Thursday, April 4, 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, February 25, 2013
Sequestration could affect every traveler at airports nationwide, say U.S. Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine speaking from Reagan National Airport Monday.
Federal sequestration could mean fewer flights and increased wait times at airports, Virginia lawmakers said Monday. Further, it threatens to close small- to mid-sized airports across the country. The massive, indiscriminate spending cuts Congress put in motion to force a budget compromise would cut $600 million from the Federal Aviation Administration if they go into effect Friday. Jobs on the Line Under sequestration, the FAA would have to furlough employees for 11 days — with as much as 10 percent of its workforce furloughed on any given day — and the agency would be unable to hire replacements for the 30 percent of its workers eligible to retire. Up to 2,200 air traffic controllers would be furloughed, forcing airports to reduce the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Rep. Gerry Connolly writes letter to Postmaster General, asking for legal justification for stopping Saturday service.
Stopping the mail on Saturdays? Not so fast, say two members of the Northern Virginia Congressional delegation. U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-8th) and U.S. Rep Gerald Connolly (D-11th) expressed concern about the U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to suspend delivery of first-class mail service on Saturdays beginning in August. “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 requirement." The USPS said on Wednesday that for nearly three decades, Congress …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
What will it mean for the Northern Virginia economy in general and Reston in particular?
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, Virginia Congressmen Jim Moran (D-8th) and Gerry Connolly (D-11th) said 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 …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Congressman calling 11th-District residents to hear what is on their minds.
Rep Gerry Connolly (D- Virginia 11th) may be calling 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, said Connolly.
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 Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) Thursday for Connolly's third term in office. Connolly was re-elected Nov. 6, beating Republican Chris Perkins. Connolly was surrounded 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 Senators Mark …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Forty House members sign letter backing proposed program added to any end-of-the-year fiscal cliff deal.
A letter co-written by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th), and signed by 40 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urges Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support an immediate $200 million gun buyback program in any end-of-the-year fiscal cliff deal. Connolly, whose district includes Reston as well as the national headquarters for the NRA, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida authored the letter to the House leaders. “Gun buybacks have proven successful in communities across the nation,” Connolly and Deutch said in a “Dear Colleague” to House members. “Adding $200 million to the final compromise on the fiscal cliff could remove as many as one million guns from our streets.” Including the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
When your Congressman calls, pick up and tell him what is on your mind.
Want to tell Rep. Gerry Connolly what is on your mind? Connolly will hold a telephone town hall for residents of Virginia’s 11th Congressional District (Areas of Fairfax, including Reston, and Prince William Counties and the City of Fairfax) at 8 p.m. Monday. Connolly (D) was elected to his second term in Congress on Nov. 6. Reston was recently redistricted to the 11th District from the 8th. Since Connolly started the telephone town halls shortly after he took office in January 2009, more than 190,000 district residents have participated in a call with the congressman, his office says. On one call in 2010, more than 30,000 people dialed in. Constituents will be called shortly before the meeting begins at 8 pm. Connolly will give a brief …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Jack Faulconer was a machine gunner under U.S. Army General George S. Patton.
On Nov. 28, 1944, U.S. Army Pvt. John "Jack" Faulconer was charging up a hill in the Saar Valley in Germany. In an instant, the 19-year-old machine gunner was hit in the arm by German machine gun fire. Faulconer was badly injured, and crawled to a German trench, where he hid for hours until the enemy pulled back. His two ammunition carriers were killed. The machine gunner's life would forever be altered by the experience, and, on Friday, he was finally awarded the Bronze Star for Heroism by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th District). "What an honor to get this. It's very nice," said Faulconer, 88, who was accompanied by his wife, Joyce. The war "was terrible. All those young men in the prime of life losing their lives." Connolly …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly will speak with 11th District residents.
Want to tell Rep. Gerry Connolly what is on your mind? Connolly will hold a telephone town hall for residents of Virginia’s 11th Congressional District residing in Fairfax and Prince William Counties and the City of Fairfax at 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Connolly (D) was elected to his second term in Congress on Nov. 6. Reston was recently redistricted to the 11th District from the 8th. Since Connolly started the telephone town halls shortly after he took office in January 2009, more than 190,000 district residents have participated in a call with the congressman, his office says. On one call in 2010, more than 30,000 people dialed in. Constituents will be called shortly before the meeting begins at 8 pm. Connolly will give a brief rundown of the top…