I wanted to share a couple items with you this week. First, I wanted to highlight an op-ed I wrote in the Washington Post regarding the potential for a limited number of Guantanamo Bay detainees to be tried at the federal courthouse in Alexandria. Second, expedited funding has been released for Rail to Dulles, which will decrease the cost of the total project. And finally, for those of you who use Facebook, I’ve got a new profile page I encourage you to join.
Washington Post Op-Ed: From Guantanamo to Alexandria
On Saturday, the Washington Post ran my Op-Ed regarding the potential that some of the Guantanamo Bay detainees might be detained and tried in the federal courthouse in Alexandria. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read it here.
Dulles Rail Funds Released, Timing Reduces Overall Cost
The “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” aka the “stimulus,” paid dividends for northern Virginia last week when the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $77.5 million in funding for Rail to Dulles. The move will result in $15 million in savings in the overall project’s cost. While this funding does not increase the federal commitment to Dulles Rail, the expedited funds will allow the project manager, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), to save on financing costs. Additional infusions of early dollars from the Recovery Act could end up saving as much as $750 million in financing costs for the project.
Become a Fan on Facebook
My office set up my official profile on the popular social networking website Facebook this week. You can become a “fan” (Facebook’s term, not mine) of my profile, so that when the page is updated with news articles etc, you will be alerted on the wall of your Facebook page. To become a “fan” just click here and enter your Facebook login. If you’re not already on Facebook, you can join at their home page.