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On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are at odds over how to hand out federal dollars to local school divisions in Virginia and across the county. 

Are high-poverty schools getting all the funding they need? That’s the question at the heart of a debate in Washington about a new rule directing federal dollars to help at-risk children.

Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia Beach put that question to Scott Sargrad at the Center for American Progress during a congressional hearing this week.

Virginia House Republicans Weigh In on Gridlock

May 6, 2016

Frustration is growing in both parties on Capitol Hill because pressing national issues are going unaddressed, which has led to some questioning whether the gridlock will hurt the Republican Party, which controls both chambers of Congress.

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In three years, it will be the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of African slaves on United States soil - in fact, Virginia soil. Virginia lawmakers are trying to set up a commission to mark the anniversary with honor.  

In 1619, 20 Africans were brought to Point Comfort, Virginia. It marked the first time - at least on record - that African freemen were turned into American slaves. Virginia Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott says people should pause to remember the moment. 

Congressional Infighting over Budget Continues

Mar 21, 2016

Republicans were swept into power on Capitol Hill in part by promising to bring the nation’s fiscal house into order. A part of their argument was that Democrats had given up on writing, let alone passing, budgets. Now the tables have turned.

Virginia Republican Congressman Dave Brat was sent to Washington after shocking Washington by ousting former Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary. He’s now a part of a group of lawmakers that is dead set on blocking the budget Republican leaders in the House support.

Dancing the Budget Tango

Feb 22, 2016

Even before the fight erupted over whether to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama and Republicans in Congress were squaring off on the nation’s spending priorities. Republicans from the region are proving a thorn in the president’s side on the final budget he sent to Congress

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