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Columns

  • A failure of leadership

        As I write this column, the partial government shutdown is still dragging on and the deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling is looming. Subscribers receive the Bedford Bulletin by mail on Thursday, so, by the time you read this Congress will have either reached an agreement or the United States will be on the brink of sailing into uncharted waters — a first-ever default on our sovereign debt.

  • Starting a dialogue on entitlement reform and debt

    The discussion in Congress has once again turned to the debt limit. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is being asked to increase the amount of debt the federal government can incur in order to avoid default. To be certain, allowing the U.S. to default on its creditors would result in severe economic consequences for the United States and its citizens.

  • Calling on the President and the Senate to negotiate and reopen the government

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The Senate must join us at the negotiating table

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    There is no denying that the current situation in Washington, which has led to a lapse in government operations, is unfortunate and needs to be rectified as soon as possible.  At the root of it all, our constitutional prerogatives are at stake.  Article One, Section Eight, which states the enumerated powers of Congress, expressly authorizes the U.S. Congress power of the purse.  It is our job to establish the spending priorities for the nation. 

  • How low can we go?

        You’ve probably noticed, by now, that we have state elections on Nov. 5. The flurry of negative TV ads that have been saturating the airwaves and the robo calls you’ve been getting on your phone probably gave you a clue.

  • Shame on ‘tea party’ obstructionists

    If the current government shutdown doesn’t illustrate the harm that’s going to be done by the rabid strain of “tea party” conservatism in the national GOP, then some people are just choosing not to understand.
        To hold hostage the very operations of the government itself in order to insanely pursue a strategy that simply cannot work; well, it’s a choice of madmen. It’s Hitler in the bunker stuff...

  • Coming to the negotiating table
  • The President’s healthcare law is not ready for primetime

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As of late, the conversations I have with my constituents have a consistently clear message: The President’s healthcare law is hurting families and small businesses.  President Obama’s healthcare overhaul is unworkable and it is having a devastating effect on our fragile economy.  That is why I believe we must take responsible action to delay the implementation of the President’s healthcare law.

     

  • A long drink of water

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) is currently moving forward with a plan to supply water to Forest by treating water from Smith Mountain Lake and building a pipeline that runs all the way across the county. It sounds like a good project, from a technology point of view.

  • The GOP’s crazed obsession with ‘Obamacare’

    When it comes to the very important issue of health care, it’s necessary to wonder exactly what position do conservative Republicans have?
        Precisely, what is it? Does anyone know? Has anyone heard?
    One thing is clear: they’re fanatically against “Obamacare.” All they seem to live for is to repeal it, defund it, criticize it, and liken it to evil.