“Congress should take direction on this frivolous effort from Nancy Reagan herself and ‘just say no,’ ” Laura Saul Edwards, a Democratic activist from Northern Virginia, said on Facebook.
Democratic Rep. Don Beyer and Republican Rep. Rob Wittman, both from Virginia, have introduced the Federal Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, meant to blunt the impact of a federal government shutdown on federal workers.
The Virginia legislators cited Secretary Zinke’s announcement that drilling off the Florida coast was taken “off the table” after listening to “local and state” voices, and asked that the Trump Administration take similar concerns from Virginians just as seriously. Virginia’s coastal leaders -from the Democratic mayor of Norfolk to the Republican mayor of Virginia Beach and the current Governor and Governor-elect of Virginia – have all voiced opposition to drilling off of the Virginia coast.
"The Trump Administration's decision to radically expand offshore drilling to nearly all US waters is yet another giveaway to the oil and gas industry, made over the objections of coastal communities, military leaders, and environmental organizations," said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). "Local, state, and federal leaders from both parties have been vocal in their opposition to this move. When taken with last week's decision to reverse safety and enforcement rules put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, Trump is exposing our nation's coastal communities and environment to unacceptably high risks."