" Right now corporate lobbyists and their allies in the White House and Capitol Hill are trampling the environmental laws that protect our children’s health, our air and our water. They are unleashing the banks to take ever-greater risks. They are dismantling the Affordable Care Act so that those with pre-existing conditions will not be covered, a path to catastrophic hardship for many Virginians. They are doing everything in their power to gut Medicaid, which spells disaster for the children and families it serves. They are chomping at the bit to defund Social Security and Medicare, hoping to cut billions in disability payments. These are extreme and callous actions that will tear apart the fabric of our community. This has to stop. "
“Tom Garrett and Washington Republicans just voted to give a tax break to those at the very top and big corporations, throw healthcare markets into chaos, explode the deficit and kill jobs,” said Albemarle County Democrat, 4th generation Virginian and candidate for Congress in Virginia’s Fifth District Ben Cullop. “They did all of this while raising taxes on too many middle class families and hanging small businesses out to dry. For too long, the influx of dark money in politics has been threatening our democracy and stacking the deck in favor of special interests and against everyday folks. Politicians in Congress have voted to protect these interests, making it even easier for foreign money to influence our elections. This has to end. ”
"I’ve grown increasingly disheartened by our politics in recent years. Too many of us have come to see those we disagree with as the enemy. We’re beginning to lose sight of the fact that, at our core, we all want the same thing: a chance to work hard and provide our children with a better life than our own. That’s my family’s story, and it’s this country’s story as well.
Folks don’t want their leaders in Congress playing political games. They want them working together to build an inclusive, accessible economy. That’s why fostering real economic opportunity in every community of the Fifth District will be my number one priority in this campaign and in Congress. "
"Political gerrymandering, drawing electoral districts to advantage one party over another, is one of the greatest threats to our democracy. It is nothing more than a way for political parties (and their candidates) to create districts where they are safe, for their own selfish interests. Instead of being accountable to the people, those elected officials are beholden only to their corporate benefactors. We cannot let the people lose their voice and the power to shape their own future.
Case in point: When asked about his constituents demanding he vote no on the House healthcare bill, Tom Garrett responded that none of "those people" voted for him. He does not feel responsible for all the people in his district because gerrymandering gives him the security to ignore some people without any consequences."
Senator Kaine is a real leader for his constituents back home in Virginia and an excellent role model for Congress as a U.S. Senator. These are just a few of his accomplishments:
Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 and serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees. During his first term in the Senate, Tim has successfully fought against the sequestration cuts that were harming Virginia’s economy, supported reforms that strengthen our education system, and advocated a U.S. foreign policy that protects American families while staying true to our nation’s values.
Tim was elected to the Senate as a bipartisan bridge builder, and he’s stayed true to that promise by working closely with Republicans on a number of fronts. In order to get things done for the people of Virginia, Tim has made working across the aisle and finding common ground a top priority. Tim has partnered with Republicans to help address issues as wide-ranging as unemployment among veterans, campus sexual assault, sea level rise, drug abuse, and K-12 education reform.
Since June of 2014, Tim has been the leading voice calling on Congress to uphold its constitutional duty and vote to authorize the war against ISIL.
As a lifelong supporter of career and technical education, Tim has been a strong advocate in the Senate for investing in education – from expanding access to preschool, to ensuring students develop skills that prepare them for the careers of the 21st century.
While Tim is always working to find common ground with his Republican colleagues, he is also a proud Democrat who isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in, from protecting a women’s right to make her own healthcare choices, to ensuring equal pay for equal work, to supporting commonsense policies to prevent gun violence.
After law school, he practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in the representation of people who had been denied housing due to their race or disability. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. Despite serving during the worst recession in 70 years, Tim led the state to national recognition. Under Tim’s leadership, Virginia was named the best managed state in America, the Best State for Business, and the Best State to Raise a Child. The Commonwealth maintained its Triple A bond rating for fiscal management -- an honor shared by only 7 states -- and had one of the nation's lowest unemployment rates and highest median incomes. Tim is proud of President Obama’s work to rebuild the American economy and believes Congress can build on that work by equipping Americans with the tools to climb the economic ladder.
Tim continues to be a strong supporter of Medicare and Social Security and is committed to making these critical programs work for today’s seniors and future generations. On the 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare, Tim spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of the program, calling it “one of the best programs that this nation has ever embraced” and praising reforms included in the Affordable Care Act that helped improve the solvency of Medicare. Tim believes Congress should focus on finding ways to make Medicare work better for seniors while saving costs, which is why he supports efforts to lower prescription drug costs that are impacting patients, health care providers, and American taxpayers.
As a member of the Senate Aging Committee, Tim has focused on issues impacting seniors across Virginia, including protection from scams and abuse. Tim recently held a roundtable discussion with seniors in the Richmond area living with Alzheimer’s as well as their family members and caregivers to discuss how the government can improve support for those impacted by the disease.
One of Tim’s favorite parts about serving in the Senate is getting to represent Virginia on the Armed Services Committee. Virginia is home to the world’s largest naval base, more than 25 military installations, thousands of servicemembers and their families, and our nation’s best shipbuilders and defense contractors. Tim came to the Senate determined to help reduce unemployment among our nation’s veterans.
As Governor during the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech, Tim understands the unbearable pain gun violence causes in communities across the country. Tim has called on his colleagues in Congress to stand up to the gun lobby that no longer represents the views of gun owners in our country and finally pass reforms that the American people support to curb gun violence. This includes strengthened background checks, increased resources to enforce gun laws, and improved mental health treatment.
Tim is an avid outdoorsman who will always work to protect our air, water and land. In the Senate, Tim has been a strong supporter of efforts to reduce the carbon pollution responsible for climate change and ensure our energy production is cleaner tomorrow than it is today. From his opposition to the Keystone pipeline to his support for the President’s historic Clean Power Plan, Tim has advocated policies that will protect our planet and strengthen our economy.
Tim has fought for policies that would help close the gender pay gap and ensure women are receiving equal pay for equal work. He’s concerned by the adverse impact that wage discrimination continues to have on families and the U.S. economy by providing working families with less income to spend at local businesses and hurting their ability to save for retirement. In the Senate, Tim has co-sponsored legislation to protect female workers and expand access to affordable health care for women. Tim will continue fighting to protect women’s right to make their own choices about their reproductive health.