Monday, April 6, 2009

House Leadership Praises Gerry Connolly's Work on Passing Budget

During the campaign, one of the big things that Gerry Connolly pointed out was that he wouldn't be the typical freshman Congressman due to his experience as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and as a Senate staffer. The other freshmen in the Democratic Caucus seemed to understand this when they elected him freshman class president, but it appears as he's now also receiving public recognition from the House leadership. I received the following statement about Connolly's role in passing the budget and the recognition he's received.
Congressman Gerry Connolly’s role in winning passage of the House budget resolution won praise from the House leadership Thursday.

Connolly also succeeded in winning inclusion of federal pay parity language in the bill and clarifying that the budget resolution does not address specific tax provisions such as a maximum income threshold for tax cut extensions or caps on deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions. The tax cut limits and deduction caps contained in President Obama’s original budget proposal concerned Connolly because they would disproportionately affect residents in Northern Virginia with its high cost of living.

Connolly, a member of the House Budget Committee, played a key role in budget deliberations in committee and in debate on the House floor. The budget as passed by the House includes $1.7 trillion in tax cuts, including estate and gift tax reductions, a child tax credit, and marriage penalty relief.

At a press conference Thursday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and other members of the House leadership, Pelosi said, “A very important part of our passing this budget today was Congressman Gerry Connolly, a neighbor from Northern Virginia. Thank you, Gerry, for being with us and for your leadership.”
I believe this is worth noting because the House of Representatives has 435 members, which means it can sometimes be rather difficult for our Representatives to get their voice heard on the important issues. The fact that Gerry has already been receiving recognition for his hard work suggests that Virginia's 11th District truly does have a Congressman who will be able to stand up for our best interests at the federal level.

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