• Chairman Mullins: Delegate Morrissey Should Resign Immediately

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Democrat Joe Morrissey should resign his seat immediately. Each day that he fails to do so is a disgrace not only to himself, but to the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

    “It is unconscionable that after a full day, elected Democrats are just now joining the calls for Morrissey to go. Governor McAuliffe, Lt. Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, and the Democratic Party of Virginia should all join the call.”

    “Should a man who has been convicted of taking advantage of a 17 year old, and who will spend the upcoming General Assembly session in jail resign his post? It’s not a difficult question, and Democrats, the party that claims to carry the banner for women, should have taken about 2 seconds to answer it.”

  • Wittman to Again Chair Readiness Subcommittee in 114th Congress

    Congressman Rob Wittman, R-1st, released the following statement today after House Armed Services Committee Chairman-elect Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, renamed him Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness for the upcoming 114th Congress:

    “It has been an honor serving as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee during the 113th Congress, and I look forward to building on our previous and ongoing efforts in the 114th. I am truly humbled that Chairman-elect Thornberry has selected me to continue in this exciting role that brings with it tremendous responsibilities. The challenges facing our military’s readiness continue to grow under sequestration, just as threats multiply around the world, and I remain committed to restoring that readiness and making our services’ capabilities whole.

    “The men and women of our armed forces are the best in the world. I am eager to work with Chairman-elect Thornberry and my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure that our servicemen and women have the full support of their government behind them as they selflessly serve.”

  • Congresswoman-Elect Comstock Named To Two Influential Committees

    Congresswoman-Elect Barbara Comstock was named to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee for the 114th Congress.  Congresswoman-Elect Comstock will be sworn in on January 6th and will represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District in the new Congress.  The seat is being vacated by longtime Congressman Frank Wolf.

    “I am ready to get to work and improve the lives of my constituents and these important committee assignments will enable me to do just that,” said Congresswoman-Elect Barbara Comstock. I look forward to working with Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and the full committee to address the unique transportation issues facing the District and our country.”

    “Congresswoman-Elect Comstock has shown her tenacity to work for her constituents on the local level and I am sure that she will bring that same work ethic to the Committee,” said House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA).

    “As Chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee in the Virginia House of Delegates I am keenly aware of how these technology issues affect job growth in Northern Virginia,” said Congresswoman-Elect Barbara Comstock.  “Data centers are economic growth incubators for Northern Virginia, and with my seat on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I look forward to continue the work I did in Richmond on these important 21st century job-creating issues.”

    Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “With her extensive experience working on science and technology issues in the Virginia House of Delegates, I know Barbara Comstock will be a valued member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. As we take on issues that will help shape our nation’s future, the Committee will benefit from Rep. Comstock’s leadership, enthusiasm, and knowledge.”

  • Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on Election Results in House District 4

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Let me be the first to congratulate Del.-elect Todd Pillion on his impressive win tonight! Todd ran a great campaign, and I look forward to working with him as a part of the Republican super majority in the House of Delegates, as we all work to rein in Terry McAuliffe’s liberal, anti-coal, anti-job policies.”

    “Congratulations, Todd!”

  • Chairman Mullins: Senate Democrat Release of Intelligence Report Puts More Virginians at Risk

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Regardless of whether one approves or disapproves of the CIA’s actions, there is no question that this inaccurate, ideologically-driven report will place many Americans in greater danger.”

    “Mark Warner and other members of the outgoing Democrat majority have done an extreme disservice to Virginians serving their country in both the armed services and diplomatic corps, and all for the sake of scoring political points. Mark Warner’s agonized hand-wringing will do nothing to protect his constituents endangered by this flawed report, and acting to ‘get it behind us’ will mean little to those who will face enemy fire because of his failure to act.”

    “This is a sad parting gesture of defiance and impertinence as the era of Democrat control comes to an end.”

  • Don’t Miss Governor Bobby Jindal at the RPV Advance!

    Big news for this year’s RPV Advance! We’re proud to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

    Governor Jindal has done some truly amazing things during his time in office in Louisiana, and he’s got a great story to tell.

    A lot of Virginia Republicans got to spend time with him on the campaign trail in 2012. He’s got a great story to tell. You can hear him at the Gala on Saturday night, where he will share the stage with our own Ed Gillespie.

    Get your tickets now!  You don’t want to miss this!

  • Chairman Mullins: Virginia has Lost a true public servant and gentleman in Joe Benedetti

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins offered the following statement:

    “Not many people can wander into a political convention out of curiosity and emerge a nominee for office. But that’s just what Joseph Benedetti did. And while he wasn’t successful, he never looked back from a life of public service. From the General Assembly to the Executive Branch, his legacy is that of a gentleman and statesmen. He is sorely missed.”

    “My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”

  • Robert Hurt Statement on the President’s Executive Order on Immigration

    Congressman Robert Hurt, R-5th, released the following statement after President Obama issued an executive order to effectively grant legal status to nearly five million illegal immigrants:

    “We face a crisis across our nation as millions of illegal immigrants have streamed into our country, overwhelming our nation’s resources and often endangering the lives those who make the journey.  The failure of this administration and past administrations to secure our border and fully enforce immigration law undermines our sovereignty, public safety, and the economic security of American citizens.  I am very disappointed by the President’s decision to defy the Constitution and American law by issuing this executive order, which will only compound these problems by inviting more illegal border crossings.

    “President Obama has acknowledged time and time again that the Constitution limits the authority of the executive branch to act unilaterally to change the law, yet he has decided to act contrary to his constitutional powers and without the consent of Congress to effectively grant legal status to nearly five million illegal immigrants.  Once again, the President has chosen political expediency over working together, with a new duly-elected House and Senate, to fix our broken immigration system.

    “In August, the House passed critical legislation to address the root causes of the crisis and stop the flow of illegal border crossings. These bills would send targeted resources to bolster our border security personnel, allow border states to deploy the National Guard, provide persons who illegally entered the country a safe, expeditious return to their home countries, and implement meaningful reforms that will discourage, rather than encourage, illegal immigration.  I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to stop this affront to our Constitution, to strengthen the security at our border, and to implement an immigration policy that is rooted in the rule of law.”

  • Rep. Dave Brat’s statement on Obama’s executive amnesty

    “I ran against politicians’ promises to pass the DREAM Act and President Obama’s DACA policy precisely because they created the current humanitarian crisis we have on our southern border.  Today, President Obama chose to double down on the humanitarian crisis and encourage even more children to attempt the dangerous trip.  In addition, crony insiders will now get the amnesty they lobbied for to provide a cheap supply of labor while millions of Americans remain unemployed.

    “Mr. Obama admitted previously that he couldn’t issue ‘executive amnesty.’  Today, he reversed himself and is opposing the will of the American people and planning to violate the law with executive amnesty for five million illegal immigrants.  He’s also putting up a permanent green light, encouraging further illegal crossings, as he articulated no real plan for a secure border, which is what is needed before any other solution is discussed.

    “I will not vote to fund any program that subverts the law or encourages tens of thousands more people to risk their lives illegally crossing our border.  The House must use its power of the purse to defund Obama’s illegal executive action immediately in the current budget bill.  We must fund the rest of government with a short-term bill while, in a separate bill, defunding the appropriations for the Citizenship and Immigration Services programs that the president intends to use to carry out this act.

    “The president’s attempt to give amnesty to five million illegal aliens is unfair to all the law-abiding people waiting in line to become citizens the right way.  Immigrants come to the United States precisely because we have the rule of law while so many of their home countries do not.  Today, Mr. Obama stands ready to violate that very rule of law and force his unpopular agenda on the American people while bypassing their elected representatives.”

    Although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is self-funded through the fees it collects on immigration applications, and Congress does not appropriate funds for its operations, as recently as August, the House Appropriations Committee voted to determine how the agency spends the fees it collects.  The committee voted on Aug. 1 on legislation to block funding for the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

  • Chairman Mullins: Executive Amnesty Must Not Stand

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Regardless of what one thinks of our immigration laws, there is one place, and only one place, for those laws to be changed – Congress. The people’s representatives make the laws, not the Executive. Executive amnesty must not stand.”

    “Both public opinion polling and election results have made it clear – the American people do not support this blatant power grab. I applaud Congressman Bob Goodlatte and the rest of our House GOP Caucus for their strong stand against this unconstitutional overreach. As he wrote earlier this week:

    ‘The president’s vow to override U.S. immigration laws by executive fiat is not without cost. By acting lawlessly and assuming legislative power, the president is driving full speed toward a constitutional crisis, threatening to unravel the nation’s system of checks and balances.'”

    “We can disagree over immigration policy. But there’s no room in our Constitutional order for any debate over where laws are made and amended. President Obama himself has said time and time again he doesn’t have the authority to take these actions.”

    “President Obama is not Emperor Obama – something a newly-elected Republican majority in Congress will remind him of very, very soon.

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