This week marked the passage of crossover, the legislative midway point in sessions of the Virginia General Assembly. By crossover the House of Delegates and the Senate must have completed work on bills filed by their respective members. That means from here forward, the House of Delegates will be considering bills sponsored by senators and the Senate will be considering bills submitted by delegates.
Up and down the Sixth District, folks that I talk to every day tell me their concerns about the harmful effect federal regulations and increased taxes have on their family budget or small business. Too many people are still looking for jobs, or only working part-time, and this Administration’s policies over the past seven years have done little to help those families struggling to make ends meet.
When I heard of Antonin Scalia’s death over the weekend, my first thought was “Oh no!!!!” Scalia was a consistent conservative and, along with Clarence Thomas, was one of the two most scholarly, articulate conservative voices on the Supreme Court.
It used to be said of the United Kingdom: “The sun never sets on the British Empire.”
As a colonial power in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Great Britain had colonies all over Asia and Africa. It controlled them politically and exploited their natural resources and sent that back home.
With crossover looming, there was a lot of activity this week in Richmond. As we pass the halfway point of the 2016 General Assembly session, there’s a lot of activity on the floors of both chambers, where key pieces of legislation are often being debated at great length.