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Today's Opinions

  • Creating jobs

    I spent last week’s President’s Day district work period traveling around Southern and Central Virginia, talking to business leaders, workers, educators, and others about what it’s going to take to rebuild the economy of our region. From Ruckersville to South Boston to Lawrenceville to Gretna, citizens were full of ideas about what we can do to create more jobs and provide Virginians with some economic relief.

  • Bill repeals insurance company monopoly rules exemption

    This past week, we scored a major victory for common sense, for competition, for consumers, and for bipartisanship in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House passed my bill H.R. 4626, the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, on an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 406-19. I’m proud that my name is on the first truly bipartisan health care reform bill to pass the U.S. House.

  • The American people must be heard

    This week President Barack Obama sat down with a bipartisan group of House and Senate Members to discuss health care reform.  While only time will tell I hope that this signals a true turning point in the health care discussion.  The American people have repeatedly called on Washington to scrap these massive health care bills in favor of a more modest approach.  I have held town hall meetings, telephone town hall meetings, and I’ve received thousands of letters, phone calls and e-mails from folks all across the Sixth Congressional District and the message is simple: Was

  • Reaching an agreement

        A lot happened in Richmond this week – and almost all of it had to do with Virginia’s budget.  Delegates approved their version of the budget and Senators voted on theirs.  Now, both sides meet to reach an agreement.  The House’s negotiating team is led by Lacey Putney, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and my neighboring colleague.  Clearly, his presence benefits our region.

  • Does Bedford still like Bob McDonnell?

        As a former student at Body Camp Elementary School in what seems like a lifetime ago, I have to say that I was moved to see parents of students there, and at Thaxton Elementary, stand up publicly for their schools and implore the superintendent not to allow them to be closed.

        But I also had to think - even before I saw an editorial in the Roanoke Times - that, well…there’s an old saying in politics: You get what you vote for.

  • Could be a good year for GOP

        This should be a good year to be running as a Republican.

  • Grandpa’s example

        Picture the following:

        You are summoned to the reading of the will of your recently deceased grandfather.

        You have mixed feelings about it.  Sure, you’re sad to see the old fella go.  He was always very kind to you.

        There is, however, that lingering resentment about his reneging on a promise of footing the bill for your college education.

  • The blame game

    Last Saturday the Roanoke Times took Bedford County voters to task, stating in an editorial that they only had themselves to blame for the current budget crisis that Bedford County Public Schools is now in. The local daily’s reasoning: Bedford County voters opted for Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in last year’s election.

        The flawed — that’s the kindest word we could think of — thought process went something like this: