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Columns

  • Budget places emphasis on actual needs

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The 2017 General Assembly Session concluded on time and in an atmosphere of optimism.   Cooler heads prevailed during what could have become a very contentious session. The days were long with little time for anything but attending session on the floor of the Senate, committee meetings and budget conferee negotiations.

  • Budget receives near unanimous support

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        During the early weeks of this year’s General Assembly session, I reported to you that both chambers were pursuing an aggressive, demanding schedule, addressing an unusually wide range of legislative issues.  And now it seems that those earlier efforts are paying off, because we have completed nearly all of our work as we enter the final week of the session.

  • Judiciary Committee agenda promotes a more competitive and free America

    Earlier this year, I was honored to begin my third term as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee is one of the most active in Congress and plays a particularly critical role in advancing pro-growth policies and protecting the individual liberties of hardworking Americans. Under my leadership in the 115th Congress, the Committee will continue to advance an agenda focused on making America more competitive and free.

     

     

  • Thoughts from my recent visit with members of the German Bundestag

    By Congressman Tom Garrett

    The past election cycle thrust refugee and immigration issues into the spotlight more so than any time in recent years. A very charged and polarized political climate has left little room for compromise on either side of the aisle and I have been working extremely hard to balance international humanitarian issues with national security and the needs of the United States.

  • Putin must be laughing

        I’m sure Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin must be laughing at us right now. Not in public, of course, but I bet he’s laughing at us in private. The political circus going on in Washington following the downfall of Michael Flynn would be his source of mirth.

  • ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’

        As we know, Donald Trump’s relationship with the truth is a very troubled one. He has proven to be utterly clueless about so many things that any president should know.
        He likes to make things up, and possibly, he imagines them to be true. Last week, he stated publicly that the murder rate in the U.S. is “the highest ever,” 47 percent. “Did you know that?” he asked a reporter.

  • Bedford County schools will benefit from enrollment loss supplement

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        I hope you and your family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day this week! Here in Richmond, we are finishing our work. This week is the final week of the 2017 General Assembly Session. But, much work is still yet to be done! While I look forward to being back home with my family soon, I am still very much at work for you and your family over the next week.

    Education Matters

  • Last week was a productive week

    Calvin Coolidge once observed, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” That quote from the 30th President came to mind this week, as House Bill 2108 won approval by the Senate by a vote of 35 to 3.

  • General Assembly Building to be replaced

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Things have been exceptionally busy this year in the General Assembly session. as the record number of visitors to the Capitol continued this year. I am encouraged to see so many folks showing an interest in the legislative process because it reinforces the fact that we truly represent you.

  • Putin is Obama’s legacy

        
        There has been a lot of talk about Barack Obama’s legacy.
        Some, like the ObamaCare, with its skyrocketing premiums and policies with astronomical deductibles remain in effect. Yes, we hear a lot about how many people, who had no medical insurance, now have health insurance coverage. We don’t hear a lot about how many people are actually getting better health care, considering how high the deductibles are on most ObamaCare policies