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Can the Nats survive without Stephen Strasburg? Yes

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is back on the DL for the second time in 2015, which you would have thought before the season would have been devastating news.

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Senate education bill includes provisions of Kaine-McCaskill measure on sexual assault

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Claire McCaskill welcomed the inclusion of key provisions of their Teach Safe Relationships Act in the compromise version of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECAA) introduced on the Senate floor today by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

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Nats beat up Bumgarner, Giants, 9-3, but lose Strasburg to injury

The Nats beat up Giants ace and World Series hero Madison Bumgarner in a 9-3 Washington win on Saturday, but it wasn’t all good news at Nationals Park.

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Tim Kaine delegation visits Turkey on foreign trip

Today, a congressional delegation led by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, completed a two-day visit to Turkey.

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Robert Hurt: Observing the birth of our nation

As we celebrate the birth of our great nation, we remember all of those who have sacrificed so much so that we may be free and those who continue to defend our American way of life for future generations.

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Tim Kaine sponsors bill to expand access to care planning services

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would ensure patients and their families have access to a care planning session with their doctor to help them understand the diagnosis, treatment options, and what medical and community services are available when planning for Alzheimer’s disease.


Warner, Kaine introduce bill assisting victims receiving eugenics compensation

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Richard Burr (R-NC) to introduce the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act, which would exclude payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining federal benefits.

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Tim Kaine notes ‘important step’ with same-sex marriage ruling

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Mark Warner comments on ‘remarkable day’ in wake of Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision inObergefell v. Hodges ruling that every American has an equal right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation.

Bill Howell ‘disappointed’ by Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell issued the following statement Friday on the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.


Finally! Supreme Court affirms constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling handed down on Friday, has declared that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. The ruling extends marriage rights to gay couples in the 14 remaining states where same-sex marriage was previously prohibited.

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Mark Warner on healthcare ruling: Time to move beyond ‘divisive attacks’

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in King v. Burwell ruling that individuals who get their health insurance through exchanges established by the federal government will remain eligible for tax subsidies.

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Tim Kaine on healthcare ruling: ‘Direct rejection’ of opponents of law

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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President Obama on healthcare ruling: ‘A good day for America’

Remarks from President Obama on the Supreme Court ruling affirming the constitutionality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Bob Goodlatte on healthcare ruling: ‘Deeply offended’

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released this statement following the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell. Today’s decision upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) interpretation of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court upholds key provision of Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act in a Thursday ruling upholding a key provision of the Obamacare law. By a 6-3 vote, justices said consumers qualify for a subsidy that lowers the cost of premiums whether they buy their coverage through federal or state exchanges.

Sen. Mark Warner applauds committee passage of bipartisan health bills to protect seniors

Today, the Senate Finance Committee voted to approve two bipartisan health care proposals supported by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) aimed at improving the quality of care for seniors on Medicare.

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Robert Hurt votes for GOP bill kneecapping EPA

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Ratepayer Protection Act, H.R. 2042, which would ensure that no states are required to implement a plan mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s carbon dioxide emission rule if it would have a negative effect on retail, commercial, or industrial electricity rates or the reliability of the state’s electricity system.


Warner, Kaine join in new Voting Rights Act legislation

Two years after the Supreme Court removed core protections in the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a group of their colleagues to introduce the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA), legislation that would restore and advance voting protections for all Americans.

Bob Goodlatte: Judiciary Committee launches criminal justice reform initiative

In recent years, there have been increasing calls for Congress to reform the criminal justice system. The House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, is undertaking an initiative to address a variety of criminal justice issues.

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Robert Hurt votes for Medicare bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, H.R. 1190, which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) established by the President’s healthcare law.

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Tim Kaine puts focus on opioid overmedication

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 11 of their colleagues to introduce the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, bipartisan reform legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).

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Warner asks IRS to work with OPM to protect hack victims

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to work with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to protect federal employees from tax-related identity theft following a pair of security breaches of OPM’s personnel database that exposed the personal information of millions of current and retired federal employees.

President Obama announces career, technical education scholars program

President Barack Obama signed an executive order recognizing U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The announcement came in response to a bipartisan letter from U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman and Tammy Baldwin urging the White House to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to commend the efforts of students who have chosen CTE pathw

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Nats complete three-game sweep of Pirates with 9-2 win

Washington scored nine runs in the bottom of the first, and Nats starter Gio Gonzalez put it on cruise control from there in a 9-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed a three-game Nationals sweep.


USDA report: Biosecurity critical in preventing spread of avian influenza

In a new report released June 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the Avian Influenza (AI) that has devastated some Midwestern farms likely spread by several means – on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even by the wind.

Tim Kaine reintroduces Middle Step Act: Career, technical education pilot program in middle schools

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senators Mark Warner, Barbara Boxer, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Bob Casey, introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act that would expose middle school students to CTE programs focused on career exploration.

Bob Goodlatte: USA Freedom Act is law of the land

The USA Freedom Act protects Americans’ civil liberties and enhances our national security. In addition to ending the bulk collection of data by the federal government, the USA Freedom Act increases the transparency of the government’s intelligence-gathering programs by making more information available to the American public.


USDA seeks applications for grants to help socially-disadvantaged producers

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.

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Bernie Sanders and TPP: A fine choice of battlefield

Bernie Sanders has chosen wisely in making himself the champion of the anti-Trade Pact sentiment in the Democratic Party, and beyond that in the country more broadly.

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Strasburg leaves early, Nats lose to Reds, 5-2

Stephen Strasburg left in the second inning with an apparent neck strain, and Cincinnati took advantage of the Johnny Allstaff day for the Nats bullpen in a 5-2 win Friday night.

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Sen. Mark Warner applauds nomination of Marie Therese Dominguez for key Obama administration post

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement after President Obama announced his intent to nominate Marie Therese Dominguez as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), U.S. Department of Transportation:

Bob Goodlatte: Unborn children feel pain

Congress has the power, and the responsibility, to acknowledge these developments in our understanding of the ability of unborn children to feel pain.

Friends of Nelson joins grassroots coalition protesting FERC over proposed pipeline

Today, on the steps outside the Washington office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Friends of Nelson is protesting what it calls FERC’s flagrant disregard for the public in the permitting process for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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Randy Forbes: Stories from Virginia small business owners

American small businesses have been the backbone of our nation’s economy for centuries. Today, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.


Congress rewards corporations while punishing the American people

Congress keeps feeding big corporations huge tax cuts they don’t deserve, even as it starves average Americans of the services and investments they need.

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EPA releases Final Clean Water Rule: Clarifies protections for streams, wetlands critical for water quality

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released its final Clean Water Rule, helping to provide long-needed clarity on protections for the drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans.

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Cubs top Nationals on walk-off, 3-2

The Cubs broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out walk-off RBI double by Addison Russell to defeat the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

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Washington nips Cubs, 2-1, on Memorial Day

Tanner Roark and four Nationals relievers limited the Cubs to five hits, and a Wilson Ramos sixth-inning homer proved to be the difference in a 2-1 Washington win at Wrigley Field on Memorial Day.


Warner, Kaine, McCain introduce legislation honoring Phyllis Galanti’s service to America’s military families

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) have introduced bipartisan legislation honoring the late Phyllis Galanti’s service to America’s military men and women and their families by naming the outdoor arboretum at Richmond’s McGuire VA Medical Center The Phyllis Galanti Memorial Arboretum.


Close loopholes in Clean Water Act

Cleaner waters mean more prized fish and jobs for tourists and locals. Major loopholes in the Clean Water Act give a pass to the culprits costing us jobs and money. We need to stop this threat to our water.

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Washington tops Phils, 4-1, to take weekend series

Gio Gonzalez put in another strong outing, Bryce Harper knocked in two more runs, and Washington closed out a series win over Philadelphia with a 4-1 win on Sunday in Nationals Park.

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Tim Kaine on Senate vote on Highway Trust Fund extension

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate passed a short term extension of the Highway Trust Fund last night.

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Randy Forbes: Bringing mental illness out of the shadows

Mental illness is both innately personal and profoundly national. This is not “their” issue — it is our issue. The mental health of our military men and women creates a wake throughout our society that is directly connected to the health of our economy, our families, our military readiness, and our overall well-being as a nation.

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Sen. Mark Warner applauds Senate passage of bipartisan trade bill

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted 62-37 to approve the bipartisan trade bill including Trade Promotion Authority.

Bob Goodlatte: Land of the free, home of the brave

The land of the free and home of the brave – while the words of our National Anthem were penned over 200 years ago, this time-honored phrase rightly describes this great nation we call home today.


USA Freedom Act: Big Brother with a grin

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte is mocking us in his latest article, “USA Freedom Act Protects Civil Liberties and National Security.” He has been sequestered in Washington so long that he believes he can blatantly lie to his constituents in the Valley. This brazen disregard for the intellect and the civil liberties of the citizens of Virginia’s Sixth District and the American people is horrifying.

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Tim Kaine: Congress has not earned the right to criticize ISIL strategy

Today, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. strategy against ISIL, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, pushed back against Congressional criticism of the Obama administration’s strategy in Iraq & Syria, along with calls for additional ground troops, while Congress remains unwilling to be held accountable for asking U.S. servicemembers to risk their lives.

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White House: President Obama addresses ISIL, trade agreement in quick remarks

We’re going to continue to go after ISIL, get a strong deal that prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. And as part of our agenda for middle-class economics, it means that we’re going to continue to pursue strong trade agreements that benefit American workers and American businesses.


Warner, Kaine call for increased funding for Positive Train Control technology

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine joined 21 of their Senate colleagues in urging Congress to increase funding for Positive Train Control (PTC).