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House of Delegates Joint Leadership Release Statement Regarding Trump Rally

House of Delegates Joint Leadership Release Statement Regarding Trump Rally

 
House of Delegates Joint Leadership Release Statement Regarding Trump Rally

 

Richmond, VA – Today, Speaker Don Scott and Minority Leader Todd Gilbert put out the following statement in response to the shooting at the Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania:

“We were shocked and alarmed to learn of the violence that took place at the rally today. This is not a reflection of our shared values.

“In America, we settle political differences through free and fair elections. There is no place for violence in politics. Every American has the right to gather peacefully and participate in our political system. We are praying for the victims and President Trump and their families.”

 

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Leader Gilbert Statement on Senate Democrats’ Failure to Act on VMSDEP Legislation

Leader Gilbert Statement on Senate Democrats’ Failure to Act on VMSDEP Legislation

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“Today’s inaction by the Senate regarding the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program is shameful and inexcusable. Senate Democrats had a bill available that was backed by a bipartisan majority. It would have cleanly repealed the changes made to the program that threaten to cut off education benefits to not only Gold Star families and combat disabled veterans, but also the families of fallen first responders.

“The fix was there. It likely would have passed and started a process of reform to ensure the program is sustainable for the foreseeable future. But Senate Democrats refused to hear the bill, apparently choosing to tie it to the unrelated issue of so-called ‘skill games’ in an effort to force that legislation through.

“A bipartisan majority in the House of Delegates is ready to act on June 28th to fix this error. The families of Virginia’s heroes who have given their last full measure of devotion to our country and Commonwealth deserve no less. House Republicans stand firmly with them.”

 

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Leader Gilbert Statement on Passage of Biennial Budget

Leader Gilbert Statement on Passage of Biennial Budget

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“While the budget isn’t what a Republican House of Delegates would have produced, the document signed by the Governor today is a significant improvement over the budget sent to him at the end of the Regular session. 

“Today’s budget contains no tax increases, and does not require that Virginia rejoin the failed Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It reflects compromise, with both sides dealing in good faith to meet our most basic responsibility. Once again, Virginia’s leaders have demonstrated that Richmond is not Washington. 

“Republicans remain committed to making life more affordable for hard-working Virginia families.”

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Leader Gilbert Statement on Campus Protests

Leader Gilbert Statement on Campus Protests

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

 

“On October 7, 2023, the terrorists of Hamas invaded Israel from the Gaza Strip. They came by car, they came by paraglider, and they came on foot. Over the course of hours, they spread across southern Israel spreading terror and death.

“No one was safe. Women, children, infants, all were slaughtered in the most brutal fashion. Women were raped, mutilated and killed. Babies were placed in ovens and cooked alive. Children were dragged from their hiding places and killed in front of their parents.

“By the time Israel’s armed forces managed to kill or capture the terrorists, more than 1,160 innocent civilians were dead. Israel, as was their right and obligation, responded. Their days of taking half measures against the barbarians of Hamas were over, and the IDF went into Gaza to tear out the organization root and branch. Those efforts continue to this day.

“The protests we’ve seen on our college campuses are not peace demonstrations. Students are holding public spaces for ransom. They are not calling for the release of hostages and the cessation of hostilities on all sides. They are open and obvious calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, the eradication of the millions of Jews who live there, and the establishment of a Palestinian state ‘from the river to the sea.’

“Nonetheless, even the most abhorrent ideas are entitled to the protection of the First Amendment. One may not be arrested for simply espousing these bigoted, antisemitic thoughts. As long as these protests remain inside the rules of these universities, they have a right to happen, no matter how nauseating and odious the views on display.

“If protests move outside of those legal bounds into the realm of intimidation of Jewish students, trespassing, or other illegal activity, they can and should be shut down with professionalism – something we’ve seen from Virginia law enforcement each time they’ve been called to deal with illegal encampments. Again, no one may hold public spaces for ransom, and law enforcement has ensured that such illegal activity is ended before it escalates.

“Virginia’s colleges are not preschools where petulant children need to learn basic rules and manners. Campus officials and law enforcement officers told these young adults the rules. They broke the rules, and now they’ll face the consequences.

“I applaud Governor Youngkin, the Attorney General, and our law enforcement community for the even-handed way they have handled this difficult situation. Some members of the House of Delegates — including Dels. Rozia Henson, Adele McClure, Joshua Cole, and Nadarius Clark — fail to recognize the unlawful nature of some of these protests. They have also associated themselves with the worst of the bigoted messages blaring from speakers on campuses. 

“Let me conclude by saying this: Virginia stands with our Jewish friends and neighbors. We stand with our Israeli allies, and we oppose these bigoted, antisemitic children and their tantrum to the greatest extent possible.”

“Am Yisrael Chai.”

 

 

Leader Gilbert Statement on Passage of Biennial Budget

Leader Gilbert Statement on Governor’s Budget Amendments

Earlier today Governor Glenn Youngkin announced his proposed changes to the budget sent to him by the General Assembly.

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“The Governor’s package of budget amendments reflects a genuinely Herculean effort to find common ground with the Democrats in the General Assembly. It retains the vast majority of their funding priorities, and it does so without raising taxes.  

“Even as Democrats refused to come to the table, the Governor has put forward nothing less than an olive branch of compromise. I look forward to working with him to see these amendments accepted, and the budget signed into law.”

 

2024 Session Recap: Democrats Just Make Things Worse

2024 Session Recap: Democrats Just Make Things Worse

RICHMOND –The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the 2024 Session put down more than a few miles of fresh asphalt on that path.

That’s the overarching theme of the past 60 legislative days, House Republican leaders said during a press conference on Saturday just before the House adjourned sine die.

“Every single member of this body ran at least part of their campaign on how we would fight the higher cost of living that Virginians are facing due to inflation. Republicans had ideas to help, such as ending the grocery tax, and cutting taxes on hard working families,” said Republican Whip Michael Webert, R-Fauquier.

“Those ideas were summarily rejected. That’s par for the course when you’re in the minority,” Webert added. “But what we didn’t expect was Democrats working to actively make things worse.”

Democrats voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, even on farms, which will drive businesses and farmers out of business. Democrats also blocked efforts to let Virginians buy the cars they want by maintaining an electric vehicle mandate.

In addition to the cost of living issues Democrats exacerbated, they made things worse in other areas.

Education

“What Democrats fail to realize is that money doesn’t teach our children. People do. These are hard working teachers who need our support as they do their jobs,” said Deputy Leader Israel O’Quinn, R-Washington. “For two sessions in a row, Republicans have introduced legislation that would put teachers back in charge of their classrooms. If a student is unruly or disruptive three times, they can be sent to the principal’s office. If they’re violent, they go immediately.”

Democrats took a different path, passing legislation that makes it even harder to remove a student who is disruptive during educational time.

They also killed legislation that would have made it clear that school boards can create policies prohibiting cell phone use during educational time, cut funding for the Governor’s Diploma plus and lab school program. They defeated legislation that would have required schools to alert parents within 24 hours if there’s an overdose in the school.

And they cut millions of dollars from our school resource officer grant program at a time when we need more trained professionals in our schools watching for fentanyl and other dangerous drugs.

“Our teachers and students need help, and Democrats just made it worse,” O’Quinn said.

Housing

“Democrats spent a lot of time this session talking about how housing is unaffordable, and that they need to do something. What did they propose? They took two separate tracks – one, they attempted to bring rent control to Virginia, or as one economist described it, the fastest way to destroy a city, other than bombing,” said Republican Caucus Chair Amanda Batten, R-James City County. “The other was to put more and more regulations onto those who own rental properties, driving up the costs of doing business.”

“Democrats are full of good intentions, but they never take the time to see how their good intentions play out in the real world,” Batten said. “The end result is higher costs for those who own rental property or build homes, which lessens the supply. Rents and costs go up accordingly.”

Public Safety

“The last time Democrats were in charge, they made it clear that they were far more concerned with the comfort of criminals than they were with the safety of our communities or the impact on crime victims,” Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah said. “This session was no different. They brought forward budget amendments that will let people convicted of serious crimes out of jail earlier, particularly those who commit crimes with guns.”

Rather than focus on programs that work to save lives from gun violence, Democrats came after law-abiding gun owners in an effort to make life harder for them.

They also attempted to change the law to let illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes avoid deportation, and they passed a bill to prevent judges and prosecutors from asking about someone’s immigration status.

If Republicans return the majority, so will results – not just good intentions.

“Next session, Republicans will bring forward a series of bills that will address all these issues and more,” said Leader Gilbert. “ Democrats have made your life more difficult. If Virginians return Republicans to control of the House, we will immediately pass bills that will make your life more affordable, keep your family safer, and improve your children’s education.”

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