Federal Government

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

Disputing Political Priorities

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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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Government & Politics
7:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Lawmakers Respond to President Obama's Economic Plan

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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.

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Government & Politics
7:42 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VA Republicans Respond to State of the Union Address

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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.

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GOP Says Repeal, Defund or Delay
10:42 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Health Exchange Needs Millenials

New enrollment data on the number of Virginians signing up on the federal health exchange is raising concerns the Affordable Care Act is unworkable – and the concerns aren’t just coming from Republicans.

More than 40,000 Virginians signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange last month. Only 27% of those were young adults – the group needed to fund the new system.

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Economic Outlook
9:43 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Federal Budget Impact on Virginia

The spending bill signed into law by the president last week has a lot in it for Virginia.

Virginia possibly makes out better than any other state from the one point one trillion dollar spending bill. The state’s economy took a hit in two thousand thirteen. Many federal contractors and workers suffered through pay cuts as they were furloughed. Then there’s the government shutdown which ripped around twenty four billion dollars out of the U-S economy. Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says this bill provides the certainly the state has needed.

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