Federal Government

Senate Bean Soup

Dec 22, 2014

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.

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Governor McAuliffe says when he addresses lawmakers about the state's budget this week, he intends to talk about his new economic development package.

His initiative includes legislative proposals that the governor says are necessary to reduce the Commonwealth’s reliance on federal dollars.

Tim Kaine Urges Congress to Stand Against ISIL

Dec 15, 2014

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is glad the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize the war against the Islamic State but says now the full Senate needs to act. 

The US military has dropped more than one thousand bombs or missiles in its campaign against ISIS, but Congress has yet to weigh in. Kaine's been pushing the administration to come to Congress for permission to conduct its air campaign and last week he helped the Foreign Relations Committee pass a military authorization. He says now the full Senate needs to act. 

Sticking to his promise not to discuss or attack any other potential 2016 presidential candidate, former Democratic U.S. Senator Jim Webb  did discuss where he believes the U.S. needs improvement—and where his own party has contributed to the dysfunction in Congress. 
 

Webb says he's very concerned about the country—and the reason that he ran for Senate is the same reason he's considering running for president. He says U.S. national security and foreign policies have in many ways been on auto-pilot since 9-11.  His other priorities include getting his party back on track.

New Lawmakers Learn the Ropes in Washington

Nov 30, 2014
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Earlier this month Virginia voters sent three new politicians to represent them in Washington. For most, their terms won’t start until January, but they’ve been busy learning how to be a member of one of the most exclusive bodies on earth.
 

Elections are exhausting, but for the victors the grueling schedule doesn’t stop on Election Day. They have mere days to spend time with their families, catch up on sleep and thank big donors before being whisked to Washington to learn the ways of the town they just ran against.

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