Tag: Fifth District

House passes budget compromise; Goodlatte, Hurt vote no

The House voted 285-144 late Wednesday to pass the Senate budget compromise. President Barack Obama signaled that he would sign the legislation, which also includes an increase in the federal debt ceiling.


Robert Hurt: American solutions for job creation

The recent December unemployment report provides welcome news that more jobs were created last month at a time when so many are struggling. And while signifying a step in the right direction nationally, the simple fact remains that there are still too many in Central and Southside Virginia out of work, and there is still […]


GOP leaders call out Kaine on health-care reform

Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt joined a pair of Virginia state legislators Thursday in an effort to paint Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine as a loyal Barack Obama ally. “The president’s health-care law has produced devastating effects for Fifth District Virginians and all Americans since passage. It has expanded the size of the federal government, […]


Robert Hurt: The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the great opportunity to continue to meet with and hear from Central and Southside Virginians in and across the District. I have traveled to Martinsville, Farmville, Penhook, Keysville, South Hill, Clarksville, Cartersville, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Charlottesville, and Danville. I spoke to hundreds of constituents at a town […]


Report: Perriello expects NRA endorsement

Fifth District incumbent Tom Perriello will receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Association next week, the Perriello campaign reported today in an e-mail to members of the news media. “Tom has strongly defended Second Amendment rights in Congress and will continue to be a voice for Virginia’s hunters and sportsmen. Tom hasn’t been afraid […]


Tom Perriello: In the classroom

A well-educated workforce is critical for regaining America’s long-term competitive advantage. This includes not only the higher education that will be necessary for global competitiveness, but also the solid foundation of a strong K-12 education. I have often said that there are no shortcuts to regaining our competitive advantage, so at this moment, while we […]


Perriello bucks party on budget resolution

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello voted Thursday night against the Democrats’ Budget Enforcement Resolution (H.Res. 1500), which would set a $1.12 trillion limit on discretionary spending for one year. Perriello argued that a full, balanced budget resolution is needed to tackle the nation’s deficit woes in his reasoning for […]


Perriello to host Vilsack on telephone town hall

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello will hold a telephone town hall meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Thursday, June 17, from 6:50 p.m. -7:50 p.m. to address issues of importance to rural communities. To join the call, participants can dial toll-free 877.229.8493 and enter access code […]


Chris Graham: Looking ahead to the fall in the Fifth

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The good news on the surface for Fifth District Republicans – somebody won the seven-candidate GOP primary in resounding fashion. The bad news – the winner was the moderate, State Sen. Robert Hurt, and his win, though resounding in one sense, didn’t get him to 50 percent of the […]


McKelvey campaign on the air in the Fifth

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Jim McKelvey for Congress campaign is on the air with two TV commercials on stations across Virginia’s Fifth District that debuted today.


Verga statement on incident at Perriello home

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Republican nomination candidate Laurence Verga issued a statement this morning on the incident at the home of the older brother of Congressman Tom Perriello. “I condemn any acts or promotion of violence against Congressman Tom Perriello’s family or any American for that matter. Disagreements over policy should […]


Two GOP hopefuls pledge fight for health-care repeal

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Republican nomination candidates Robert Hurt and Feda Morton are both saying this week that they would work if elected to Congress to repeal the federal health-care reform signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. “I have pledged to the people I’m seeking to represent that […]


GOP candidates press Perriello – and each other

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello is facing a full-court press from the Republicans gunning for the chance to knock him off in November. The press might work better if the GOP’ers weren’t trying at the same time to steal the ball from each other. “My opponent Jim McKelvey put […]


Political Blogs: Sunday, Feb. 14

Featured: Jim McKelvey, Bill Bolling, Creigh Deeds Jim McKelvey: Senate Bill 481 www.mckelveyforcongress.com Once again politicians at every level of government do not get it. State Sen. Robert Hurt introduced SB 481; this bill essentially lowers the number of new employees a business must hire to be eligible for a tax credit. We need to […]


Poll: Hurt is the early frontrunner in the Fifth GOP race

  Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The conventional wisdom in the Fifth District Republican congressional race has been that Southside State Sen. Robert Hurt is the early frontrunner. A poll released Friday morning confrims the conventional wisdom. Hurt leads the seven-candidate field with 22 percent of projected primary voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling this […]


Poll: Goode could shake up race in Fifth

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Democrat Tom Perriello faces a tough two- or three-way battle in his bid for re-election to the Fifth District congressional seat, according to a poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling. Perriello runs even with Republican nomination frontrunner Robert Hurt in a two-way race, with both at 44 percent […]


Lawmaker Dispatches

Featuring: Randy Forbes, Tom Perriello, Robert Hurt, Kaye Kory Randy Forbes: National Dialogue www.forbes.house.gov Ask a teacher, and they will most likely tell you that one of the quickest ways to kill classroom discussion is for one strong-willed student to monopolize the conversation. A long-winded or uncomfortably impassioned monologue inevitably polarizes viewpoints. Conversation shuts down, […]


Fifth District Report

  Column by Tom Perriello www.periello.house.gov In this economy, every dollar counts — and so does a tax credit worth up to $5,657. Jan. 29 was designated by the Internal Revenue Service as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. More than 534,000 Virginia taxpayers took advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and received […]


Perriello passes $1M mark in fundraising

  Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Perriello campaign announced on Friday its year-end FEC filing will reflect $1,140,470 raised for the 2010 election cycle, with $874,128 cash on hand for the election year. The campaign starts this election year in this strong position by running an aggressive, grassroots donor program, raising money from 2,118 […]


Verga: ‘There is a better way’

   Column by Laurence Verga www.vergaforcongress.com Wednesday night, President Obama tried to press the reset button on his disastrous presidency and once again fell short. After driving up record deficits and wasting $800 billion on a failed stimulus bill that has only stimulated our debt, Obama’s disingenuous proposals to create jobs and reduce our debt […]


Perriello introduces legislation to ban foreign corporate money from U.S. elections

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello has introduced legislation that would ban electioneering activity by corporations whose shareholders include any foreign nationals. Perriello introduced H.R. 4523, the Save Our Democracy From Foreign Influence Act of 2010, to close a dangerous loophole that “would appear to afford the same protection to […]


Morton: The strength in our union

   Column by Feda Morton www.fedaforcongress.com Wednesday night in President Obama’s lengthy State of the Union address he declared our union to be “strong”. I take issue with that. I do believe the resolve of hard working Americans is strong. I believe in the strength of the voices of the voters of Massachusetts in last […]


Democrats: Where do you go from here?

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net You talk to one Democrat, and the party definitely, no question, needs to restrategize toward the middle. The blowback from voters in Massachusetts is an obvious clear signal. The nation isn’t comfortable with the direction things had been headed on health care and the stimulus. Time to pull things […]


Job creation

   Column by Sen. Robert Hurt www.roberthurtforcongress.com The first full week of the 2010 General Assembly here in Richmond has now concluded. The week began with the Gov. McDonnell’s first State of the Commonwealth address and the ended with committees getting fully underway in reviewing and taking action on individual legislation. In addition, because of […]


Perriello’s priority: Unions or constituents?

   Column by Laurence Verga www.vergaforcongress.com Today special-interest politics seems just as American as baseball or apple pie. It has become so commonplace that it takes a real stinker to shock anyone anymore. The latest is perhaps the most ethically egregious and economically damaging to Virginia I’ve ever witnessed; a proposed five-year exemption for unions […]


McKelvey: Rage against the machines

Candidate for GOP nomination pushes power to the people Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net That the political winds are shifting, as evidenced by the upset win in Massachusetts by Republican Scott Brown in the race for the late liberal scion Teddy Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat, is not a surprise to Jim McKelvey. “The problems are […]


Verga aims at Hurt in Fifth

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net It’s clear that Laurence Verga has his eyes locked on State Sen. Robert Hurt. “I challenge Senator Hurt to show leadership and join me in signing the pledge,” Verga said in a press statement announcing that he had signed on to the Club for Growth’s Repeal It Pledge, through […]


Job creation important to Fifth

   Column by Tom Perriello www.perriello.house.gov My top priority is supporting job creation in Southside and Central Virginia, and I believe one key part of this will be putting our area at the forefront of the clean energy economy. In the next few decades, we will see a huge boom of energy-related advanced manufacturing, agriculture, […]


Hurt, Verga release fundraising numbers

    Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Fifth District Republican congressional-nomination candidates Robert Hurt and Laurence Verga released their campaign-fundraising numbers for the most recent financial quarter on Thursday, and based on the numbers the two appear to be on quite the collision course heading into the June party primary. Hurt, a state senator representing the Danville […]


Guess who’s funding the anti-Perriello ads?

    Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net An article in the Jan. 12 National Journal reported that America’s Health Insurance Plans and its member insurance companies funneled $20 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for ads designed to scare Americans into opposing health-care reform. The ad campaign included $94,740 in media buys attacking Fifth District […]


Boyd: Poll gives candidate early lead

  Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Albemarle County Board of Supervisors member Ken Boyd is claiming the early lead in the race for the Fifth District Republican congressional nomination. An e-mail sent out by the Boyd campaign on Monday reports that a poll commissioned by the campaign has Boyd ahead of State Sen. Robert Hurt […]


The value of service

   Column by Tom Perriello www.perriello.house.gov Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” In […]


Getting on track for challenge in Fifth

    Column by Robert Hurt www.roberthurtforcongress.com I am excited about this year’s prospects in Virginia! After a solid win in November, Virginia Republicans in the Fifth Districtare set to take back our congressional seat. Deemed as one of the most vulnerable seats in the entire U.S. Congress for Democrats, I am looking forward to our […]


Perriello reports on year anniversary in office

  Staff Report www.perriello.house.gov On the one-year anniversary of the day he was sworn in as a member of Congress, Tom Perriello released an annual report summarizing the work of his first year in office. The report includes his legislative accomplishments, a county-by-county summary, a summary of constituent services, a staff directory, and more.


Focus | Morton: A ‘principled conservative’

Fifth District GOP candidate builds support toward run for party nod Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Fifth District is a living laboratory to Fluvanna County biology teacher Feda Morton, a veteran Republican Party activist seeking the GOP nomination to run for Congress in the Fifth. All Morton has to do over the course of […]


Fifth District Report

  Column by Tom Perriello www.perriello.house.gov As we close out 2009, here is a summary of all that we have accomplished during my first year in office. When I was sworn in almost a year ago, our economy was on the brink of collapse. While we still have a long way to go toward complete […]


Focus | McPadden: ‘(C)hange the party from the inside out’

Congressional candidate pushes back-to-basics GOP campaign Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The tea-party protests of the summer motivated many on the right. It was another protest half a world away that motivated Mike McPadden to run for Congress. “Those kids were out there in the streets fighting for their liberties. That was a watershed moment […]


Morton offers free-market alternatives to health-care reform

   Column by Feda Morton www.fedaforcongress.com I am deeply upset over the sweetheart deals that have been cut by the Senate’s Democratic leadership. At a time in our history when millions of American people are crying out for their voices to be heard around this great nation, our leaders are cutting back room deals with […]


Fifth District Report

   Column by Tom Perriello www.perriello.house.gov As this year winds to a close, I continue to focus on economic recovery and the fiscal discipline to bring our deficit under control. First, I have once again signed on as co-sponsor of a measure to block members of Congress from receiving automatic pay increases, this time for […]


Fifth District Report

   Column by Tom Perriello www.perriello.house.gov Last week, I held a conference call with Chambers of Commerce and other business leaders from across the Fifth District to gain their ideas on job creation and how to create new competitive advantage in Central and Southern Virginia. Supporting small businesses is one of the best ways we […]


Focus | Perriello: Baptism by fire

  Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net With AFP Audio Tom Perriello picked a great time to be a freshman congressman, what with the country in January on the verge of the next Great Depression and with so much unresolved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the push from the electorate in the ’08 […]


Fifth District Report

  Column by Tom Perriello www.perriello.house.gov My top priority is jobs for Main Street and rebuilding America’s competitive edge in the world. Recently, I was selected for two congressional roles to advance the ball on economic development for Central and Southern Virginia. I was appointed to a Congressional Task Force on Job Creation and was […]


Focus | Verga makes case for GOP nomination in Fifth

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net What’s wrong with America, if you ask Laurence Verga, isn’t just with the direction that the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress is taking, but what their Republican predecessors did, or rather didn’t do, ahead of them. “One of the reasons our country is in the challenged position it […]


Fifth District Report

Column by Tom Perriello www.perriello.house.gov As we enter the holiday season, we take the time to give thanks for our blessings, and to remember those less fortunate and how we can help our neighbors who are struggling to feed their families during this economic downturn. The need for help at our local food banks this […]


Fifth District Report

Column by Tom Perriello Medicare is a critical part of our promise to our seniors and it must be protected. I want to clear up some misinformation about recent changes to Medicare and explain some recent victories for Virginia’s seniors that I have been working for in Congress relating to health-insurance and prescription-drug coverage. Recent […]


Focus | Perriello ’10: A safe bet? Hardly

Story by Chris Graham We’re about a year away from the November 2010 elections, though you wouldn’t know that by watching local TV and seeing the wall-to-wall commercials telling you about what Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello has been doing up in Washington. First it was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with an ad in […]


Fifth District Report

Column by Tom Perriello I want to update Virginians on some of the efforts I am undertaking in Congress to get our economy back on track. You may recall in the Sept. 28 edition of this newsletter, I wrote that the U.S. House voted to extend unemployment benefits only in states where the unemployment rate […]


Perriello to host telephone town hall

WHAT: Congressman Perriello invites all Fifth District constituents to dial in to a telephone town hall meeting on health care reform. Constituents will have an opportunity to ask questions of the congressman and to express concerns. The call is free and participants may dial in at any time. This is the third telephone town hall […]


Group thanks Perriello for vote on health care

Americans United for Change is putting $35,000 behind a media buy thanking Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello for his vote on health-care reform. “Virginia families are closer than ever having access to the quality, affordable health care they deserve thanks in no small part to Congressman Tom Perriello Representative Perriello stood up to the big […]


Perriello-backed unemployment extension wins approval in Congress

Today, Rep. Tom Perriello praised the huge victory in Congress to extend unemployment benefits in all 50 states. He had been fighting for the changes since the U.S. House passed a bill in September that did not help Virginians. “This is a major victory to get help to those who need it the most. I’m […]


Tom Perriello | Fifth District Report

Last week, a new version of health-care reform legislation was unveiled in the U.S. House. I was pleased to see major changes in the bill that move us in the right direction. Though I was unsatisfied with the original bill, I’ve been working hard for reforms that I can support, because doing nothing would mean […]


AFP Focus | Perriello still ‘undecided’ on health-care reform

Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello has moved from “no” to “undecided” on the proposed health-care reform making its way around Capitol Hill. “I think we’re moving in the right direction, but I’m not committed yet,” the Democrat told reporters on a conference call Friday morning in which he discussed the 1,900-page bill that is expected […]


Tom Perriello | Fifth District Report

Last week, I had the honor of attending a very special bill signing at the White House. Surrounded by representatives from the major veterans service organizations, the President signed into law the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which will ensure our veterans get the health care they have earned. As a member […]


Tom Perriello | Fifth District Report

Recently, a group of more than a dozen superintendents and school officials from around the Fifth District had the opportunity to sit down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to talk about the challenges and opportunities in our education system. I convened this roundtable to give school districts the opportunity to communicate directly with […]


Tom Perriello | Fifth District Report

To increase government transparency and allow for more time for constituent feedback, I am urging House leaders to make sure that major legislation is available to the public on the internet for at least 72 hours before a vote. Last week, I joined with 22 of my colleagues in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]