With the Democrats taking over the majority in the House of Representatives, members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation have become more powerful. Gerry Connolly, for instance, was named Chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations earlier today.
While Gerry has spoken about the need to protect the Affordable Care Act (if not strengthen it), increase the minimum wage, and other important issues, I’ve also heard him speak on several occasions about the need to hold the Trump Administration accountable — something the Republican majority never did during the first two years of his term. Through his role as chairman, the subcommittee will now be able to conduct proper oversight of the federal civil service, whistleblower protections, the Postal Service, government management and accounting measures, the economy, efficiency and management of government operations, and so much more. All of these are crucial both to Northern Virginia and the country as a whole.
Especially now that Trump has proven he’s willing to use federal workers and the American people as political pawns, it’s important that someone hold the Administration accountable. Connolly seems to get this and has taken it to heart while assuming his new leadership role.
“I am honored to be named Chairman of the Government Operations Subcommittee,” Connolly said. “The American people sent a clear message in November that they want a check on the Trump Administration and rigorous oversight. Our subcommittee’s work will be committed to fact-based investigations, but we will not abandon our responsibility to provide oversight of the Trump Administration. We have witnessed repeated attacks on federal employees and whistleblowers, a radical plan to overhaul the federal government, arbitrary attacks on telework, and a backslide on federal IT modernization. I am committed to shedding light on these policies and decisions, and holding the Administration accountable.”
“In midst of this record-long Trump Shutdown, I know the American public expect their government to work for them,” Connolly added. “Working with my colleagues, I am confident we will make sure it does again and that we restore dignity to public service.”
Connolly has served on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee since he was first sworn into Congress back in 2009. In the 115th Congress, he served as Vice Ranking Member of the Committee — a role that makes sense for him since his district’s base right outside DC makes him and his constituents keenly aware of how the federal government operates.