As the President reportedly sought industry advice on whether to remain in the Paris Agreement, a bipartisan group of Representatives wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging the Administration to continue its commitment to the pact. Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Safe Climate Caucus, joined Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), co-chairs of the Climate Solutions Caucus, in urging the White House and the State Department to uphold American commitments to the landmark international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A bill approved by parliament late on Thursday increases fully paid leave to 26 weeks from 12 weeks, provides leave for adoptive mothers for 12 weeks, and facilitates a work from home option for nursing mothers.
We recognize African American history during the month of February as an integral part of American history, and celebrate the many achievements of African Americans to our great nation. It is also a time to remember Virginia’s checkered history. From massive resistance to the integration of public schools, to the end of poll taxes, to the election of Governor Doug Wilder, and to Governor McAuliffe’s restoration of rights initiatives, Virginia has had a complex history in the push towards racial equality. Yet we march on toward progress.
Northern Virginia Democrat Don Beyer says Republicans are making much ado about nothing. “No regulations passed without years of study and many public hearings and often tens of thousands of pieces of input from the American people so I think it’s silly and unnecessary." Beyer says east coast states like Virginia are the tailpipes for states to our west, which he says is why federal regulations are needed. “Well we don’t generate that much smoke sac pollution but if it was all coming from the states to the west of us, it blows right across us. And the same with the water, he says."