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Bob Goodlatte: Time to lift the ban

Forty years ago, President Gerald Ford signed into law a ban on most U.S. oil exports. While many may have forgotten or never even knew it existed, this ban is still in place today, acting as a barrier to expanded American energy trade and production. After four decades, it’s time to repeal this outdated ban.

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Scherzer, Nationals struggle with Marlins: Miami wins 4-3

Max Scherzer was victimized by the long ball, giving up two homers, and the Miami Marlins held on for a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday at Nationals Park.

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Randy Forbes: The Machinery of America

An elderly farmer owned a tractor that, as the tractor aged, looked about as old as the farmer. Each year, the farmer nurtured that old tractor through yet another season. One year he replaced a fuel pump. The next year, the tires and transmission.

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Jim Webb defends record on women in military

Jim Webb, in 1979, wrote a magazine piece titled “Women Can’t Fight” addressing the role of women in combat. Now running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Webb would like you to know that he didn’t write the headline.


Maps show massive increase in EPA authority, regulatory uncertainty

A series of maps released Aug. 12 by the American Farm Bureau Federation indicate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial “Waters of the United States” rule takes effect as expected Aug. 28.

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Washington tops Brewers, 9-5

Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon homered, and Jordan Zimmerman was just good enough, in a 9-5 Washington Nationals win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in Nationals Park.

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Washington Nationals top Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1

Joe Ross gave up a run in seven innings, and Michael A. Taylor and Anthony Rendon homered, pushing the Washington Nationals to a 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night at Nationals Park.

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NOIA supports Department of the Interior upcoming offshore lease sale

NOIA President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement supporting DOI’s Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale scheduled for next week.


Farm Bureau applauds House passage of food labeling bill

On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, eliciting praise from the nation’s largest agricultural organization.

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Robert Hurt votes for VA accountability bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the VA Accountability Act, H.R. 1994.

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Tim Kaine urges states to expand Medicaid

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Sherrod Brown and 29 of their Senate colleagues are urging the 19 states that have not yet decided to expand Medicaid to do so in order to give more than four million additional Americans access to affordable, comprehensive health care.

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Robert Hurt: Sanctuary cities violate the law, endanger public safety

We are a nation founded on the rule of law. The rule of law centers on the premise that in our democratic republic, the laws of the land reflect the will of the people. The rule of law also requires that it be faithfully applied to everyone – regardless of who they are.

Poll: Hunters, anglers support EPA Clean Water Rule

A new nationwide, bipartisan survey found broad support among hunters and anglers for applying Clean Water Act protections to smaller streams and wetlands.

Virginia Center for the Book invited to participate at National Book Festival

The Virginia Center for the Book has been invited to participate in the 15th annual National Book Festival, held September 5 in Washington D.C. at the Walter Washington Convention Center.

Bob Goodlatte: House takes first step to stop sanctuary cities

In recent weeks, the House Judiciary Committee has been working to examine the dangerous immigration policies adopted by some state and local governments.

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Robert Hurt votes for House immigration bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released a statement after voting in favor of the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 3009, which would prevent state and local governments from receiving federal grants if their laws, policies, or procedures inhibit the enforcement of immigration laws.


Following cyber attack at OPM, Warner, Collins introduce bill to improve government cybersecurity

Mark Warner joined a bipartisan Senate group introducing bipartisan legislation that strengthens the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) authority to protect federal civilian networks.

Chapter 9: A bipartisan effort to give Puerto Rico a fair shot

Puerto Rico is currently going through a deep fiscal crisis — its debt burden is unsustainable. If Congress doesn’t act soon by granting Puerto Rico’s public corporations access to Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, 3.5 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico will suffer.

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Washington Nationals finish off Dodgers, 5-3

Matt den Dekker hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 5-3 win in the conclusion of a game that had been suspended due to power issues Friday night.

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Randy Forbes: How not to build a foreign policy

Many say to be truly smart on foreign policy, it takes a certain suave thinking – a heady blend of negotiation, policy, and intelligence.

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Robert Hurt on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony before Financial Services Committee

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

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Randy Forbes: The pump house

The year before I was born, my dad built his first home. It was a labor of love. He was neither an architect nor a gifted carpenter, but he invested more time, energy, and heart into that home than a decade’s worth of experience could buy.

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Senate approves Warner proposals to strengthen school accountability, efficiency

The Senate has approved a proposal championed by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) to help school districts better leverage limited resources by giving them access to important tools to help eliminate unnecessary administrative costs and allow more funding to go into the classroom.

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Tim Kaine talks Teach Safe Relationships Act, career technical education in Senate remarks

In remarks on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke about the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), which incorporates key provisions of his legislation to help prevent sexual assault by ensuring public secondary schools teach students “safe relationship behavior.”

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.