president’s healthcare law, are projected to increase more than 8 percent according to a report released Tuesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers.


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Robert Hurt: Our commonsense plan for a stronger economy and a brighter future

Creating jobs, boosting our economy, and providing a foundation for a brighter tomorrow: these are the simple facets of House Republicans’ plan for expanding opportunity for all Americans.


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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.


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Robert Hurt: We must restore a culture of service at the VA

Last month, an audit of VA health facilities found that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first appointment.


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Robert Hurt on Dodd-Frank Act

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after attending a hearing held by the Financial Service Committee entitled, “Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later.”


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Robert Hurt: Dodd Frank’s impacts continue to hamper Main Streets

Four years ago, President Obama signed the Dodd Frank Act, which was intended to address the underlying issues that led to the financial crisis and create a safer financial system.


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Robert Hurt statement on Federal Reserve chair testimony

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after a Financial Services Committee hearing with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen entitled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.”


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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.


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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.


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Robert Hurt: Energy independence will reduce gas prices, create jobs

It is hard to believe that only five short years ago, the national average price for a gallon of gas was $2.35 compared to $3.68 today.


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Hurt introduces private landowners protection bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 4976, the Supporting Home Owners Rights Enforcement (SHORE) Act, along with Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), which requires that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take into consideration private property ownership rights when exercising its authority over hydro-power projects at Smith Mountain Lake and other similar areas throughout the country.


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Robert Hurt touts House GOP energy bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act of 2014, which expands onshore energy production, streamlines permitting processes and reduces unnecessary red tape.


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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: Making strides toward enhancing veterans healthcare

Like all Fifth District Virginians, I have been deeply disturbed by recent discoveries of unacceptable practices at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities.


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Robert Hurt votes for small business tax relief bill

Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) voted today in favor of H.R. 4457, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act, which would make permanent a tax provision that allows small businesses to expense certain investments in new equipment and property each year.


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Robert Hurt: D-Day anniversary renews our commitment to veterans

Last week, we commemorated the 70th anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in our history, which took place on D-Day.


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Robert Hurt: Statement on Eric Shinseki resignation

I thank Secretary Shinseki for his service to our country and his willingness to accept responsibility for the failures that have occurred during his tenure as Secretary of the VA.


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Robert Hurt: Giving thanks this Memorial Day

As we observe Memorial Day, we remember with gratitude all of those brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives while defending our great nation.


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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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Robert Hurt: Investigation into the Benghazi attacks

Like all Americans, I was devastated by the terrorist attack responsible for the deaths of four American foreign service personnel stationed in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.


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Robert Hurt: Working to put forth pro-growth policies

Since being elected to Congress, my top priority 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.


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Robert Hurt: Americans deserve answers on Benghazi emails

Like all Americans, I was devastated by the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.


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Good employment news, right? Not according to Robert Hurt

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in March, pushing the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, its lowest rate in more than five years. This is good news in many circles, but not any with Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt in them.


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Robert Hurt: Energy independence, create Jobs with the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a key piece of an all-of-the-above energy strategy aimed at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and giving Americans more affordable domestic energy choices.


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Robert Hurt: Jobs remain our top priority

I was pleased to take part in two events that demonstrated that opportunities are on the horizon for our communities. Danville’s job fair, sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, was an encouraging display, with 35 area employers advertising nearly 700 available positions.


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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.


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Robert Hurt: A victory for job creation in Virginia’s Fifth District

Last week’s March Jobs Report once again demonstrated that this administration’s policies are hindering the dynamic economic and job growth we so desperately need.


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Did Robert Hurt even read the jobs report?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that U.S. businesses added 192,000 jobs in March. Somebody might want to let Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt in on what the jobs report actually had to say.


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Hurt touts vote to restore 40-hour definition of full-time job

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Va.) released a statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, which would restore the traditional 40-hour definition of “full-time employment” as it relates to the employer mandate in the president’s healthcare law.


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Robert Hurt: Working together with our local leaders to enhance our communities

Over the past week, I had the opportunity to meet with local elected officials throughout Central and Southside Virginia who join me in representing the two cities, 21 counties, and 39 towns that make up Virginia’s Fifth District.


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Robert Hurt: Working to rein in executive overreach

Our Founders crafted a Constitution with limited and enumerated powers for each of the three branches of government. Unfortunately, the executive branch has undertaken actions that reach far beyond the powers granted to it. Our Constitution prohibits the executive branch from choosing which laws it will enforce, yet these constitutional limits are being expressly ignored to the point where this Administration has effectively made law without congressional consent.


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Robert Hurt votes to protect volunteer firefighters, EMTs from employer mandates

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Va.) voted in favor of H.R. 3979, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, which would ensure emergency service volunteers are not included when determining full-time employees to be considered under the employer mandate of the president’s healthcare law.


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Robert Hurt: President’s healthcare law continues to harm working families

It seems as though every time we turn around, President Obama is issuing decisions to unilaterally amend another one of the endless mandates within his signature healthcare legislation imposed on the American people.


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Robert Hurt introduces legislation to help small companies access capital

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today introduced the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, along with Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Alabama).


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Robert Hurt: Removing government-created obstacles to small business jobs

As I traveled across the Fifth District last week, I spoke with many small business leaders throughout Central and Southside Virginia about ways to promote a pro-growth agenda that will stimulate our economy and provide new job opportunities for hard-working Fifth District Virginians.


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Robert Hurt: Working to allow Americans to keep their healthcare plans

Last week, the House approved legislation to allow Fifth District families to keep their healthcare policies in 2014. H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, passed the House with bipartisan support. Millions of Americans have received notification that their health plans have been cancelled as a result of the President’s health care overhaul.