Federal Government

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4:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Without Medicaid Expansion, Hospitals Say They’ll Be In Critical Condition

Virginia’s hospitals are required  to treat anyone who comes to their emergency rooms, and they’re spending about $600 million a year on charity care.  Meanwhile, state lawmakers refuse to expand Medicaid, and the federal government is cutting payments for Medicare.  Unless something is done,  some hospitals say they may be forced to close.  

Patricia Springer owns a small business – Moonbeam Massage.  She’s happy to help people who’ve suffered an injury or illness, but since the great recession began, business has been slow.

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Government & Politics
8:10 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Virginia Lawmakers Question Offshore Drilling

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A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers say the Interior Department move to open up Virginia’s coast to drilling is raising more questions than answers. 

Some proponents of drilling off Virginia’s coast are dubious. The maps of natural resources off the eastern coast haven’t been updated in three decades, and Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says he thinks energy companies are dubious of this administration’s energy policies and won’t want to invest the resources necessary.   

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Reactions to 2015 State of the Union
7:50 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Virginia Republicans Critical of President Barack Obama's Agenda

President Obama giving the 2015 State of the Union Address.
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The agenda President Obama is laying out at the start of this new Congress is being rejected by Virginia Republicans who now have more power at the Capitol than Democrats. 

While Republicans were just swept into power running against President Obama’s economic policies, the president told lawmakers in last week’s State of the Union address that the economy is soaring again because of his policies. He’s now hoping to expand on that progress through things like offering two years of free community college and tax credits for child care.

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114th Congress
7:28 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia's Senators Expect to Work Across the Aisle

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

Virginia’s two Democratic Senators are expected to hold a lot of sway as more moderate voices in the new Republican controlled Senate. 

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114th Congress
7:22 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Virginia's House Representatives Outline Priorities on Capitol Hill

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  Virginia's House delegation in Washington has a long wish list in the new Congress.  

Virginia lost a lot of seniority when the new Congress was seated earlier this month. So now twelve term Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is the commonwealth's most senior member. As chair of the Judiciary Committee he's spearheading the GOP's efforts on immigration. At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters he laid out his to do list which includes an attempt to unwind the president's move to keep some five million undocumented workers in the country. 

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