‘Old story repeating’: Local activists say it’s déjà vu after congressional intervention regarding pipeline
Congress’ recent approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline has given its parent company the green light to continue construction and work towards completing the project by the end of 2023. Meanwhile, it’s also given environmental groups and activists a new task — finding ways to halt the project once again.
Education, rising interest rates, implications of a looming rail strike and gun control were some of the concerns community members took up with Republican U.S. Rep. Ben Cline at an area town hall meeting Tuesday.
Harrisonburg-area farmers told U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, along with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s top Republican, that one of the biggest challenges they face is a worker shortage — and one way to address it could be changes to the temporary and migrant worker visa programs.
City and school division bank on federal funds to restart high school project, make up for revenue decline
Money that Congress approved last month to help local communities in the wake of the pandemic could help restart construction on the new Harrisonburg high school soon and is expected to fill revenue holes in the city’s budget. Money from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March, could reach Harrisonburg in the coming weeks in time to resume building the high school even before the city approves its budget for the coming year, said Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Michael Richards.
About 20% of the Central Shenandoah Valley’s residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose so far, said Dr. Laura Kornegay, health director for this area’s public health district.
In the wake of a pro-Trump mob violently storming the U.S. Capitol, Harrisonburg’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Botetourt, condemned Wednesday’s chaos in a tweet and called for those responsible to be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Hours later, Cline voted with more than 100 House Republicans in failed bids to reject Arizona and Pennsylvania’s Electoral College ballots cast for Joe Biden.