The majority of Virginia lawmakers voted to start arming moderate Syrian rebels.
A bipartisan group of eight Virginia lawmakers voted in favor of President Obama’s plan to start arming and training moderate rebels in Syria. Even so, many did so with reservations. On the House floor Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly told his colleagues what he wasn’t voting for.
“But I want to add in caution that this action should not be interpreted as granting Congressional authorization for the broader use of military force to combat the growing threat posed by ISIL.”
As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to examine the policies and procedures in place that have seemingly failed thousands of veterans seeking healthcare, VA Medical Centers nationwide have been holding town meetings to hear from those directly affected by the system. The concerns raised at the VA Medical Center in Salem this week echoed those heard nationwide.
Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly leaders have struck a deal to cut the state budget to cover an unexpected $2.4-billion revenue shortfall.
The agreement taps the state’s Rainy Day Fund, while closing a $346-million gap this fiscal year, and $536-million the next. The Governor stressed the bipartisan nature of the accord—flanked by GOP state lawmakers and the Democratic co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.
The U-S House passed a resolution condemning President Obama for swapping prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The bill was sponsored by a Virginia Republican Congressman.
Lawmakers of all stripes were surprised to learn five members of the Taliban were exchanged for Sergeant Bergdahl. Lawmakers weren’t alerted even though Congress passed a law requiring thirty days notice before the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Congressman Rigell says that’s why the House voted to disapprove of the exchange.