House of Delegates Adjourns, Most Budget Amendments Still in Limbo

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RICHMOND — The House of Delegates ended its 2023 Regular Session earlier today, after negotiations with the Senate on amendments to the existing two-year budget failed to produce results.

Working with Governor Glenn Youngkin, House Republicans voted to return billions of dollars to taxpayers, as well as provide major pay increases for teachers and other public servants. Major initiatives that would have fought gun violence in our cities, held down college tuition hikes, and helped bring more high-paying jobs to the Commonwealth are now on hold.

“To say I’m disappointed with today’s outcome is an understatement. As recently as last night, we had an agreement in principle on not only tax cuts for Virginia’s hard working families, but also even more funding for schools and other priorities,” said House Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah. “But it appears the Senate’s brick wall may turn into a barrier to better schools, safer communities, and putting people’s hard earned money back in their own pockets.”

“Nonetheless, the General Assembly has sent to the Governor’s desk a bill that provides an immediate fix to the miscalculation of funding for local school divisions,” he added. “This fix, which was to be included in this year’s budget bill, is now contained in its own legislation. It holds local districts harmless and increases the amount of funding they’ll receive from the Commonwealth.”