There's an app for that

Congressman Bob Goodlatte
2017-12-11 17:37:52
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There's an App for That!

Thanks to the creativity and skill of several students from across Virginia's Sixth Congressional District, there are a few more apps in the works for your smart phone. The Congressional App Challenge tasks students from across the country with creating and exhibiting an original app. Last week, I was pleased to announce that the winners from our region are a team from Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke County! They joined me on a Skype call from my Washington office (pictured below) to learn the good news. 

The winning team took a real world problem – one they have personally experienced – and created a solution. They saw their idea transform from a "brainstorming board" in the classroom to a tool that can be used to help quickly and accurately tally Quizbowl results.  

I am extremely impressed by students throughout the Sixth District who submitted entries. Each of these participants is to be commended for their hard work. I encourage them to take what they have learned from this process and continue to grow their knowledge of computer coding. I thank all of the students who participated as well as the educators who helped them along the way. These young men and women are the next generation of American innovators. Click here for more information about the Challenge and the winning app.

Winning App: Quizbowl Scores from Hidden Valley High School – Roanoke, Va.

Team Members: David Arnold, Shreyas Gullapalli, Mengyun (Mavis) Lee, Yifei Zhao

Teacher/Advisor: Mrs. Phifer Herrala

House Passes the Taylor Force Act

In March of last year, 28-year-old Taylor Force, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan from Texas, was in Israel for a school trip as part of his graduate studies. By all accounts, he was a young man with great potential. But tragedy struck during that trip when Taylor was brutally murdered in an attack by a Palestinian terrorist. 

The loss of this young man is heartbreaking. It’s even more disturbing when you learn that the family of his killer will receive payments from the Palestinian Authority as a reward for his murder. This Palestinian policy allows for payments to be made to those serving time in Israeli jails for committing terrorist acts in Israel. If the attackers are killed, payments are then made to their surviving family members. This policy only serves to incentivize violent terrorist attacks against innocent people, like Taylor Force. In light of this, it’s extremely perplexing that the United States continues to provide economic aid to the Palestinians to promote peace in the region. Someone from the Sixth District recently wrote to me and said, “there will never be peace between Israelis and the Palestinians so long as one of these parties funds terrorism against the other.” I agree. 

The Taylor Force Act, which I cosponsored, would withhold U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until it terminates its “pay to slay” scheme. Last week, the House of Representatives passed this bipartisan bill to help hold the Palestinian Authority accountable with the goal of preventing future victims of this violence. Payments to these terrorists must stop. 

THIS WEEK IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify before the House Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing on Wednesday at 10AM. I am very troubled by the recent controversy surrounding staff assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. Members of the Judiciary Committee will have the opportunity to ask Deputy AG Rosenstein about these developments since he is tasked with overseeing the special counsel’s investigation. I look forward to hearing from him on this and the many issues facing the Justice Department. Click here for the live-stream. 

Any Guns N' Roses fans?

Last week, Slash (who you might know as the lead guitarist from Guns N' Roses) came to the Capitol to talk about protecting the rights of creators in the music industry.

Governor-elect Northam Meets with Virginia Delegation

Governor-elect Ralph Northam was in Washington last week and met with members of the Virginia Delegation in the House of Representatives. I was pleased to speak with Governor-elect Northam and share with him our federal priorities and opportunities to work together on behalf of the Commonwealth. I mentioned how a comprehensive rural broadband strategy to deliver 21st century technology to the entire state would be a significant economic generator, as well as the importance of improving regional transportation needs with upgrades to I-81 and investment in the proposed I-73 corridor. I share my colleagues’ interest in working with the new Administration in Richmond to find solutions that advance the interests of the Commonwealth and our constituents.

Update: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Passes the House 

Last week, the House of Representatives took action to protect Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms and enhance public safety by passing H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Click here to read more about this bill.

VIDEO  I spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 38.


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