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Video: Reps. Beyer, Connolly, McEachin, Scott All Vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker


Congratulations to Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA04) on his first vote as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives — Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. Also see video of Virginia’s other Democratic House members – Don Beyer (D-8th), Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and Bobby Scott (D-3rd) – voting a few minutes ago for Pelosi. Not surprisingly, Virginia’s Republican members all voted for Lyin’ Paul Ryan. By the way, it’s good to see that Republicans backed down – but only after a massive public outcry – on their slimy plan to gut the House Office of Congressional Ethics. Still, this is going to be a looong two years, and the bottom line is that we badly need to take back the House in 2018 if we want honest, accountable government of/by/for the people and not of/by/for the corporations and richest 1%.

  • Video: Rep. Bobby Scott Opposes Republican Rules Package


  • Rep. Gerry Connolly statement on Republican rules package

    Today, I opposed the House Republican rules package for the 115th Congress. This proposal ushers in a new era of unified Republican government. One in which facts – when inconvenient – do not matter and ethics are subject to the interpretation of the Majority.

    Freedom of speech – a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution – has been redefined and curtailed by this resolution to accommodate the Majority’s crackdown on dissent.

    Under a unified Republican government, witch hunts against federal employees and the agencies for which they work are empowered and encouraged. The President-elect has already engaged in a stunning overreach during his transition by demanding the names of federal employees and scientists who have worked on projects he dislikes.

    We know the Majority would like to gut the functionality of the federal government. The dangerous and indiscriminate cuts of Sequestration are evidence enough of that. However, this rules package provides them with the surgical tools necessary to reach into the inner workings of the federal government and cut away each part and employee that runs afoul of their ideological agenda.

    I cannot see how anyone who calls themselves a friend to federal employees could support this proposal.</blockquote