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House Republican Leaders Statement on HB 582

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Even President Franklin Roosevelt knew that unions were all but incompatible with public service. When boards and councils negotiate with labor, a bad deal doesn’t come out of their pocket. This will increase local taxes on hard working Virginia families and isn’t the direction Virginia in which should be moving to … Read More

House Republican Leaders Statement on House Bill 33

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The Virginia House of Delegates today passed legislation that will make certain violent criminals eligible for parole, including 112 offenders who committed premeditated first-degree murder. If signed by the Governor, those who will now have the ability to come before the Virginia Parole Board include rapists and murderers. The bill was amended by unanimous vote to remove from eligibililty those … Read More

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on Second Amendment Lobby Day

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “I want to thank the tens of thousands of Virginians who came out to make their voices heard at today’s Second Amendment Lobby Day. The crowd was exactly what it has been in years past — peaceful, respectful, and orderly — except much, much larger. More than 20,000 people gathered with … Read More

Statement of House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert in Advance of Lobby Day

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House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “Lobby Day is a time for people to peacefully assemble and petition their government. It is not a place for hate or violence. Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence, or civil unrest isn’t welcome here. Thousands of law-abiding Virginians … Read More

House, Senate Republican Leadership Request Secure Briefing on Threats

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House and Senate Republican leaders wrote to Governor Northam requesting a secure briefing for General Assembly leaders on the threats the Governor cited Wednesday to justify his declaration of a state of emergency in regard to the January 20th Lobby Day event. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment, R-James City County, House Republican Caucus … Read More

House Republican Leadership Statement on Governor Northam’s State of Emergency

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Governor Northam announced today a state of emergency on Capitol Square for Monday, January 20th, and a ban on the carrying of firearms and other weapons. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, Republican Caucus Chair Kathy Byron, R-Bedford, and Republican Whip Jay Leftwich, R-Chesapeake, issued the following statements: “Tens of thousands of Virginians are expected to visit Richmond Monday to … Read More

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on Death of Virginia Serviceman in Afghanistan

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Earlier today, the Pentagon identified two service members killed Saturday in Afghanistan. One of the two soldiers was Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin of Newport News. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement: “In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ … Read More

House Republican Leader Statement on Capitol Firearm Ban

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With less than 24 hours notice, House and Senate Democrats today overturned more than a decade of policy and voted to ban all firearms from the Capitol and office buildings. This measure includes the general public, concealed carry permit holders, and General Assembly members. Law abiding citizens with valid concealed handgun permits have always been allowed to bring their lawful … Read More

House Republican Leadership Statement on Democratic Failure to Organize the House

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The Virginia House of Delegates recessed Wednesday without adopting rules for the 2020-2021 General Assembly, historically the first order of business. The Rules are the framework that allows the House to smoothly conduct the people’s business and protect the integrity of the institution. The House of Delegates adopted fair and transparent rules on the first day of session every two … Read More

Delegate Robinson and Senator Suetterlein Deliver Republican Perspective on State of the Commonwealth

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Delegate Roxann L. Robinson (R-Chesterfield) and Senator David R. Suetterlein (R-Roanoke County) tonight delivered the Republican perspective on the State of the Commonwealth. The prepared text of their remarks, which were broadcast following Governor Northam’s, are as follows: Senator Suetterlein “Good evening, I’m Senator David Suetterlein from Roanoke County.” Delegate Robinson “And I’m Delegate Roxann Robinson from Chesterfield County. “We’re … Read More