2015 General Assembly
As with every session, this year brings its own set of challenges, but I am confident that the House of Delegates will provide the solution and leadership that Virginians deserve.
The House of Delegates is focused on the kitchen-table issues that matter to hard-working families. Our priorities include:
- Creating good-paying job opportunities by fighting against job-killing regulations
- Reforming and improving our schools so our children have the opportunity to succeed
- Making college more affordable so the next generation of students isn’t saddled with student debt
- Reforming our state pension system to protect our hard-working state employees
- Fighting back against Democrat tax increases that will leave less money in your pockets and kill jobs
Republicans have laid out a broad, positive governing agenda. I know that we can accomplish a lot in this short 45-day session. If you missed my remarks on the start of the 2015 session, you can watch them here.
State of the Commonwealth
Governor Terry McAuliffe delivered his State of the Commonwealth Address on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Governor chose to focus much of his speech on issues like Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, gun control, abortion rights and other controversial measures.
In contrast, Delegate Margaret Ransone and Senator Jeff McWaters delivered the Republican response, laying out a governing agenda that would prepare Virginia for long-term growth. You can watch their full remarks by clicking here.
Visitors & Events
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak to the Virginia Federation of Republican Women at their annual legislative luncheon. The VFRW is a great organization and I’m grateful for the friendship of so many of their members. I greatly appreciate all they do for our Commonwealth.
I also spoke on Thursday with the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations. The Joint Leadership Council represents Virginia’s veterans in Richmond on a number of important issues. One of their top legislative priorities is funding two new long-term veterans care centers. I am proud to support this legislation and look forward to its passage.
There is still time to take the 2015 Constituent Survey. I really appreciate the feedback that so many people have already provided on issues like jobs, schools, rising college costs, ethics reform and more. You can fill out the survey at williamjhowell.org/survey.