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Navy budget pressures forcing tough moves

By HUGH LESSIG, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

The Navy wants to slow down construction of two future aircraft carriers at the Newport News shipyard so it can spread out payments to six years. That in itself "is not the end of the world," said Rep. Randy Forbes. But it is part of a trend that disturbs the Chesapeake Republican, who chairs a House panel on military readiness. "I'm not looking at a snapshot," he said. "I'm looking at a trend."

VaNews March 26, 2012

Hampton Roads congressional delegation highlights Chinese drywall problem

By JOE LAWLOR, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

The "rotten eggs" smell emanating from Joe and Elizabeth Matulenas' Chinese drywall-riddled home on Saturday was so strong that people touring the home — including four members of Congress — wore respirators or gas masks

VaNews March 11, 2012

Three local GOP congressmen backed Boehner's debt-reduction bill

By HUGH LESSIG, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

The trio of Republican congressmen from Hampton Roads all supported embattled House Speaker John Boehner's debt-reduction bill that cleared the House of Representatives on Friday. Later in the evening, the Senate -- which earlier pronounced the bill dead on arrival -- voted 59-41 to table the bill. Reps. Randy Forbes of Chesapeake,Rob Wittman of Westmoreland and Scott Rigell of Virginia Beach were all onboard with a two-step debt ceiling bill that included a call for a balanced budget amendment. The bill would reportedly have required congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution -- which would be sent to the states -- before the debt ceiling was extended through 2012, according to reports. Still, local House members took their time before deciding what to do.

VaNews August 1, 2011

Debt issue draws protest

By CHELYEN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Rep. Rob Wittman's position on the debt ceiling debate in recent weeks earned him a protester or two outside his Fredericksburg office yesterday. Stafford County resident Jay Moore picketed the office because he disagrees with making cuts to programs that help the poor--like Social Security or Medicare--but not making rich individuals and companies pay higher taxes. Wittman has said he believes in entitlement reform--although not done in such a way as to affect current retirees--but that tax reform should wait until Congress has proven it can manage money.

VaNews August 2, 2011