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Kaine says Bill for Congressional Approval of Iran Nuclear Deal Will Reach President’s Desk

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine says a bill he helped draft that would give Congress the power to review a final nuclear deal with Iran will reach the President’s desk.

Kaine says the bill will give the President the appropriate room to negotiate a nuclear agreement, and only when completed would Congress step in to review the deal.

In an unusual circumstance, the bill passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by unanimous vote. It’s now on the floor.

Kaine is hopeful that the bill could pass the Senate this week and soon thereafter in the House.

Herring Attends Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Arguments

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to hear the arguments for and against legalizing same sex marriage.

The Attorney General told reporters the landmark Loving vs. Virginia case, which legalized interracial marriage, was mentioned more than once during oral arguments.

Last year the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 to strike down Virginia’s 2006 voter approved amendment banning same sex marriage.

Herring changed the commonwealth’s position on the case and chose not to defend the law.

Virginia Last in Connecting Teenagers with Foster Families

The Commonwealth is ranked last in the nation for connecting teenagers to permanent families, with 500 kids per year aging out of the foster care system.

Voices for Virginia’s Children wants the state to opt in to a provision of the Federal Fostering Connections Act, which would provide federal funds for housing, case support and independent living services to transition aged youth aged 18-21. Eligible kids would have to maintain a job or remain in school to receive these funds.

McAuliffe Signs Energy Bills on Earth Day

Governor Terry McAuliffe celebrated Earth Day yesterday (4/22) by signing 10 bills to grow renewable energy jobs.

In front of the 500 KW solar array at the Capitol One Meadowville Technology Park in Chester, McAuliffe signed legislation to create the Virginia Solar Development Authority, double the capacity for solar net energy metering and extend the existing $500 Green Jobs Tax Credit for 3 years.

Council Members Want More Money for Schools

Seven of the nine members of Richmond City Council have introduced amendments to Mayor Dwight Jones' budget to give more money to public schools.

This year, the School Board requested $24 million dollars in additional funds for day-to-day operations. Mayor Jones left it essentially flat but offered an additional $10 million in one time funds to reduce the empty seats in schools.

2nd District Councilman Charles Samuels included an amendment to fully fund the school board’s request.

McAuliffe Touts Environmental Record But Struggles With Activists

Terry McAuliffe made environmental issues a campaign issue in both his 2009 and 2013 campaigns for governor. Now that he’s in office, the reviews among environmentalists are mixed.

Speaking at a recent forum hosted by the New Republic magazine, the governor says he put climate change toward the top of his campaign issues in 2009.

In 2013, McAuliffe defeated a global warming skeptic, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who unsuccessfully sued to prove that a climate change scientist at the University of Virginia had defrauded the taxpayers.

Former First Lady Appeals Conviction

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has appealed her conviction on charges of public corruption.

In a 101-page brief filed yesterday, her attorneys argued the convictions should be overturned, that the trial court judge erred in giving jurors expansive instructions as to what constitutes “an official act” under federal bribery statutes and what transpired with vitamin supplement salesman Johnny Williams was nothing more than the way every politician treats ordinary businesspersons.

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