The Virginia General Assembly met Wednesday, April 5th, for the “reconvened” or “veto” session to consider Governor McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes.
Governor McAuliffe signed over 700 bills this year, but he vetoed 39 bills and amended 67 more. He made 27 amendments to the conservative and responsible budget passed by the General Assembly.
I was disappointed by the nature of some the Governor’s vetoes that included legislation to empower parents to make their own educational decisions, protect small businesses from national union bosses, and protect the integrity of our voter registration database.
In fact, eight bills passed the House with veto-proof majorities during regular session. However at reconvened session, the Democrats put partisan politics above good policy and voted to sustain the Governor’s vetoes.
Governor McAuliffe also made several major amendments to the General Assembly’s two-year budget. The House rejected the Governor’s effort to expand Medicaid because it was the fiscally responsible thing to do. There is much uncertainty in Washington regarding the future of healthcare policy. It would be irresponsible for Virginia to expand a government run program on a promise from Washington that may or may not be there in the future.
All of my bills have passed the General Assembly and will become effective July 1, 2017. For a list of them, please see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+mbr+H0216C.
With the reconvened session complete, the General Assembly has completed its work for 2017. We will return to Richmond in January 2018 to begin another legislative session.
Despite the Governor’s vetoes, I am proud of what the House was able to accomplish on behalf of Virginians this year. We closed a billion dollar budget deficit with a conservative and responsibly balanced state budget. We also passed legislation to strengthen our economy, improve our education system, and fought to advance conservative values.
I will be at my district legislative office for the remainder of the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 434/470-0077.
Thanks for your past confidence and for your future support!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.