Posts Tagged Congress 2017

Russia Investigation Brings Spotlight to Virginia Senator Mark Warner

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Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., whose panel is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, speaks with reporters after final votes for the week. (Credit: AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner is earning praise – and some criticism – for his handling of the Russia investigation. Matt Laslo reports from the Capitol on what the role means to Warner and the Commonwealth.

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Virginia Congressman Dave Brat Pushes for Offshore Drilling

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In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez addresses a large rally in Asbury Park, N.J., opposing federal plans that would allow oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The issue has come up again now that President Donald Trump is in office. (Credit: Mel Evans / AP)

Virginia Republican Dave Brat is pushing to open up Virginia’s coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. Democrats, though, say that would be terrible for the Commonwealth’s economy and they’re trying to combat the effort. Matt Laslo has details.

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Here’s What Virginia’s Lawmakers are Saying About Trump’s Tax Plan

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In this Wednesday, April 26th 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Interior Department in Washington. Among the likely winners in Trump’s tax-cut plan is Trump himself. (Credit: AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump has dropped an ambitious overhaul of the nation’s tax system. As correspondent Matt Laslo reports, Virgnia lawmakers are giving the plan mixed reviews.

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The Freedom Caucus: What Kind of Healthcare Would They Support?

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Representative Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the House Freedom Caucus whose conservative members derailed the Republican health care bill, leaves a closed-door strategy session with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress is back in session today following a two-week break. It was right before they left that lawmakers failed to pass a repeal-and-replace bill on healthcare. Three Virginia Republicans are members of the far-right leaning House Freedom Caucus, who opposed that bill. Now that President Trump looks likely to bring healthcare back up, Matt Laslo caught up with Virginia’s Republicans to ask them what kind of legislation they could support.

 

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Little Known Rule Could Have Chilling Effect on Virginia’s Federal Workforce

Virginia_flag_mapA newly reinstated rule in Congress has Democrats worried that Republicans are going to try to fire a large swath of federal workers, which could hurt the economy across the commonwealth. Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.

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