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Columns

  • Why we are still in Afghanistan

        Last week, Rick Howell asked in The Liberal Agenda, “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” I would like to answer that question. We are still in Afghanistan because two U. S. presidents screwed up.

  • He wants a military parade?

        When Senate Republicans reached a budget agreement, it included an utterly obscene increase in military spending, a full 15 percent, beyond what President Boy Child had proposed.
        Republicans have now made it clear they no longer care about budget deficits. They’ve decided to run government as sloppily and irresponsibly as Donald Trump does business. GOP “deficit hawks” have surrendered to the Trumpanzees in Congress.

  • Republican plan would lower the cost of coverage and care

    By Senator David Sueterlein

        The 2018 General Assembly has now passed the critical “crossover” deadline when each chamber must finish work on all of its own non-budget bills. Going forward each chamber can now only be consider legislation originating from our friends across the building and I will have begun presenting our bills in House committees and subcommittees. Seventeen of the nineteen bills I introduced were advanced by the Senate and are now being considered by the House of Delegates committee system.

  • Byron bill requires AEP to pass tax savings on to customers

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With crossover behind us and approval of a new two-year budget ahead, the 2018 General Assembly session entered its home stretch this week.

  • Legislation developed in atmosphere of bipartisanship

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The General Assembly is now at the midpoint of this year’s sixty-day session. It’s a good time to take stock of work accomplished during the session’s first thirty days.
        To date, the House of Delegates has put forth nearly 1,600 pieces of legislation.  This work covers a wide range of issues, from economic development to health care, from transportation to education, and much more.

  • Healthcare has dominated media coverage

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week, the 2018 General Assembly session passed the halfway mark of the legislative calendar, crossover. For the Senate, it’s been a very productive first half.
        Senators submitted 994 bills this session. By the crossover deadline, 469 had been approved and forwarded to the House of Delegates for consideration. That means we killed one-half of the bills before us which is also an important part of legislating.

  • Work requirement part of Medicaid reform

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        This past Sunday, the House and Senate money committees released their separate versions of our Commonwealth’s biennial budget. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and chair the Health and Human Resources subcommittee of that body.  Many of you may have read the headlines that the House of Delegates is “expanding Medicaid.”  Let me address some of the confusion and misinformation on this.

  • Why we are still in Afghanistan

        Last week, Rick Howell asked in The Liberal Agenda, “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” I would like to answer that question. We are still in Afghanistan because two U. S. presidents screwed up.

  • Voices must be heard

    Virginia families and businesses have been overcharged on their electric bills since 2015. They will continue to be overcharged in the future if the legislation backed by the electric utility monopolies and Governor Ralph Northam is approved.

     

  • Bill will allow state agencies to share data

    By Delegate Scott Garrett