Statement of House GOP Leader Todd Gilbert on Special Session Travel Payments

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House Republican Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), issued the following statement:

“When this Special Session convened, Republicans came to Richmond with the intention to stay and do the people’s business, including balancing the Commonwealth’s budget. We know how precious every single tax dollar is at this time. When Speaker Filler-Corn decreed that we would meet virtually, it did more than just make the session much less transparent — it dictated that members no longer travel to Richmond.

“On the same day, House Democrats passed House Resolution 516, authorizing expenses for the General Assembly session, including a daily payment to pay for meals, hotels, and other travel expenses. Democrats made it clear that these payments would be made as long as members “attended” a virtual session of the House. Now that members will no longer be traveling, the House Republican caucus believes it is wrong to accept these payments, and has instructed the Clerk of the House to withhold travel related per diem payments for Republicans.

“Many Virginians are hurting financially. Democrats passed significant tax increases during the regular session, and we don’t think it’s appropriate to accept money to pay for a hotel room when we’re sleeping in our own beds.”


Letter from Leader Gilbert to the Clerk of the House