Washington, DC - Congressmen Jim Moran (VA-08), Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the Department of Justice to conduct a multi-state investigation of voter registration fraud connected to Strategic Allied Consulting and its subsidiary Pinpoint. The letter follows voter fraud allegations in three states and the October 18 arrest of Pinpoint employee Colin Small in Harrisonburg, Virginia on 13 counts of voter registration fraud.
WASHINGTON - Congressmen Jim Moran (VA-08), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), and Bobby Scott (VA-03) wrote to Governor Bob McDonnell today detailing the impact sequestration cuts would have on Virginia families and urging Gov. McDonnell to use his leadership position in the national Republican Party to prod House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor "to begin discussions on a balanced deficit reduction package that can garner bipartisan support" and avoid an economic disaster for the Commonwealth.
The Virginia lawmakers were responding to McDonnell's October 9 letter urging President Obama and the Virginia Congressional delegation to support a House Republican "cuts-only" plan that would shift all defense cuts to safety-net domestic programs.
"Today, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the end of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, ensuring no American must hide or lie about who they are in order to defend our nation. True to America's cornerstone values of fairness and equality, the end of DADT marked yet another occasion in our country's history where a fundamental wrong was recognized and a more free, just and inclusive course was charted.
"Today the Supreme Court reaffirmed what Democrats and President Obama have known for two years; the Affordable Care Act stands on firm constitutional grounds.
Washington, DC - Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and Ranking Member on the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, today applauded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling to uphold the EPA's authority to enforce the Clean Air Act and dismiss all challenges over the EPA's Timing and Tailoring rules regarding greenhouse gas reductions from automobiles and emission limits from large stationary sources like power plants.
"Today's decision makes it clear: EPA has the authority under the current Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases." said Rep. Moran. "I applaud the fact that the auto industry has worked with EPA and NHTSA to develop fuel efficiency and tailpipe standards that will result in greater consumer savings and less carbon, up to six billion tons, in the atmosphere."
"It is troubling that Republican opposition once again blocked repeal of a dangerous and unprecedented provision that challenges our basic constitutional right to due process," said Rep. Moran. "The United States should never hold an individual, American or otherwise, indefinitely without charge."
Washington, DC - Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, released the following statement after his vote against H.R. 4970, urging Republican leadership to bring up the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):
"Initially enacted in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act established federal programs and policies to combat the harmful and persistent impact that domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating violence has on our society. Nearly one in four women are the victims of rape or abuse by a partner during adulthood, with young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experiencing the highest rate of partner violence. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, half of which are victims of incest.
Washington, DC - Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and Ranking Member on the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, today highlighted a new report which finds that the Potomac River is the most endangered river in the United States.
"Our nation's river, the Potomac, is a vital resource for tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and the five million people who depend on it for drinking water," said Rep. Moran. "The American Rivers report is a wake up call that we must do more to protect our nation's waterways, beginning with the Potomac River."
"President Obama's comments today reflect the views of a growing number of Americans across the country. I welcome the President's words, and those of members of his Administration, for their outspoken support for marriage equality.