Government & Politics

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Congress Passes Omnibus Budget Bill

Dec 21, 2015

 Virginia lawmakers were divided on the legislation to fund the government. 

Only 113 House members voted against the bill to keep the government funded through next September. Six of those Republican no votes are from the commonwealth, which means more Virginian House members opposed it than supported it. For fiscal conservative Republican Congressman Dave Brat says the one point one trillion dollar price tag of the package was just too much.

“Just on the budget numbers alone I made commitments alone.” 

There's a petition in Henrico County to remove of the name one of Virginia's most famous segregationists from a public school...and the Virginia half of the city of Bristol says it can't afford to help the Tennessee half with some civic promotion efforts. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

In Virginia you can have photographic evidence of cars illegally passing school buses but still not be able to prosecute the drivers...and a bill to introduced in the General Assembly would allow some convicted drug offenders to clear their records.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link at

Politicians in Richmond are already gearing up for 2017 elections -- Delegate Rob Bell announced Thursday afternoon that he’s running for Virginia Attorney General.  

Delegate Bell, a republican from Albermarle County, ran for his party’s nomination in 2013 but lost to Republican Senator Mark Obenshain -- Obenshain then went on to lose the general election to Democrat Mark Herring. Herring will be in the office until 2017.

Associated Press

Virginia’s congressional delegation is wrestling with how the federal government can help states combat the heroin epidemic spreading across the east coast.

More than 25,000 people across the nation die from heroin or other opioids annually. In the commonwealth last year, more people died from opioids than from car wrecks. That’s partly why Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is trying to make it easier for people to get the drug Naloxone, also called Narcan.