Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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


Monday, July 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt's (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Brunswick, Campbell, Buckingham, and Charlotte Counties on Friday, July 15 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map


July 15, 2016

9:00 to 11:00 am

Brunswick County

Brunswick County Administration Building, 3rd Floor

228 North Main Street

Lawrenceville, VA

 

9:00 to 11:00 am

Campbell County

Campbell County Public Library, Rustburg Branch

Program Room

684 Village Highway

Rustburg, VA

 

1:00 to 3:00 pm

Buckingham County

Buckingham County Administration Building

Conference Room

13360 W James Anderson Highway

Buckingham, VA

 

1:00 to 3:00 pm

Charlotte County

Charlotte County Administration Building

Conference Room

240 LeGrande Avenue, Suite A

Charlotte Court House, VA

 

Monday, July 4, 2016

August 9th: AFP Path to Prosperity Tour Coming to Charlottesville





Americans for Prosperity's Pathway to Prosperity Tour is coming to Charlottesville on August 9th! 

 

Our Path to Prosperity event features a path for Virginia to reclaim its economic freedom, breakdown barriers caused by government, and limit the role of government on Virginia families. 

 

We have a great line-up of speakers too!  Including:


Ø  Senator Jill Vogel

Ø  Delegate Nick Freitas

Ø  Delegate Ben Cline

Ø  Farm Rights Activist Martha Boneta

 

Our event is free and open to all who embrace economic freedom for Virginia.

 

So, register today to reserve your seat.  The event is Tuesday, August 9th 6:30pm at the Charlottesville Senior Center.

 

You can register two ways:

§  Register via our AFP Eventbrite link.  Click >>> http://pathtoprosperitycharlottesville.eventbrite.com

§  Reply to this email requesting the # of seats you need to reserve.

 

I look forward to your joining our event on August 9th!

 

For Liberty,

                                                                                                                        

Flint Engleman | Grassroots Director | Americans for Prosperity-Virginia

m: 540.226.4591 | e: FEngleman@afphq.org





Congressman Robert Hurt's Independence Day Address

Monday, July 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today released his Independence Day Address.  Text of the address is available below, as well as video.  You may view the video by clicking the image below, or by clicking here.

 

 

 "Hi I'm Robert Hurt. Today, I am at the Jefferson Memorial here in the heart of our nation's capital.  Jefferson was not only our third president, but he was also the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and he was the founder of the University of Virginia. In so many profound ways, he shaped our political philosophy and left his fingerprint on nearly every foundational element of our government.  He  promoted religious freedom and believed in robust public education, understanding that it would be fundamental to the success of our new nation.

 

"As we celebrate our nation's two hundred and fortieth year of independence, let us reflect upon our Founders' understanding of the fundamental rights of man and their belief that only a system of representative democracy– supported by the rule of law -- would guarantee our God-given rights. It was upon this belief that our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

 

"When our Founders signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, they risked all they had for this budding nation and paved the way for the freedoms and opportunities we all enjoy today.  The Declaration of Independence not only called for freedom for the people of this country, but also enshrined the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise – the very principles that have made this the greatest country on earth and have served as a beacon of freedom for the world.

 

"As we celebrate the birth of this great nation, we remember all of those who have sacrificed so much so that we may be free, and those who continue to defend our American way of life for future generations.

 

"I wish you and your family a happy and safe Fourth of July.

 

"Thank you, and God Bless America."

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Shifting The Focus From Permitting To Progress


Congressman Robert Hurt's Weekly Column
06/06/2016

 

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of landowners, allowing challenges to federal regulatory decisions affecting personal property rights via ‎U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vs. Hawkes.  The Army Corps of Engineers is notorious for imposing an excessively broad and burdensome approach to the Clean Water Act (CWA) on individuals and businesses alike.  Their permitting process is far more than just filling out a piece of paper – rather, it can be a year's long struggle costing landowners and small businesses thousands of dollars, only to be denied for activities that do not, in fact, violate the CWA. ‎

 

Though I am grateful the Supreme Court stood up to the Corps' unreasonable permitting process, its long history of regulatory overreach has stood in the way of crucial job creation, including in our own backyard, and that has to change.

 

One example of this problem is the Corps' treatment of farm ponds.  For many years, the agency has ignored provisions in the CWA that promote agriculture and forestry activity, which frustrates the growth of those two vital industries.  I have worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to push back on this regulatory overreach, and this week's court decision recognizes that the Corps' enforcement practices and excessively broad interpretation of the CWA clearly have significant consequences for private property rights and the economy that must be addressed.

 

The onerous Corps' process has also hindered major economic development initiatives in Southside Virginia.  Local officials in Danville-Pittsylvania County have recently worked together to acquire permits from the Corps to develop the Berry Hill mega park, a proposed economic development site aimed at attracting new manufacturing enterprises.  The site is undoubtedly well-situated to generate economic activity, however, yet again, the regulatory obstacles presented by the Army Corps of Engineers have impeded its progress and thus job creation.

 

To remedy this frustrating problem, I introduced bipartisan legislation along with Representative Morgan Griffith and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, known as theCommonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act, to scale back the Corps' arduous permitting process.  This bill specifies that the lack of a committed end-user company should not be a reason to deny a permit that meets all other legal requirements.  If passed, our legislation would effectively remove the regulatory roadblock that is preventing projects like Berry Hill from proceeding.  It is essential that we continue to fight this federal red tape in order to ensure our economy and our fundamental rights are not obstructed for our future generations by a permitting process. 

 

This past week's dismal jobs report, which found that the economy only created 38,000 jobs last month, underscores the need to overhaul misguided regulatory policies of which the Corps' approach is just one example.  With thousands of young people preparing to enter the workforce after graduating high school and college, now is the time to get the government off the backs of those who will invest in innovation, entrepreneurship, and job development to provide great opportunities in our communities.  ‎We must do more to ensure our policies are not standing in the way of real economic and job growth, and I will remain focused on these policies for the hardworking people of Virginia's Fifth District and across our country.

 

If you need any additional information or if we may be of assistance to you, 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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Staff Members from Robert Hurt's Office to Hold Local Office Hours in Lunenburg and Halifax Counties

Monday, June 6, 2016

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

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Lunenburg Office Hours

Lunenburg Administrator's Office, Conference Room

11413 Courthouse Road

Lunenburg, VA

 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Halifax Office Hours

Mary Bethune Office Complex, Public Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

1030 Mary Bethune Street

Halifax, VA

 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Friday: Local Office Hours in Madison County


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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt's (R-Virginia) office will hold Local Office Hours in Madison County on Friday, June 3 to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. For more information, please visit our Local Office Hours Interactive Map.


Friday, June 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Madison County Public Library
402 N. Main St.
Madison, VA

Washington, DC - 125 Cannon HOB * Washington, DC 20515 * Phone: (202) 225-4711
Charlottesville - 686 Berkmar Circle * Charlottesville, VA 22901 * Phone: (434) 973-9631
Danville - 308 Craghead St., Suite 102-D * Danville, VA 24541 * Phone: (434) 791-2596
Farmville - 515 S. Main Street, P.O. Box O * Farmville, VA 23901 * Phone: (434) 395-0120
 


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Congressman Forbes Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter on Basing MQ-4C Triton at Wallops Island

05/19/2016

Forbes Leads 17 Members from Both Parties and Houses in Support of Basing Triton at Wallops

Washington, D.C. –Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations urging the use of Wallops Island, Virginia as the permanent East Coast base for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft. The letter was signed by 18 members of the House and Senate from Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.

"Wallops is an ideal site for basing unmanned aircraft…," the letter said. "Despite its central location in the Mid-Atlantic, Wallops enjoys uncrowded airspace and its rural environs generate no encroachment issues. With two 8000-foot runways and the taxiways and apron space to support additional aircraft, Wallops is ready to accommodate Triton with minimal additional construction. In addition, it is already an established center of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) activity and home to a number of UAVs, including NASA's RQ-4 Global Hawks, an aircraft very similar to Triton."

Congressman Forbes recently visited Wallops Island and has been outspoken about the benefits of basing the Triton at Wallops Island. The Navy is currently considering Wallops as one of three East Coast options for permanently basing the MQ-4C Triton unmanned maritime patrol aircraft. The Triton provides real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in maritime and coastal regions. Should the Navy select Wallops as the permanent East Coast location, it would serve as both a launch and recovery site, as well as an operational-level maintenance hub, supporting rotational deployments of personnel and aircraft outside the United States. Roughly 400 additional personnel plus their families would be stationed there.

Wallops' central location in the Mid-Atlantic Region; its proximity to Patuxent River, Maryland where the Triton is developed; the presence of NASA's own RQ-4 Global Hawks (a similar aircraft) at Wallops; and the facility's relatively uncrowded airspace make it an ideal permanent location for this platform. Currently, the Navy is conducting an environmental assessment, with a decision on the permanent basing of the Triton expected later this year.

The facility at Wallops Island, Virginia is home to some of the most innovative work in the commercial space industry, and supports the needs of both NASA and the Department of Defense. Whether it is providing field carrier landing practice to Navy pilots, supporting rocket launches as part of Missile Defense Agency exercises, or serving as one of two U.S. sites launching vital cargo to support the International Space Station, Wallops is an integral part of U.S. space efforts.

See below for text of the letter:


May 18, 2016

The Honorable Ray Mabus                                              Admiral John Richardson
Secretary of the Navy                                                     Chief of Naval Operations
1000 Navy Pentagon                                                      2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1670                                           Washington, DC 20350-2000

Dear Secretary Mabus and Admiral Richardson,

We write in support of selecting Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as the East Coast Forward Operating Base for MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft. We believe Wallops will provide an ideal home for these revolutionary aircraft and for the Sailors and families supporting them.   

Located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Wallops is located less than 100 miles from the fleet concentration area in Hampton Roads. Naval aviation already has a well-established presence at Wallops, with E-2 and C-2 aircraft using Wallops on a routine basis for fleet carrier landing practice. Basing the first operational Tritons at Wallops would locate those aircraft in close proximity to NAS Patuxent River and Naval Air Systems Command, where the Triton was developed and tested. It would also place them in close proximity to the fleet at Naval Station Norfolk, the Master Jet Base at NAS Oceana, and the entire Virginia Capes operating area. We believe that basing Triton in close proximity to these other Navy facilities, headquarters, and operating forces will create synergies and facilitate the faster integration of Triton into the Navy's battle network. We also believe that Wallops' location provides a superior base of operations for conducting maritime surveillance missions throughout the entire Atlantic.     

Wallops is an ideal site for basing unmanned aircraft, in particular. Despite its central location in the Mid-Atlantic, Wallops enjoys uncrowded airspace and its rural environs generate no encroachment issues. With two 8000-foot runways and the taxiways and apron space to support additional aircraft, Wallops is ready to accommodate Triton with minimal additional construction. In addition, it is already an established center of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) activity and home to a number of UAVs, including NASA's RQ-4 Global Hawks, an aircraft very similar to Triton. Unlike at many other locations, UAVs are a familiar sight in Wallops' airspace. Air traffic controllers in the region are familiar and comfortable with UAVs, including the Triton, stemming from its development period at nearby Patuxent River. Compared to other locations being considered, Wallops is also less adversely impacted by severe weather and flooding, and enjoys lower costs for housing, living, and construction.

Last but not least, Wallops and other Navy, Department of Defense, and Federal facilities in Virginia benefit from the strong support of the communities of which they are a part. As those communities' representatives in the House and Senate, we pledge to fully support an expanded Navy mission at Wallops. 

We look forward to further discussing this matter with you, and providing whatever support the basing selection process may require.

Sincerely,

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

Senator Tom Carper

Senator Christopher A. Coons

Senator Tim Kaine

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

Senator Mark R. Warner

Representative Donald S. Beyer, Jr.

Representative John C. Carney, Jr.

Representative Barbara Comstock

Representative Gerald E. Connolly

Representative Donna Edwards

Representative J. Randy Forbes

Representative Andy Harris

Representative Scott Rigell

Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representative Robert C. "Bobby" Scott

Representative Chris Van Hollen

Representative Robert J. Wittman