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House Republican Leader Statement on George Floyd, Protests, and Recent Events

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement: “What happened to George Floyd was inexcusable. Those of us who are not African-American cannot possibly understand the pain felt in that community. But we can see and know that our fellow Virginians are hurting, and they are rightfully angry. Those who march and demand justice are more than justified … Read More

House Republican Leader Statement on First Anniversary of Virginia Beach Shooting

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement: “There are times when words are wholly inadequate. Such is this moment of grief and remembrance. One year ago, a dozen lives were taken from us in a moment of inexplicable anger and violence. Families were shattered, as too many realized they had said their final goodbyes unknowingly. “Today, we … Read More

House Republican Leadership Statement on Governor Northam’s Mask Edict

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Governor Northam announced today that Virginians over the age of 10 will be required to wear a face covering in order to enter a myriad of establishments. This announcement comes over 10 weeks since Governor Northam declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, House Republican Caucus Chair Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, and House Republican … Read More

Governor Northam Listens to Local Governments Regarding Beaches — Sort Of

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement regarding Governor Northam’s decision to allow Virginia Beach to open on Friday: “We’re finally seeing movement in the right direction, but there is still a disappointing lack of trust in people and local governments to be able to use what we know about this virus to be able to open as … Read More

House Republican Leader Statement on Atlantic COVID-19 Testing Story

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“Today’s story in the Atlantic amplifies what the Richmond Times Dispatch had already reported: Doctor Northam and his team are committing malpractice with Virginia’s testing program. The Governor recently stated that ‘Virginia is in a good place.’ The Atlantic’s report contradicts that claim and undermines any faith in what’s been communicated to Virginians about testing in the Commonwealth. “In times … Read More

General Assembly Republicans Call for Moratorium on Release of Violent Felons

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House Republican Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), and the immediate past chairmen of the House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees, Delegate Robert B. “Rob” Bell (R-Albemarle) and Senator Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham), today issued the following statement calling on Governor Ralph S. Northam (D) to institute a moratorium on … Read More

House Republicans: Contradictions from Governor on COVID, Reopening Wearing Thin

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Governor Northam’s press conference today continued to highlight the lack of answers related to testing in Virginia and the inconsistencies coming from the administration. Virginia has consistently ranked near the bottom of testing per capita and today’s update provided no clear picture on how Virginia will increase our testing capacity. Additionally, over the last few weeks, Governor Northam has stated … Read More

Virginia Beach Republicans: Virginia Beach Can Reopen Safely – If Governor Allows It

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Republican legislators representing Virginia Beach, including Sens. Bill DeSteph, Jen Kiggans, and Dels. Jason Miyares and Glenn Davis issued the following statement in regard to Governor Northam’s decision to keep beaches closed until June 5th: “We are extremely disappointed that Governor Northam has decided to keep Virginia’s beaches closed through at least June 5. Last week, Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby … Read More

Gilbert: “We Hope Governor Northam is Serious”

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s announcement about reopening Virginia next week: “We hope the Governor is serious about reopening next Friday. Virginians need a light at the end of this tunnel. The Governor’s decision to use a ‘one size fits all’ approach is going to negatively impact certain parts of Virginia worse than … Read More