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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 06:57:46 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, March 2. Also, check out the video (and the statement after the "flip") of Jim Webb talking about his legislation to overhaul federal government contracting during overseas military contingency operations.

*George Allen backs 'Blunt amendment' on health coverage; Tim Kaine opposes
*Hank the cat for Senate? 'He has enemies.'
*Virginia Senators Decry Blunt Amendment
*Bill aims to overhaul wartime contracting
*Va. Supreme Court likely to rule today on global warming records
*Cuccinelli doubling Bolling in new poll (Although this is the crappy Roanoke College poll, it's in line with other polls and the conventional wisdom that Kookinelli would kick Bill Bolling's butt in a head-to-head contest.)
*House gives Senate 2nd chance on budget
*One Up, One Down for Schools
*Reworked ultrasounds bill approved in the House (With this bill, having the GOVERNMENT force women and doctors to do something against their will and that makes no medical sense whatsoever, Republicans prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are NOT conservative. Also, that they are utter hypocrites on government health care mandates. Turns out they are for them...after they were against them.)
*Mitt Romney announced additions to his Virginia Steering Committee
*The Virginia governor's neighborly gesture
*Senate panel votes down 'Tebow bill' (Good riddance!)
*Former Rep. Tom Davis backs Romney
*Va. Democrats should avoid tit-for-tat overreach

P.S. Also see Subpoenas seek details of how senator got job

UPDATE: Whoops, I missed a big one - Va. lawmakers' womb obsession is hard to fathom

lowkell :: Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning
This week, I introduced comprehensive legislation with Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.) to overhaul federal government contracting during overseas military contingency operations. Our legislation builds on the recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan-an independent, bipartisan panel that Senator McCaskill and I established through legislation introduced in 2007.

The Commission-modeled after the "Truman Committee" which investigated waste and fraud during World War II-spent three years investigating the government's extensive reliance on civilian contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. In its final report to Congress last August the Commission estimated that the U.S. had squandered up to $60 billion through contracting waste and fraud.

Our new legislation affirms the important work done by the great majority of our wartime-support contractors. At the same time, it recognizes the necessity to improve government management and accountability in the contracting process that resulted in unacceptable costs, excessive waste, and substandard performance in far too many areas. My principle focus in these reforms has been to streamline governmental processes in the Defense Department, State Department and USAID in order to improve the efficiencies of this essential practice.

The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 (S.2139)-which is available here-marks a pivotal moment in our five-year fight to address failures in the management and oversight of federal contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan that allowed waste, fraud, and abuse to flourish.

As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I plan to continue gathering input on these proposals and to seek a vote on the bill this year.

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