By House Delegate Rob Bell (R, VA-58)
Letter to Constituents
On Wednesday, the 2016 General Assembly session kicked off with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s “State of the Commonwealth” address.
In it, McAuliffe again demanded that the legislature pass the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and vowed to veto any bills dealing with gun rights or abortion. Along with Senator Frank Ruff, I was asked to give the Republican response; you can view it here.
Despite McAuliffe’s threats, we are committed to stopping his unsustainable proposal to expand Medicaid. (Since McAuliffe included the expansion in his budget itself, this will require major changes so that the budget balances without any tax increases.) In addition, we have already filed a bill to undo Mark Herring’s announcement revoking concealed carry reciprocity with 25 other states. (See here; I am chief co-patron). We will fight to give parents more choices for educating their kids and a resolution to place Virginia’s right-to-work law into the state Constitution (subject to approval by voters in November). These and all the other bills can be found here.
Our legislative session is scheduled to last 60 days, though McAuliffe may try to force changes through an extended budget impasse. If you can visit the Capitol, I hope you will take time to share your thoughts on these and other important bills.