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Columns

  • Reversing the diminishing workforce

    The reality of our frustrating jobs outlook in the United States must be addressed. The most recent monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while the unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in December, only 74,000 people found jobs and labor force participation fell once again. Last month, 347,000 Americans dropped out of the workforce, driving the Labor Force Participation Rate – a measure of those who are employed or unemployed and actively looking for work – to 62.8 percent. This represents its lowest level since the Carter Administration in 1978.

  • The winter yields a little entertainment

  • A bipartisan call for delay of the individual mandate within the President's healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This week, after watching the failed roll out of Healthcare.gov take the spotlight, several new and unnerving facts emerged as Congress held hearings to investigate further the inner workings of the Administration’s handling and implementation of the President’s healthcare law. Maintaining and introducing the website should have been the simplest aspect of this complex piece of legislation, and if its failed roll out is any indication, it alarms me to think of what lies ahead.

  • Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

        All people on Medicare should remember that October 15 will be the opening date for the Open Enrollment period for Medicare Part D for 2014.
        This has nothing to do with the new Health Care Exchanges; this is Medicare Part D, the prescription drug part of Medicare. Everyone receiving Medicare has the period from October 15-December 7 to select a Medicare Part D plan for 2014. The plan in which you are enrolled on midnight Dec 7th is the plan you must stay in for all of 2014.

  • The latest effect of the President's healthcare overhaul

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of my time in Washington, my Republican colleagues in the House and I have made it a priority to develop a way to bring meaningful reform to our healthcare system that does not harm our economy and reduce jobs.  Americans deserve a plan to reform healthcare in a way that does not put our small businesses and families at risk with overwhelming tax increases and unnecessary regulatory burdens.

     

  • Let’s end federal policies tipping the scale in favor of ethanol

    What federal policy harms a diverse group like livestock producers, food banks, families, restaurant owners, and truckers? Believe it or not, it is the promotion of corn as a fuel source in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

     

  • Time to face the facts

        They say politics makes strange bedfellows.
        Apparently, so does snooping.
        Through projects, such as the once-top secret PRISM program, the NSA has developed the means to do a whole lot of prying on the citizens that pay for its existence.  That’d be you and me.
        Now, there has been a lot of ink (and I wish there was a lot more) expended on how dangerous such programs are to our fundamental freedoms.

  • GOP misses an opportunity

    On Aug. 28, Americans of all races, ages and gender came together in Washington, D.C. to remember the historic “March on Washington” in 1963, the event that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
        President Obama rose to the occasion with a fabulous speech, reminding the nation that those who marched and protested back then were the very agents of change that have improved race relations ever since.

  • If they snooze, the taxpayers lose

        Normally, I don’t cover the school board. Tom Wilmoth, the editor usually covers school board and town council while I go to the board of supervisors and county planning commission meetings. Sometimes Tom will assign the school board to me when he has to be in two places at the same time. That happened last month and, as I didn’t find out about it in time to seek asylum in Russia, I went to the meeting. The meeting was mercifully brief and I got to hear School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler make what I think is an excellent suggestion.

  • Making strides toward affordable college education for Virginians

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This week, as the new academic year is starting at many of Virginia's colleges and universities, we are reminded of the sacrifice and hard work that so many families put forth for the opportunity to send their children to college.