• President Trump’s 2019 Budget Proposal

    The following are links to the President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019, and various supporting documents.

    FY19 Full Budget Online: 

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/

    Major Savings and Reforms: 

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/msar-fy2019.pdf

    Fact Sheets:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fact-sheets/

    Paul Teller

    Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

    The White House

  • Virginia General Assembly Update From Mark Cole

    This week was “Crossover,” the official halfway point of the 2018 General Assembly session. After Tuesday, the House will consider Senate bills and the Senate will consider House bills.

    PASSED LEGISLATION

    As we crossed the halfway point in session, here is a status report about some of the legislation that passed the House.

    House Bill 883 is a bipartisan effort that establishes a regulatory reform pilot program with a goal to reduce or streamline regulatory requirements by 25 percent over the next three years. The program will focus on regulations issued by the Department of Professional and Occupational Licensing and the Department of Criminal Justice Services.   In addition to removing burdensome regulations, this legislation will help our economy grow and create jobs while making government more efficient.

    Media outlets across Virginia last fall brought to light a deceptive practice being used by some political campaigns to target students by accessing their personal contact information without their knowledge. With the passing of HB 1, students must provide consent before their personal information can be shared with any outside individual or group.

    Students who attempt to cut down on the cost of college by completing dual enrollment courses have had difficulty in getting some colleges to accept their credits.  HB 3 requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Department of Education and our public colleges to work together to establish standards for dual enrollment courses to ensure that such courses will be accepted as college credits.

    HB 544 establishes High School to Work Partnerships between public high schools and local businesses to create opportunities for high school students to participate in an apprenticeship, internship, or job shadow programs. This legislation will help students have the work training they need to find jobs.

    We believe in keeping our communities safe by supporting law enforcement, cracking down on violent criminals and sex offenders, and ensuring fairness throughout the justice system.  Our public policy should provide paths to redemption for those who have served their time and paid their debt to society, but not at the expense of crime victims. The rule of law is paramount to ensuring safe communities.  Governor Northam and Speaker Cox announced a bipartisan compromise to raise the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500 HB 1550 and adopt legislation to ensure crime victims are paid the restitution duly owed to them.

    A Crime Commission study found that there was over $230 million in restitution owed to victims across the Commonwealth, but was unpaid and overdue. More recently, research confirmed that $8 million in restitution was collected from defendants, but never delivered to the crime victims.  HB 483, and HB 484 will ensure crime victims get what is rightfully owed them. The legislation is significant, if not unprecedented, achievements for crime victims. This is the biggest change to how Virginia enforces restitution in decades.

    In an effort to lower healthcare costs, the House of Delegates has passed HB 1177 that will end the practice of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) requiring pharmacists to charge higher copays than the cash price of the prescription drug. This practice disproportionately affected elderly citizens who rely on prescriptions for life saving medication.

    Some areas of the state have a shortage of doctors who are able to see patients. HB 793 will allow nurse practitioners who have undergone extensive training to provide expanded care.

    HB 338 places a work requirement on able-bodied Medicaid recipients. Virginia has a long history of promoting workfare. We applied work requirements to welfare in the mid-1990s and that principle should be applied to the entire Medicaid program. The dignity of work is powerful and a work requirement is a commonsense reform that will lower costs and help people lift themselves up.

    The opioid epidemic is taking hold of our communities. On average, more than three Virginians die each day from this devastating crisis.  HB 1469 would impose harsher penalties on someone who manufactures, sells or gives someone harmful drug which then kills the other person, by allowing them to be charged with second degree murder.

    TAX INCREASES DEFEATED

    Sometimes what does not pass can be just as important as what does pass.  House Republicans are committed to keeping taxes low, so Virginia businesses can be competitive, and Virginia families can keep more of their money.  This year we defeated dozens of tax increase proposals that would have raised taxes on hardworking Virginians by over $770 million.

    ERA

    Those of you who are my age may remember the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution; for those of you who do not, this may be a history lesson. 

    Congress submitted the ERA to the states in 1972 with a seven-year deadline for ratification.  The amendment appeared to be moving quickly towards adoption with 35 states ratifying it when concerns were raised about potential unintended consequences, including the loss of religious liberties and its impact on public facilities.

    Once those concerns were raised not only did no new states ratify the amendment, but 5 states rescinded their previous ratification.  As the original 1979 deadline approached, Congress extended the deadline to 1982.  When the second deadline passed, Congress declined to extend it again, effectively withdrawing the amendment from consideration.  This fact was generally recognized by both proponents and opponents of the amendment at the time, as efforts to get additional states to ratify it ceased for more than a decade.  Not only that, but in 1983 proponents introduced a new ERA in Congress because the original amendment was no longer valid.

    In 1992, the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution, dealing with Congressional pay, was ratified long after it was submitted to the states for ratification.  This caused some ERA proponents to renew their efforts to get it adopted.  The fundamental difference between the two amendments is that Congress set no ratification deadline for the 27th Amendment, while they did set a deadline for the ERA.

    Since the submission of the Prohibition Amendment, Congress has routinely added a seven-year ratification time limit, except for two proposed Amendments (Women’s vote which passed and Child Labor prohibition which did not pass).  An Amendment granting full voting authority to residents of Washington DC with representation in the US Senate had a seven-year limit and also failed.

    The passing of the ERA deadline has been recognized by the US Supreme Court.  A lawsuit over ratification recension was pending before the Court and on October 4, 1982, in NOW v. Idaho, 459 U.S. 809 (1982), the U.S. Supreme Court declared the question of states rescinding their ratification of the ERA moot on the grounds that the ERA had expired.

    Additionally, on February 3, 1994, the Attorney General’s office issued an opinion stating: “Because the Equal Rights Amendment was not ratified within the original or the extended time limit established by Congress for its ratification, it is no longer before the states for ratification, and any action by the General Assembly to ratify it now would be a nullity”.

    Some of the ERA proponents want to ignore facts that they do not like, such as the ratification deadline and that 5 states withdrew their ratification.  While I certainly support equal rights for all, for the General Assembly to be able to consider the ERA, the US Congress needs to resubmit the amendment to the states for ratification.  The ERA proponents need to spend their time lobbying Congress and not trying to get the General Assembly to pass a resolution that would have no effect or worse spark a series of lawsuits.

    Just because the ERA is no longer before us, does not mean that Legislators have not worked to address equal rights.  There are at least 50 laws in the Virginia Code and more than 125 Federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, including employment and equal pay protections.

    If you have questions on these or other issues before the General Assembly, please feel free to contact me.   Also keep in touch on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/markcoleva ) or Twitter ( https://twitter.com/MarkColeVA ).

    Mark Cole

    Virginia House of Delegates, 88th District

    Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Fauquier

  • Chuck Medvitz Honored AS FCRC 2017 Volunteer of the Year

    Chuck Medvitz was greeted with a standing ovation from the FCRC members during the committee meeting on January 30, 2018 when Chairman Kay Hayes presented him with the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award. Chairman Hayes noted that Chuck’s loyal and faithful service throughout the years never waivered, no matter how small or huge the task that required immediate attention. With any request for help, his response is always “yes, sure, or will do.” We can always depend on Chuck to manage all the resources such as national, state, and local data needed for committee information and research projects. He helps with communications technology and posting information online. During discussions among the Executive Committee members, he makes certain that we are aware of the details in matters of importance, and he has gained everyone’s respect for his thoughtful ideas and suggestions that help to resolve problems and lend guidance to making critical decisions. This is the short of a long list, and some may only know him as the person who is always setting up the public sound system at FCRC meetings, even when he had to hobble around on a broken leg in a cast.

    SO NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY!

    Sincerely

    Kay Hayes, Chairman

  • FCRC Secretary Robin Corcoran Honored

    Our dedicated and loyal FCRC member and Secretary, Robin Corcoran, has been chosen as the 2017 “Top of the Tree” Honoree for the annual Fauquier Hospital LIGHTS FOR LIFE celebration to be held on Wednesday, December 6,  7:00 PM, in the Fauquier Hospital Sycamore Conference Room. 

    Please come and help to celebrate all that Robin has contributed during her 20 years of service as a Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, Inc. board member and her service and volunteer activities in the community.

     

    Kay Hayes

    FCRC Chairman

  • A THANK YOU NOTE FROM FCRC CHAIRMAN KAY HAYES

    A THANK YOU NOTE FROM
    FCRC CHAIRMAN KAY HAYES

    My fellow Republicans,

    Thank you to all the FCRC members, campaign staff workers, and friends who devoted many long hours and demanding tasks to “get out the vote” on Election Day.

    Words cannot convey the deep appreciation and the heartfelt thanks for your cooperation, loyalty, and unselfish help throughout the past months, and special praise for the many faithful individuals who endured the adverse weather conditions outside the polling places on Election Day.

    We did our best to win with the planned programs, technical support, and other tools to organize the grassroots effort in order to communicate the candidates’ messages to the local voters. Your dedication to meet the demands of the campaign tasks had a huge impact on the results of the race. Fauquier County lived up to the expectation of winning every precinct.

    During the past few days, some of you have received various messages of thanks from the candidates, opinions of why we lost the gubernatorial election, and what to do for damage control. A multitude of reasons have been offered to explain the loss of the election.  There is no point in playing the “blame game”.  In my humble opinion, there are “winds of change” — such as changing demographics, younger generations with different values, less focus on communication skills, unreliable messaging — just to name a few items,  and to provide some food for thought.

    Let us not lose sight of our goals.  Looking ahead, we will continue to strive for unity in our efforts to keep Fauquier County “RED”!

    Thank you again for your tireless efforts, and please, take pride in knowing you played a major role in the good fight to win.

    We are privileged to enjoy the blessings and high quality of life in this great Commonwealth of Virginia.

    KAY HAYES,
    Chairman, FCRC

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