January 27, 2015

WEEK 2 – Weekly Session Update

Dear Friends,
The first full week of the 2015 Session is now in the books, and we are starting to mak
our way through the immense amount of house bills and resolutions that have been
introduced for the 45-day short session.

Most bills are still being debated in committees; however, there was significant progress on a number of important issues that I would like to bring your attention to in this week’s newsletter.

This week House Republican’s have pushed for two bills aimed at making college more affordable. HB 1895 and HB 1897, were both passed unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday. We have also proposed a robust K-12 “Classroom Success” agenda to give every Virginia student access to a quality education, which builds on our past efforts to give every Virginia student the tools they need to graduate college or a career-ready school.

You can learn more at:

I’m pleased to report that legislation to fund new care centers in Northern Virginia and
Hampton Roads advanced from committee this week. Virginia is home to more than 780,000 veterans and there is a critical need for more veterans care centers in Virginia. This year, there is a series of legislative proposals aimed at enhancing employment and educational opportunities for our veterans, which will also contribute to Virginia’s economy.

In other news, I would like to give a shout out to some of the groups that visited this
week – TCC Students, ACTE, VACSB, Tidewater Bicycle Association, Tea Party groups,
Faith Riders and many more.

If you haven’t yet, please fill out my legislative survey at to share your
priorities for this General Assembly Session.

I hope to hear from you as we work to reform education, Medicaid and continue to craft a balanced budget. If you would like to learn more about the highlights of the 2015 House Agenda please visit the link below:

As always, I look forward to working on your behalf in Richmond this year and if you are
in the area, please visit me at the state capitol.