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Columns

  • Once again, the House takes action to get our fiscal house in order

    Congressman Robert Hurt

    As the current discussion in Washington continues to revolve around our nation’s debt crisis, the House remains committed to passing legislation to change the spending culture in Washington, get our fiscal house in order, and create a better economic environment for job creation for 5th District Virginians and all Americans.

  • Working to change Washington’s culture of spending

  • Michelle Bachmann rising in the polls

        The tortured attempt of national Republicans to find a credible presidential candidate recently produced Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, whose only real accomplishment is throwing “tea party” bombs from the floor of the House.

  • Hurt stands up to extremists

        Contrary to what Ann Jennings, Virginia executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation thinks, I believe Congressman Robert Hurt should be applauded for standing up against environmentalist extremism.

  • Reducing the federal debt

    What they've said about it...


    "The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn't vote for a dysfunctional government. So I'm asking you all to make your voice heard. If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know. If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message."
    — President Barack Obama

  • We must put an end to Washington’s reckless spending

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • We must cut, cap and balance

    Currently the leadership of both the House and the Senate are engaged in ongoing discussions with President Obama about the future of our country. The negotiations center around the amount of debt the federal government can incur. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is once again being asked to increase that amount in order to avoid default.

  • Congressman Hurt should support, not cut, Bay cleanup efforts

       By Ann F. Jennings


    In February, Congressman Robert Hurt voted to support a measure to block funding for all federal work to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Ironically, these include long stretches of the polluted Appomattox , James, and Rivanna rivers flowing through his district.

  • GOP should heed McConnell’s warning

        By the time you read this it’s possible that a deal has already been reached on the debt ceiling crisis.

        Even if that is the case, and we’ve successfully avoided a U.S. default, there are still some political lessons that remain.
        First, Republicans need to stop trying to fool everyone about how jobs are created. Rich people do not create jobs. Period. That is a conservative myth, particularly a Reagan myth.

  • Doom and gloom a bit premature

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody says, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply, “Oh yes it can!” I usually tend to see the glass as half empty and think that every silver lining has a dark cloud. I also tend to waste a lot of time crossing bridges that I never actually get to.