UPDATED 5:30PM Richmond, VA – Today, the House of Delegates convened at 12:00 PM for a Special Session called by Governor Glenn Youngkin. The House then recessed at 1:11 PM. Three hours later, the Governor issued a statement saying he had sent legislation to the General Assembly, rendering any action today impossible.
House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn released the following updated statement in response:
“The Governor’s timing is completely outrageous. House Democrats came to town this morning ready to debate a plan to help Virginians directly, not out of state drivers. The Governor could have acted in the Regular Session last month, he could have acted during Special Session today, but he failed to do so. I am baffled as to why he did not introduce this sooner. Further, the Governor himself says this plan won’t guarantee savings to consumers. We need to get savings directly to Virginians,” said House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn.
“If we really want to talk about actions over words, Governor Youngkin still refuses to trigger the Virginia’s anti-price gouging act to combat potential price gouging today. Rather than offering solutions for struggling Virginians, Governor Youngkin has prioritized political theater yet again.”
Original Statement from 3:02 PM:
Richmond, VA – House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn released the following statement on the first day of special session today:
“There was no reason for Governor Youngkin to call a special session today as budget negotiations continue. I strongly suggest the governor respect the process and the responsibility of the budget conferees to find common ground on the budget. Democrats continue to fight for Virginians, for public education funding such as support for at-risk students’ success and teacher pay raises, for access to quality childcare and Pre-k, for affordable housing, and for tax relief for working families,” said House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn.
“Rather than offering solutions for struggling Virginians, Governor Youngkin has prioritized do-nothing political theater and six-figure television ads. It’s time for the governor to start focusing on results for Virginians.”