State Government

The U.S. vs. ISIS
7:40 am
Thu September 18, 2014

VA Lawmakers Vote to Help Syrians Fight Islamic State


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.” 

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Government & Politics
4:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Officials Address Problems at Salem VA Town Hall Meeting

Psychologist Dr. Phil Lehman takes questions, Salem VA Medical Center leaders sit at the table - pictured are Dr. Miguel LaPuz and Dr. Anne Hutchins.

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. 

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Government & Politics
4:26 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Agreement on Budget Cuts

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.

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U.S.A. vs. ISIS
8:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

ISIS Efforts Still a Controversial Subject with VA Lawmakers

Virginia lawmakers are coming around President Obama’s plan to combat the Islamic State, even as they say they want to have a say in what could become an extended war. 

Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith and many Democrats say the president needs to come to Congress for approval of any sustained military action.

“Clearly there’s a new front here and if he’s going into Syria on anything other than a quick strike, he’s got to have the approval of the United States Congress.”

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Government & Politics
7:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Virginia Lawmaker Takes On President's Decision

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.  

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