Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staff Members from Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Franklin County

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt’s (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Franklin County on Friday, October 24 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

9:00 - 11:00 am

Franklin County Government Center- B-75 Training Room

1255 Franklin Street

Rocky Mount, VA


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Robert's Round-Up: The President’s Broken Promises Continue to Harm Virginians


October 14, 2014

Congressman Robert Hurt

I spent last week traveling to the communities along Route 29 visiting small businesses to talk with their owners and employees about how federal policies are impacting their ability to succeed and grow. We made a wide variety of stops in Danville, Gretna, Altavista, Rustburg, Lovingston, Charlottesville, Ruckersville, Madison, and Warrenton, where we discussed a range of issues from taxes to energy to regulations. But at almost every visit, the impacts of the President's healthcare law were the top concern facing small businesses and their employees, as the law is hindering their ability to create more jobs and is harming their employees.

One employer near Lynchburg told me he would like to expand his business and create more jobs but cannot afford to comply with the extra healthcare mandates that kick in when a company grows to 50 employees. Another business explained how the premiums for their employees are going up nearly 50 percent this year despite no changes in what their plan covers. Nearly everyone I talked with expressed concerns about the continued growth of premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. These cost increases reduce take home pay for the employees, and most small businesses do not have the margins necessary to absorb higher and higher costs, much less try to grow and hire more employees.

Evidence continues to mount demonstrating that the President's healthcare law has had devastating effects on our families and our small businesses not just in Virginia, but across the country. Recent business surveys by regional Federal Reserve Banks indicated that employers are cutting hours down from full time to part time to cope with added health care costs. Another recent study found that the law is drastically reducing take-home pay for the employees of small businesses and has contributed to more than 350,000 job losses nationwide.

Our Main Street businesses are the backbone of our local economies and have the potential to be our most dynamic job creators. Instead, they are forced to comply with bureaucratic red tape from a misguided law that was forced upon them. These regulations are undoubtedly stifling desperately-needed job creation in the Fifth District, which is unacceptable when some of our localities have unemployment as high as ten percent.

Hearing from these small business owners about how these policies burden them and their employees reinforces my resolve to repeal this very flawed law and replace it with real health reform that does not destroy jobs or reduce wages. House Republicans remain focused on creating solutions that are patient-centered and market-based, putting the power in the hands of individuals and families, not the federal government, to make health care decisions on behalf of themselves and their families. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to achieve meaningful healthcare reform that works for the American people and our economy.

If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Culture Wars Continue


Gary L. Bauer
VISIT AMERICAN VALUES 

I got a call yesterday from a reporter with National Public Radio asking if I thought the culture war was over. Of course it isn't. Even if the battle to redefine marriage is lost at the Supreme Court, the left won't let it end there either. The tyrants of tolerance are on a rampage against men and women of faith.

Christian businesses are being forced to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies. Individuals are being punished at their places of employment for their religious beliefs. Now -- just as we warned -- left-wing government bureaucrats are threatening pastors.

A few months ago the Houston city council passed an "Equal Rights Ordinance" expanding legal protections for more than a dozen factors, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Critics of the ordinance were especially concerned that it would permit men -- based on their "gender identity" -- to use women's bathrooms.

A legal battle has erupted over efforts to put the ordinance on the ballot for a public vote. Unbelievably, Houston city attorneys have issued subpoenas to area pastors demanding all sermons related to homosexuality, gender identity or Houston's lesbian mayor, Annalise Parker.

Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom have gone to court to defend Houston's pastors. Blasting the city's "unprecedented" subpoena of sermons and pastoral communications, ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley said, "The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime; it is protected by the First Amendment."

The left will not stop at redefining marriage. It wants to label whole passages of scripture as "hate speech," making them off limits in tax exempt churches. It is threatening religious liberty and parental rights.

Please share this report with your pastor. Urge him to speak up -- while he still can. Share this message with all your like-minded friends and family members too.


Staff Members from Congressman Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Campbell and Buckingham Counties


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt’s (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Campbell and Buckingham Counties on Friday, October 17 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

9:00 - 11:00 am

Campbell County Public Library, Rustburg Branch - Program Room

684 Village Highway

Rustburg, VA

 

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Buckingham County Administration Building - Conference Room

13360 W James Anderson Highway

Buckingham, VA

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Congressman Forbes Recognized with Manufacturing Award for Pro-Jobs Record


10/09/14

Washington, DC
- Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) has been awarded The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, in recognition of his pro-jobs, pro-manufacturing voting record.

"Our manufacturing plants represent what American production should be about – creating new, innovative products, building useful resources, and taking waste and redirecting to areas where it too can be used in an efficient way," said Congressman Forbes. "The industry is ripe for global competitiveness, as well as national innovation and job creation. I remain committed to working to ensure that, instead of acting as a barrier, the government is doing its very best to enable growth and competitiveness in this crucial component of our economy."

Congressman Forbes was honored with this award based on his voting record on important manufacturing issues, ranging from energy to federal regulations. His rating from NAM is an outstanding 100 percent on key manufacturing votes in the 113th Congress.

In August, Congressman Forbes conducted a manufacturing tour of various manufacturing plants in the Fourth District, to meet with leaders and employees in this crucial industry. To learn more about Congressman Forbes' pro-jobs, pro-manufacturing work, click here.

The Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence is given to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate who have demonstrated an excellent understanding of manufacturing's key role in our economy and society through their voting records. The voting records were based on NAM's positions on Key Manufacturing Votes. The National Association of Manufacturers is the United States' largest industrial trade association as well as the leading manufacturers association. It is proud to represent manufacturers of all sizes in all 50 states and every industrial sector. For more information, visit http://www.nam.org/.   


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Staff Members from Congressman Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick and Charlotte Counties

 

Monday, October 3, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt’s (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick and Charlotte Counties on Friday, October 10 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

9:00 - 11:00 am

Brunswick County Administration Building - 3rd Floor

228 North Main Street

Lawrenceville, VA

 

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Charlotte County Administration Building - Conference Room

240 LeGrande Avenue, Suite A

Charlotte Court House, VA

Friday, September 26, 2014

More Kids Are Coming


Gary L. Bauer

VISIT AMERICAN VALUES


The Weekly Standard reports that the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector has put out a bid for 40,000 emergency Mylar blankets. Those are the shiny, tin-foil-looking blankets that are very good at trapping heat.

It seems the Border Patrol is in a bit of a hurry. The bid is only open for three days and the winner must produce the first 20,000 blankets in 30 days. What's the rush? More unaccompanied minors from Central America are headed for the border. Evidently, 40,000 of them.

Don't believe the spin that the crisis on the border is over because the flow of children is down. Nothing meaningful has been done to secure the border. The drop in border crossings is temporary and it's largely due to the weather.

It is too risky to cross the desert in the hot summer months. As soon as the weather turns cooler, the rush is on. Border Patrol officials know this, and that is why the emergency request for blankets was issued.

But do not lose sight of the big picture -- and it's not about the kids. The real crisis is the fact that our border is so insecure that tens of thousands of people can cross it. We're lucky that the vast majority are just kids. But it is utterly foolish -- especially in this current global environment -- to trust our national security to mere luck!

Border security IS national security.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Congtressman Robert Hurt Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Americans’ Privacy on Healthcare.gov

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5610, the Healthcare Consumer Privacy Act, along with Congressman John Barrow (D-Georgia), which will enable individuals to remove their profiles from the federal healthcare website, HealthCare.gov:

"Hearing from those living and working in Virginia's Fifth District continues to be my greatest resource as I serve them.  Their input has not only generated creative ideas but brought to light problems created by some of the big government programs coming out of Washington.  Recently, a constituent contacted our office to express concern over the fact that he was unable to delete his profile from Healthcare.gov, even though he ultimately decided not to sign up for healthcare coverage. 

"Creating a profile requires entering personally identifiable and often sensitive information and, given the recent breach in security of the website, Fifth District Virginians are understandably concerned by the federal government holding onto their information.  Cybersecurity vulnerabilities pose a significant threat to individual privacy, but this Administration has been so focused on getting Healthcare.gov to function at a basic level that it did not take sufficient action to ensure that users' personal information will be protected despite spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build the site.  

"Clearly, major cybersecurity risks exist within the online federal marketplace, and these grave security concerns make it even more imperative that individuals have the ability to remove their personal information permanently from Healthcare.gov, which this bill enables.  The bipartisan Healthcare Consumer Privacy Act is a direct response to these concerns about privacy and the protection of personal information for those using Healthcare.gov, and it is a compliment to the robust oversight we in the House are conducting to press the administration to protect this data. 

"It is my hope that this bill moves swiftly through the legislative process, and I look forward to working with Rep. Barrow and my colleagues to ensure that individual privacy is protected."


A constituent recently contacted Congressman Hurt expressing concern that he could not delete the profile he created on Healthcare.gov after he decided not to purchase a plan on the site.  Congressman Hurt wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services on the constituent's behalf asking them to delete the profile, but they refused to comply with this request.  Healthcare.gov has been plagued by security vulnerabilities since its launch nearly a year ago.  In July, HealthCare.gov was hacked, and the malicious software embedded in the site was not even discovered for weeks.  Just last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study pointing out that several privacy and security risks from the site's launch, almost a full year ago, had not yet been fixed.  The GAO reported that there are still serious risks of unauthorized access, disclosure, and modification to all information collected and maintained by this website. 

In Case You Missed It: Another "Foolish" Obama Plan Derailed


September 17, 2014 

Gowdy, Goodlatte, Chaffetz Praise Secretary Johnson's Decision to Keep Ban on Libyans Training as Pilots and Nuclear Scientists in U.S.

 Washington, D.C. – Following pressure from House Judiciary Committee Republicans, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today at a congressional hearing that he will not lift a 30-year old regulation banning Libyans from coming to the United States to attend flight school, work in aircraft maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science. The prohibition on Libyans from studying nuclear science or training as pilots in the United States was originally put in place in the 1980s after the wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans. A year ago, the Obama Administration began the process of lifting this longstanding regulation, claiming that the United States' relationship with Libya has since "normalized."

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved in a bipartisan vote the Protecting the Homeland Act (H.R. 5401) – a bill authored by Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Oversight and Government Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) – to stop the Obama Administration from lifting this longstanding prohibition.

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy, Chairman Goodlatte, and Congressman Chaffetz praised Secretary Johnson's decision in the joint statement below. 

"We are pleased that Secretary Johnson has chosen common sense over the Obama Administration's foolish plan, but this should never have been a hard decision to make. Given the ongoing terrorist activity in Libya, there is no reason that the Obama Administration should have ever contemplated lifting a decades-old ban on Libyans coming to our country to train as pilots or nuclear scientists. The fact is that Libya's government remains unstable today and the country is becoming more dangerous as rival rebel groups battle each other for control of Libya's cities. It's necessary that we keep this ban on Libyans in place so that we protect Americans and our national security from threats in Libya. Despite assurances from Secretary Johnson that he won't lift this ban any time soon, the House plans to move forward with legislation to prevent future Administrations from changing this policy." 

Last week, the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), which represents 51,000 pilots who fly for 31 airlines in the U.S. and Canada, expressed concern about the Obama Administration lifting this regulation from the books. In their letter to Chairman Goodlatte, Captain Lee Moak notes the dangerous conditions in Libya and states that "given the political instability in Libya and the transitory nature of the government, ALPA is concerned that information relevant to a background check on Libyan nationals would be unreliable if not entirely unavailable."




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Congressman Robert Hurt's Round-Up: The House Continues to Fight for Jobs


September 23, 2014

Throughout the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives has maintained a laser focus on the policies that will create the conditions needed for more robust job growth. With many communities in the Fifth District continuing to experience unacceptably high unemployment, it has been very frustrating to see jobs bills pass the House with significant bipartisan majorities only to be ignored by the Senate.

Nevertheless, the House once again led the way this week by adopting new job-creating legislation as well as sending a package of our best, previously-passed jobs legislation to the Senate to remind them of their obligation to address these vital issues. Both of these legislative packages included bipartisan bills that I authored to boost economic growth.

On Tuesday, we passed the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, which combines the text of 11 bills all of which aim to reduce the bureaucratic red tape hindering job growth. The Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, a bipartisan bill I introduced with Representative Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) in March 2014 to remove duplicative reporting regulations for small public companies and require the SEC to perform a cost benefit analysis on the rule's impact on these companies, was incorporated into this legislation.

Then on Thursday, the House passed the Jobs for America Act, which combines the text of 15 bipartisan bills, all of which had already passed the House, to improve conditions necessary for economic growth. This legislation includes H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, a bill I introduced to reduce unnecessary regulations that inhibit investments of private capital into small businesses, allowing them to expand and create the jobs we so desperately need. This bill passed with a strong bipartisan majority back in December, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to even allow a debate on the measure.

With the passage both of these bills, we are making it easy as possible for the Senate to join us in kick-starting the economy and getting Americans across the country back to work. I thank my colleagues in the House for their support of these commonsense jobs bills, and I urge our colleagues in the Senate to consider them and the other dozens of other jobs bills that remain stuck there.

Update on ISIL

This week, the House also voted on an amendment to a spending measure that would authorize training and arming Syrian rebels in hopes of their cooperation to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). I believe that ISIL is a direct threat to the United States and our national security, and I fully support the President's ultimate objective of dismantling and destroying ISIL.

I have grave concerns about the President's proposal to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight for our American interests, but ultimately, I voted against this amendment because the President has not requested a broader Authorization for Use of Military Force from Congress before he commences a wider and sustained engagement against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The Constitution requires the President to obtain authorization from Congress to wage war. The American people and their representatives in Congress must be afforded the opportunity to participate in an honest, open debate as to exactly what action will be necessary to achieve our shared objective and exactly what will be required of the American people and our brave men and women in uniform if we embark on this course.

Furthermore, issues of this magnitude should not be rolled into an unrelated 'must-pass' spending bill for the sake of expediency. It is my fervent hope that the President will immediately begin the process of seeking congressional authorization and present a solid plan of action to destroy ISIL that the American people and their representatives in Congress can rally behind.

If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.

Forbes Receives Award for His Support of The Farming Community


09/23/2014

Washington, D.C. - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) has been awarded the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award for the 113th Congress from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). This award is in recognition of his work on behalf of the approximately 357,000 individuals employed in agriculture in Virginia.

"The farming industry is not only a foundational pillar to our economy, it is also part of the very fabric of our lives in the Fourth District of Virginia," said Congressman Forbes. "Our region's rich agricultural heritage is a treasure to the people of the Fourth District as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will continue to stand up in support of our nation's agricultural producers. It is an honor to receive this award."

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia has over 46,000 farms, with nearly 90% of those being owned and operated by individuals or families. The agriculture industry as an economic impact of $52 billion annually and provides nearly 311,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and, together with agriculture and forestry, is Virginia's number one industry.

The Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national, and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character.

Congressman Forbes also received the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for the 110th, 111th, and 112th Congress, and regularly meets with his Farmers Advisory Board, a group of various members of the agriculture community, to discuss the needs and goals of the farm community in the Fourth Congressional District. Read more about Congressman Forbes' work on agricultural issues, here.


Staff Members from Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Bedford County

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt’s (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Bedford County on Friday, September 26 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

9:00 - 11:00 am

Town of Bedford Municipal Office - Conference Room

215 East Main Street

Bedford, VA



Thursday, September 18, 2014

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Passes Hurt Bill to Help Small Businesses Access Capital and Create Jobs


 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the House passage of H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, which combines the text of 15 bipartisan bills passed by the House to improve conditions necessary for economic growth and job creation.  The legislation includes H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Hurt in March 2013 that passed the House in December 2013, which will reduce unnecessary regulations that inhibit investments of private capital into small businesses:

 

“As our country has attempted to recover from the economic crisis for the last six years, we have seen time and time again that we need more dynamic growth to decrease unemployment and increase wages.  Virginia’s Fifth District has been among the hardest hit areas and is still experiencing unemployment well above the national average in many localities.  We in the House have taken consistent and repeated action on bipartisan jobs bills for the last four years only to be ignored by our colleagues in the Senate.  They have refused to take up bills that would make it easier for small businesses and family farms to expand and create the jobs we so desperately need.

 

“The legislation passed by the House includes a bill I authored, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, which will reduce unnecessary regulations implemented by Dodd-Frank that inhibit investments of private capital into small businesses, thereby allowing them to innovate, expand, and create jobs. The House passed this bill back in December 2013 with a bipartisan majority, but, like the dozens of other bipartisan jobs bills the House adopted in this Congress, the Senate would not even debate the measure.  Why do they refuse to work with us on commonsense solutions to spur job growth?

 

“The Senate’s failure to even consider the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act and the dozens of bipartisan jobs bills is holding us back from expanding economic opportunities. At a time when unemployment in Virginia’s Fifth District is as high as ten percent, the Senate must join in the House’s efforts to advance pro-growth solutions.  By combining these 15 jobs bills into one, we are making it easy as possible for the Senate to join us in kick-starting the economy and getting Americans across the country back to work. It is high time they joined us in this crucial effort to promote job creation.  

 

“I thank my colleagues in the House for their support of this commonsense jobs bill, and I urge our colleagues in the Senate to take up the Jobs for America Act and the dozens of other jobs bills that remain stuck there.”

 

Congressman Hurt spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 4. You may view the video of his remarks by clicking the image below or by clicking here.

 

 


FRC Action Announces Governor Sarah Palin to Speak at Values Voter Summit


September 18, 2014

Washington, D.C. - FRC Action is pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin is confirmed to speak at this year's Values Voter Summit. Along with the Governor, other confirmed Values Voter Summit speakers include Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), John Fleming (R-La.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, General James Conway (Ret.), Erick Erickson, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Star Parker, the Benham Brothers, and Duggar Family, among others.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

"We are pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin has been confirmed to appear at this year's Values Voter Summit. Governor Palin has always been a steadfast supporter of natural marriage and every human's right to life. She not only 'talks the talk' but also walks by her convictions. We are proud to stand with the Governor and are honored to have her presence, for the first time, at the Values Voter Summit," concluded Perkins.

The ninth annual Values Voter Summit will be held from September 26-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. FRC Action's Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by AFA Action, American Values, Liberty Institute, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Counsel Action, and Family Research Council. The Values Voter Summit annually draws thousands of social conservatives from across the country. An exhibit hall, book signings, radio row, new media row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference. On Saturday evening, a gala dinner will honor Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who was sentenced to death because of her Christian faith.

To register for media credentials or for more information, please visit www.valuesvotersummit.org or call FRC's press office at (866) FRC-NEWS