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Columns

  • Best wishes for a joyous Christmas

    Everywhere you look it is clear that Christmas is here. Christmas carols play on the radio, store windows are filled with elaborate displays, parades make their way down the street, and children line up to meet Santa Claus.

     

  • Bipartisan budget agreement

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    I am pleased to report that last week, for the first time in five years, Congress agreed upon a federal budget.  The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 by a vote count of 332-94.

     

  • Railroaded

  • Boehner fights back at ‘tea party’

        Just before the House of Representatives left for the holiday season, Speaker John Boehner engineered a bipartisan budget deal that was passed 332 to 94. Astounding, but true.
        The bill, not thought of as perfect by either side, was easily the most impressive act of the largest chamber of the Congress during a time when most people see it as a desperate failure.

  • My Christmas Story

    By Frank E. Landrey
    Forest

        What does December mean to you?
        December is a month of tremendous depression, tears and sadness. While being a month of multiple parties and loud music, the number of family fights in December tops all other months of the year.

  • Focusing on a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda

    Throughout the first session of the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives has continued to pursue an agenda designed to create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive in the global economy.

  • Shameful antics of House Republicans

        Just before the 113th Congress left for its month-long August vacation, House Republicans finally got something done: They voted to sue the president.
        That’s it. And that’s all they’ve got. They’ve accomplished nothing else all year long for the American people.
        The president is to be sued because of executive actions he took to delay some implementations of the new health care law. He has also been cited by Republicans “for doing nothing” on the border crisis.

  • Remembering a great liberal journalist

    2014 is a year of profound anniversaries of events that changed America for the better during the Civil Rights movement.
        It's the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, a brave and successful effort where young people from across the nation descended upon a primitive and dangerous place to help black residents achieve their right to vote.
        Their work did not end without tragedy, as three civil rights workers were murdered by local rednecks.

  • Promoting STEM education

    Whether it’s a computer at the office, streaming movies at home, or a navigation system in the car, technology plays a major role in many of our lives these days. The demand for students educated in engineering and technology continues to rise in the United States, but part of the challenge is how to engage students in these subjects and further their understanding of these valuable skills.

     

  • Deciding the future of Medicaid in Va.

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

    Budget
        Debate on the budget began this week in the General Assembly. Many important issues will be decided through the budget this year. Perhaps the most important topic that we will discuss as a part of the budget is the future of Medicaid. The budget will eventually go into a conference with six members of both the House and the Senate who will help to find a compromise. I encourage you to follow along as we continue to discuss amendments to the budget.

    Important Bills