Thursday, April 11, 2013
Congressman Gerry Connolly and Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth will be on hand at Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
After weeks of waiting, Matchbox (2911 District Ave., Merrifield) will open the small, local chain's first Virginia restaurant in the Mosaic District on Friday. Kelsey Duke, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, said it will be the first full-service restaurant in the Mosaic District. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Congressman Gerry Connolly (11th District) Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth and others is scheduled for 2 p.m. Duke said the restaurant will be open at 4 p.m. daily after the ribbon cutting ceremony. The restaurant, known for menu items like 3.6.9 mini burgers and wood fired pizzas, will open in early April and will be located next to the Angelika Film Center. Matchbox will be the first full-service restaurant to open in …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The event will be held Sunday at the Kena Temple in Fairfax.
Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) will host his 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete on Sunday at the Kena Shriners Temple in Fairfax. The event, which is one of the largest annual Democratic gatherings in Northern Virginia, is one of his biggest campaign fundraisers of the year. The fete began in 1995 in Connolly's Fairfax home but the festivities soon outgrew the venue, and the Kena function hall has been home ever since to hundreds of the party faithful. The event will be held from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., and tickets cost $40 and include a full Irish dinner of corned-beef, cabbage and other traditional Irish fare.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran recently introduced legislation that would study the extension of Metrorail into Centreville, Woodbridge and the Richmond Highway corridor.
Pipe dream or forward-thinking? Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th district) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th district), who represents Falls Church, have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize studying Metrorail's possible expansion beyond Vienna into Centreville and other areas of Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act (H.R. 907), which is now before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, specifically cites the idea of extending the Orange line into Centreville. It also proposes studying the possibility of extending the yellow line along the Route One corridor and the blue line along the I-95 corridor to Woodbridge. “Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The March 1 deadline for sequestration passed, and another deadline could come and go March 27.
Sunday, March 3
Northern Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-11th) called Congress "dysfunctional," as the midnight deadline on sequestration steadily approached. "It's a dysfunctional Congress," agreed Jim Moran (D-8th), who spoke with Patch at a ribbon-cutting Friday in Lorton. "I think it ill-serves the people of the United States today. It's very frustrating, very disappointing. It's an institution that is not serving its functions." Connolly didn't expect a last-minute compromise on $1.2 trillion in debt reduction, and he was right. The U.S. military will be forced to cut $46 billion and domestic defense spending will be cut by $85 billion this year alone, he said. "It is the consequence of a dysfunctional Congress," he said. "It's the …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sequestration could affect every traveler at airports nationwide, say U.S. Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine speaking from Reagan National Airport Monday.
Federal sequestration could mean fewer flights and increased wait times at airports, Virginia lawmakers said Monday. Further, it threatens to close small- to mid-sized airports across the country. The massive, indiscriminate spending cuts Congress put in motion to force a budget compromise would cut $600 million from the Federal Aviation Administration if they go into effect Friday. Jobs on the Line Under sequestration, the FAA would have to furlough employees for 11 days — with as much as 10 percent of its workforce furloughed on any given day — and the agency would be unable to hire replacements for the 30 percent of its workers eligible to retire. Up to 2,200 air traffic controllers would be furloughed, forcing airports to reduce the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Virginia Senators Warner and Kaine speak in Reston and warn about sequestrations effects on the economy and national security.
If sequestration goes into effect in March it will be "worse than you can imagine," Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) told a group of mostly government contractors a Reston breakfast event Friday organized by the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Warner, along with junior Sen. Tim Kaine (D), spoke about the short-term and long-term impact of the potential $1 trillion federal budget cuts happen March 1 if Congress doesn't reach a compromise. Half of that would affect the defense industry, which some estimates say could cost Virginia more than 207,000 jobs. Sequestration could have a large impact in Reston, where hundreds of firms depend on government contracting, and thousands of workers are employed by various agencies and companies that …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Connolly writes letter to Postmaster General, asking for legal justification; cites study that says reducing mail volume will lead to revenue loss of $5.2 billion in first year.
Stopping the mail on Saturdays? Not so fast say two members of the Northern Virginia congressional delegation. Northern Virginia's U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-8th) and U.S. Rep Gerald Connolly (D-11th) expressed concern Wednesday afternoon about the U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to suspend delivery of first-class mail service on Saturdays beginning in August. The USPS released a fact sheet Wednesday. “I have great concerns about eliminating Saturday mail delivery," Moran wrote in an email to Patch. "The Postal Service is grappling with major forces outside of its control: an economy increasingly relying on email and the Internet for communication, and a Congress that refuses to address the redundant pension pre-funding …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Officials from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties met in Arlington to discuss six potential sites Thursday.
Local, state and congressional leaders met Thursday in Arlington to discuss six potential sites for a new FBI headquarters and to present a unified front in their commitment to landing the new federal complex somewhere in Northern Virginia. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (8th District), who called the meeting, said leaders from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties had a "singular focus" in bringing the FBI headquarters to the Old Dominion. "We're all committed to finding a home for the FBI in the commonwealth of Virginia," Moran said during a news conference following the meeting. "We are all going to promote Virginia as the best place for this relocation." Arlington's role was simply as host. It has not put forth any …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Forty House members sign letter backing proposed program added to any end-of-the-year fiscal cliff deal.
A letter co-written by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and signed by 40 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urges Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support an immediate $200 million gun buyback program in any end-of-the-year fiscal cliff deal. Connolly, whose district includes the national headquarters for the NRA, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida authored the letter to the House leaders. “Gun buybacks have proven successful in communities across the nation,” Connolly and Deutch said in a “Dear Colleague” to House members. “Adding $200 million to the final compromise on the fiscal cliff could remove as many as one million guns from our streets.” Including the gun buyback program …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Democratic incumbent in Virginia's 11th congressional District answers 10 questions from Patch readers.
Earlier this month, our readers submitted questions for Patch's Ask the Candidates forum. Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 11th District are giving their answers this week on Patches across the district. Today, Democratic incumbent Congressman Gerry Connolly answers questions from Patch readers. His responses appear unedited below. You can read responses from other candidates who responded to the survey throughout the week here. How will sequestration affect Northern Virginia? If elected, do you intend to fight it? My top priority is protecting and enhancing Northern Virginia’s economy. That economy is built on a partnership between the federal government and the private sector. Therefore any drastic …