Lawmakers on Capitol Hill just ended one battle that cost Virginia countless millions of dollars, but the deal merely kicks the can down the road.
Democrats are claiming a victory after they brokered a deal to flip the government’s light on and extend the nation’s borrowing limit. Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the fallout of the shutdown and near default should send a message to the G-O-P.
“Anybody who would be as reckless to try this scheme again I think needs to get their economic knowledge checked," said Warner.
There are ongoing concerns about the financial health of the Virginia Retirement System and plenty of speculation about who’ll be in control of the state senate a few months from now. Those stories have been among the most clicked this past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at VPAP.org .
College students hand in millions of papers each year, and most end up in the trash, but a University of Virginia undergraduate was surprised and honored when her 26-page paper was given to hundreds of experts on counter-terrorism.
Rachel Schwartz is a junior at the University of Virginia - a double major in biology and foreign affairs, so it was no surprise that she found the subject of chemical weapons interesting.
It’s been difficult to attract business and provide more opportunities to some of the more economically distressed parts of Virginia, but there’s hope for those areas through the national tobacco settlement. Although the money is being applied to areas within the Commonwealth’s tobacco region, HOW it's being applied will directly impact surrounding areas and indirectly boost the state's economy.
Virginia lawmakers split their votes last evening on the deal to open the government and avoid a potential default.
Even in the face of a potential default, Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says he just couldn’t support the compromise.
“I campaigned on not voting to raise the debt ceiling unless there were some significant changes in the law that would help the United States of America, and particularly the 9th District of Virginia.”
But Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the gridlock on display the last couple weeks will have a lasting impact.