NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA Robert Hurt - Meet the Candidate - Congressman Robert Hurt (R – Virginia) delivered the following message to the people of Virginia’s 5th District, drawing a clear contrast between his opponent’s tax and spend agenda and his own belief that we must rein in big government, job-destroying policies to empower our local businesses who will create jobs and restore our country to prosperity. The video text is below: “Hi, I’m Robert Hurt. It is a great honor to serve the people of Virginia’s 5th District in the United States Congress. The current 5th District spans from Greene County down to the North Carolina boarder, and from Martinsville and Henry County over to Brunswick county. It’s currently 8,900 square miles and in January with the addition of Fauquier, Madison, and Rappahannock counties, our district will grow to over 10,000 square miles – making up one quarter of the commonwealth of Virginia. “And while many miles may separate us there is much that binds us as 5th district Virginias. We are proud of our heritage and our rich history – including Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia and Monticello. And we all share a love of the quality of life we enjoy from the countryside to the city centers. Over the past two years, I have enjoyed visiting and getting to know families, small business owners, farmers, and individuals all across our District. I have made countless stops through Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, and Fluvanna in order to hear from you about the most pressing issues facing our country. “And as we approach the most important election of our lifetime in just a few short days, it is as important as ever that we send leaders to Washington who will listen to those they serve. Read more.........
Martinsville Bulletin: 5th District Race: Hurt - Government Rules Can Hamper Job Growth - When 5th District U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt looks at the stalled Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre project, he sees the problem with the federal government.
“It perfectly represents the problem of the federal government having totally unreasonable rules that affect job creation,” said Hurt, R-Chatham.
Henry County has received a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality permit needed for site preparation work at Commonwealth Crossing, the large industrial site along the North Carolina border.
Yet an effort to get a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is stalled because the corps considers the park speculative with no committed tenants.
According to Hurt’s office, he has written a letter with Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb, both Democrats from Virginia, and 9th District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, to ask the corps of engineers to proceed on the permit process as quickly as possible.
Hurt also presented a colloquy or discussion on the House floor with the chairman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to express the importance of the project to this area and the rest of the 5th District, his office said.
The effort shows how the state’s congressional delegation works together, Hurt said. “It’s a golden opportunity for us. The federal government is standing in the way” of a project that could benefit the area.
Hurt is seeking his second term in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election. He was elected to Congress in 2010 after serving two years in the state Senate and five years in the House of Delegates. Read more........