Rep. Bob Goodlatte
A Long-Deserved Honor for a Local Veteran
This week, I had the opportunity to present several long-deserved
military service medals to Mr. Billy "Pete" Ridings of Buena
Vista. Mr. Ridings served in the Pacific as a member of the U.S.
Navy Reserve during World War II and never received his medals.
Now, 70 years later, they are in his possession. While these
medals are no match for the sacrifices veterans like Mr. Ridings
have made, it was my true honor to present them to him and say
thank you in person.
The Congressional Mailbag: What You're Saying
Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters,
e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth
District. Many have questions about current issues before
Congress. I thought I would respond to a few of the inquires I
have received in recent weeks in place of the regular weekly
1) I ask you to think carefully about the reauthorization of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Schools are being
required to take away from valuable teaching time to repeatedly
administer standardized testing. It's not the only measure of
student growth and school effectiveness.
Decisions about education need to be made in the home, in
communities, and by local school boards and city councils. All
too often we see the federal government intervening in the
education system, adding more red tape and bureaucracy without
benefit to students. To address this growing federal overreach
and eliminate some of the most troubling provisions of No Child
Left Behind, the House of Representatives has begun consideration
of H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. You may be interested to know
that I offered an amendment to H.R. 5, which was adopted, to
further expand flexibility for educators and allow local school
boards to create and administer their own testing systems. I look
forward to finishing consideration of this legislation.
2) I urge you to support S.J. 8, the resolution of disapproval of
the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) "Ambush" rule.
In December, the NLRB published a rule that would dramatically
amend the rules governing elections of labor union representation
by significantly cutting the notice time for union elections and
requiring employers to hand over employee contact information to
union leaders. I have many concerns regarding these potential
"ambush" elections as well as the release of employees' personal
information. Folks should have the freedom to decide whether or
not they will join a union and adequate time to consider their
choices in any upcoming elections. I voted in support of S.J.
Res. 8 to prevent the NLRB from implementing the rule.
Unfortunately, President Obama vetoed this resolution. I'm
extremely disappointed by his actions, which will allow the NLRB
to force this rule on workers.
3) What can be done about Hillary Clinton's missing emails?
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a personal
email account for official government business raises serious,
substantial questions regarding the content of those emails,
security concerns, and potential violations of the Federal
Records Act. Congressman Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the House
Select Committee on Benghazi, has requested that Ms. Clinton turn
over her email server to the State Department inspector general
or a neutral third party for an independent analysis of its
contents. I'm closely monitoring the ongoing investigation.
I always enjoy hearing from you and learning more about your
opinions on the issues of the day. If I can be of assistance,
please do not hesitate to send an e-mail through my website at
Goodlatte.House.Gov or contact one of my local offices. It is an
honor to serve you, and I hope that you will stay in touch.
This Week in the Sixth District
In addition to Mr. Ridings' medal ceremony, I made several stops
around the Sixth District over the past week.
On Thursday, I was in Appomattox for the events marking the 150th
anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Maryellen and I also
visited White's Travel Center in Raphine to check out some of
their projects. One of my Roanoke stops included the FedEx
facility. You can keep up with my travels around the Sixth
District by following me on Facebook.
Seeking the next Van Gogh or P. Buckley Moss! April 22 is the
deadline for all submissions to the Congressional Art
Competition. All Sixth District high school students are invited
to enter. I look forward to reviewing this great artwork! Click
here for the competition's guidelines.
Now Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations: My
office is now accepting applications from students for
nominations to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies. If you
know anyone interested in attending the U.S. Naval Academy, West
Point, the Merchant Marine Academy or the U.S. Air Force Academy,
I encourage you to pass this along to them. More information
about the nomination process is available on my website.
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