The General Assembly session just ended one day late with a 97-1 House vote on the budget. The Senate Governor Ralph Northam released a statement upon the adjournment of the 2019 regular legislative session.
“As the General Assembly adjourns, I am pleased by the progress we were able to make in important areas like eviction prevention and reduction, school safety, protecting our environment, and economic development. I am also heartened that the budget reflects a number of our administration’s priorities including K-12 education and teacher salaries, higher education, affordable housing, and broadband. I want to thank the legislators for their hard work and focus on serving Virginians this session.”
Del. Lee Carter is the lone vote in the House against the budget. When asked why he voted against, Carter responded with “Hyde Amendment and the fact that the teacher pay raise was offset with a larger amount taken from state employee health insurance premiums. Felt to much like taking from one pocket to put into another.”
The GOP is touting the tax relief package they instilled due to losses incurred on Virginians due to the Trump tax cuts.
“I am proud of the work and accomplishments of the 2019 General Assembly Session,” said Speaker Kirk Cox (R – Colonial Heights). “The General Assembly brought stable leadership and delivered results on the issues that matter most at a time when the Commonwealth needed it most. Four-hundred years ago, Virginia set in motion an experiment in representative democracy. I consider it a high honor to have led this institution through its 400th year and am immensely proud of the work we accomplished.”
“The 2019 General Assembly Session should be an eye-opener for the people for Virginia,” said Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R – Shenandoah). “The Republican-led General Assembly consistently delivered results on issues like tax relief, school safety, college affordability, and healthcare costs. That leadership stands in stark contrast to the chaos and embarrassment brought by the executive branch controversies, and the misplaced priorities of our Democratic colleagues.”