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Cline addresses impeachment, proposed gun legislation

By JUSTIN FAULCONER, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

As the third day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump unfolded Thursday, Rep. Ben Cline, R-6th District, was on the front line in Trump’s defense during a town hall in Lynchburg attended by about 100 people, including many veterans.

VaNews January 24, 2020


Augusta County delegates vote against Equal Rights amendment

By STAFF REPORT, News Virginian

All three delegates that represent parts of Augusta County in the House of Delegates voted against ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday. John Avoli, R-Staunton; Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge; and Chris Runion, R-Rockingham, were among 41 others who opposed House Resolution 1.

VaNews January 17, 2020


Rep. Ben Cline predicts busy year in Congress

By CLAIRE MITZEL, News Leader (Metered Paywall - 3 to 4 articles a month)

As sixth district Rep. Ben Cline reflected Tuesday morning on his first year in Congress, he summed up his experience in one sentence: "If there's one thing you can't say about last year's Congress, it's that it was quiet."

VaNews January 8, 2020


Cline: 2020 will be just as busy and eventful in Congress

By LOGAN BOGERT, News Virginian

Comments from area residents on climate change, national debt and gun control dictated most of the conversation at a nearly two-hour long town hall held Tuesday by Virginia’s 6th District Congressman Ben Cline. About 40 community members attended the event, and a majority rebuked comments Cline made regarding climate change, including that the “degree to which man is contributing to climate change is mixed.”

VaNews January 8, 2020


Cline defends killing of Iranian general but says he hopes U.S. will avoid war

By CALVIN PYNN, Harrisonburg Citizen

Republican U.S. Rep. Ben Cline told about 50 of his constituents in Harrisonburg Monday night that while he wants to avoid war with Iran, he agreed with President Donald Trump’s assassination order of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani based on the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in place in Iraq. “Given the information I have, I believe that the action was appropriate,” said Cline, who just finished his first year representing Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. “Now the question is: where do we go from here?”

VaNews January 7, 2020


Augusta County delegates discuss education, abortion at town hall

By LOGAN BOGERT, News Virginian

Education, pro-life legislation and state vehicle inspections were among topics members of the community brought up to three delegates representing Augusta County at a town hall Thursday at the Augusta County Public Library. About a dozen residents of the community met with 20th district delegate John Avoli, R-Staunton, 25th district delegate Chris Runion, R-Rockingham, and 24th district delegate Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge.

VaNews January 6, 2020


Legislators tour Amherst career, technical education offerings; discuss issues with school board

By JUSTIN FAULCONER, Amherst New Era Progress

A month before they head to Richmond for the upcoming General Assembly session, three Amherst County-area state legislators received an up-close look at Amherst County High School’s career and technical education offerings during a Dec. 4 visit. Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg; Del. Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge and Wendell Walker, who on Nov. 5 was elected to the House District 23 seat, took part in the tour

VaNews December 13, 2019


Area delegation talks 2020 legislative priorities

By LOGAN BOGERT, News Virginian

Ahead of the 2020 General Assembly session, Augusta County’s delegation answered questions on what’s on the horizon for the region at the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast on Tuesday morning. John Avoli, R-Staunton; Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge; Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon; and Chris Runion, R-Rockingham identified different first priorities for the upcoming session that convenes Jan. 8, but all agreed that broadband access in rural areas needs to be expanded.

VaNews December 11, 2019


Rep. Ben Cline calls Trump impeachment inquiry a 'sham' and 'tragedy'

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

At the first House Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry hearing, Rep. Ben Cline, R-Botetourt, denounced what he called the “sham impeachment of this president.” Cline is the only Virginia representative on the committee, which spent Wednesday listening to constitutional scholars testifying whether or not President Donald Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine rose to the level of impeachment.

VaNews December 5, 2019


Rep. Ben Cline's first year in Congress

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Rep. Ben Cline walked out of a meeting about the ballooning cost of higher education frustrated. He had just been defeated — again. Cline, a Republican from Botetourt County, put forward a pair of proposals to increase transparency and accountability at higher education institutions as well as to deal with the ease with which people are able to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. The House Education and Labor Committee, like Congress controlled by the majority party Democrats, swiftly killed his ideas.

VaNews December 2, 2019