At the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, representing 29 jurisdictions in Virginia, Maryland, and the District, efforts have begun to register our collective protest against the attack on our core values on the environment. Senators Kaine and Warner have gone on record opposing this cut. Representative Donald Beyer has done one better by leading a protest in front of EPA. Please tell them the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is an important part of who we are and that you appreciate their support for our values.
I am disturbed but not entirely surprised that the Virginia GOP has descended into the fever swamps of xenophobia and bigotry through its attacks on Dar Al-Hijrah and the attorney general's civil rights forum there last week. All of us who want to build a strong, just and fair Virginia -- which includes the congregants of Dar Al-Hijrah -- must work together to oppose such vitriol. I call on the leading Republicans in the commonwealth to reject these attacks on behalf of their party.
President Donald Trump’s first proposed federal budget, dubbed “America First,” includes some $54 billion in defense spending increases to be “offset by targeted reductions elsewhere,” including the elimination of all $73 million in federal funding that helps pay for programs in Virginia and other states to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
Following a national surge in hate crimes, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced bicameral legislation today to strengthen federal laws that combat hate speech, threats, and attacks. As incidents of hate crimes continue to rise, the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act would improve reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. In a recent high-profile incident, two Indian men in Kansas were shot by a man who shouted “get out of my country” before opening fire. Meanwhile, Jewish Community Centers across the country have experienced a significant uptick in bomb threats and other attempts at intimidation.