Congress is back in session and some Virginia lawmakers are already causing a stir at the Capitol.
The first day of the congressional session is filled with pomp and circumstance. Vice President Biden poses with senators and House Speaker John Boehner puts on a smile for pictures with the hundreds of members of the lower chamber.
In all that flurry two new lawmakers were sworn in to represent northern Virginia, Democrat Don Beyer and Republican Barbara Comstock. She says the new GOP majorities are rolling up their sleeves.
Now that President Obama has announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, some people are planning a trip, and students from the University of Virginia could be among the first to visit since the White House announcement. A look at what they’ll be doing and why.
Even before the administration said it would end a trade embargo on Cuba, 26 students from the Darden School of Business were packing their bags for a week of sun and research. They leave from Miami early next year on board a charter flight.
Despite criticism from gun-rights advocates and GOP legislative leaders, Governor McAuliffe is not retreating on a package of gun-control measures that he has proposed for the upcoming General Assembly session. McAuliffe says this was one of his campaign promises, so no one should be surprised.
Conservatives say the Governor is catering to the anti-gun agenda of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Super PAC donated to his campaign. But McAuliffe says this is about keeping people safe.
With this wintry weather, many of us will be chowing down with a steaming bowl of hot soup. Pay a visit the nation’s capital though and you’ll find the signature soup of the United States Senate.
Not to be outdone by the Senate, the House instituted its own version of bean soup. The major difference between the two chambers’ bean soups is onions. The Senate iteration has them; the House version does not.