• Comstock: ‘We Need Tax Relief For Hard Working Families’

    Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, R-10th, issued the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

    “Americans deserve a results-oriented government that is focused on them and builds a healthy economy,” said Congresswoman Comstock.  “I am focused on common sense legislation that moves our economy forward.  President Obama’s proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases was not what hard working taxpayers wanted to hear tonight.  We need tax relief for hard working families and small businesses, not more tax increases that will harm our ability to grow a healthy economy.”

  • Brat takes Obama to task for being a pretend populist, harming the economy and wages

    Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th,  issued the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight:

    “President Obama used the State of the Union tonight to play the populist card, which he’s trying to define as giving away free stuff.  But as an economist, I can tell you his giveaways aren’t free.  He’s trying to hide the true cost from the American people, just like he did with Obamacare.  We all pay for these programs in the end through higher taxes, more government spending, and a weaker economy.

    “But it’s hard for him to call himself a populist when he’s not actually looking to empower the American people, but is instead looking to increase the concentration of power in government.  True populism is what conservatives are trying to do:  Break up the accumulation of power in Washington and give it back to the American people.

    “The president has also called for more taxes to feed Washington’s insatiable spending appetite.  Hardworking Americans pay enough in taxes.

    “Increasing taxes on anyone – whether the wealthy or the middle class – only slows the economy down.  Higher taxes discourage people from saving, investing, and buying things.  That means businesses can’t grow, can’t create more jobs, and can’t increase their workers’ wages.  That hurts everyone.  It’s Economics 101.

    “There’s also a fundamental difference in how the president and most Republicans feel about business – whether business is a force for good or something that needs to be continually punished.  While I speak out against cronyism between some big businesses and government, I believe businesses are generally a force for good – successful businesses grow our economy, provide incomes for our families, and do good works in our communities.  A true populist understands that most people need to work to provide for their families and that most of them work in the very businesses the president seeks to punish.

    “If we want to turn our economy around and create more jobs and higher wages for all Americans, history shows that we should be cutting taxes and encouraging business growth rather than turning more money over to government, which continues to spend uncontrollably and put us further into debt.  It’s also critically important that we simplify and make our tax code fairer, treating all taxpayers equally rather than having a tax code that allows politicians to pit them against one another.”

  • Griffith Responds to State of the Union

    Congressman Morgan Griffith, R-9th, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

    “A real trust deficit exists between President Obama and many of us in Congress.  In his State of the Union address, he spoke of putting our differences aside and working together, but he made sure to include numerous veto threats and potshots at policies many of us support.  For example, ‘Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,’ President Obama said.  Instead, I must ask: why not start with that ‘single oil pipeline,’ build trust by showing us your willingness to work together, and move forward with other opportunities?”

    “As President Obama acknowledged himself ahead of the 2014 elections, his policies were on the ballot.  And the results of last year’s election were clear.  But the President’s actions since that time indicate it doesn’t matter to him what happened at the ballot box; it’s his way or the highway.  The tenor of his speech continued to convey that attitude.”

    “Put plainly, the President’s State of the Union address was full of veto threats, unserious proposals, and missed opportunities.  I am disappointed by the tenor of his remarks, but I am not surprised.”

  • Wittman Statement on the State of the Union Address

    Congressman Rob Wittman, R-1st, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

    “President Obama seems quite content with our nation’s current state of affairs. However, most folks I hear from don’t express the same level of satisfaction. The president gave little attention to our debt and deficit, which still remain too high. I also didn’t hear enough about his plans to facilitate a robust middle class where a path to progress exists through strong career ladders, effective career and technical education, and an economy driven by private sector growth, not government programs. Above all, we must strengthen the opportunity for the middle class to succeed.

    “I am relieved that the president acknowledged the challenges ‘beyond our shores.’ There is no question that our world is not getting any safer. And the role of Congress in granting authority to the president to engage ISIS is especially critical. However, the president did not mention the impending cuts to our military budget, known as the sequester, which will be absolutely devastating for our nation’s ability to defend itself. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, I am committed to staving off these irresponsible, unbalanced cuts and ensuring that our men and women in uniform are trained and equipped to execute their missions successfully and return home safely. We owe that to them.

    “As 2015 kicks into gear, my goal in Washington is to make sure that the job gets done. Our system of government was designed as it was for a reason, and the Congress has a duty to pass responsible legislation that will in turn go to the president for his signature. I am hopeful that the president will work with Congress to achieve smart public policy that enables a robust economy full of opportunity for our citizens. We must put the country on a quick path to a balanced budget and make sure that our government is funded in a timely, long-term manner. Finally, we must ensure that our military’s ability to protect our citizens remains strong and unrivaled.”

  • Chairman Mullins: Obama State of the Union a Recipe for Disaster

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “We’ve heard all of these proposals before in one fashion or another, but there’s something about hearing them after they’ve been utterly rejected by voters that makes it worse.”

    “Higher taxes, more regulation, and bigger government were soundly rejected by the voters in November. Yet President Obama continues to put forward the same policies, time and time again. If he were intentionally trying to stifle economic growth, he’d be hard pressed to do better than this platform.”

    “Maybe President Obama is following the Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Democrat playbook and is trying to excite liberal voters in an effort to get them to the polls. But I’m fairly certain the truth is much worse: he just doesn’t care what voters think anymore.”

  • RPV Files Formal Ethics Complaint Against Mark Warner for Puckett Job “Brainstorming”

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Today, acting at my direction, the Republican Party of Virginia filed a formal ethics complaint against Democratic Senator Mark R. Warner in connection with his ‘brainstorming’ about a job for former Senator Phil Puckett’s daughter during the 2014 campaign.”

    “After examining the published reports and Warner’s own statements during the campaign, it appears that Warner may have violated a Federal law that prohibits Senators and Representatives from using their influence or offering to use their influence to secure employment for another, solely on the basis of political affiliation.”

    “Said simply, if Warner offered to use his influence to land a job for anyone based simply on political considerations, he has violated Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which is punishable up to 15 years in prison.”

    “Democrats will argue that this complaint is nothing but poor sportsmanship, and a childish reaction to a close electoral loss. Nothing could be further from the truth. This complaint comes at a time when Virginia Democrats are publicly calling for ethics reform. As our Democratic colleagues wrote in a fundraising email just this week, ‘We need to hold our elected leaders accountable for their actions and demand a more transparent and honest government.'”

    “This request for an investigation is just that – an effort to ensure that Democrat Mark R. Warner did not violate the law in an effort to aid in the expansion of Obamacare in Virginia. And if he did violate the law, that he is held to account.”

    “Holding our elected leaders accountable begins with enforcing the laws we have on the books, and that is what we ask the Senate Ethics Committee to do.”

    Download the letter by clicking here.

  • Del. Tim Hugo Delivers Weekly Virginia GOP Address

    Remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “Hi, I’m Delegate Tim Hugo and I represent the 40th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. I also serve as the Chairman of the House Republican Caucus.

    “The 2015 General Assembly started last Wednesday. As we move into our first full week, I wanted to share with you some of the priorities that Republicans will be working on this year. ”

    “Before the start of session, Democratic leader David Toscano sent a memo to his colleagues outlining their goals for the start of session. One of their top priorities is to ‘create dilemmas’ for Republicans in swing districts by forcing votes on very liberal issues. ”

    “To the contrary, our first and foremost goal isn’t to play politics – it’s to govern.

    Republicans in the General Assembly are going to work to create new job opportunities for hard-working Virginians. ”

    “*We’re going to reform and improve our schools so our children have more opportunities.”

    “*We’re going to fight to make college more affordable so the next generation isn’t saddled with student debt. “

    “*We’re going to fulfill the promises we made to our veterans and provide funding for two new veterans care centers. “

    “*And perhaps most importantly – we’re going to hold Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring accountable. “

    “On new taxes and fees – not happening. We will protect the 2nd Amendment. And on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which will cost Virginia taxpayer’s hundreds of millions of dollars –  you can count on your Republican super-majority to stand firm.”

    “Over the next 45 days, Republicans in the General Assembly will be working on the issues that matter to you – jobs, strong schools, making college more affordable. We won’t hesitate to stand up to Governor McAuliffe.”

    “But we can’t do it alone. We need to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Delegate and share your thoughts on this session. Thanks for watching.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we mark his birthday. His dream of a society where all are judged not according to their color, but on the content of their character is the embodiment of the nation that we as Republicans work to build for our children and grandchildren.”

    “But we must do more than simply pay lip service to this dream. It is incumbent upon us all to tear down barriers of mistrust that divide us. We must work so that we see those who may not look like us or share our culture, not as ‘other,’ but build upon shared values toward seeing them as brothers and sisters, sharing in our common humanity.”

    “And as we work to bridge divides, we must also be just as vigilant to stand against those who would divide us by color. We must redouble our efforts against those voices that would devalue a fellow human simply because of their color or their creed. The world must know that they do not speak for us.”

    “Dr. King and other civil rights leaders started our nation on this path, and we have made great progress. But there is much work to be done. Let us then recommit ourselves to this effort, and work toward a time when, as Dr. King said so well, all God’s children can join hands and proclaim that we are Free, At Last!”

  • Comstock Votes For DHS Funding Bill

    Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, R-10th, issued the following statement on the passage of FY15: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.  This appropriations bill passed the House today by a vote of 236-191.  The legislation also included amendments that rolled back President Obama’s unconstitutional overreach from last year.

    “As a former Department of Justice official who served after the September 11th attacks, I am acutely aware of why Homeland Security funding is so important to defending the nation from terrorist threats,” said Congresswoman Comstock.  “Funding in this bill will help protect Americans from those who want to do us harm.  This bill also included important amendments that rolled back President Obama’s unconstitutional overreach on immigration from last year.  The framers of the Constitution put in a system of checks and balances which President Obama clearly ignored with his executive orders. President Obama said twenty-two times that he could not go against the Constitution, even saying at one point – ‘I am president, I am not king.’ Today the House confirmed the President’s own statements and restored the rule of law.”

  • Griffith Statement on Defunding Executive Action on Immigration

    Congressman Morgan Griffith, R-9th, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill (H.R. 240) and amendments to defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration:

    “The debate about defunding President Obama’s executive action is not exclusively a debate about immigration.  It primarily is a debate about whether or not the President has the authority to enact laws without Congress.”

    “The President should be defending America’s borders and enforcing our laws.  I question the President’s authority to make blanket decisions regarding the prosecution of criminal laws, as opposed to making decisions in a specific individual’s case.”

    “This legislation prevents any funds from being used to carry out the President’s recent executive actions and his 2011 and 2012 memos on prosecutorial discretion and immigration law enforcement priorities.  The bill denies funding for any substantially similar future policy and blocks the use of funds to grant any federal benefit to any unlawful immigrant as a result of the defunded policies.  It also prohibits any federal agency from using federal funds to consider any applications under the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  DACA allows individuals brought to the United States as children and meeting other criteria to be considered for deferred action, subject to renewal.”

    “Clearly, our immigration system is not working for the United States and is not working for immigrants trying to legally come here.  I am proud to support this bill and amendments defunding the President’s unlawful actions, protecting the rights of legal immigrants, facilitating the removal of aliens convicted of serious crimes, and reiterating the House’s strong commitment to policies that support citizen workers and legal immigrant workers.”

     

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