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Senator Tim Kaine: Our progress to combat Alzheimer’s disease

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded Committee passage of legislation he introduced with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) called the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. This legislation would build out the systems necessary to create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health. In addition to Kaine and Collins, the bill was also sponsored by Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). The legislation will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Senator Kaine’s family, like nearly 150,000 families in Virginia, knows what it’s like to have a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Kaine has repeatedly called for action to combat this disease. During the HELP Committee’s markup of the legislation today, Kaine discussed how important passing the BOLD Act is to millions of American families.

“Everybody in this place has an Alzheimer’s story that’s directly related to their family. I have a sister-in-law who was diagnosed at age 54, and in just casual conversations with colleagues we all have these stories and that’s not just the United States Senate, that’s the entire American population,” Kaine said. “Over 150,000 Virginians have Alzheimer’s. That number is expected to grow by 35 percent in the next 10 years. And it’s interesting: 150,000 plus with Alzheimer’s, the number of family caretakers in Virginia is 460,000. So it’s about 3 family caretakers for every person that has Alzheimer’s and I think those of us who have experience know how complex the caretaking arrangements are and how much our caretakers need support. So I’m very happy to work together with Senator Collins on this.”

Ahead of the vote at the hearing, Ranking Member of the HELP Committee Senator Patty Murray said, “Alzheimer’s, which affects one in ten people over age 65, is a devastating disease. It is hard on patients fighting to hold on to cherished memories and a feeling of loss of control in their daily lives. It is hard on family members, on friends, on caregivers who are often the family members trying to help a loved on grapple with the day to day challenges of the disease while coping with their own grief and daily needs. This bill takes important steps to bolster our public health response to Alzheimer’s with new partnerships, new tools, and new efforts to build a better support system to ease the burden for families who are affected by Alzheimer’s.”

“The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act is an important step to bolster our public health response to Alzheimer’s, a devastating disease impacting millions of Virginians and other Americans,” said Alzheimer’s Association Chief Public Policy Officer, Robert Egge. “We are grateful to Senator Kaine for his support of the bill and his contributions to advance policies to improve the lives of all those affected by Alzheimer’s.”

This legislation would apply a public health approach to Alzheimer’s disease by establishing a modern infrastructure for the prevention, treatment, and care of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Coordinated primarily by the Centers of Disease and Prevention (CDC), it would establish:

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Public Health Centers of Excellence dedicated to promoting effective Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving interventions as well as educating public health officials, health care professionals, and the public on the most current information and research related to Alzheimer’s disease, including cognitive decline, brain health, and health disparities.

Cooperative Agreements awarded to State, Local, and Tribal Health Departments to develop and carry out evidence-based Alzheimer’s interventions, including supporting early detection and diagnosis, reducing the risk of potentially avoidable hospitalizations, improving caregiver support and care planning, among others.

Improved Data Analysis and Timely Reporting that would help ensure that data on Alzheimer’s, such as cognitive decline, caregiving, and health disparities are analyzed and disseminated to the public in a timely manner.

The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act is supported by the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the National Association of Counties. Click HERE and HERE to read their letters of support.

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Weekly wrap-up from Senator Mark Warner

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With the President’s signature on the bipartisan border security deal, the Trump shutdown mess is over, for now. Sen. Warner voted to keep the government open, as he had consistently throughout the funding debate. Now that the Senate has adjourned for the President’s Day recess, he heads out for a road trip across Virginia next week.

FINALLY

The President signed into law this afternoon the bipartisan funding and border security bill, averting another disastrous government shutdown.

The legislation fully funds the government through September 30th and includes numerous provisions the Senators championed to benefit Virginia, including a salary boost for federal workers and more funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration.

Sens Warner and Kaine released the following statement on the government funding bill becoming law.

“We’re relieved hundreds of thousands of federal employees won’t have to go without pay again because of President Trump’s determination to shut the government down, but these hardworking public servants are sick of us lurching from crisis-to-crisis every couple weeks,” said the Senators. “While we’re glad this bipartisan package includes many key Virginia priorities, it’s inexcusable that it does not include back pay for federal contractors, who are still hurting from the last shutdown. We hope Congress will finally pass legislation to address this issue.”

On the President’s national emergency declaration for border wall funding, the Senators said,

“We made significant investments in border security done the right way, and there’s no good reason President Trump should do a political power grab for more. When national security leaders brief us on the big security threats against our nation, they are not asking us for a wall. The President is just saying this is an emergency so he can get his vanity project, and it’s deeply concerning that he’s trying to build it by pulling from military construction funds, which is money that should be going toward projects like fixing military family housing and making security improvements to our bases.”

Click here for a list of the many provisions Sens. Warner and Kaine supported on behalf of Virginia that were included in the appropriations bill.

Before the vote on the funding bill, Sen. Warner took to the Senate floor to call on his colleagues to pass legislation providing back pay for low and middle-income federal contractors.

After the vote, Sen. Warner vowed to continue fighting to pass his contractor back pay bill, as well as legislation — such as Sen. Warner’s Stop STUPIDITY Act — which would end the practice of government shutdowns.

Sen. Warner also introduced legislation this week that attempts to undo some of the financial hardship facing federal workers and contractors harmed by the shutdown. The Protect Federal Workers’ Credit Act would protect the credit reports of federal workers and contractors who were hurt by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

This bipartisan bill would require credit bureaus to remove negative information that was placed on the credit reports of federal workers and contractors who missed payments as a result of a government shutdown. The bill would apply to the recent shutdown and any future government shutdowns.

OUT OF TIME

On the Senate floor this week, Sen. Warner urged his Senate colleagues to take immediate action to ensure that 1,200 retired coal miners—500 of whom live in Virginia—do not lose their healthcare coverage by the end of the month.

In his remarks, Sen. Warner asked Senate leaders to protect miners who risk losing crucial benefits if a bankruptcy court allows the Colorado-based Westmoreland mining company to shed its obligations to provide healthcare to retirees. Sen. Warner joined several colleagues on the floor to urge passage of the American Miners Act, legislation that would secure pensions and healthcare benefits for the nation’s retired coal miners.

“We’ve got a crisis right now,” Sen. Warner said on the floor. “We talked about the Westmoreland bankruptcy, 1,200 miners. Five hundred of those live in Virginia. If we can’t get a solution on this deal right now on the American Miners Act, then a lot of those miners and their families are going to go without relief, because their day of reckoning is already upon us.”

The bill would also stabilize the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund that provides critical benefits for retirees suffering from this deadly disease. More than 25,000 coal miners and their dependents rely on the fund, but Congress needs to act to renew funding for the program. Failure to renew the tax that supports the fund would be particularly devastating for coal miners in Southwest Virginia, who have been disproportionately affected by an advanced form of the disease known as complicated black lung.

PARKS AND LEGISLATION

This week, the Senate passed a bipartisan public lands bill that permanently reauthorizes the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This permanent funding is key to preserving and protecting Virginia’s rich history and beautiful landscapes. By providing long-term security for this critical program, communities across the Commonwealth will be able to continue caring for our natural resources and history for future generations to enjoy.

The LWCF provides states and local communities with technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. In the span of four decades, Virginia has received more than $350 million in LWCF funding to protect dozens of national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, trails and more. This bipartisan package is supported by dozens of conservation and recreation organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, the League of Conservation Voters, the Outdoor Industry Association, and the Nature Conservancy.

The lands package also reauthorizes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Grant Program, which support the preservation of sites on HBCU campuses that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Last year, Virginia Union, Hampton University, Virginia State, and Virginia University of Lynchburg received grants totaling $2.27 million under the HBCU grant program.

In addition, the bill includes language Sen. Warner supported with Senator Kaine and the entire Virginia delegation, which designates the George C. Marshall Museum and Research Library in Lexington as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library.

Senator Warner also re-introduced legislation this week, the Restore Our Parks Act, that would make the largest investment in history in our national parks. Years of chronic underfunding have left our national parks with a whopping $11.6 billion maintenance backlog.

This bipartisan bill, which Sen. Warner introduced with Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME), would use existing revenues from mineral leases collected by the Department of the Interior to address approximately $5.6 billion of the highest-priority maintenance projects at national parks around the country. The legislation has the support of the Trump Administration, as well as a number of conservation groups and advocates for National Parks.

Currently, national parks in Virginia have a deferred maintenance backlog of more than $1 billion, ranking third behind only California and the District of Columbia in total deferred maintenance. For a detailed park-by-park breakdown of Virginia’s backlog, click here.

Over 100 organizations, including the National Association of Counties, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Pew Charitable Trusts, have announced their support for the Restore our Parks Act.

GRAB BAG

Some highlights from the past week:

• NO ON BARR: In a floor speech, Sen. Warner expressed his opposition to the President’s Attorney General nominee, William Barr. He later voted against the Barr nomination in the final Senate vote.

• PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: Sens. Warner, Cardin, Shaheen, and Baldwin introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act, legislation that would prevent the Trump Administration from promoting “junk” health care plans that lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase health care costs for millions of Americans.

• Artificial Intelligence: Sen. Warner, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a statement on the promise of artificial intelligence technologies while warning against laissez-faire policies put forward by the Trump Administration.

• FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: Sen. Warner, along with every Democratic member of the Virginia Congressional Delegation, co-signed a letter opposing seismic testing off the coast of Virginia. The seismic testing permits issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which had been denied under the Obama Administration, are one step in the Trump Administration’s plan to open up the coastal waters off Virginia to potential oil and gas drilling.

• STUDENT DEBT: Sens. Warner and John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation to help Americans tackle their student loan debt.

• SUPPORTING TEACHERS: Sen. Warner alongside a bipartisan delegation introduced the Teacher and School LEADERS Act, a bill which will reform Teacher Quality Partnership Grants to better support school leaders and allow for greater innovation in educator preparation.

• RAPTORS: Sens. Warner and Kaine were joined by every member of the Virginia Congressional delegation in urging U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to relocate an additional F-22 squadron to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads after Hurricane Michael severely damaged the air force base in Florida where the planes had previously been based.

WEEK AHEAD

Senator Warner will be traveling through Virginia next week, holding events in Blacksburg, Salem, Hardy, Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville. The Senate is out of session until Monday, February 25.

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Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline

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Protecting the Border

The twin topics of illegal immigration and gun control were at the top of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agenda in Congress this week. On the House floor, we considered border security legislation that did little to actually secure our southern border. While the bill did appropriate funds for several federal government agencies and kept the government from shutting down, the bill failed to fund President Trump’s wall and only included $1.3 billion for the replacement of existing border fencing in one part of Texas. The President has made clear that $5.7 billion is needed for the construction of new border barriers in several states, a request that I support and urged the budget negotiators to accept. While I had hoped that a fair compromise could be achieved, this bill amounted to a victory for Speaker Pelosi and her “open-border” supporters.

The lack of enforcement on our borders has resulted in a flood of illegal drugs, human trafficking, and criminal activity that has reached every corner of America, including right here in the Shenandoah Valley. There is no doubt that we must act to solve the crisis on our southern border, and I am disappointed that the Congress could not give the President the resources he needs to address it.

Protecting the 2nd Amendment

Also in Congress, a fight to protect your right to keep and bear arms came to the House Judiciary Committee this week. The Committee debated H.R. 8, a bill that would extend federal background checks to transfers of firearms between law-abiding private citizens. This bill would place an unnecessary burden on our second amendment right to protect ourselves and our families, but it would do nothing to stop the tragedy of gun violence in our communities.

During this week’s mark up hearing on the bill, Republicans offered a variety of amendments to improve the bill which Democrats rejected out of hand. I offered an amendment that would have required Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be notified when an illegal immigrant tries to purchase a firearm. Unfortunately, Democrats voted to kill it, demonstrating that the bill was never about public safety. Instead, it is about taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Another amendment rejected by Democrats would have established an FBI center to collect and process intelligence related to violent acts, which would allow police agencies at all levels to address threats before they turn into actual violence. When this bill comes to the floor of the House next month, I will continue to fight to defend your constitutional rights and work to find bipartisan solutions that support law enforcement, improve mental health services, and reduce gun violence in our communities.

Casework Staff Mobile Office Hours

My office will host Casework Staff Mobile Offices across the Sixth Congressional District during the month of February. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to assist with problems they might have with a federal agency and hear their views on current issues before Congress. Visit cline.house.gov/about/events for a complete list of locations. Next week in Front Royal:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Samuels Public Library (Baxter-Bowling Conference Room)
330 East Criser Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
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Legislative update from Delegate Chris Collins – February 2019

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Governor & Lt. Governor’s Actions
I have found the current affairs of our Commonwealth to be disturbing. The revelations that have come to light in recent days have cast a shadow over all of the good works in the legislative body. As more information is gathered and published the House of Delegates will consider any and all options which may be available.

I do not support racists, sexists, abusers, or anyone that supports them. I do not stand with anyone associated with the administration in regards to these issues. I support any reasonable measure that properly address the allegations made.

Crossover

Crossover, when all of the legislation passed by the House goes to the Senate for consideration, has recently occurred and I am proud to report that 12 of the 15 bills I carried are heading to the Senate. Several other notable pieces of legislation were advanced, including: establishing an independent redistricting commission, lowering the cost of attending college, providing greater healthcare coverage for those with autism, and increasing schools’ safety. I am hopeful that the second half of session will be as productive and successful as the first and I look forward to collaborating with our Senate colleagues on our shared priorities.

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Tax Relief
Republicans in the House and Senate have agreed on the terms of a $1 billion tax relief package, the most significant tax relief plan in 15 years and the second largest tax cut in Virginia history. The House and Senate Finance Committees met on Friday to act on legislation that is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate on Monday, and then forwarded to Governor Northam. This joint compromise will provide up to $110 in refunds to individuals and up to $220 for married couples. We will maintain the current rules for state and local taxes so homeowners are not hit with an unexpected tax increase at the state level. The total package will guarantee at least $976 million in tax relief, or about $400 for every family in the Commonwealth. We will ensure that all additional revenues from the permanent provisions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are placed in the state’s cash reserve fund. The legislation also conforms Virginia tax law to the federal law.

Interstate 81 and Tolls
The House and the Senate have both decided against approving tolling on I-81 for this session. There were several questions that arose during discussions that require more work before they can be answered to create meaningful, constructive changes to the interstate. We need to address issues such as: How will tolls be collected? Where will there be tolling gantries? How long will we be tolling I-81? How much will the tolls be?

The joint Senate and House group that is being created has been tasked with answering these questions so next year we will have specifics to present to the citizens who live in the I-81 corridor. This is not a study to see what we need, we know that already; it is to provide the pros and cons of tolling or other revenue sources for I-81.

I am very much aware of the needs of I-81 and the $2.2 billion in projects, including what is required for the 29th District’s section of improvements. These will not come from any funds other than finding an independent source. Tolls may be the best of all the options. I look forward to working with the group and providing updates as this process moves forward.

Budget
The House and Senate advanced similar budget proposals on Wednesday that work together with the tax relief plan. The House budget eliminated all spending based on the tax increase proposed by Governor Northam. The budget builds on our multi-year efforts to responsibly invest in a stronger economy, provide more funding and flexibility to local schools, and make college more affordable. The House and Senate will negotiate the final terms of the budget over the next two weeks.

Hands Free Driving Bill
HB1811 is my legislation to try and combat the growing epidemic of distracted driving deaths and injuries. The bill as it stands now will make it a traffic infraction to be driving a motor vehicle, while in motion, while holding an electronic communication device. This law, if signed by the Governor, will not take effect until January 2020 to allow for education of the public.

In summary, I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the coming months. I value the feedback you provide on a continual basis as it helps me do a better job of representing you. You can email me at delccollins@house.virginia.gov or call my office in Richmond at (804) 698-1029.

I will provide you with weekly email updates during the 2019 General Assembly Session and will schedule my Coffee with Chris events after Session to report on important topics and take questions.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to serving you in 2019.

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Sixth District perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline

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A Week With Sixth District Students
This week started with a familiar but fun event — visiting with the Sixth Congressional District’s senior government students. The pupils at Fort Defiance High School asked great questions during our question and answer session Monday. I appreciate Mr. Tratnack organizing this event for the school’s senior government students!

Pupils at Fort Defiance High School asked great questions during question and answer session.

On Wednesday, students visiting Washington for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Leadership Forum stopped by the office to discuss drug prevention. I am very proud to have these students representing the Sixth Congressional District in Washington and I commend their commitment to living drug and alcohol-free lives.

Students visiting Washington for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Leadership Forum stopped by the office to discuss drug prevention.

The State of the Union
President Trump presented a positive vision for the future of our country in his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The President made clear that if we are to achieve America’s full potential, we must put partisanship aside and work together. Rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, protecting our communities from drug and sex trafficking crossing our borders, and addressing the skyrocketing cost of health care all require bipartisan cooperation. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues on these and other important issues in the 116th Congress.

This week the committees began their work, and I spent much of the week in hearings before the Judiciary and Education and Labor Committees.

The Judiciary Committee held a hearing on gun control, where I reminded the Committee that the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, their families, and their property. Gun control measures limit that right, and we do not need additional gun control laws that will do nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms but will interfere with the rights of law-abiding citizens.

The Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour across the entire United States. I inquired about the effect such a mandate would have on unemployment rates and inflation rates on the costs of certain goods. I suggested that the decision about whether and how much to raise the minimum wage in states like Virginia should be left to the states to determine.

Finally, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Friday that should have focused on its responsibility to conduct oversight over the Department of Justice. Instead, we saw the Democrats engage in a partisan effort to force Acting Attorney General Whitaker to divulge information about the ongoing Mueller investigation. I believe it is critical that we await the final report of the Mueller investigation and I look forward to reviewing it in its entirety once it has been issued.

Honoring VMI Graduate George C. Marshall
On Tuesday, I introduced H.Con.Res. 14 to re-name the George C. Marshall Museum and Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library. The facility is located on the campus of the Virginia Military Institute.

Marshall served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1939-1945, Secretary of State from 1947-1949, and Secretary of Defense from 1950-1951. He is credited with formulating the Allied victory in Europe and the subsequent Marshall Plan to rebuild the continent after World War II.

In Virginia, we remember George C. Marshall as a war hero and a graduate of one of the country’s most storied military schools. Marshall and his contributions to world history are unparalleled. That is why I introduced this bill to honor his legacy for generations to come.

Casework Staff Mobile Office Hours
My office will host Casework Staff Mobile Offices across the Sixth Congressional District during the month of February. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to assist with problems they might have with a federal agency and hear their views on current issues before Congress. Visit cline.house.gov/about/events for a complete list of locations.

Visiting Washington
Spring Break is quickly approaching. If you or your family are planning a visit to Washington, D.C., during the week off school, my office is here to help you. Staff members are available to lead tours of the U.S. Capitol and can assist you with arrangements for the Library of Congress. Call the office at (202) 225-5431 to schedule your visit or navigate to the Washington Tourism page on my website for information on the National Capital Region’s museums and other attractions.

Thank you for the responsibility of representing Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District. It is a true honor.

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Delegate Chris Collins: General Assembly session update – February 4

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This past week I had the pleasure of meeting with several constituent groups and hearing their thoughts on a variety of pieces of legislation.

I also had the privilege of introducing my friend Lieutenant Warren Gosnell on the House floor Wednesday, January 23. Lt. Gosnell was recognized for receiving the Governor’s Transportation Safety Award for Law Enforcement last year. He also saved three lives by administering Narcan to individuals overdosing on opioids in our area and saved a fourth life by performing CPR to an unresponsive driver who suffered a heart attack behind the wheel. Lt. Gosnell is a dedicated officer to our community and honoring him was well deserved!

Here is his introduction on the House floor:

2019 Legislation

I am proud to say five pieces of legislation I carried were passed unanimously by the House and will now go to the Senate for consideration. The bills were HB2659, HB2464, HB2465, HB1935 and HB1622. HB2301 also passed in the House with little opposition.

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Tax Relief

Conforming the Tax Code of the Commonwealth to the Federal Tax law is a priority for both chambers of the Legislature. This past Monday, the House Finance Committee passed HB2533 and HB2529. HB2533 will immediately conform Virginia’s tax code to the federal tax code. It will also set aside all increased revenue from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into a special fund to ensure that those monies will be used for Commonwealth taxpayer relief. HB 2529 allows for itemization of state taxes regardless of how they file their federal return and increase the state standard deduction across the board. It is well understood that Commonwealth citizens are unable to file their taxes until the conformity occurs. I continue to support the process to complete this as soon as possible.

Interstate 81 and Tolls

I-81 and tolling is an issue that concerns everyone. There is little question that I-81 needs improvements in order to make the corridor safer. The House did not approve tolling on I-81 at its most recent Transportation Committee meeting. However, it did pass unanimously to create a committee of both Senators and Delegates to determine the best funding sources for Interstate 81.

Hands Free Driving Bill

HB1811, my Hands Free Driving Bill continues to gain momentum and support. On Thursday, January 31 I joined families and loved ones who have been affected by distracted driving incidents at a press conference. Their tearful stories should serve as a warning to drivers who use smart phones and mobile devices while behind the wheel. The Washington Post covered the event and the full article can be found here.

In summary, I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the coming months. I value the feedback you provide on a continual basis as it helps me do a better job of representing you. You can email me at delccollins@house.virginia.gov or call my office in Richmond at (804) 698-1029.

I will provide you with weekly email updates during the 2019 General Assembly Session and will schedule my Coffee with Chris events after Session to report on important topics and take questions.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to serving you in 2019.

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Sixth District perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline

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Traveling the Sixth
The week began and ended with visits across the Sixth Congressional District. On Monday (January 28), I visited the Virginia Inland Port near Front Royal where I got a firsthand view of what a tremendous economic driver the Virginia Inland Port is to the Sixth District. Since its opening in 1989, more than $900 million has been invested and over 14,000 jobs have been created by the 46 major companies that are housed in over 8 million square feet of commercial space in the region. It was truly inspiring.

Later in the week, I visited with about 200 government students at William Byrd High School in Vinton. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss how our government works using real world examples. The students of WBHS were bright and inquisitive. I was impressed with their knowledge and their desire to get involved in our government. I thank the administration of William Byrd High School for hosting Thursday’s event.

Later in the week, I visited with about 200 government students at William Byrd High School in Vinton. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss how our government works using real world examples. The students of WBHS were bright and inquisitive. I was impressed with their knowledge and their desire to get involved in our government. I thank the administration of William Byrd High School for hosting Thursday’s event.

Subcommittee Appointments
In the 116th Congress, I will serve on the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. This week, subcommittee appointments were announced. I was honored to receive the following appointments:

• House Committee on Education & Labor
o Subcommittee on Workforce Protection
o Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment

• House Judiciary Committee
o Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
o Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
o Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

These subcommittee assignments give the people of Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District a voice in some of the most important issues of the 21st century. Through work on these subcommittees, I will stand up for our Constitutional rights, a free and open Internet, and more access to not only higher education, but also expanding opportunity for workforce education. I thank Ranking Members Foxx and Collins for the opportunity to represent Virginia’s Sixth on these important subcommittees. I look forward to the work ahead.

A Busy Legislative Week
As a member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, I am committed to supporting legislation which protects the United States. I was pleased to see the House of Representatives bring bills to the Floor on Tuesday (January 29) which would enhance security at the local and federal level. One such bill would direct the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a threat assessment on the use of virtual currency by terrorists. As technologies change at a rapid pace, so too do the ways terrorists and other criminals finance their operations. That is why it is vitally important for DHS to find out the risks and develop a way to stop the flow of money to terrorists and other criminal enterprises.

In the House Judiciary this week, we conducted our first hearing on H.R. 1. Following the hearing on Tuesday, I spoke out against the bill. I was shocked that the Democrats would support the unconstitutional boondoggle that is H.R. 1. It flies in the face of law and order and is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to hijack our Republic at taxpayer expense. H.R. 1 would limit free speech, use tax dollars to fund extreme candidates, and violate the Constitution by superseding a state’s ability to determine voter eligibility.

Casework Staff Mobile Offices
My office will host Casework Staff Mobile Offices across the Sixth Congressional District during the month of February. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to assist with problems they might have with a federal agency and hear their views on current issues before Congress. Visit cline.house.gov/about/events for a complete list of locations. Next week’s locations, dates, and times:

Front Royal Casework Staff Mobile Office
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 10:00am
Samuels Public Library (Baxter-Bowling Conference Room)
330 East Criser Road
Front Royal, VA 22630

It is an honor to serve as your congressman. I hope to see you during my travels in the Sixth District. If I can ever be of assistance or you would like to express your views on a particular bill, please call my office at (202) 225-5431.

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