The U.S. Congress, What’s Ahead?

On November 8, all incumbent Northern Virginia U.S. representatives were re-elected:  Cong. Don Beyer (D-8); Cong. Gerry Connolly (D-11); Cong. Barbara Comstock, (R-10); and Cong. Rob Wittman (R-1).  Virginia’s U.S. Senators, Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D) were not up for re-election in 2016.

Most national conservation groups, including the National Audubon Society, are organizing to advocate more forcefully for conservation and to prevent the weakening of federal environmental policies.  For example, National Audubon’s (NAS) website says:  “The nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is deeply concerning.”  NAS is urging members to email U.S. Senators and ask that they “ensure the next head of the EPA will protect birds and people.”  Another nominee, Rep. Ryan Zinke, nominated for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior and currently representing Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives, received a lifetime 3% rating out of 100 on the League of Conservation Voters’ scorecard.  Click here.   Elected officials need to know that people care.

In terms of federal policy, the National Audubon Society has posted this review of “top wins” in 2016.