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Topic - Gerald E. Connolly
Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling on Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, to withdraw a subpoena he issued to compel U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify on the rollout of President Obama's health care overhaul.
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, barely bothered to conceal his disdain for Republicans who wanted to uncover the truth about the targeting of conservative groups and individuals by the Internal Revenue Service when he smugly asked an agency witness giving Capitol Hill testimony Wednesday: Are you a witch?
House Republican investigators Wednesday accused the woman in charge of the IRS' Obamacare compliance office of having leaked private taxpayer information to the White House, saying that calls into question the agency's trustworthiness in administering the new health care reform law.
House Democrats said Tuesday they would not participate in the supercommitteelike group suggested by House Republicans as a way to negotiate and end the stalemate that has partially shut down the federal government for eight days.
Their constituents are against it, their party leaders in Congress are generally for it, and President Obama has declared it a moral imperative — leaving rank-and-file members to sort it all out and take a career-defining vote on whether to authorize military strikes on Syria.
Sixty-eight years after an act of bravery over the skies of Japan during World War II, Millard "Lefty" Palmer last weekend was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross.
As Republicans press their investigation into the Internal Revenue Service, Democrats are trying to turn the focus to the Republican ties of the agency's chief investigator, Inspector General J. Russell George, whose May audit ignited the firestorm.
As the polls opened Friday in Iran's presidential election, a leading member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee declared the winner would be nothing more than a "pliable and dependable lap dog" who will serve Iran's extremist religious rulers.
Washington on Monday was poised to do what it does best: invent a half-solution to a full problem while punting the toughest questions for later and setting up more deadline drama.
Federal employee unions and their allies on Capitol Hill are drawing a line in the sand against potential efforts to solve the "fiscal cliff" crisis on the backs of the federal workforce, saying the civil service already has done its part.
Three Virginia congressmen have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to launch a multistate investigation into "voter registration irregularities" after a Pennsylvania man was charged with 13 counts of voter registration fraud in Harrisonburg last week.
As a Libertarian, I was intrigued to read the article "Va. GOP finds hope in polling for Goode" (Web, Sept. 23). The most entertaining part was the quote from Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, who said: "I think it's part and parcel of a shameful philosophy that has somehow taken over the party of Lincoln. What's the harm in letting people [get] on the ballot?"
Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil H. Goode Jr. will be on the November ballot in his home state of Virginia, but Republican fears that the former congressman could play spoiler for Mitt Romney should be lessened by recent polls showing Mr. Goode in the low single digits.
A month into his vice presidential candidacy, it's clear Rep. Paul Ryan has had an impact. What is yet to be determined is whether the Wisconsin Republican's impact helps or hurts the Romney ticket on Election Day.
Spending other people's money is what the left does best, so it's no surprise congressional Democrats would come up with a scheme to bankroll pet causes with cash from retirees. In 2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress passed a law encouraging the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to come up with new investment options.
"Politics shouldn't have anything to do with it," he said. "I think we would be loath to involve ourselves unless clear, federal issues are involved, and this issue, like many issues involved with home-rule, should be largely left to the discretion of the local government."
He then said: "Hm. Well. All right. Um, you received an award in the Bush administration for excellence in public service, the highest award I think for anyone in the IRS. Is that correct?"