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The Democratic primary election is Tuesday; 1 single ballot

The only race on the ballot next Tuesday in Falls Church is the Democratic primary election for the U.S. 8th District House of Representatives, with veteran incumbent Donald S. Beyer Jr. running against premier candidate Victoria Virasingh. Although mail-in and absentee voting has been ongoing for the past month, it is Tuesday, June 21, the official day for regular voting, and polling stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all three locations in Falls town church vote. places.

The Republican in that race, Karina Lipsman, known for her call for the jailing of top Biden health official Anthony Fauci, was chosen at a party convention last month and will be on the November ballot.

Beyer assault weapons excise tax bill introduced in Congress

US Representative Don Beyer’s bill, reported in News-Press last week, was officially introduced in the US House last Tuesday with 36 Democratic co-sponsors. A 1,000% excise tax on semi-automatic rifles such as AR-15s could, if passed, circumvent the Senate filibuster.

He said he hoped it would be deemed eligible to be included in a budget reconciliation package, meaning it could be passed by the Senate with a simple majority,
The tax would not apply retroactively or to government buyers. AR-15 style guns now range from $500 to over $2,000. A 1000% tax would increase the price tenfold.

US Department of Education sends $1.5 million to Uvalde School District

This week, the U.S. Department of Education bolstered the Biden-Harris administration’s whole-of-government response to the tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary School with a $1.5 million response grant. School Violence Emergency (Project SERV) at the Uvalde District Consolidated Independent School (UCISD). The proactive release of grant funds reflects the extraordinary and immediate needs facing UCISD and follows Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s visit to the district on May 31 and June 1, 2022.

SERV Project funds are authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and may be used for activities that help restore a sense of safety for students, teachers, staff and families in the district, and that meet the specific needs of those directly affected by the shooting.

These activities include mental health services for staff and students and overtime pay for teachers, counselors and security personnel, and may take place over the summer in the form of summer programs additional.

Secretary Cardona initiated the emergency funding through a letter to the district superintendent that outlines key assurances regarding federal funding. In the days following the tragedy, Secretary Cardona and other department staff communicated with UCISD leaders and colleagues at the Texas Education Agency and pledged support for recovery efforts in the district and community with a range of technical assistance, including direct access to department staff and partners who have helped other communities respond to and recover from school violence.

“No community should have to go through a tragedy like this alone. During my time in Texas, I have seen the Uvalde community come together in a deep and meaningful way to support each other and support all the families who have lost loved ones. and it’s our turn to support them,” Secretary Cardona said. “In the hours and days following that tragic day, we are committed to providing the community of Uvalde with any available resources they may need from the Department. The release of these emergency funds today is a first step that will be followed by technical assistance and support on the ground in the months and years to come.

Metro announces fall travel alternatives to blue and yellow lines

WMATA has announced travel alternatives to help customers prepare for major construction of the Blue and Yellow Metrorail lines this fall. Beginning Saturday, September 10, Metro will begin work to connect the future Potomac Yard station to the main rail system and to rehabilitate the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge between Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations. The projects will impact service on the Blue and Yellow lines in two phases over eight months, and a free shuttle service will be available to customers for the duration.

Jerry B. Hatch