The Rigell Report: Palestine, FEMA Funding for the Eastern Shore, Immigration, and Big E!

Congressman Scott Rigell
2012-12-02 09:04:47
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U.S. Representative Scott Rigell

The Rigell Report: Palestine, FEMA Funding for the Eastern Shore, Immigration, and Big E!

 


Dear Friend,

It has been a busy and important week – in Washington, in the district, and indeed, around the world. I want to update you on a few critical topics:

United Nations Grants Palestine Elevated Status
I fully support the bipartisan statement issued last week by Majority Leader Cantor and Minority Whip Hoyer expressing disappointment over the United Nations General Assembly’s vote to elevate Palestine to non-member observer status.  You can read the full statement by clicking
FEMA's Decision on Funding for Accomack County Residents Hit by Hurricane Sandy
I supported Governor Bob McDonnell’s request last month that President Obama issue a Major Disaster Declaration which would allow the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to release funds to help with Hurricane Sandy cleanup and restoration. I was disappointed to learn Thursday that while the President agreed to some of the funding, he chose to withhold Individual Assistance from Accomack County. This means Accomack County residents whose homes were totally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Virginia will not get the relief they need. Virginia taxpayers whose homes have been destroyed by this disaster should be eligible for the same relief offered to the taxpayers of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. While the damage in those states may be more wide spread, the acute damage to individual homes in Accomack County is just as severe. I urge President Obama to reconsider his decision with respect to Accomack County, and in the meantime, I join the Governor in encouraging good-hearted Virginians to help Accomack residents by donating to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund.

House Approves Immigration Reform Bill
Last week, I voted for and the House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429), which reallocates 55,000 green cards a year from the diversity lottery green card program to new green card programs for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degrees. In addition, spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents may wait in the U.S. (without work authorization) for green cards to become available after they have spent one year on the green card waiting list. This is an important step toward what must be a comprehensive overhaul of our immigration system.

Honoring a Piece of Military History
Yesterday I had the honor of participating in the inactivation ceremony of the USS Enterprise -- an historic symbol of America’s naval power for over half a century. It is a distinct privilege to have had the Enterprise homeported in the 2nd Congressional District of Virginia for the past 20 years. More than 100,000 Sailors have served on Big E, and yesterday’s inactivation ceremony signals not only the conclusion of the ship’s distinguished service, but recognizes the extraordinary crew, past and present, and equally important, the families who support our men and women in uniform. As we close this chapter in American military history we honor those who have served aboard the Enterprise and thank you for your service to our great country.

As always, I consider it a high honor to represent you and your family. Mindful that I work for you, I remain

Yours in Freedom,

Scott Rigell



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