Tag: House Republicans

Ken Plum: Governor proposes new budget

In Virginia a governor can serve two terms, but the terms cannot be successive. All newly elected governors of Virginia take office at the beginning of a biennial budget cycle where the outgoing governor has proposed a budget for that cycle.


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Democrats take aim at Republicans on budget squabble

Virginia Democrats are pointing fingers at their Republican counterparts in the Virginia General Assembly over the ongoing state budget stalemate.


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Virginia Democrats: Republicans have no excuses left

Today, after Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposed his biennial budget that used $225 million of savings from accepting federal funds to close the coverage gap to provide a 2% pay increase for state employees, investments in the Virginia Retirement System, and Line of Duty funding, House Republicans can’t even get their ducks in a row to pass a joint resolution to move forward with the budget.


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Senate Democrats renew call for budget that closes coverage gap

With special session approaching, Senate Democrats drew attention to the outpouring of public support over the last two weeks for efforts to close the health care coverage gap, renewing their calls for House Republicans to negotiate on, or offer an alternative to, Marketplace Virginia.


Ken Plum: Defeating ObamaCare

In a speech on the floor of the House of Delegates recently I spoke of experiences I had in my first years as a member when others in the House smoked during the daily floor sessions. One member was notorious for lighting up a long cigar. A cloud of smoke hung over the House chamber …


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Democrats call on Republicans to end Virginia budget stalemate

Wednesday morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap.


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House Republicans’ talking points on the uninsured: ‘They’re not dying’

The Washington Post reported Friday on the stakes for Virginians and health care providers in the ongoing debate over taking federal money to close the coverage gap. It also proved yet again how out of touch House Republicans are with the crisis facing many Virginians who would benefit from expanded access to health care.


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House Republicans kill ERA: Which was still alive?

Not sure what the bigger surprise was here – that a House of Delegates subcommittee voted 5-2 on a party-line vote to kill a bill that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, or that the ERA was on the docket in 2014 in the first place.


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Senate Democrats kill measure allowing legislators to defend state laws in court

The Senate Rules Committee voted Friday along party lines to defeat a bill that would have allowed members of the General Assembly to take the place of the attorney general in court. The bill was passed by indefinitely.


House of Delegates votes down Marketplace Virginia Medicaid proposal

The House of Delegates on Thursday voted down the Marketplace Virginia healthcare coverage proposal crafted by a bipartisan group in the State Senate to close the Medicaid coverage gap.


House committee kills minimum wage increase

A voice vote in the House Commerce and Labor committee killed a measure to increase the minimum wage in Virginia. The bill, SB 590 (Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax), would have raised the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.25 incrementally over the next two years.


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House GOP pushes passage of bill to enable members to defend state laws

On a mostly party-line vote on Monday, the House of Delegates passed HB 706, a bill that would give legal standing for any member of the General Assembly to defend a law that the Attorney General has deemed unconstitutional.


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House Republicans carry bills pushing limits on gun laws

The House of Delegates passed HB 705 (Gilbert) on Monday, largely on a party-line vote, that would eliminate important requirements for an out-of-state concealed handgun permit to be recognized in Virginia.


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Kirk Cox: Our number one priority is jobs

Growing Virginia’s economy and creating jobs have always been House Republicans’ number one priority. This emphasis yielded results as 177,300 new jobs were created over the last four years and Forbes ranked Virginia the number one state for doing business.


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House Republicans kick up heat on ObamaCare

The House voted 261-157 on Friday to pass legislation styled the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which would allow insurers to keep offering individual health coverage plans in 2014 that don’t meet the minimum requirements of ObamaCare.


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House passes budget compromise; Goodlatte, Hurt vote no

The House voted 285-144 late Wednesday to pass the Senate budget compromise. President Barack Obama signaled that he would sign the legislation, which also includes an increase in the federal debt ceiling.


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Tim Kaine: Halt to Senate budget negotiations ‘reckless’

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is none too pleased that Senate Republicans broke off bipartisan budget negotiations to allow House Republicans time to craft a partisan budget proposal that has little chance of seeing the light of day.


Bob Goodlatte: Starting a dialogue on entitlement reform, debt

The discussion in Congress has once again turned to the debt limit. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is being asked to increase the amount of debt the federal government can incur in order to avoid default.


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Kaine statement on continued push from House GOP for shutdown

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement on the proposal announced by House Republicans yesterday.


Bob Goodlatte: Let your voice be heard

Column by Bob Goodlatte www.house.gov/goodlatte   Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for […]


House GOP turns back on those hit hardest by recession

(Updated with statements from Del. Chris Saxman and Democratic legislative candidates Erik Curren and Greg Marrow appearing under our Comments section.) One thousand, one hundred and thirty two. That’s a real number for you, specifically how many more Waynesboro residents are out of a job as of the most recent report of the Virginia Employment […]


AFP Video Blog – Feb. 6-8, 2009

– Rethink military escalation in Afghanistan. From Brave New Films. Length: 2:24. – Video from press conference announcing bipartisan agreement on restaurant smoking ban. From Governor.Virginia.gov. Length: 15:44. – House Republicans defeat antidiscrimination measure. From VaDemocrats.org. Length: 3:12.


The AFP Blog – Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

– Perriello criticizes tobacco tax in SCHIP bill, Wednesday, 1:40 p.m. – Conservation easements top 100,000 acres in Valley, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. – Treasury announces new restrictions on executive compensation, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. – House GOP pushing mental-health reforms, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. – House bill allowing government-sanctioned sectarian prayers at government meetings unconstitutional, ACLU says, […]


Videocast | Perspectives on waste

House Republicans today released a list of projects they consider wasteful in the Obama-Democrat stimulus. AFP editor Chris Graham looks through the list and finds several points where the GOP seems to take issue with basic common sense. Length: 2:38.


The House of Delegates live on the ‘Net

Give the House Republicans credit for something – finally. “Online video broadcasts provide not only a window into the seriousness and solution-oriented nature of the legislative process, but also a responsible and unfiltered method of allowing more Virginians to see the House at work doing the people’s business,” said House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, announcing […]