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Kaine says he’s worried about a war with Iran, not impeachment

BY: - May 28, 2019

While one of his Virginia Democratic counterparts in the U.S. House is calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine isn’t as quick to do the same. “They’re grappling with what they’re going to do and if and when it comes to the Senate, we’ll take it seriously but there are so many […]

Cuccinelli’s ‘xenophobia’ won’t be helpful, Kaine says

BY: - May 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s Democratic senators are concerned, but not necessarily surprised, that President Donald Trump is expected to hire former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for a top immigration post. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the former Virginia attorney general is expected to coordinate the administration’s immigration efforts. The Washington Post reported […]

Virginia, Maryland senators seek more federal Metro funding

BY: - May 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — Senators from Virginia and Maryland are pushing new legislation to ensure that Metro gets up to $200 million each year from the federal government — with some strings attached. Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen at a press conference Thursday to […]

Va. Dems: Cuccinelli ‘too extreme’ to lead on immigration

BY: - May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — Virginia Democrats said they were outraged by reports that President Donald Trump’s administration plans to hire Ken Cuccinelli to play a lead role in shaping immigration policy. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the former Virginia attorney general is expected to coordinate the administration’s immigration efforts. The scope of his job was […]

Virginia delegation splits on party lines on LGBTQ rights bill

BY: - May 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers on Friday voted to approve sweeping legislation aimed at barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in spite of broad opposition from House Republicans. In a major step for LGBTQ rights advocates, the House approved the bill, dubbed the Equality Act, by a vote of 236-173, including eight […]

Congressional committee eyes former Hunton Andrews Kurth employees who joined EPA

BY: - May 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — A congressional investigation is examining whether top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, former employees of a legal and lobbying outfit with long Richmond ties, violated ethics rules by working on behalf of their former clients. Lawmakers have asked for documents and an EPA inspector general investigation into whether the agency’s air chief Bill […]

Warner: ‘If this becomes an only one-party struggle, then I screwed up.’

BY: - May 9, 2019

WASHINGTON  — Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is nowhere near ready to move on from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Warner assailed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Donald Trump for their public declarations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings exonerated […]

U.S. House committee votes on party lines to hold attorney general in contempt

BY: - May 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the war between President Donald Trump’s administration and House Democrats. The committee voted 24-16 along party lines to approve a resolution recommending that the full U.S. House find Barr in contempt for his refusal to […]

McEachin endorses Biden, calls him ‘best chance’ against Trump

BY: - May 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, D-4th, on Monday announced that he’s endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. “His commitment to working people and to the dignity of work is unsurpassed,” McEachin said in a statement. “He was a staunch and steadfast partner to President Obama during his historic […]

Labor secretary skirts question about ideal minimum wage

BY: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — On International Workers’ Day, Maryland Democratic Rep. David Trone asked U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta a question on the minds of many workers: What do you think the federal minimum wage should be? “Just give me a number, not a long diatribe,” Trone told Acosta at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing. […]

‘The president and I use different language:’ Partisan gulf on Mueller report widens

BY: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — If U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s kids spoke like President Trump, he’d “fuss at them,” he told the Virginia Mercury this week. “I’ve always said that the president and I use different language. I would have said things differently than he did,” said Griffith, a Republican who represents the 9th District, when asked about […]

There’s another Russia report coming

BY: - April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — The political fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is expected to explode as lawmakers reconvene on Capitol Hill for the first time since the public release of the report. As the partisan caterwauling continues over what Congress should do next, two low-key senators will be leading discussions behind closed doors about how […]