Gerry Connolly

Constituent Communication or Incumbent Protection?

Oct 30, 2018
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Government watchdog groups say some lawmakers are using taxpayer dollars to boost their own reelection campaigns. But many Virginia lawmakers say they’re merely communicating with their constituents back home.

Some Virginia Republicans are reviving a dormant congressional caucus aimed at highlighting constitutional obligations, but Democrats accuse them of hypocrisy for failing to conduct simple oversight on the Trump administration.

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Critics of Washington spending say something needs to be done to reign in the excess. One Virginia Congressman's push for a new constitutional amendment is being debated today.

In President Trump’s newly released budget, the administration calls for drastic cuts to environmental programs, including the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Lawmakers from Virginia are divided on the role the Environmental Protection Agency should play today.

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Virginia lawmakers have mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, especially on his call for a massive new infrastructure spending package.