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Small Business Endorses David Yancey in the 94th District Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Nicole Riley (NFIB), 804-377-3661

                     Johnny Alvarado (Campaign Manager), 703-999-3783

RICHMOND, VA. Oct. 5th 2015—The National Federation of Independent Business, Virginia’s leading small-business association, has endorsed David Yancey in the 94th House of Delegates race.

The endorsement comes from the NFIB/Virginia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“David Yancey is clearly the best choice for small business owners, their employees and their families,” said Nicole Riley, state director of NFIB/Virginia.”

“David Yancey understands the challenges facing the commonwealth’s small businesses, and our members believe he will continue to take a fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support legislation that helps our small businesses grow and create jobs.”

“As a small business owner, I am honored to have the support of the National Federation of Independent Business,” Yancey said. “Small businesses are the innovators and job creators in our economy, they’re the ones who are working to get Virginians back to work. When we roll back excessive regulations on our small businesses, we allow them to do what they do best – create jobs.”

 

The NFIB/Virginia SAFE Trust’s endorsement is critical to David Yancey’s campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the campaign. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues. 

 

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Shipyard Layoffs, Impact In Newport News

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              Contact: Johnny Alvarado

September 15, 2015                                                                                                 (757) 897-3953

 

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The announcement this morning from the Newport News Shipbuilding that they will lay off 480 people is devastating to our community, and will have an impact on our local economy. Since the announcement this morning, Delegate David Yancey has been in contact with our local congressional delegation, management at the Newport News Shipbuilding, as well as the manufacturers association to seek alternative opportunities for these people.

“It is never easy to hear of a person losing their job, it can be devastating to a family,” Yancey said. “I am focusing on finding resources to guide people to during this difficult time of transition.”

Yancey is currently in discussions with the Virginia Manufacturers Association to develop plans to help displaced workers find new positions that are commensurate with their skills.

“Layoff’s like this is why I am fighting in Richmond to diversify our economy, making us less dependent on military related employment to keep our economy growing,” Yancey said.

As a service to constituents who are impacted by this layoff, my office is available to provide any assistance it can, he added.

The following two links to Websites on employment may be of assistance to those seeking employment:

Information on Unemployment – http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed

Find a Job Resources – http://www.vec.virginia.gov/find-a-job

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Trafficking crack downs aided by new laws

Legislation that cleared Congress earlier this month would make it easier for law enforcement to charge people who frequent prostitutes with human trafficking.

The law already allows this, but a broad piece of anti-trafficking legislation sitting now on Pres. Obama’s desk clarifies the matter. If a customer knows, or recklessly disregards the fact that a woman has been coerced into a sexual act, he can be brought up on the much more serious charges.

“It’s definitely a start in the right direction,” said Anton Bell, Hampton’s commonwealth’s attorney. “You make them equally responsible as those who are transporting.”

The bill, s. 178, also includes federal training money to help officers distinguish between willing prostitutes and women forced into the business, Bell said. It includes a new $5,000 fine to help pay for that, and for other anti-trafficking programs, including services for victims.

The bill treats traffickers more like violent criminals than current law, recognizes child pornography as a form of trafficking and makes it easier for law enforcement to seize a violator’s assets. The bill is essentially an overhaul of a federal trafficking statute, but it got more attention over things it didn’t include.

The bill’s senate vote was held up over an argument about abortion funding, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a confirmation vote on new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch until the matter was settled. Then the bill passed the Senate unanimously and the House 420-3.

The president is expected to sign it.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, said the legislation gives law enforcement new tools and increases resources to help victims recover.

“Human trafficking is not theoretical and it’s not just overseas; it’s here in our backyard,” he said in a statement. “We have a moral obligation not only to end this heinous crime, but to help victims recover.”

This federal legislation follows changes approved a few months ago in Virginia law. The state became the last in the union to pass a dedicated human trafficking statute, according to bill sponsors, including Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News.
Both laws should help law enforcement zero in on a business that often crosses jurisdictional lines and almost always operates in the shadows, local prosecutors said. The state law increased penalties and defined the crime, Newport News Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amy Pyecha said.

Before, prosecutors might charge a trafficker with pandering or abduction. Now “this bill specifically recognizes human trafficking for what it is,” she said.

Bell said these cases are fairly rare, but he believes some victims slip through the system unidentified.

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Pyecha said trafficking isn’t limited to large criminal operations. It can be small time, operated by one person over the Internet. She said trafficking reminds her of the cycle of domestic violence: Men target vulnerable girls, start a relationship and turn them into accomplices.

But the man controls the money, the living space and all too often the drugs, she said. Some times women who’ve been trafficked themselves become the traffickers, Pyecha said.

“It’s easier for them to gain the trust of the other girls,” she said.

Fain can be reached by phone at 757-525-1759.