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US Senators from Virginia vote to save net neutrality

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) voted May 16 in favor of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to undo the Trump Administration’s repeal of net neutrality rules. The resolution passed the Senate 52-47 and it now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

US Reps. Wittman and Connolly introduce resolution to honor public servants

Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01) was joined by Representative Gerald Connolly (VA-11) in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating May 6-12, 2018 as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW).

Local comments wanted for comprehensive plan review in progress for Prince William Forest Park

National Park Service (NPS) reports that it is developing a Comprehensive Trail Plan for Prince William Forest Park to provide guidance for enhancing the park’s trail system and visitor experience in a manner sympathetic with the natural and cultural surroundings and balances overall resource protection with intended trail uses and long-term management.

PRTC awarded $3.6 million FTA grant to buy six new commuter buses; delivery expected in 2019

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) has been selected by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to receive a $3.6 million grant to purchase six new OmniRide commuter buses, according to a PRTC news release. The grant award will enable PRTC to replace six older OmniRide commuter buses that have exceeded their useful life. There are 125 buses in the fleet.

National Park Service plans prescribed fire at Wolf Trap April 6 if weather permits

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is preparing for a small prescribed fire today April 6, from 10:30 a.m. to at least 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. The planned fire will be adjacent to the parking lots at the Native Meadow with the goal to maintain wildlife habitat, soil nutrition replenishment and controlling woody and invasive species.

FEMA to involve government, private sector and nonprofits in a national disaster readiness drill

FEMA says it will conduct the 2018 National Level Exercise for the whole community, inviting government agencies, private sector and non-profit organizations, and individuals to participate in the biennial exercise April 30 – May 11.

Military Academy information day April 21 for Tenth Congressional District

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock reports the annual 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loudoun County Public School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA 20148. The free event is open to all students, parents and guidance staff interested in learning more about the nation’s service academies.

Controlled burn April 3-13 at Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park (MNBP) will conduct a scheduled burn between April 3-13. According to the MNBP Superintendent, the planned fire will be adjacent to the eastern edge of the Brawner Farm area and will cover up to 45 acres of open fields and scrub.

US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) joins colleagues in letter asking for hearing on school shootings

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Democratic colleagues on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to call on Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to hold a HELP hearing as soon as possible to examine the causes and remedies for school shootings and other mass shootings. Kaine and his Democratic colleagues believe gun violence is a public health crisis, putting it in the purview of their committee that covers health.

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