Saturday, May 11, 2013
Event is Tuesday night at Kenmore Middle School
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran will host a community form on immigration forum Tuesday night in the Kenmore Middle School auditorium. An estimated 10 million to 11 million undocumented immigrants live in this country, and reforming the system to "resolve the status" of these individuals could add more than $800 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next decade and create more than 100,000 jobs per year, according to Moran's office. The congressman will be joined by Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada and representatives from the Center for American Progress, the National Immigration Law Center and the American Immigrants Lawyers Association. The forum will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The federal government is considering moving the National Science Foundation to a less expensive location.
The National Science Foundation is keeping its headquarters in Ballston for the next five years after a search for alternate, less expensive locations in the Washington area. The General Services Administration is allowing the NSF to continue operating out of its headquarters at 4121 and 4201 Wilson Blvd., according to the Washington Business Journal. U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., has worked on keeping the NSF in Arlington and said Monday that work will continue. “I am pleased that NSF’s lease at its current location has been extended,” Moran said in a statement to Patch. “Now we turn our attention to achieving long-term certainty for this important federal research agency. NSF is a cornerstone of the Ballston ‘science corridor,’ also home …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
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The following opinion column was submitted by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. Moran is a member of the Congressional Autism Caucus. We recognize the month of April as Autism Awareness and Understanding month. Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is the fastest growing serious developmental disorder in the United States, affecting nearly two million Americans. One in 88 children is on the autism spectrum by age 8, and boys are five times more likely to have an ASD. A new survey by the Centers for Disease Control indicates that the instance of ASD may actually be higher. And here in Northern Virginia, we are experiencing the prevalence of ASD firsthand. Arlington Public Schools released a report showing a 52 percent increase in enrollment of …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Virginia lawmaker says the fee would reduce littering, encourage use of reusable bags.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., on Monday introduced a measure that would impose a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper bags at grocery and retail stores in the commonwealth. Monday was Earth Day nationwide. The fees would go toward supporting the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Trash Reduction Act of 2013 is modeled after a policy implemented in 2009 in Washington. Montgomery County, Md., has a similar policy. The number of single-use plastic bags in the district dropped from the 2009 monthly average of 22.5 million to just 3 million per month by the end of 2010, according to a news release from the lawmaker's office. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Program provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Longtime Virginia congressman moving back to the Alexandria neighborhood where he launched his political career more than 30 years ago.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is returning to live in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the same community where he launched his political career more than 30 years ago. “It’s about coming home,” said Moran, who announced he was moving at Monday’s Del Ray Business Association luncheon. “I’ve always appreciated the way the community embraced me as a single father and supported me when I first ran for council in 1979 coming out of the Del Ray Citizens Association.” Moran, who served as mayor of Alexandria from 1985 to 1990, is currently living in Arlington’s Shirlington neighborhood. The 12-term congressman said his son, Patrick, recently moved out of the apartment, leaving Moran on his own. “I don’t need a two-bedroom apartment anymore …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
'Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America' was held at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.
A forum on preventing gun violence Monday night turned into a heated debate on gun laws. “At what point do you stop infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens and start enforcing the laws that are in place?” one gun rights advocate asked U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., who hosted the event in Arlington. "When the death of innocent people is reduced,” Moran retorted. “Then we will probably be less aggressive.” The forum — "Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America” — featured a mix of panelists, including former federal agent David Chipman, who is an adviser to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook, and Jonathan Lowy, the director of the Legal Action Project, Brady Center to Prevent …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Event starts at 7 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is hosting a community forum called "Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America." The two-hour event starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the Washington-Lee High School auditorium. Omar Samaha, an advocate with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence whose sister was killed in the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, is among the panelists. Samaha attended this year's State of the Union address as Moran's guest. Other panelists include: Note: This article originally posted Feb. 27 on Arlington Patch.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
House committee looking into possibility of extending Orange, Blue and Yellow lines.
Pipe dream or forward-thinking? U.S. Reps. Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran have introduced a bill that would authorize studying Metrorail's possible expansion into Centreville and other areas of Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act, which is now before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, specifically cites the idea of extending the Orange Line into Centreville. It also proposes studying the possibility of extending the Yellow Line along the Route 1 corridor and the Blue Line along the Interstate 95 corridor to Woodbridge. “Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax County already experience some of the longest commutes in the nation, and these communities will experience continued …
Friday, March 1, 2013
U.S. Reps. Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly both hope there's some compromise before a possible government shutdown later in March.
Northern Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and Jim Moran (D-8th) said Friday Congress is "dysfunctional" just a few hours before President Obama signed an order for the sequester. "It's a dysfunctional Congress," said Moran, who spoke with Patch Friday. "I think it ill-serves the people of the United States today. It's very frustrating, very disappointing. It's an institution that is not serving its functions." President Obama ordered the sequester just after 8:30 p.m. Friday, triggering spending cuts that were meant as a negative consequence for Congress for failing to come to an agreement on the budget. "It is the consequence of a dysfunctional Congress," Connolly said. "It's the consequence of ideological dynamics that …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Event is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Arlington.
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is hosting a community forum called "Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America." The two-hour event starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the Washington-Lee High School auditorium. Omar Samaha, an advocate with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence whose sister was killed in the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, is among the panelists. Samaha attended this year's State of the Union address as Moran's guest. Other panelists include: