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  • Rep. Brat Statement on Release of House Intelligence Memo on Abuses of Power at FBI and DOJ
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics, National Security

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat issued the following statement in response to the memo released by the House Intelligence Committee on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. “During a time when movies like The Post are praised for their depictions of the media chasing down the truth about government actions, it is startling to see so many individuals opting for the narrative of ‘just trust the government,’ leading up to the release o... Read more

  • Rep. Brat Supports Mandatory Anti-Harassment Training and Congressional Accountability Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on November 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) released the following statement upon passage of H.Res. 630, legislation to require all employees of the House of Representatives, including Members of Congress, to take anti-harassment training in workplace rights and responsibilities. Rep. Brat is an original cosponsor of the legislation introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.). “Today, we took an important step to address the serious issue of sexual harassment in the congressional workplace. While my office s... Read more

  • COLUMN: 'Why can’t everyone work together and get along in D.C.?'
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    The following op-ed appeared in the November 25, 2017 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Over and over again I hear the request from friends, neighbors, and colleagues on both sides of the aisle: Why can’t Congress unify and get things done? But this begs the question: What are we unifying around? Unity requires an established set of first principles to back up our policy positions. In other words, unity without any shared common beliefs or principles is impossible. When it comes to unity a... Read more

  • COLUMN: The key to getting things accomplished in Congress: bipartisan bills and bipartisan friendships
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    The following op-ed appeared in the August 26, 2017 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Our politics in America are more divided than ever. Frustration levels are high and the dialogue we see on social media and other mediums has too often degraded into name-calling and personal attacks. Where ideological differences exist, it often seems civil discourse has disappeared. To bridge political differences with other members of Congress, I have made developing personal relationships and introduc... Read more

  • Reps. Brat, Titus Introduce Commodity Checkoff Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    WASHINGTON - Reps. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) introduced the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017 (OFF Act) Tuesday. This legislation will work to bring much needed transparency and accountability back to the federal government’s checkoff programs. Checkoff programs operate under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and participation is mandatory. These programs collect funds from small local farmers to the largest factory operated producer for eggs, bee... Read more

  • Rep. Dave Brat: Ryan Should Explain Agenda Before Holding Speaker Vote
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    This op-ed was posted in Newsmax. In two days, the members of the House of Representatives are being asked to vote for a Speaker who will push through an agenda in 100 days. The question remains: what agenda? I will not vote for any speaker until I know the complete answer to that question. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Trump has turned politics on its head and that Trump "heard a voice in this country that no one else heard." Not quite. Some of us were listening to the voices of the forgotte... Read more

  • Rep. Brat on FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton: 'No One is Above the Law'
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics, National Security

    Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after the announcement that the FBI is going to review "pertinent" emails to the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server: "I am glad the FBI has chosen to review new evidence in its investigation of Hillary Clinton. The American people are desperate to see her face the consequences that any other person who mishandled classified information would face. Today's decision was a small step in returning faith in our ... Read more

  • Hypocritical Left Has Own Version of ‘Apocalyptic’ Rhetoric
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics

    This op-ed was shared by TheBlaze. Journalists and media pundits roundly mocked the “apocalyptic” tone of the Republican National Convention, while conveniently forgetting how often the left hails the end of times in its own dark and stormy rhetoric. Secretary of State John Kerry recently stated that air conditioners and refrigerators pose as big a threat to “life on the planet” as terrorists. And lest this appear like an accidental over-statement, the Obama administration has repeated the claim... Read more

  • RELEASE: Rep. Brat Votes to Support Freedom from Government Coercion
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics, Healthcare

    Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) released the following statement in support of the House passage of the Conscience Protection Act (S. 304). Read more

  • Rep. Brat Voted "NO" on Expanding Patriot Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Congressional Ethics, National Security

    Last night, H.R. 5606, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) helped defeat a bill that would have allowed the Federal government to violate the privacy rights of innocent Americans, based merely on the suspicion they had committed any “specified unlawful activity.” Read more

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