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Gerry Connolly

Gerry Connolly is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 11th district of Virginia.


Gerry Connolly received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979.


Gerry Connolly is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, Prince William County, the towns of Dumfries and Herndon, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. Prior to his 2008 election to Congress, Connolly served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman.

Congressman Connolly serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has earned a reputation in Congress as a results-oriented legislator who does his homework and gets things done for his Northern Virginia district.

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, serving as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and as a member of the Subcommittee on Information Technology.

As the Ranking Democratic Member for the Committee’s largest Subcommittee, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy for a broad range of issues, such as the federal workforce, federal procurement, regulatory reform, federal property, federal and presidential records, information policy, national drug policy, FOIA, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the United States Postal Service, the United States Census Bureau, and the District of Columbia.

Through his background in foreign policy and his work on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Connolly has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad. He also serves on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee and Asia and the Pacific.

Connolly serves as vice-chair of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan. [1]


Congressman Connolly received a M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After graduating from Harvard, Connolly spent 10 years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he handled numerous foreign policy issues including oversight of international economic issues and policies concerning the Middle East and the United Nations.

Congressman Connolly also worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.[2]

Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations

Gerry Connolly wrote a letter of support to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on the occasion of their 24th anniversary in September 2018.[3]

Anti-Vietnam War

Connolly took part in anti-Vietnam War protests.

2018 State of the Union Address

Several Democrats, including Gerry Connolly, brought illegal immigrants[4] to the 2018 State of the Union address:

New Democrat Coalition

The New Democrat Coalition was founded in 1997 by Representatives Cal Dooley (California), James P. Moran (Virginia) and Timothy Roemer (Indiana) as a congressional affiliate of the avowedly centrist Democratic Leadership Council, whose members, including former President Bill Clinton, call themselves "New Democrats." In November 2012, the New Democrat Coalition announced the election of its new leadership team. New Dems elected Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) as the Chair and re-elected Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04), Rick Larsen (WA-02), and Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) as Vice Chairs and added Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) as a Vice Chair.[6]

Planned Parenthood

Connolly received $2000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

In May 2013, Gerry Connolly was listed as an associate member the of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.[7]

PDA connection

In June 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Bob Sledzaus was assigned as contact for Rep. Connolly.[8]

JStreet endorsement

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed Gerry Connolly in his 2014 Congressional race. [9]

JStreet endorsed him again 2016.

Rep. Connolly is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, serving on the Middle East and South Asia and Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittees..[10]

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Gerry Connolly in 2012.[11]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Gerry Connolly in 2014.[12]

Anti-Fracking legislation endorser

On March 14, 2013, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) have introduced the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effect (BREATHE) Act, and the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydraulic Environmental Regulation (FRESHER) Act, in order to ensure that the hydraulic fracking industry follows the same rules that other industries do in preserving our natural resources. This legislation is focused on ensuring the safety and the health of the communities where the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process is already taking place.

The BREATHE Act would ensure that we close the oil and gas industry’s loophole to the Clean Air Act’s aggregation provision, in addition to adding hydrogen sulfide—a chemical associated with nausea, vomiting, headaches, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat—to the Clean Air Act’s federal list of hazardous air pollutants.

The BREATHE Act has the following original co-sponsors including: Reps. Rush Holt, Jr., Raul Grijalva, John Sarbanes, James Moran, Michael Quigley, Earl Blumenauer, Gerry Connolly, Zoe Lofgren, Michael Honda, Paul Tonko, Barbara Lee, David Price, Carolyn Maloney, Michael Capuano, Mark Pocan, Jim McDermott, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alcee Hastings, Keith Ellison, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Adam Smith, Jim Langevin, Chellie Pingree, Judy Chu, Louise Slaughter, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Meng, Jan Schakowsky, Nita Lowey, Jared Huffman, Gary Peters and Alan Lowenthal.

The following organizations have endorsed this legislation and are actively working to garner support within Congress and throughout the country: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Sierra Club, Earthworks, Breast Cancer Action, Clean Water Action, Environment America, Greenpeace, Nature Abounds, Oil Change International, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Citizens for Huerfano County, Clean Water Action Colorado, Erie Rising, Grassroots Energy Activist Network, Holy Terror Farm, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, SOS Foundation, Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County, Western Slope Conservation Center and Wilderness Workshop.[13]

Islamic ties

Rep. Connolly is very close to the Islamic movement.

Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation

On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States [14]

The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center fundraiser

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church held its annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 3 2010, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine was on the guest list.

So was Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, Rep. James Moran, D-10th, Fairfax Board of Supervisors chairwoman Sharon Bulova, and Supervisor Penny Gross, D-Mason.

This is the same mosque where Anwar Al-Awlaki, the former imam to accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan (himself also a former mosque member) and mentor to accused Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, once preached.

This is the same mosque that Ahmed Abu-Ali, who was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for conspiring with members of al- Qaeda to assassinate President George W. Bush, once attended.

This is the same mosque whose board members included Dr. Esam Omeish of Alexandria, who was forced to resign from a Virginia immigration commission to which he was appointed by Kaine after videos of him supporting jihad surfaced on YouTube.

The same mosque where undercover “Mapping Sharia” investigator and faux convert Dave Gaubbatz was given reading materials that called for the killing of apostates.

The same mosque whose current imam, Shaker Elsayed, openly supports suicide bombers and the destruction of Israel.

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va, and state Del. Kaye Kory, D-Falls Church, both had their names removed from the invitation after they were contacted by Frank Gaffney. But just days prior to the mosque fundraiser, Kaine and the other Democrats were still listed as honored guests.[15]

In the end, apparently, only Gerry Connolly showed up.

Iran deal/Iranian money

In 2015, in the House, the Democratic recipients of Iranian American Political Action Committee money came out for the Iran nuclear deal. Mike Honda, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Iran Lobby backed the deal, As did Andre Carson, Gerry Connolly, Donna Edwards and Jackie Speier.[16]

IAPAC money

Cogressional candidate Gerry Connolly received money from the Iranian American Political Action Committee during the 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012 election cycles.[17]

NIAC Action Commends Resolution on JCPOA

July 16 2019 Washington DC – Moments ago, Reps. Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, and David Price introduced a resolution calling for the United States to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, from which President Trump withdrew in May 2018.

In response, NIAC President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement:

Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal has put the U.S. on the brink of war with Iran and threatened to undo the hard won constraints against Iran’s nuclear program. Thankfully, many Members of Congress recognize that there is no military solution to the present crisis, and that the best way to de-escalate is for the U.S. to return to compliance with the nuclear deal. Representatives Lee, Schakowsky and Price should be commended for their years of leadership in advancing peace and diplomacy, including by introducing this important resolution.

“There remains strong political will in Congress to restore U.S. credibility and engage Iran diplomatically–despite Trump and Bolton’s push for war. For Members of Congress and Presidential contenders, it is good and important to call out Trump’s dangerous moves that have taken us to the brink of war. Yet, the root cause of this crisis was Donald Trump’s decision to kill a strong nuclear agreement with Iran, which is why signaling support for a return to compliance is so important. The Lee-Schakowsky-Price resolution helps solidify the growing consensus for a JCPOA return while signaling that the window for diplomacy is not shut, nor is the opportunity to restore U.S. credibility with both the international community and the Iranian people.

The resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Steve Cohen, Gerry Connolly, Lloyd Doggett, Anna Eshoo, Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Deb Haaland, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Andy Levin, Alan Lowenthal, Donald Payne, Jr., Mark Pocan, Jamie Raskin, Peter Welch, John Yarmuth.[18]

Ghaisar case

The following statement was issued jointly by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), and the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) on developments to the case involving Bijan Ghaisar.

On November 17, 2017, 25 year old Bijan Ghaisar was shot and killed by two U.S. Park Police officers in Virginia. Bijan, who was unarmed, was pursued by the officers following a minor traffic incident and shot nine times in an encounter that should have easily been resolved without deadly force. He died in the hospital ten days later.

As organizations serving and representing tens of thousands of Iranian Americans, we have been deeply concerned by the lack of accountability from the U.S. Park Police, Department of Justice and FBI surrounding the investigation into the shooting of Bijan. Delayed justice is no justice at all, and tangible steps must be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future at the hands of these two officers who engaged in deadly excessive force. Doing so is an imperative first step to ensure public safety and pursue justice for the Ghaisar family.

While this is a critical step, it would be insufficient without further efforts by the FBI and DOJ to release a full and public report on the shooting, and help facilitate a favorable resolution of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Ghaisar family. We also join a number of officials—including Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)—in condemning the FBI for failing to answer questions into the 16-month long investigation put forth by former Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Refusing to provide transparency into the investigation, and failing to hold the responsible parties to account, greatly risks an erosion in the public’s trust of the justice system, and continues to deny justice to the Ghaisar family. The only acceptable outcome for the investigation into this case is full transparency into the findings, and the immediate firing of the responsible officers.[19]

Praising CAIR

“American engagement with the Muslim world is important for all communities. As the Middle East goes through this period of transition, the United States and Muslim communities around the world have a responsibility to work together to shape a peaceful path forward. I thank you for your important work to this end…” - Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) (September 2014).[20]

“I am proud to have partnered with CAIR on issues that have profoundly affected our community, especially in the areas of religious tolerance, economic development and quality of life.”

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) (October 2017).[21]

MAS connected fundraiser


Congressman Gerry Connolly headlined a fundraiser sponsored by a Muslim Brotherhood supporter whose organization, Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR), held an anti-Semitic rally in New York in February 2014.

Participants at the EADHR rally outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in New York chanted, "Oh King of Saudi Arabia, why did you sell Egypt to the Jews?" and that the Saudis were "dirtier than the Jews."

Now, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., attended a March 22 fundraiser to benefit his re-election campaign that is co-sponsored by EADHR co-founder Akram Elzend. The invitation also listed Mohamed Mohamed and Sameh Elhennawy as fundraiser hosts.

Elzend said that he considers Connolly "a great man, a great congressman, who really abides our values, our American values, and principles, and he stands up for them."

Suggested contributions ranged from $150 for guest contributors to $400 for a supporter and spouse.

Elzend is an official with the Muslim American Society's Washington, D.C. area chapter. MAS was identified by prosecutors in a 2008 case as the "overt arm" of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.[22]

Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring July 2016 visited Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center in Woodbridge.

More about Herring’s visit from center director Rafi Ahmed:

We had invited him as we invite other candidates and elected official as part of our civic education process

He wished our community Happy Eid, which is end of the Holy month of Ramadan. And he stated that as Virginia attorney general he will protect rights of all Virginians.

We had Delegates Rich Anderson, Jackson Miller, State Senators George Barker, Jeremy McPike, [Prince William County Coles District Supervisor] Marty Nohe, Briana Sewell from congressman Gerry Connolly’s office, Anh Phan from Senator Mark Warner’s office, and [former Virginia State Senate candidate] Ed Gillespie were there.
It means a lot to us that our elected officials attend these services, it show that they care. [23]

NAKASEC connection

Gerry Connolly is very close to the Virginia branch of "progressive" Korean organization NAKASEC.


According to Jane Yoo, NAKASEC, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center in Chicago and the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles participated in the April 10th 2013 “Time Is Now” rally for citizenship and immigration reform. Thousands of immigrants and supporters from across the country gathered to call on Congress for a swift introduction of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Among the participants was 17 year old Faustin Combe, a FYSH and KRCC member from Chicago who shared her painful story of being separated from her father and brother who are currently in the Philippines. Joining her was HyunKyu Lee, a recent DACA recipient, undocumented youth and organizer with KRC who also spoke in Asian American and Pacific Islander press conference with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and Senator Mazie Hirono and Reps. Judy Chu Congressman Mike Honda.

During the main immigration rally, Son Ah Yun, executive director of NAKASEC spoke to the crowd about the impacts of the broken immigration system on Asian American communities and the need for immigration reform. She said, “We are tired of being separated from our families through long backlogs and deportations. We are tired of women being an afterthought. We are tired of our young people unable to go to school. We are tired of immigrants being treated as criminals and living in fear.”

In the morning, NAKASEC participants also delivered 1,267 signatures in support of family unity to offices of the “Gang of 8” Senators, as well as to Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA), John Campbell (R-CA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA).[24]

NAKASEC press conference


Rep. Gerry Connolly did a press conference in August 2014 with delegate Mark Keam, Diane Bui and Grace Han Wolf.

Virginia DACA press conference


NAKASEC June 15, 2016;

In celebration of the fourth year anniversary of #DACA, we held a press conference and screening of Halmoni with Delegate Mark Keam, ethnic media reporters, community leaders, and staffers from U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner, and Congressman Gerry Connolly's offices. It was through the bravery of young people who shared their stories, dared to dream above their challenges and barriers, and their perseverance that DACA was earned and won...

NAKASEC town hall

Falls Church, Virginia — According to communications people Jose Caceres, and Emily Kessel, on July 9, 2015, the day before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on the lawsuit blocking the implementation of the deferred action programs, immigrant rights organizations in Virginia hosted a community town hall on the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs for immigrant families in Virginia at the Culmore United Methodist Church.

The 2015 DACA/DAPA Community Town Hall facilitates a dialogue between community members and Virginia congressional offices, Virginia House of Delegates, and other civic leaders about how to best move forward to defend DAPA and DACA expansion and provide further relief for hardworking immigrant parents, young people, and their families.

The event was organized by the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, NAKASEC, the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network , DREAMers Of Virginia, Mason DREAMers, and DREAMers Moms USA. Representatives from the offices of Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner, Representative Don Beyer, and Representative Gerry Connolly joined the event and committed to delivering community concerns and recommendations to Congressmembers.[25]

Breaking bread

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According to communications contacts Emily Kessel, Nicky Vogt, June 24, 2016;.

Annandale, VA— Following Thursday’s 4-4 decision in the Supreme Court United States v. Texas case, Representative Gerry Connolly joined National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) to break bread with two Virginian immigrants Bati Tsogtsaikhan, Max Kim and and discuss the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs and how their implementation would impact immigrant families in Virginia. While this split decision sets no Supreme Court precedent, these important, commonsense policies will unfortunately remain blocked nationwide.

Representative Connolly said, “Each new wave of immigrants refreshes the American spirit, making communities like ours in Northern Virginia stronger and more vibrant. Rather than putting up walls and erecting barriers, Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reform. However, in the absence of action, DACA and DAPA offer DREAMers hope for a brighter future.”[26]

Faith Leaders Support of DACA and TPS

According to press officers Janine Walsh, Sharon Stanley-Rea, and Becky Belcore, August 30, 2017, faith leaders from multiple Washington-based organizations stood together to show their support and solidarity of young people who receive the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As the Trump administration considers stripping more than 800,000 young people of DACA protections by terminating the program, leaders of faith express their extreme disappointment.

A coalition of faith-based organizations led by the Franciscan Action Network, Disciples of Christ, Church World Service, Sisters of Mercy, Leadership Conference of Women Religious and others announced today the start of 7 days of prayer and fasting from August 30 to September 5, imploring the Trump Administration to keep both DACA and TPS as they are.

Patrick Carolan, executive director of FAN, opened the press conference and spoke about some of the responses from DACA beneficiaries at the 22-day vigil in front of the White House. Staff members from the offices of Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-D-08) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) read statements in support of DACA. Two of the speakers were young people directly impacted by DACA representing NAKASEC, the organization which coordinated the vigil. Sharon Stanley-Rea of the Disciples of Christ also spoke in support of DACA.[27]

Airport protest

Local organizations that aid immigrants have denounced President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from any country.

Those groups, along with elected officials, including Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Don Beyer, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Attorney General Mark Herring, participated in a protest against Trump’s order at Dulles International Airport Jan. 28, 2017.

“The executive action signed last week is deeply disconcerting as it demonstrates that the incoming administration lacks the ability to make smart policy judgments and basic compassion for the sufferings and struggles of everyday people,” states the Annandale-based National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC). “Having propagated lies about Muslim Americans and refugees, President Trump is now targeting them in actions that are racist, xenophobic, and unacceptable. Moreover, denying entry to refugees fleeing war and persecution is profoundly inhumane and unAmerican.”[28]

Echoing Connolly

President Trump’s decision to cancel DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) would have a devastating impact on Virginia’s economy.

It would cost Virginia taxpayers more than $711.4 million annually in lost GDP, reports the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), an immigrant rights organization with offices in Falls Church.

The 800,000 Dreamers in the United States contribute $460.3 billion to the nation’s GDP and $24.6 billion to Social Security and Medicare, said Rep. Gerry Connolly, who represents Northern Virginia in Congress.

September 6, 2017, “It is self-defeating to disrupt their economic contributions. This is ugly and un-American,” Connolly said. “Dreamers are Americans. They’re not pawns, they’re not aliens. They embrace the best of America. To uproot them violates our own values.”

Connolly announced plans to offer an amendment to the government funding bill that would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from using sensitive information submitted through the DACA program for deportation proceedings. To apply for DACA status, immigrants had to submit personal information that now puts their whole family at risk.

“It is cruel and un-American to ruin the lives of young people who stepped forward in good faith to participate in a program that has proven to be successful. They trusted the government,” said Dae Joong Yoon, co-director of the NAKASEC, an immigrant advocacy organization with offices in Annandale.[29]

"Clean Dream Act"


In September 2017 a NAKASEC operative met with staff from Gerry Connolly's office to discuss the "importance of passing a "clean Dream Act."

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[30]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by December 20 2018 included Gerry Connolly.

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Gerry Connolly.

DSA pressure on Yemen Bill


IE DSA - Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America July 8 2019.

URGENT: Tomorrow, Tuesday 7/9, the House Rules Committee will consider whether to allow a floor vote on Rep. Ro Khanna's legislation to end US participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen (Amendment 339 to the National Defense Authorization Act.) The DSA International Committee urges members to call their reps in support.

The Congressional switchboard is 202-225-3121. You can say something like:

“I urge you to co-sponsor, speak out for and vote for the Khanna-Schiff amendment to end all U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen. Yemeni kids' lives are hanging on your vote.”

Key Congress members — If your Rep is on this list, please contact them immediately and urge them to cosponsor Amendment 339:

Pelosi, Hoyer, Engel, Smith, Lieu, Nadler, Lowey, Jim Himes, Ted Deutch, Brad Sherman, Meeks, Bass, Connolly, Susan Davis, Jim McGovern, Langevin, Moulton, Gallego, Houlahan, Cicilline, Slotkin, Mikie Sherrill, Luria, Spanberger, Wild, Malinowski.

Biden allies

In early 2019 Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, had been speaking to Joe Biden regularly and urging him to jump in the race. Richmond said he believes that Biden is “95 percent” committed to running and has been coordinating calls between Biden and other members of Congress. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said he has been informed that he’s on a “call list” and Biden should be reaching out soon.

Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), a longtime Biden friend, said the former VP called him last week. While Biden wasn’t “declaratory” about a White House bid in that call, Casey told The Hill Tuesday, it would be “very surprising” if Biden didn’t run.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a former Biden staffer during the 1980s, hasn’t spoken to Biden recently but said there is nothing stopping his former boss from running again.

“At this stage in life, he doesn’t have a lot to lose and has a lot to gain. And he has a lot to offer the country,” Connolly told The Hill outside of the Capitol. “He offers the prospect of some desperately needed healing in this country after this scourge.”[31]

External links


  1. official congressional bio
  2. official congressional bio
  3. Letters of Support for CAIR accessed January 26 2020
  4. [ These Democrats Are Bringing 'Dreamers' to President Trump's State of the Union Address, Accessed January 30 2018
  5. [ Senator Harris to Bring California UndocuBlack DACA Recipient to State of the Union, Accessed January 30 2018
  6. New Democrat Coalition: More than One Fourth of the Democratic Caucus
  7. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus website, accessed May 1, 2013
  8. PDA June 2013 Educate Congress Digest
  9. J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
  10. JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees
  11. PAF
  12. PAF
  13. Polis website. Polis, Cartwright Introduce Legislation to Hold Fracking Industry Accountable,
  14. H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States, accessed December 26, 2015
  15. [ Washington Examiner Tim Kaine, local Dems raise money for controversial mosque By BARBARA HOLLINGSWORTH • 4/2/10 12:00 AM]
  16. Frontpage magazine, Traitor Senators Took Money from Iran Lobby, Back Iran Nukes August 25, 2015 Daniel Greenfield
  17. American Political Action Committee,IAPAC Candidates, accessed January 29, 2017
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  20. [ What They Say About CAIR (October 2014)
  21. [ What They Say About CAIR (October25 2017)
  22. The Investigative Project o Terrorism MB Supporters Host Fundraiser for Virginia Democrat by John Rossomando • Mar 11, 2014
  23. [ Local news, Virginia Attorney General visits Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center in Woodbridge by Potomac Local on July 7, 2016 ]
  24. NAKASEC April 11, 2013 Contact: Jane Yoo, NAKASEC, 202.630.4013
  25. [ NAKASEC, Virginia Community Town Hall JULY 9, 2015NAKASEC July 9, 2015]
  26. Rep. Connolly Meets With Virginia ImmigrantsJUNE 24, 2016NAKASEC
  27. FAN Faith Leaders Announce 7-Day Fast in Support of DACA and TPS August 30, 2017
  28. Annandale Blog, Tuesday, January 31, 2017ocal advocacy groups denounce Trump ban on immigrants and refugees
  29. The Annandale BlogWednesday, September 6, 2017 Ending DACA would hurt Virginia's economy
  30. [3]
  31. The Hill Exclusive: Biden to run for White House, says Dem lawmaker BY SCOTT WONG AND AMIE PARNES - 03/12/19 10:54 AM EDT