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Columns

  • Congressional intent cannot be ignored

    Listen carefully and you’ll hear the sound of bureaucrats scrambling to finalize a flood of new regulations before the end of the year. In fact, the White House chief of staff has promised that President Obama will “do audacious executive action” in his final year in office. This stream of costly, complex federal regulations has touched nearly every aspect of our lives, but regulations coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been some of the most egregious, and at times they’ve ignored the intent of laws enacted by Congress.

  • Gun rights and gun safety take center stage

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin

        I respectfully offer the following brief report on activities in the Virginia General Assembly during the week ending January 30, 2016.

  • Budget report paints grim outlook

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Earlier this month in his State of the Union Address, the President painted a rosy picture of our nation’s economic future, claiming that we have created jobs while cutting deficits.  The President seems to believe that we have done enough to reduce our massive spending deficits, but I believe – and most Americans believe – that the future fiscal health of our nation remains one of the most serious problems facing our children and grandchildren.

     

  • Presidential contests full of surprises

        The presidential nominating process has been full of surprises this year and two of them have been especially interesting.
        One surprise is Donald Trump. Last summer, I was sure that Trump would gradually deflate as summer faded into autumn and Republicans started noticing that he is just an empty bag of wind. That didn’t happen and Trump continues to lead a still large pack of GOP hopefuls.
        How he will do in the Iowa caucuses and the Republican primaries that follow remains to be seen.

  • Trump reads a lot of Scripture, huh?

        Conservative Republicans are pretty quiet people on Martin Luther King Day, aren’t they? My feeling is that they lay low and wait for it to be over.
        Just look at the actions (or the lack thereof) of the GOP presidential candidates this Jan. 18. Only Ben Carson attended any event or made any public appearance at a rally, speech or any activity that recognized the day. (And, well, he has to, doesn’t he, given that he’s African-American?)

  • Bill would reverse attorney general action on concealed permit reciprocity

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session featured committee hearings, the passage of an important piece of legislation related to healthcare premiums, and visitors galore.  Although the week was jam-packed and productive, one topic unrelated to the business of the General Assembly dominated the news and the casual conversations around Capitol Square: the weather.

  • Governor’s budget unrelistic

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        It is with a combination of pride and humility that I joined my legislative colleagues for the opening of the General Assembly on January 13.  The pride comes from the distinct honor of representing the wonderful people of the 19th House District.  The humility comes from the daunting privilege of carrying on the tradition of representative government put into place nearly four centuries ago by the Virginia House of Burgesses – the predecessor to today’s General Assembly.

  • Certificate of need laws need reformed

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session began with a holiday and ended with a snow day. Monday was Martin Luther King Day. The holiday is consistently one of the busiest of the session, bringing large groups to Richmond to meet legislators and promote their positions on issues.
        This week, the Senate approved House Bill 58, the emergency legislation I am

  • Standing up for life

    Life – it’s a gift that with every new breath many of us take for granted. Life is a right that I am proud to stand in strong support of and one that must be protected. This fundamental human right to be born into the world is what thousands of Americans gather to honor each January on the National Mall in snow, rain, bitter cold, or sunshine. The date of the annual March for Life, January 22, is significant. It marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in the infamous case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.

  • House Republicans set pro-growth agenda

    By Congressman Robert Hurt