Yesterday I joined my House and Senate colleagues in Richmond for the reconvened or "veto" session of the 2017 General Assembly. During the reconvened session, legislators are tasked with reviewing gubernatorial vetoes and amendments. This year, Governor McAuliffe vetoed 39 bills and amended 67 more. He also made 27 amendments to the conservative and responsible bipartisan budget passed by the General Assembly.
Much like last year, I was disappointed (but not surprised) by the nature of the Governor's vetoes. Frankly, Governor McAuliffe seems to prefer division and opposition over working to pass commonsense bills. The Governor vetoed legislation to empower parents to make their own educational decisions, protect small businesses from national union bosses, and ensure the integrity of our voter registration database.
In fact, the Governor vetoed eight bills that passed the House with veto-proof majorities and the support of Democrats. Unfortunately, many Virginia Democrats placed partisan politics above good policy, changing their positions and voting yesterday to sustain the Governor's vetoes.
Governor McAuliffe also made several major amendments to the General Assembly's two-year budget. The House rejected the Governor's last-minute effort to expand Medicaid. Too much uncertainty remains in Washington regarding the future of health care policy. Time and time again, Washington breaks promises of funding. Expanding a government program based on federal promises would be irresponsible and fiscally short-sighted. Instead, the General Assembly took proactive measures to monitor federal action on health care. A subcommittee will be working this year to review changing federal policies to ensure that Virginia can adapt and offer the highest quality care to all residents.
Need help with a state agency? Contact my office!
Although the General Assembly has adjourned for the year, my office is always available to assist with constituent inquiries regarding state-related agencies. Have a question or concern with VDOT, DMV or the Department of Taxation? Email my office with your inquiry, and we will be happy to offer prompt assistance. I can be reached by email at DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov or phone at 757-223-9690. Additionally, I am excited to report that I will soon be reopening my district office. Stay tuned for details!
Delegate Brenda L. Pogge
Paid for and Authorized by Brenda Pogge for Delegate