RICHMIOND, VA (AP) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging Congress -- particularly Virginia's delegation -- to coalesce behind House Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill in the frightful final days before the nation defaults on its bills.
In a press statement, McDonnell said the Boehner plan achieves the goal of cutting spending without raising taxes and will avert an Aug. 2 financial crisis by raising the federal government's $14.3 trillion borrowing limit.
McDonnell concluded the brief statement by saying: "I urge the members of Congress, including Virginia's delegation, to vote in support of this measure."
The popular Virginia conservative often mentioned as a 2012 GOP vice presidential running mate acted as Boehner struggled to solidify support among reluctant conservatives in his own caucus for his last-ditch effort to avoid default.
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.