"Our federal workforce is composed of intelligent, hard-working, and patriotic Americans, and it's about time Congress recognized that with compensation packages that reflect our nation's gratitude to these employees."
Today Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), running for Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, signed a petition calling for marriage equality being circulated by Equality Virginia and People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV). The petition, which now certifies Hope as a Virginia Legislator for Marriage, commits signatories to support legislation that would repeal the Marshall-Newman Amendment.
Delegate Patrick Hope, running for Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, released the following statement after a federal judge ruled the Commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
“Today is a great day to be a Virginian. For far too long our LGBT brothers and sisters have been treated like second-class citizens. There’s no place in a civilized society for discrimination of any kind, and as a member of Congress I will work towards nationwide marriage equality and push for sanctions on countries with poor human rights records.”
Today, Delegate Patrick Hope, running for congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, announced support for Senator Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) efforts to resurrect a proposal that creates savings accounts for newborns. Similar to the 2009 ‘American Saving for Personal Investment, Retirement, and Education Act,’ Wyden’s legislation would create a $500 savings account for every child born in the United States. These accounts would grow tax-free, and families could place up to $2,000 per year in the account. For certain families below the poverty level, the federal government will also match up to $500 in annual deposits.
Virginia prisoners won't get a break on their telephone bills anytime soon. The reason: The state wants to keep pocketing the profit it makes off their calls.
The state treasury collects a 35 percent commission on the net revenue from inmate calls, which brings in $2.6 million a year. Del. Patrick Hope's HB 414 would have cut the commission to 10 percent and redirected the money to programs easing prisoners' re-entry to society upon release.
Lowering the cost of phone calls would encourage communication between inmates and their families, strengthening important family bonds, Hope, D-Arlington County, told a House subcommittee Friday.
But the panel of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee killed his bill, citing its fiscal impact.