Aug 07, 2012
Congressman Rigell Receives “F” on Performance Review
In a new television ad entitled “Performance Review,” Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-02) invites voters to review his performance in Congress, particularly his work for Hampton Roads’ military community and veterans. Congressman Rigell has consistently said that “you’re responsible for what happens on your watch.”
- By his own standards, Congressman Rigell has failed his performance review since “one of every five Navy ships in Hampton Roads is slated to be relocated or decommissioned in the next five years,” according to the Virginian Pilot.
- Just last week, Congressman Rigell went on a five-week taxpayer-funded vacation instead of addressing the across-the-board defense cuts that could result in over 200,000 jobs lost in Virginia.
- On his watch, Congressman Rigell has voted against increasing funding for veterans’ mental health services, critical assistance for homeless veterans, and has even made it harder for low-income veterans to get benefits.
- Congressman Rigell has been so focused on towing the party line that the Washington Post found that “born again moderate” Scott Rigell votes with his party leadership 92% of the time — the same percentage as Tea Party leaders Michele Bachmann and Allen West.
Congressman Scott Rigell’s performance review is back and he gets an “F.”
Virginia Pilot: Looming Navy shuffle to make big waves in region. “One of every five Navy ships in Hampton Roads is slated to be relocated or decommissioned in the next five years, changes that will leave the region with 5,400 fewer sailors, a Virginian-Pilot analysis has found. The Navy’s plans call for 17 of the 71 ships homeported here to be gone by 2017, along with more than 8,300 sailors assigned to them. The vessels include an aircraft carrier, a half-dozen destroyers, four frigates, four amphibious vessels, a cruiser and a submarine […] The military’s footprint in Hampton Roads will noticeably shrink, and the local economy will feel the pinch.” [Virginian Pilot, 7/29/12]
Congressman Scott Rigell Went on a Five Week Taxpayer-Funded Vacation And Has Failed to Address Defense Cuts That That Could Cost 207,571 Jobs from Virginia. “Lawmakers headed home for a five-week break with a lengthy list of uncompleted work and little to show for the past year and a half except an eye-popping amount of dissatisfaction: Nearly 80 percent of Americans are unhappy with them […] Some $110 billion in automatic, across-the-board cuts are due to hit military and domestic programs on Jan. 2, yet no bipartisan solution is in sight or even under discussion by those who really matter […] Defense hawks hope political pressure in August will force Congress to address the automatic cuts. The reductions were the default that Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to last year as part of a deficit-cutting plan that also raised the nation’s borrowing limit.” [Associated Press, 8/5/12; George Mason University, 7/17/12]
Congressman Rigell Voted Against Millions in Suicide Prevention and PTSD Funding for Veterans. In 2011, Congressman Rigell voted against a motion “that would increase spending on veterans’ mental health services by $20 million.” The $20 million would be directed at better advertising the suicide prevention assistance and services offered to veterans. [Watertown Daily Times, 6/14/11; CQ Floor Vote, 6/14/11; HR 2055, Vote #417, 6/14/11]
Congressman Rigell Voted to Slash Homeless Veterans’ Assistance. Congressman Rigell voted for a spending bill that would have eliminated $75 million slated to house homeless Veterans. According to CNN, the cuts would have hurt some 11,000 homeless veterans who qualified for housing in 2011 but had not received vouchers. [HR 1, Vote # 147, 2/19/11; CNN, 3/1/11]
Congressman Rigell Voted to Make it Harder For Low-Income Veterans to Get Benefits. “Taking aim at environmentalists last week, House Republicans dropped a round instead on low-income veterans and Social Security recipients, making it harder for them to retain counsel when taking on the government [...] the budget amendment imposes a seven-month moratorium on all legal fees paid under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), a Reagan-era law designed to help the little guy battle Washington by making it easier for him to afford an attorney.” [Politico, 2/23/11; HR 1, Vote #85, 2/17/11]
Congressman Rigell Voted with Party Leadership 92% of the Time. As of August 2012, Rigell had a party score of 92% in the 112th Congress which is the same percentage as Michele Bachmann and Allen West. [Washington Post, accessed 8/7/12]