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Speaker Gilbert: ‘Today’s test results are just as disappointing as they were predictable.’

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Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement regarding today’s release of test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress: “Today’s test results are just as disappointing as they were predictable. Failure is a choice, and past Democratic leaders chose to fail our students by prolonged school closures and lowering academic standards. Look no further than to states that … Read More

Speaker Gilbert: CDC Vote Does Not Mandate COVID Vaccine for Virginia Students

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Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement regarding reports surrounding this week’s vote by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the Federal “Vaccines for Kids” Program: “The experts were wrong when they told us that vaccinated people wouldn’t get COVID. They were wrong when they told us … Read More

Virginia, West Virginia Leaders to Collaborate on Joint State Efforts for Next Generation Energy Policy

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Virginia and West Virginia

RICHMOND – The next generation of energy in Virginia and West Virginia is nuclear. Virginia Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County and West Virginia Speaker Roger Hanshaw announced today they would be working jointly to bring advanced nuclear-powered energy sources and cutting-edge innovation to their respective states. Ensuring that Virginia and West Virginia become national leaders in the next wave of … Read More

Statement of Speaker Gilbert on the Passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II

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QE II

Speaker Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “The United Kingdom has lost a towering monarch, and the Commonwealth of Virginia has lost a good friend. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II exemplified grace and dignity. When she embarked on her reign, she pledged herself to her people, and served them faithfully until the last. Hers is an example all of us … Read More

Statement of Speaker Todd Gilbert on New CARB Gas-Vehicle Ban

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Speaker Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “When Democrats were in control of the House of Delegates, they specialized in enacting policies that were dumb, dangerous, and expensive. Yesterday we learned just how dumb, dangerous, and expensive one of those actions was — the decision to tie Virginia’s vehicle emissions standards to California. “Under House Bill 1965 (2021), Virginia conceded … Read More

Statement of House Republicans on Revenue Results

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Earlier today, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Virginia’s tax collections are running nearly $2 billion ahead of expectations, and that his administration will set aside $400 million in the 2023 proposed budget to provide additional tax relief to Virginians. Virginia is well positioned to provide additional tax relief, over and above the $4 billion approved in the 2022-2024 biennial budget, … Read More

Statement of Speaker Gilbert on Release of This Year’s Standards of Learning Results

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House Speaker Todd Gilbert, issued the following statement: “The closure of our schools and subsequent remote learning will be remembered as one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the Commonwealth’s educational system. Teachers and students did their best to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, but without full-time, in-person learning, most of the students never had a … Read More

Statement of Speaker Gilbert on the Passing of Former Delegate Joe Johnson

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House Speaker Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Our friend and colleague, Joe Johnson, has passed. Joe, a true gentleman, was one of Southwest Virginia’s most dedicated public servants. A strong advocate for his community, Joe was one of the kindest, nicest men I’ve ever met. I have no doubt that he has been reunited with his loving wife Ann, … Read More

Statement of Speaker Gilbert on the Passing of Former Delegate Jack Reid

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Del. Jack Reid

House Speaker Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Our Commonwealth is a lesser place today. Early Sunday morning, our former colleague Jack Reid passed from this life, surrounded by his friends and family. “While our time here overlapped by just a few years, I came to know Jack Reid as a giant of this body. He believed what he believed, … Read More