• President Trump Unveils American Infrastructure Initiative

    “We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterway all across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.” – President Donald Trump

     

    Richmond, Virginia – Today, the White House released its comprehensive infrastructure plan with a focus on several areas, including an emphasis on a small, limited federal government and a plan to reinvigorate rural America.

    According to the White House, “$50 billion of the $200 billion in direct Federal funding will be devoted to a new Rural Infrastructure Program to rebuild and modernize infrastructure in rural America. The bulk of the dollars in the Rural Infrastructure Program will be allocated to State governors, giving States the flexibility to prioritize their communities’ needs. The remaining funds will be distributed through rural performance grants to encourage the best use of taxpayer dollars.”

    Returning decision making authority to State and local governments allows localities to have a voice in determining what is actually necessary for their communities. This added freedom will streamline the approval process for many desperately needed projects in the Commonwealth. The cutting of bureaucratic red tape is necessarily the first step in any successful economic venture.

    Virginia is in critical need of an infrastructure overhaul, especially after Democrats allowed toll roads in parts of the Commonwealth to skyrocket to as much as $40 one way. Even after multiple warnings from House Republicans, Democrats let tolls get out of control, hurting many Virginians.

    Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following response:

    “For too long, politicians in Washington, D.C. have believed they know best what local communities need. Government closest to home is much better equipped to provide for their citizens, and moving power back to the State level will prove beneficial to the entire country.”

    “Virginia’s rural communities have been left behind by beltway insiders like Tim Kaine and Ralph Northam, who think Virginia only extends as far south as Fredericksburg. This neglect has been made entirely too evident in Southside Virginia as we have sat idly by and watched employer after employer take their business elsewhere. I am glad to see we finally have a president that cares about rural America.”

  • FBI Agents Label Loudoun County Voters “Ignorant Hillbillys”

    Where do 10th District Democrat Candidates Stand on this Slur?

    Richmond, VA– Recent, national news revealed that FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page referred to Loudoun County, VA voters as “ignorant hillbillys” in reference to Republican Sen. Dick Black’s victory over Democrat Jill McCabe, the wife of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement regarding the texts:

    “I am outraged that officials in one of the United States’s top law enforcement institutions would demean and degrade citizens from Loudoun County. This type of language shows exactly why the American people are worried about the politicization of the FBI. Every single Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District needs to denounce this slur. If they do not, they implicitly agree with Mr. Strzok’s liberal elitist language.”

  • Virginia GOP Calls Out Delegate Dawn Adams Double Dipping

    Launches Telephone and Digital Campaign to Inform Her Constituents of Adams’s Unethical Behavior

    Richmond, VA- Today the Republican Party of Virginia launched a telephone and digital effort to highlight Delegate Dawn Adams unethical double-dipping. The campaign is contacting thousands of Adams’s constituents and informing them of her unethical behavior.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement on the campaign:

    “During her campaign for Delegate, Dawn Adams repeatedly stated that she would leave her $117,000 state government job if she were elected. It has been several weeks since Adams assumed office and she in her job – in flagrant violation of her most basic campaign promise. RPV now is informing thousands of Dawn Adams constituents of her unethical conduct. Simply put, Dawn Adams needs to either resign her position or resign her seat in the House of Delegates.”

    Facts

    • Delegate Dawn Adams was elected to represent the 68th House of Delegates Seat covering portions of the City Of Richmond as well as portions of Henrico and Chesterfield counties.
    • Dawn Adams is currently the Director of Office of Integrated Health within Developmental Services for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). The position pays $117,810 a year.
  • Tim Kaine Flips Again To End #SchumerShutdown

    After Damaging Virginia’s Economy, Chairman Whitbeck Demands Virginia’s Senators Donate Their Entire Year’s Salaries

    Richmond, VA — In a complete u-turn, Senators Tim Kaine, and Mark Warner both voted to end the government shutdown voted to create last Friday.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement on the shutdown and demand they donate their pay back to the Treasury:

    “After needlessly shutting down the government, Senators Kaine and Warner both came to their senses and ended the government shutdown they started last Friday. Senator Kaine’s multiple positions are particularly baffling, last December he publicly stated his opposition to ever voting for a shutdown, then last Friday he voted for a shutdown, and now he is voting to end the shutdown he created! Compared to Tim Kaine, John Kerry looks like a model of consistency.

    Unfortunately, if the past is any indicator, the stupidity of our two Senators will have cost Virginia’s economy hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Given the terrible harm done to our state by last Friday’s shutdown vote, I am publicly demanding that both Senator Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, donate their entire year’s salaries back to the Federal Treasury. While the roughly $350,000 in combined salary is a pittance compared to the damage done to our state, it would be the first step in atoning for their horrific errors in judgment.”

  • Whitbeck: Campaign Launch, or State of the Commonwealth Address?

    — Governor McAuliffe’s final address was more cheerleading than change —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement following tonight’s State of the Commonwealth address:

    “Terry McAuliffe is leaving the Executive Mansion the way he came in – with lots of flash and very little substance. Tonight’s speech was clearly the second phase of his 2020 campaign kick-off, designed to show far-left liberal Democrats that he’s one of them – and undo any damage done from his support of pipelines.”

    “But it’s what we didn’t hear from Terry McAuliffe that will doom his wannabe campaign from the start. We didn’t hear him take responsibility for the massive due diligence failures that let convicted sex offenders still incarcerated get their voting rights back and paved the way for violent felons to get guns.”

    “We didn’t hear any explanation for how his administration got duped by a fake Chinese website for $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars, nor did we hear anything about his broken promises on tolls, or his electric car company that has turned into a disaster for the state of Mississippi.”

    “Terry McAuliffe has been and always will be Slick Terry, regardless of his resume. I’m hopeful that Ralph Northam won’t follow his example.”

  • Whitbeck: Congratulations, Speaker Kirk Cox!

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Let me be among the first to congratulate Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox on his election today to lead the Virginia House of Delegates. Virginians are blessed to have such an experienced, principled leader at the helm of this historic body.”

    “I look forward to working with Speaker Cox and the rest of our GOP team to move our shared, common-sense, conservative principles into law.”

  • RPV Statement on Del. Yancey Win in HD 94

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Congratulations to Del. Yancey on his win today in House District 94. I look forward to working with him to enact our shared, common-sense conservative policies as he continues to represent the people of Newport News.”

    “Just yesterday Shelly Simonds spoke about the urgent need for Virginians in House District 94 to have representation when the General Assembly convenes next week. The process has now played out, and Del. Yancey has been certified as the winner. I sincerely hope that Shelly Simonds will follow her convictions and allow the people of District 94 to have a voice in the House of Delegates on opening day.”

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  • RPV Statement on Results in HD 94

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Yesterday I said the Republican Party would not roll over, and we didn’t. Our entire team has done everything possible to ensure that every single vote has been counted. Now we move forward with the process as set out under the code of Virginia.”

    “Delegate Yancey is a fighter. So is every other Virginia Republican. Game on.”

  • Whitbeck: GOP Delivers Tax Cuts for Christmas

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “When voters entrusted the Federal government to Republicans in 2016, they did so based on the promises we made to them. We promised to cut taxes, roll back regulations, get our economy growing again, appoint Federal judges who will follow the Constitution, and protect our homeland.”

    “This week’s vote makes good on the promise of tax cuts, and sets the stage for even more robust economic growth. It also makes a down payment on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare by repealing the individual mandate. Now, those who don’t want to buy health insurance won’t be forced to do so.”

    “There’s much more work to do, but Republicans are well on the way to keeping our 2016 campaign promises. Congratulations to President Trump, GOP team in the U.S. Senate, and all of our Virginia GOP House members on a job well done!”

  • Whitbeck: Donald Trump is the Paycheck President

    Digital effort encourages Virginians to help push tax reform over the finish line

    Congress is closing in on historic tax reform, but some Democrats insist on standing in the way. Working with Republicans all around the country, the GOP has launched PaycheckPresident.com to get tax reform over the finish line.

    For more information, please visit the website here.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement: 
     
    “President Trump is committed to increasing paychecks for Americans everywhere. Virginians will truly benefit from the President and the Republican Congress’ promise to provide tax cuts, however, liberal Democrats like Senator Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are standing in the way of their efforts.”
    “I encourage all Virginians to sign in to the Paycheck President website and use the information there to demand that our two Democratic Senators get out of the way and help make bigger paychecks for all Americans a reality.”
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