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Columns

  • Holding the VA accountable

    More than 840,000 veterans call Virginia home and more than 20 million reside in the United States. They have served on battlefields across the globe, been stationed at bases both at home and abroad, and spent months, and even years, away from loved ones. They have sacrificed greatly to defend the freedoms you and I enjoy each day. In turn, it is our duty to ensure that they have access to the care needed when their military service is over.

     

  • We must increase our energy independence and create jobs with the Keystone XL Pipeline

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Correcting a commonly repeated fallacy

        There is a fallacy that I hear repeated without fail every year during budget time. Actually, it isn’t really a fallacy. It’s more of a half-truth. Every year at least one person, who is speaking before the supervisors urging them to raise taxes, will say that the tax rate was higher at some point in the past decade.
        These speakers are correct. It was 65 cents in 2006 and 73 cents in 2002.

  • An unaffordable mandate

    It speaks volumes when one of the most vocal supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, says it will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class” if not fixed. But that is what James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters union, made clear last year in a letter to Democratic leadership in Congress.

  • Obama deserves health care victory lap

    Have you been waiting – because of “Obamacare” - for the United States to fall into the sea? For the mountains to collapse onto the flat-lands and smother us all?
        Or maybe you expected Marx and Lenin to rise from their graves, and cast us all into some Godless, communistic bondage?

  • Jobs remain our top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Would this be legal?

  • Historic law triumphed over racism

    Nothing has probably defined the baby boomer generation in America more than the turbulent, inspiring, dangerous, and ultimately successful civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s.
        In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Brown v. Board of Education, that segregated schools were unconstitutional, that it was a violation of the rights of black children to be forced, only because of race, to attend schools that were inferior to those of whites.

  • A better proposal

        Talk about audacious!
        Or, perhaps “clueless” is the better descriptor.
        Jim Moran, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, recently complained that he and his colleagues are underpaid.
        The Virginia Democrat, whose 8th district abuts Washington, D.C., made his gripe in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call.

  • Budgeting for the future

    Each year, families across Virginia set a household budget. Businesses in the Commonwealth, both large and small, do the same. This week, the House of Representatives acted on a budget plan for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014. In addition to laying out a blueprint for federal spending, the budget process is also an opportunity to strengthen programs like Medicare and Social Security and expand pro-growth economic reforms like tax reform, domestic energy production, and regulatory reform.