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Recognizing James P. Moran’S Legacy Of Public Service November 14, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Mr. Speaker, it is with great respect and admiration that I rise to recognize my friend and colleague, Jim Moran, for a distinguished career in public service spanning four decades. Jim announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election to Congress, where he has spent the last 24 years as a formidable advocate for Northern Virginia and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. For anyone who knows him, Jim’s passion for public service is apparent. He wears it on his sleeve like a badge of honor. Throughout his career, he has been a proponent for protecting the environment, a defender of the downtrodden, and a champion for commonsense, responsive government, even if that meant challenging his own party. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jim since his days serving on the Alexandria City Council, where he was first elected in 1979. He’d already amassed a respectable career in public service by that point, working for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. During Jim’s tenure on the City Council, Alexandria was experiencing rapid growth along with the rest of Northern Virginia. He was elected Mayor in 1985 and re-elected to a second term. At the urging of his late friend, Mame Reiley, and others in the community, Jim decided to run for Congress in 1990. He challenged and defeated 5-term incumbent Republican Stan Parris—I know for some it might be inconceivable that a Republican ever represented the 8th District, but it just demonstrates how much the demographics of the district have shifted. Jim did not waste time making his mark on any number of local, national, and international issues. He quickly became a champion for consumers, working to prohibit state motor vehicle agencies from selling personal information to mail order companies and other organizations, and he worked in bipartisan fashion with our former colleagues Dan Burton and Ed Markey to pass legislation that allowed parents to better monitor and control the television viewing habits of their children. He was an early, outspoken critic of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and has been a consistent advocate for LGBT rights. Jim was one of 67 members to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Nearly 20 years later, he can feel a sense of vindication knowing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed in 2011 and 30 states now recognize same-sex marriage, with more likely to join them as the courts continue to question the constitutionality of banning such marriages. Following one of the worst tragedies to befall our nation on 9/11, Jim was instrumental in the fight to restore air service, which had been temporarily suspended, at National Airport. He also helped lead the charge in questioning the legitimacy of the Bush administration’s case in the build up to the war in Iraq, ultimately voting against the use of military force—something we continue to debate to this day as other conflicts in the Middle East have erupted. It was Jim who later introduced legislative language requiring regular reports to Congress on the Strategy for Success, including performance metrics which have since become benchmark standards. Through it all, Jim never lost sight of his local government roots. Early in his tenure, he helped secure passage of legislation requiring the CBO and other agencies to analyze and report on the fiscal impacts of federal legislation on state and local governments, capturing the unfunded mandates, something to which I wish more of our colleagues in Congress would pay greater attention. He also partnered with our former colleague Tom Davis, the Clinton administration, and former District of Columbia Mayor Tony Williams to advance D.C. Home Rule and reduce Congressional restrictions on the District. During my tenure on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, we worked closely with Jim and the rest of our Congressional delegation on the closure of the D.C.-operated Lorton Prison, and the eventual sale of the 3,000-acre former prison property to the County for use as parkland, public facilities, and limited economic development. Jim’s fingerprints also are visible on most major transportation improvements across Northern Virginia in the last two decades. He worked with the regional delegation and leveraged his position on the Appropriations Committee to help secure the major federal commitment to help Virginia and Maryland replace the aging Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the only federally owned bridge in the nation. Later, Jim worked with Fairfax County and the Commonwealth to convince the Pentagon to help build a new road skirting the outer edge of Fort Belvoir after two popular commuter routes through the base were closed following 9/11. He also was instrumental in securing federal commitments to help the region absorb the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure movements, in which Fort Belvoir saw the largest net increase in military personnel. Richmond Highway provides the primary access point to the base, which has no transit connection, and Jim helped secure funding to widen the already clogged Route 1 to ensure the new workers and visitors to Belvoir could actually get there. In addition to those road improvements, Jim worked with the regional delegation to secure the long-term capital funding agreement with Metro, in which the federal government has committed to match the contributions from Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. And I was pleased to stand with Jim and our colleague Frank Wolf, who is also retiring after 34 years in Congress, at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony for Metro’s new Silver Line. That one project has been more than 50 years in the making and will have a transformative effect on the National Capital Region, and Jim and Frank were among those who helped us finally push it over the finish line. From his days working at the Department of Health to his tenure as chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Jim has labored to make government work better for our constituents and our communities and to ensure we have competent and committed public workforce to advance our shared priorities. It is fitting that we use the occasion of the 8th Congressional District Democratic Committee’s annual Kennedy-King Dinner, which honors the legacies of Sen. Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to celebrate the tremendous record of accomplishment of Jim Moran. Like others in our generation, Jim stepped forward to accept the baton to carry on Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King’s mission to promote a civil, just, and prosperous society. Mame Reiley, who we tragically lost earlier this year to breast cancer, was the impetus behind this annual gathering, and we rightfully take a moment to honor her legacy of service as well. Though she ran her own communications firm, Mame’s true calling was as a political strategist. As noted earlier, she counseled Jim on his first run for Congress and went on to serve as his campaign manager and first Chief of Staff. She was elected to the Democratic National Committee from Virginia, chairing the Women’s Caucus. She advised former Gov. Doug Wilder in his Presidential exploratory campaign and went on to serve in political advisory roles for Gov. Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine. She also advised Jim’s brother, Brian, in his bid for statewide office. There is no question Jim and Mame were a dynamic political duo, and their collective efforts have touched and improved lives throughout the community. In closing, let me just say that for me personally, Jim Moran is first and foremost, a dear friend. When I came to Congress as the junior member of the Northern Virginia delegation, Jim was there for me every step of the way. We’ve become true partners and have collaborated on hundreds of issues facing our region, and I hope to be able to continue calling on his counsel. I wish him and his family all the best as he begins this new chapter of his life, and I congratulate him on a meaningful legacy of service and accomplishment for which any of us in public life could be proud. "
Congratulating Kenneth Naser November 13, 2014
James Moran, D-VA
"Ken also has helped ALIVE!’s Child Development Center grow and improve, both as a volunteer chair of the committee overseeing its operation and in the Executive Director role, where he exercises a key, day-to-day oversight function. Ken has been instrumental as the Center has received national accreditation and also was highly rated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Center assists working families who pay sliding scale fees based on their income level, and fundraising efforts, under Ken’s direction, make up the difference in cost."
Welcoming The Honorable Dave Brat To The House Of Representatives November 12, 2014
Robert Scott, D-VA
"I welcome Dave and his family to Congress, and I look forward to working with him on issues critical to the Richmond region and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia."
50Th Anniversary Of Friendship Industries, Inc. September 19, 2014
Robert Goodlatte, R-VA
"Mr. Speaker, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Friendship Industries, Inc. in Harrisonburg, Virginia has served the Commonwealth of Virginia well by offering employment and training opportunities for individuals with disabilities. With a vision of providing “work opportunities to ensure immediate and full employment for all persons with disabilities” who come to them for assistance, Friendship Industries has fostered a community that seeks to value all individuals, regardless of the challenges they may face."
American Energy Solutions For Lower Costs And More American Jobs Act September 18, 2014
Robert Goodlatte, R-VA
"This sale will provide necessary energy resources for our Nation, while providing a significant boost to the economy of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It also includes other important provisions, like the Judiciary-approved RAPID Act, which cuts through the government red tape impeding development of our resources."

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