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Visitors to 21 national parks in Va. had cumulative benefit to state’s economy of nearly $2 billion

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 22,233,323 visitors to 21 national parks in Virginia spent over $1.2 billion in Virginia in 2021. That spending resulted in 18,000 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of nearly $2 billion.

Today, March 10, is Social Security’s National “Slam the Scam” Day

For several years Social Security impersonation scams have been one of the most common government imposter scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission. Social Security has made concerted efforts to address this issue, and extensive outreach and investigative efforts are having a positive impact, decreasing scam reports to OIG by more than 20 percent since 2020, according to Davis Melton, Public Information Officer.

US House OKs $$ for PWC health dept. and climate change projects at Rep. Connolly’s request

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who represents part of Prince William County and is Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, announced two Prince William County projects were included in his Community Project Funding (CPF) requests in the FY 2022 omnibus appropriations package. The funding package passed the House March 9 and now heads to the Senate.

Congress eliminates US Postal Service’s financial prefunding requirements

New legislation that aims to ease US Postal Service's finances and co-sponsored by US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is ready for the President's signature.

Rep. Connolly’s report on weekend inspection trip to Ukraine border in Poland

Dear Neighbor - I just returned from the Polish border with Ukraine, where my colleagues and I on the House Foreign Affairs Committee spent the weekend observing the situation on the ground and assessing the needs of refugees on the border.

Sen. Kaine co-sponsoring bill to hit Putin where it hurts - in his pocketbook

One of Virginia's U.S. Senators, Tim Kaine, is cosponsoring the bipartisan Ban Russian Energy Imports Act. The legislation would prohibit the importation of Russian crude oil, petroleum products, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and coal. “An immediate ban on Russian energy imports will help ensure we aren’t contributing in any way to financing Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine,” said Senator Kaine.

Congressman Connolly on fact-finding trip to Ukraine border in Poland

The office of Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) reports that the Congressman is one of eight members of a House of Representatives' delegation who flew out of the U.S. on Friday, March 4 on a bipartisan oversight trip to see firsthand the humanitarian crisis created by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Connolly, who represents part of eastern Prince William County, is President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Volunteers age 30+ sought by UVA Health to test repurposed medications to fight COVID

UVA Health reports that it has joined a nationwide study evaluating two repurposed medications in the search for effective, safe treatments for mild-to-moderate COVID-19. Repurposed medications are already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of other diseases or conditions.

$15.7 million in federal funding for electric vehicle charging in Virginia

Today, Feb. 10, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $15,745,244 in federal funding for Virginia to build electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. This is the first of five installments totaling $106,375,132 for building EV charging stations across the Commonwealth over the next five years.

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