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Columns

  • We must scrap the tax code

    Just days ago in his annual State of the Union address, President Obama said ‘the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code’.  The President stated he was prepared to work with the Congress in this effort.  I couldn’t agree more. For a number of years now I have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Tax Code Termination Act, to abolish our current tax code.  My legislation, which I recently introduced in this new Congress, can be the impetus for overhauling and simplifying our tax system.

  • A plan to fix Arlington National Cemetery

    By Senator Mark Warner

    I would like to share some very positive news on our continuing efforts to fix what’s broken at Arlington National Cemetery.

    It was last June when many of us first heard about Arlington’s reliance on paper records and maps, and the systemic disorganization and shameful errors that inevitably resulted. I think all of us were especially shocked and appalled to learn about dozens of instances of misplaced or misidentified remains at the cemetery.

  • The halfway point draws near

    In Richmond this week, the House and Senate moved closer to the halfway point of the General Assembly session, and prepared for the unveiling of their competing budget plans.  It was the week before Crossover, and temperatures outside varied from the freezing mark to the high sixties in a single week.

        By the time Crossover, the midpoint of the legislative session, occurs on February 8, both houses must complete their work on bills submitted by their own members.  As a result, floor sessions get longer as the week progresses.

  • Debating Ronald Reagan’s true legacy

        This past Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of America’s 40th president, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

        To American conservatives, Reagan is a demigod, a hero beyond question with great achievements that represent everything they still hold dear: cutting taxes, a strong military, and promoting conservative “social values.”

  • No need to riot like an Egyptian

        We have a big election year ahead, and I’m not talking about 2012.

  • A good idea

    he House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill that could help our veterans who are running into legal problems because of post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain injuries. Eighteen other states have already taken similar measures with good success.

  • Cutting government spending to create jobs and grow the economy

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Balancing the budget and growing our economy

    It is no secret that the American people are facing a very tough economic climate.  Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  People are looking for real solutions to the problems we face.

  • Work on legislation continues

        This week at the Capitol, the deadline for filing bills passed, the General Assembly continued its work on a wide range of legislation, and the weather ranged from frigid to wet to frigid again.  It’s another week in Richmond, as we near the halfway mark of the 46-day session.

  • Brace yourself; George Allen is back

        I’d been hearing these reports that former U.S. Senator George Allen was considering seeking his old job again. But surely, I thought, he’s found something else to do with himself, and knows that people haven’t forgotten that infamous word he uttered in 2006.

        It looks like I was wrong on both counts. Grab your seat belt; Allen is back. He announced last week, over the Internet, that he will again be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012.