The congressman representing Virginia's 8th District talks health care, climate change, politics and Amazon.
Tanya, who retired from the U.S. Army in 2013 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, was the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security from April 2014 to August 2015. Her Army career included service in multiple locations throughout the United States, as well as Iraq, Haiti, and the Republic of Korea. She is a recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star for significant achievement and distinguished service.
The bill is more generous than one that the region’s four U.S. senators are about to file. The planned Senate measure would raise federal dedicated funding to $200 million a year, on condition that the agency adopt certain oversight and safety measures. It would double the federal grant to Metro from $150 million a year to $300 million, on condition that the agency strengthen its Office of the Inspector General and meet performance targets such as for safety and cost efficiency.
Thanks to the longtime efforts of the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations (MVCCA) led especially by former and current transportation chairs, Frank Cohn and Pete Sitnik, and your local elected officials, following Congressman Don Beyer’s lead, have all worked hard to push federal officials to focus on making this federal road safer for the community.