It has been a very busy week in Richmond! As of Wednesday, we are officially at the halfway point of the 2016 General Assembly Session. All of the Senate bills that passed successfully through that body are now in the House for consideration. Also, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have been working on the moving parts of the House budget. Please watch for a special email update from me on Sunday, when the House releases our budget.
As always, I am grateful for your confidence and look forward to participating in a process that produces good public policy that benefits our district and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
All The Best,
Delegate Scott Garrett M.D.
The Republican-led House of Delegates is making good progress on the issues that matter most to you and your family: jobs, education, and healthcare. We are also working to craft a conservative and responsible state budget that carefully spends your taxpayer dollars while making strategic and targeted investments in the core functions of state government.
The Second Amendment
The House is working hard to defend and advance conservative principles. We brokered a bipartisan agreement to secure the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, advanced legislation to protect religious liberty, are fighting back against federal government overreach, and defeated major pieces of the McAuliffe-Clinton agenda.
The Economy and Jobs
The House of Delegates advanced several major pieces of legislation aimed at fostering private-sector economic growth, promoting a positive, pro-business climate and protecting small businesses through regulatory reform. Virginia’s economy is recovering more slowly than the national economy and still faces threats from sequestration and federal spending cuts. Creating good paying jobs and growing Virginia’s economy is our top priority.
We are also working to make sure all children have the opportunity to get the education they deserve by promoting choice and flexibility. The House passed a constitutional amendment on charter schools, passed legislation creating virtual schools and passed legislation creating Education Savings Accounts. All children deserve the opportunity to succeed, no matter what their zip code or how much money their parents make.
The House of Delegates is fighting to protect religious liberty. We must ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion is protected. The House passed three bills to protect religious liberty. Among these is HB 791, introduced by my colleague Les Adams, which re-affirms that Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The House has been clear in its opposition to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Instead of expanding a rapidly-growing government entitlement program, we are promoting improved access and lower costs. The House passed legislation to expand access to primary care doctors, especially in rural and underserved areas. These are important measures that will improve healthcare in the Commonwealth.
This week, several groups visited Richmond! Pictured here are the Lynchburg Association of Realtors and VMI Keydet Holmes Laughon (Lynchburg).
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