Northern Virginians overwhelmingly opposed a tax cut at this time without reduction in government spending, according to a statewide poll by Virginia's Republican Sen. Bill Scott.
The results of the survey, sent to registered voters in the Eighth and Tenth Congressional Districts, indicated 80 per cent of Northern Virginians were opposed to the Humphrey-Hawkins bill; 63 per cent favored national health insurance when it comes to catastrophic illnesses: and approximately 65 per cent favored legislation to break up larger oil companies.
With regard to defense spending, only 69 per cent of Northern Virginians indicated they were opposed to reducing defense spending, whereas 80 per cent of those surveyed in the rest of the state indicated they were opposed to a reduction in military spending.
The most significant difference in opinions between Northern Virginia and the rest of the state concerned a question on whether there should be stricter controls on coal mining.
The Eighth and Tenth Congressional Districts voted overwhelmingly in favor of stricter controls. Scott concluded this was "obviously because there are no coal mines in this area.
"In other parts of the state, stricter controls are surface mining would put hundreds of people out of work," he said. "My voting record on these issues will reflect the general interest of the entire state - not just special interests."
Scott said that while the survey was intended to give him an idea about how this constituents want him to vote, he plans to combine the results with his own common sense when voting on specific issues.
Sen. Scott announced last week that he had appointed Terrence L.B. Brown, a student at Langley High School, to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and James McMurtry of Springfield High School to the Air Force Academy of Colorado Springs.
Because of the large number of foreign diplomats living in Congressman Joseph Fisher's district, he has re-introduced legislation to limit the number of persons who can claim diplomatic immunity.
Fisher's bill is designed to repeal statutes enacted almost 200 years ago, which grant complete immunity to diplomats from criminal, civil and administrative jurisdiction.
Fisher said that the granting of diplomatic immunity has caused great problems for U.S. citizens and that a number of his constituents have contacted him with regard to their difficulty "to obtain prompt relief for injuries suffered in accidents with diplomatic personnel."
Fisher has also introduced bills to terminate age discrimination in employment; and to require a refund value for certain beverage containers.
To enable residents of the Tenth Congressional District to meet and talk with their congressman, Joe Fisher has rescheduled town meetings for this year. The first of these meetings will be held Feb. 7, at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. All meetings are at 8 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend.
In the Eighth District, Congressman Herb Harris will be rescheduling his town meetings soon. In past months, Harris found great success with his 'job days,' where he spends a day in his district pumping gas or bagging groceries. The congressman says this effort "puts him in touch" with the real problems of his district, and he plans on participating in several more job days this year.