Reports that House Republican leaders are dropping efforts to tie legislation to the debt ceiling increase is being met with cheers from lawmakers in the region.
Many rank and file lawmakers wanted the G-O-P to extract a policy priority in exchange for the increase. Some wanted tweaks to so-called Obamacare while others wanted to expand energy development. Party leaders are reportedly pulling the plug on those efforts. Virginia Republican Congressman Scott Rigell says that’s good news.
“This is really the last major legislative hurdle that we face as a country this year.”
The vision President Obama laid out in his state of the union address this week is being met with suspicion by Virginia Republicans.
But Democrats in the Commonwealth say his agenda would spur job creation.
The president has a lot of allies in the Democratic controlled Senate. But Republicans control the U-S House. That means they hold the gavels and control the agenda in the lower chamber. So many in the G-O-P were offended to hear the president say he's planning to bypass House Republicans and use executive orders whenever possible to get his agenda through.
There was a lot in President Obama’s State of the Union address that would impact the commonwealth, but he's already meeting resistance from Virginia Republicans.
There were two starkly contrasting visions of government on display at the Capitol last evening. The president wants the government to help spur job creation, while Republicans say the government ought to get out of the way.
Virginia Republican Congressman Rob Wittman says the president’s call to expand the role of government in the economy is misguided.
In his State of the Union address President Obama said he’s prepared to bypass Congress when necessary, which made Virginia Republicans bristle.
The president laid out an ambitious agenda. He wants to expand educational opportunities, spur investments in infrastructure, and take more steps to address climate change. If House Republicans oppose his agenda the president says he’s prepared to go around them as much as possible through using executive orders. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran applauds that tone.