The Virginia General Assembly convened Wednesday for the “reconvened” or “veto” session to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes.
Governor McAuliffe signed over 700 bills this year, but he vetoed 32 bills and amended 57 more. He made 30 amendments to the conservative and responsible budget passed by the General Assembly.
Watch the floor speech I gave on my disappointment in the Governor’s administration for being disengaged throughout the session, but after the session too quick to be in front of the cameras with the veto pen
Many of my House colleagues and I were disappointed by the nature of the Governor’s vetoes. Over the last five weeks, he seemed more interested in dividing Virginians than highlighting much of the bipartisan work done this year. The Governor vetoed legislation to keep our kids safe in schools, empower parents when it comes to educational decisions, and protect coal jobs in Southwest Virginia.
In fact, the Governor vetoed six bills that passed the House with veto-proof majorities thanks to the support of Democrats. But in Richmond today, many Democrats flipped their votes to support Governor McAuliffe’s vetoes.
The House was able to override the Governor’s vetoes on two bills, but Senate Democrats voted to support the Governor’s vetoes. The House voted to override a veto of legislation that would protect historical war monuments and memorials from being altered or destroyed at a later date. The House also voted to override the Governor’s veto of the coal tax credit.
Governor McAuliffe also made several major amendments to the General Assembly’s two-year budget. The House rejected the Governor’s effort to expand Medicaid and provide taxpayer funding for abortion through the budget.
With the reconvened session complete, the General Assembly has completed its work for 2016. We will return to Richmond in January of 2017 for the next legislative session.
I am proud of what the legislature accomplished on behalf of Virginians this year. We passed a conservative and responsible state budget. The General Assembly passed a major, bipartisan agreement to secure the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. We passed legislation to strengthen our economy, give more children the opportunity to succeed, and fought to advance conservative values.Our office is now back in Colonial Heights full time for the remainder of the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me at DelKCox@house.virginai.gov if I can be of service.