Federal Government

Compromise Not Ruled Out
5:03 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Veterans' Benefits Bill Blocked

Lawmakers in the region are upset a bill to expand veterans benefits was defeated in the U-S Senate.

The veterans bill would restore a cost of living pay increase for veterans, expands health care services and pays for reproductive services for troops wounded in recent wars.

Now it’s back to the drawing board after Senate Republicans opposed the $21-billion cost of the bill, which Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says is a setback.
 

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Equal Protection
1:39 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Federal Judge Rules VA's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Reaction to federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s ruling that struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was swift—with fervent discussion among Virginia lawmakers, a news conference from the state Attorney General who rallied against the law, and gay couples who try, but fail, on Valentine's Day to get marriage licenses. 

 

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Government & Politics
8:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Virginia Lawmakers Tackle Debt Ceiling Issue

Credit www.patriotstatesman.com

Virginia lawmakers voted largely along party lines on the deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling. 

Conservatives are upset that House Speaker John Boehner moved a bill to raise the debt ceiling that didn’t include any Republican policy priorities.

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Debt Ceiling
5:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

VA Lawmakers Talk Legislative Hurdle

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.”

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Differing Views on Empowerment
4:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Disputing Political Priorities

Credit NPR

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.

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