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Congressional leaders address oil spill, health care, other pressing issues

Amidst the hustle and bustle of their legislative schedules, local representatives in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives took some time last Thursday to sit down with Gazette-Journal reporters in their Washington, D.C., offices to take a look at some of the issues that are not only hotly contested in the nation’s capital, but are also close to the hearts and minds of many at home.

Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross) touched on important issues such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and how it may impact our coastline, small business and incentives offered to keep that lifeline of the American economy steady and strong, transportation headaches in and around Hampton Roads, immigration reform, health care, and the Tea Party movement and its impact on the political atmosphere.

Gulf oil spill

Sens. Warner and Webb and Rep. Wittman all have supported allowing exploration of the oil lease area off coastal Virginia, but they also supp...

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