Skip to comments.Virginia Republicans Break Ranks, Call for End to Shutdown
Posted on 10/03/2013 7:46:40 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
Four House Republicans from Virginia have broken ranks to try to end the government shutdown and blunt its expected political fallout on Virginia's tight gubernatorial race, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
U.S. Reps. J. Randy Forbes, Scott Rigell, Frank Wolf and Rob Wittman have called for a government funding bill with no policy strings attached, which, if approved, would end the shutdown.
The Virginia governor's race pitting Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against Democrat Terry McAuliffe may wind up focusing on which party will take the blame for the shutdown, strategists told The Times.
Swing-state Virginia is being closely watched for an indication of which way congressional midterms will go, too. It's one of only two states to hold statewide elections a year after a presidential vote.
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what is their problem?
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin
They know where Virginia’s bread is buttered.
And so it begins
Norfolk area representatives (Rigell and Forbes) have a large number of furloughed civilian contractors working for the Navy in their districts
Their problem is that a high percentage of the beltway workers and constituents live in Virginia. Does this answer the question?
I guess the folks inn Viginia have only one thing on their minds and that’s getting those. Federal dollars back.Nevermind enforcing the Constitution.
No courage ...can’t even muster bravado....sad.
Would someone tell them they’re starting to win?
Just as in 1995, Republican LOSE.
Why am I not surprised with such limp di er spined stalwarts in Washington.
Eric get your boys under control.
Since VA is adjacent to DC, who gives a smelly Obama about it?
It’ll be cordoned off with the rest of the east coast after CW-II. MA, of course, will have a wall built around it to help hold all the radioactive refuse that will most surely be stored there. New York? Well, we still need bombing ranges, don’t we?
I called Forbes’ office last night and was assured he would hold fast....
Think they lied to me?
If they did, I’ll push for a primary challenge big time.....
Cowards. Just contacted Scott Rigell’s office and told him I’ve supported him foor the last time.
“Wolf is that guy...
Riggell will eat it big time if he caves; hes from Va Beach....
Wittman will eat it Big Time if he caves; his area is way Conservative.
Forbes is my guy and when I called, his aide said no way will he cave....
94 posted on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 9:20:45 PM by matginzac “
Up for reelection in blue districts?
>> what is their problem?
Lots of these Virginia critters’ constituants get fat from the government, one way or the other.
Follow the money.
Their districts must have too many federal employees living in them.
If Cuccinelli wins, they’ll come back into the fold. They’re finger in the wind politicians.
IDIOTS girliemen!!! WE ARE WINNING!!! Oh yeh....these Quislings don’t LIKE WINNING...it
s TOO MANLY for them to handle!!!
Wolf....what a JOKE he is.....I thought he was big into looking at what happened in BENGHAZI.....guess he dumped that like a hot potato!
Is this “beltway proximity” syndrome?
You’re right. Lots of feds and contractors that feed at the federal trough. They want to keep feeding and grazing on the federal “farm”.
Probably because a lot of their constituents are furloughed fed employees and/or fed contractors.
Wittman is my rep for VA-1.
I’ve already peppered his office with “Don’t Cave” messages.
Should I believe the NYT?
Here's a suggestion for a new requirement-- all Fed employees working in Washington, DC must live in Washington, DC-- no Congressional representation and no Senators.
I think we need a Constitutional admendment that says no more than 3% of the federal civilian workforce can be employed in any one state. Additionally, the federal civilian workforce in DC should be split up equally between adjacent states (VA and MD).
With technology, there is no need to have the federal workforce concentrated in DC. It would serve to break-up the cabal in DC.
Congressman Frank Wolf is NOT taking calls, all his offices are closed and the answering machine says they will not respond until AFTER the shutdown. His email, webpage, and Facebook are not responding either. . . .
Considering he promised, when first elected (in 1982) to serve 6 terms max, and then retire, I think we can see what his word is worth.
We need to Primary Frank Wolf !!
Good idea. There is a reason DC is not a state. Unfortunately, with all of the government contracts to the surrounding areas, the corruption has taken over the whole area.
These representatives should, instead, support the piecemeal legislation being prepared in the House of Representatives. They should work to prioritize the legislation to put back to work many of their constituents. They should realize that we probably are talking about a few more days. Otherwise, voter turnout for them might be weak.
McAwful was lacerated for his poor debating skills---but he worships abortion (sob).
THAT SUCKING SOUND YOU HEAR McAuliffe made a campaign promise to exempt existing abortion clinics from having to comply with state health and safety standards. Recently, a number of clinics in the state were closed after they failed to live up to state standards.
Last year, according to Women Speak Out, more than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities. But that doesn't seem to stop McAuliffe from defending them. This clearly shows his concern is for the well being of the abortion industry and not women.
Here's what he said: "I can do what I talked about, issue a guidance opinion by March to keep the remaining health centers open. I can do that myself as Governor. That's why I said I'll do that by March to keep the remaining, uh, Norfolk is closed. Fairfax is closed, or closing, so there will be 18 left. Only one of those 18 actually meet the, the requirements so they'll all close if I don't do that. "
"But I will issue what's called a guidance opinion by mid-March which will say that these regulations, I have, the General Assembly wasn't definitive with the Board of Health as to the rules, I can give a guidance opinion to the Board of Health to grandfather in those remaining clinics to keep them open. That's why this election is so important, and I will do that."
8/2/13--WASH/TIMES---SEC investigating company co-founded by Terry McAuliffe / By David Sherfinski
The SEC is investigating the green car company founded by Va gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over concerns that it allegedly guaranteed returns for its investors.The SEC has subpoenaed bank records of GreenTechs funding arm, the McLean-based financing company Gulf Coast Funds Management, LLC.
Documents attached to a July 31 letter from Sen. Charles E. Grassley also raise more questions on the extent of the interaction between officials at the two companies and Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in DHS.
DHS is investigating whether Mr. Mayorkas assisted in approving an investor visa application submitted by Gulf Coast, even after the application was denied and an appeal was rejected.
Mr. Mayorkas, Obamas pick to be the next No. 2 at DHS, testified last week that the extent of his interaction with Mr. McAuliffe was one meeting in which he heard his complaints about investor visas being held up.
Mr. Grassley said it went further than that.Contrary to the impression left by your answer, documents indicate that both before and after that meeting, you actually engaged in nearly a dozen contacts with Gulf Coast Funds Management between 2010 and 2013, including direct communications with Gulf Coasts attorneys, the Iowa Republican wrote to Mr. Mayorkas. That one meeting with Mr. McAuliffe was clearly not the extent of your interaction on that matter.
Officials at the two companies and did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. A spokesman for the McAuliffe campaign noted that Mr. McAuliffe left GreenTech in 2012 and that he has no knowledge of any investigation. News of the SEC investigation was first reported Friday by The Wash/Post.
The documents include forwarded e-mails from Mr. McAuliffe to Douglas Smith, an official in DHSs office of the Private Sector, that were forwarded to Mr. Mayorkas and an e-mail from Mr. Mayorkas himself saying that face-to-face meetings for particular cases are not appropriate.As the Director of this Agency, I do not adjudicate cases and am not the proper audience for a telephone call or a meeting about a particular case, he wrote to Gulf Coasts general counsel earlier this year. I will forward your e-mail to the appropriate individual in the Agency.
USCIS handles cases involved in the EB-5 program, where foreign investors put up between $500,000 and $1 million for American companies in exchange for legal status.
Govt attorneys wrote that such a meeting would violate the Administrative Procedures Act. I think it also raises an impartiality issue if we entertain pre-decisional meetings of this sort with particular applicants and petitioners, USCISs Ethics Officer wrote. It is not a concern to have meetings with particular industries, trade groups, bar associations, etc., on systemic issues that are not case specific, so long as we are willing to meet with all.
Gulf Coast is run by Anthony Rodham, the brother of former Secy of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and is the finance arm of GreenTech Automotive Inc. Mr. McAuliffe founded GreenTech in 2009 and quietly stepped down as chairman in Dec a fact only revealed in April in response to an inquiry from a Politico reporter.
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<><> Wall to wall coverage about an $18K gift to Cuccinelli, but this corrupt scumbag carpetbagger McAuful has skimmed tens of millions of dollars from corrupt deal after corrupt deal (Global Crossing is just the start) and not a peep from the press.
That sucking sound you hear----MSM----always on their knees---presstitutes for Dem Johns.
Looked at Wittman’s page...nothing about wanting to break ranks. He’s calling for the Senate to negotiate the Obamacare issue in conference.
Keep it shut down for at least 6 months and then permanently eliminate 80% of the agencies!
I don’t think Forbes is caving. He just proposed a new strategy to defund the IRS to defund Obamacare. Unless something has changed I don’t believe it.
The caving of the Rep Congressional delegation will hurt Cuccinelli in the form of Rep turnout. Many will stay home, something I am now considering along with my family.
just called whittman’s office. got through! yes, apparently he has turned. claiming to be opposed.
gave his staffer an earful.
advise you all call.
“The caving of the Rep Congressional delegation will hurt Cuccinelli in the form of Rep turnout. Many will stay home, something I am now considering along with my family.”
I don’t understand. Do you support Cuccinelli?
They are blubbering, spineless idiots.
Wolf....what a JOKE he is.....I thought he was big into looking at what happened in BENGHAZI.....guess he dumped that like a hot potato!”
Yes indeed, dropped that investigation. Been a full year+ and still no answers.
I’ve read that top GOP and Dems in Congress knew fully well WAY before 9/11/12 that the CIA were running guns to Syria (?) or Egypt (?) or somewhere. My question all along is “WHAT WAS THE CIA doing in Benghazi in that Annex?” Very simple. The reason no answers is that the GOPe leaders, Bonehead and no chin Mitch knew this and they’ve told all the others down the line to shut the heck up. Hence NO Benghazi investigation.
Now isn’t this just sickening to the last degree? Obama is promoting Islam extremism in all areas, making deals with all these muzzie countries and the GOP like McJuan says and does nothing but help O.
And WE should bend over like these 4 Reps and kiss the backsides of the Dems? We are finally making waves. Why stop now?
Donate to Freeper please!
... will hinge totally on how many people get duped by the pro-faggot libertarian candidate.
Teat-sucker districts, presumably.
I understand there’s another candidate, a libertarian I think, that has 12% of the poll vote. Cuccinelli and this other candidate could defeat the democrat if one of them endorsed the other?
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