Friday, April 5, 2013
Winners of the 11th Congressional District competition will have work displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
Calling all high school artists: Friday is the deadline for U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th)'s annual High School Art Contest, which offers local students a chance to have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol. All public, private and home-schooled high school students in Connolly's 11th Congressional District are eligible to enter artwork in the competition, "An Artistic Discovery." Students can drop off their pieces at Connolly's Annandale or Prince William District Offices. All information, including the student entry and release form, must be completed by Friday. “This annual contest provides a unique opportunity for young artists in Fairfax and Prince William to join with other students from across the nation to showcase their …
Monday, March 18, 2013
It was a who's who of the party faithful.
Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) hosted more than 800 guests, including dozens of local politicians, on Sunday for his 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete at the Kena Shriners Temple in Fairfax. At $40 a person the event is one of the largest campaign fundraisers Connolly holds every year. "It is time we clean house in Virginia," said Connolly to the audience. "Elections matter, and every day I am reminded of the effects of the 2010 elections. It is not OK to leave billions of dollars on the table and 300,000-to-400,000 Virginians go uninsured because the idealogues don't want to expand Medicaid." Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic candidate for governor, said that his race will be focused on job creation. "I have a …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The event will be held Sunday at the Kena Temple in Fairfax.
Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) will host his 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete on Sunday at the Kena Shriners Temple in Fairfax. The event, which is one of the largest annual Democratic gatherings in Northern Virginia, is one of his biggest campaign fundraisers of the year. The fete began in 1995 in Connolly's Fairfax home, but the festivities soon outgrew the venue, and the Kena function hall has been home ever since to hundreds of the party faithful. The event will be held from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and tickets cost $40 and include a full Irish dinner of corned-beef, cabbage and other traditional Irish fare. Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter?
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Read, the father of Virginia Tech shooting victim Mary Read, will join other family members affected by gun violence and Connolly to view President Obama's speech.
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) has invited Annandale resident Peter Read, father of Virginia Tech shooting victim Mary Read, to be his guest Tuesday night at President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Read and other family members who have suffered losses due to gun violence will join Connolly in the House Gallery to view the speech, according to a release from Connolly's office. Congressman Jim Moran (D-8th) has also invited a family member, a brother of a Virginia Tech shooting victim, to tonight's speech. Connolly has criticized the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association (NRA)'s policies and has been very vocal in his advocacy for more gun control in the United States. In December, Connolly co-wrote a letter urging Congress to…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
What will Congress do?
The threat of sequestration - $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts to defense and civilian programs over the next decade - looms large for Northern Virginia. U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) had grim news Tuesday evening for constituents in his telephone town hall meeting, and said that the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives refuses to come to the table to find a solution before the cuts kick in on March 1. "The Republican leadership in the House has shown almost no willingness to work with us (Democrats) to avert it," said Connolly. "Until recently, the House Majority solution has been to shift all of the cuts from defense to the domestic investment side of the ledger, cutting education, transportation and …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Connolly writes letter to Postmaster General, asking for legal justification; cites study that says reducing mail volume will lead to revenue loss of $5.2 billion in first year.
Stopping the mail on Saturdays? Not so fast, say two members of the Northern Virginia congressional delegation. Northern Virginia's U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-8th) and U.S. Rep Gerald Connolly (D-11th) expressed concern Wednesday afternoon about the U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to suspend delivery of first-class mail service on Saturdays beginning in August. The USPS released a fact sheet Wednesday. “I have great concerns about eliminating Saturday mail delivery," Moran wrote in an email to Patch. "The Postal Service is grappling with major forces outside of its control: an economy increasingly relying on email and the Internet for communication, and a Congress that refuses to address the redundant pension pre-funding …
Monday, February 4, 2013
What will it mean for the Northern Virginia economy?
Sequestration — $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts to defense and civilian programs over the next decade — will likely happen, and it will mean thousands of layoffs, program eliminations and near-certain economic devastation for Northern Virginia, said Virginia Congressmen Jim Moran (D-8th) and Gerry Connolly (D-11th) on Saturday at a town hall meeting in Mount Vernon. "You need to be aware that this is probably going to happen," said Moran, who spoke at an annual meeting conducted by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland. "It's a democracy and things will ultimately play themselves out, but things are not going well right now (in Congress)." Congress averted the fiscal cliff crisis at the beginning of the year, and …
He wants to know what's on your mind. Register to participate.
U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) may call you Tuesday to hear what is on your mind as part of his 17th telephone town hall. If the phone rings at 8 p.m., stay on the line to talk to the congressman. Want to ensure that you get called? Click here to sign up ahead of time. Connolly told constituents in an email that more than 200,000 11th District residents have participated in one of these calls since 2009. He said that residents have told him they like the format since they can participate from home. Those who are unable to pose their question on the call will have the option of leaving a message and receiving a subsequent response, Connolly said.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Officials from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties met in Arlington to discuss six potential sites Thursday.
Local, state and congressional leaders met Thursday in Arlington to discuss six potential sites for a new FBI headquarters and to present a unified front in their commitment to landing the new federal complex somewhere in Northern Virginia. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who called the meeting, said leaders from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties had a "singular focus" in bringing the FBI headquarters to the Old Dominion. "We're all committed to finding a home for the FBI in the commonwealth of Virginia," Moran said during a news conference following the meeting. "We are all going to promote Virginia as the best place for this relocation." Elected officials were briefed on six potential sites — in Herndon, at Dulles …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Virginia's 11th District congressman surrounded by family and friends at ceremony on first day of 113th Congress.
Speaker of the House John Boehner swore in Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) Thursday for Connolly's third term in office. Connolly was re-elected Nov. 6, beating out Republican Chris Perkins. Connolly was surrounded Thursday by family and friends at his swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill. The oath of office officiated by the speaker is ceremonial, conducted after an official swearing-in of the entire Congress at noon on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The first day of the 113th Congress Thursday came on the heels of a tumultuous debate over the "fiscal cliff," voted on by the House on New Year's Day. Though he had reservations, Congressman Connolly was the only House member in Virginia to vote for the bill, siding with…