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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Congress

Editor’s Notebook: Gerry makes his move!

Here at Sun Gazette World Headquarters, we give everybody that we cover – and I do mean EVERYbody – private nicknames. But as I'm in a kiss-and-tell mood this morning, I can report that our nickname for U.S. Rep....

Federal funds to boost pedestrian bridge over Potomac

A proposal to build a pedestrian/bicyclist bridge across the Potomac River has gained $20 million in federal funding. The cash was part of $64.2 million for Virginia transportation projects that were part of an infrastructure-spending package passed earlier this year...

Editorial: Beyer challenger needs to step up her game

As has been used as a reference point several times throughout the years on this page, a veteran former Arlington County Board member often would posit a deceptively simple question to staff and colleagues. “What is the problem are we...

Editorial: Reps. Connolly, Beyer seem in no peril

To borrow from David Bowie, there are some ch-ch-ch-changes to the Northern Virginia congressional landscape, owing to once-every-10-years redistricting. For starters, we at Sun Gazette opinion headquarters bid farewell to U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-10th). She’s running for re-election, but...

Letter: Why can’t a rich nation help its most needy?

Editor: I find it deeply concerning to see the conversation in Congress lose steam about provisions to help people who have fallen below the poverty line. We are a nation filled with innovations, resources and wealth – there is just...

Survey says: Beyer tacked slightly to right in 2021

Is U.S. Rep. Don Beyer getting more conservative as his congressional career continues? By one measure the answer is “yes,” although nobody is likely to confuse him with Barry Goldwater anytime soon. Beyer (D-8th) garnered a score of 5 on a...

Commentary: Congress must support housing options for seniors

Between 2009 and 2019, the number of very-low-income older-adult households spending more than half of their incomes on rent increased by an astonishing 82 percent.

Editor’s Notebook: We’ll call him ‘U.S. Rep. Little Mary Sunshine’

An intra-Democratic campaign forum between incumbent Don Beyer and challenger Victoria Virasingh on Saturday provided no particular fireworks, but did have some telling moments. Two struck me as most interesting. Numero Uno, challenger Virasingh is sticking with her plan of not...

Editor’s Notebook: Profanity always gets the most ‘clicks’

There was some news coverage this week that members of Congress, from both sides of the trough (er, aisle), were back to their ol' earmarking routines -- handing out tax dollars to special-interest groups, under the guise of do-good-ism...

Federal cash to boost Arlington crisis-intervention efforts

The Arlington County government will use $390,000 in federal funding to support a mobile “crisis-care” initiative to bring support into the community. The funding is part of a $1.5 trillion spending package signed by President Biden on March 15. The local...
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