Special Session: Six Weeks Later, What Have They Accomplished?

Special Session: Six Weeks Later, What Have They Accomplished?

September 28, 2020

As Virginia legislators approach week 6 of the General Assembly’s Special Budget Session and the Democrat leadership has yet to address the Commonwealth’s $2.7 billion budget deficit from the COVID-19 pandemic. In an op-ed published by the Virginia Star, Virginia Rising Executive Director Tucker Davis says the new majority in the Virginia General Assembly has turned the special budget session into a social planning parade.

“For decades, Virginia has held a AAA bond rating, an accomplishment few states are able to achieve, as well as being named one of the best managed states in the nation and the best state to work, live and raise a family”, Davis said.  “All of that is on the verge of becoming a distant memory if Virginia Democrats continue down their reckless path of patchwork policymaking and political posturing.”

It has become clear after 4 weeks of legislative volleyball that the Virginia Democrats have no clear plan to lead Virginia. The House has killed the Senate’s bills and the Senate has killed the House’s bills. These actions come after months after Virginia Democrats hyped up the Special Session by rolling out a laundry list of radical legislative proposals that would leave law-abiding citizens and law enforcement officers less safe if signed into law.

The House has refused to meet in person which has made it more difficult for legislators to hash out their differences and to have open, honest debate on these important issues.  Policies that deeply impact so many citizens to should be open to the public and not shrouded in secrecy.

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