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American People Deserve Voice in Iran Nuclear Negotiations

American People Deserve Voice in Iran Nuclear Negotiations

The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the gravest threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to…

Washington Should Follow Example Local Governments Set

Washington Should Follow Example Local Governments Set

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with nearly 300 local elected officials who join me in representing the two cities, 21 counties, and 39 towns that make up…

Senator Ruff Seeks Re-Election in Senate District

Senator Ruff Seeks Re-Election in Senate District

“Today I am announcing that I will seek another term as your voice in the Virginia State Senate.  I have been honored to represent you in Richmond; and, if the…

Balancing the Budget for a Stronger America

Balancing the Budget for a Stronger America

Last week, the House passed its annual budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.  A budget is a vision that demonstrates our priorities for the nation and illustrates what choices…

Respect for our Veterans

Respect for our Veterans

This weekend my wife, Jessie, and I attended a Veteran of Foreign Wars memorial service sponsored by the Lunenburg VFW in Victoria.  The event was well attended by state and…

A National Embarrassment

Finally, I’ve figured out what “American exceptionalism” is all about. We are exceptionally dysfunctional — at least our federal government is. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that when asked what…

Protecting Americans’ Information on HealthCare.gov

Protecting Americans’ Information on HealthCare.gov

Hearing from those living and working in Virginia’s Fifth District has always been, and continues to be, my greatest resource as I serve you.  Your input has brought to light problems created by…

Session Wrap Up Part 2: Taxes and Fees

Session Wrap Up Part 2: Taxes and Fees

New taxes were not seriously considered this session.  One that was pushed but was defeated would have taxed the “vapor” electronic cigarettes.  Some believed it unfair that these former smokers…

House Budget Plan Will Prevent Fiscal Crisis

House Budget Plan Will Prevent Fiscal Crisis

For far too long, the people of Virginia’s Fifth District have been negatively impacted by Washington’s inability to live within its means.  This lack of fiscal discipline has created economic…

2015 Session Recap Part I

2015 Session Recap Part I

As reported here and elsewhere, the 2015 Session was less confrontational than the last.  Much was accomplished with many of us working hard on those issues on which we agreed,…