Friday, January 13, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
RICHMOND (March 26, 2013) — Following is the statement of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on the Virginia Port Authority vote to maintain management of the Port of Virginia:
“Today, the board of commissioners of the Virginia Port Authority took an important step to preserve the Port of Virginia as a unique Virginia resource that can be operated and expanded for the benefit of all the citizens of the commonwealth. After months of thoughtful deliberation and analysis, the board decided to end further consideration of two proposals to transfer operational control of the port to a private company and instead decided to focus its efforts on reform and restructuring of existing port operations.
“Public-private partnerships can often provide significant benefits to the commonwealth. The private sector can provide special expertise that brings increased innovation or efficiency, or it can provide private funds that reduce the cost of projects to the taxpayers. Any public-private partnership proposal, however, must be judged by whether it creates real and substantial value for the public.
“In my official advisory opinion issued last October*, I noted that the VPA board is the public entity vested with legal responsibility for deciding whether to pursue a public-private partnership for port operations. Today, the VPA board exercised that responsibility, determining that it is not in the commonwealth’s interest to turn over to a single company the long-term operational control of one of Virginia’s most valuable assets. I understand and support the board’s decision.
“Virginia taxpayers have made significant investments in capital improvements for the port. These investments, as well as continuing improvements in port management, put the port in a strong position to exploit its strategic location on the East Coast and the deep water channels of Hampton Roads to expand its operations, create jobs for Virginians, and boost the economy of our state.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: attorney_general, cuccinelli