Reinforcements will be needed ….
1. Update on General Assembly special session; Action NEXT WEEK
2. IMPORTANT Action Item for TODAY
3. Keep calling these Senators
We apologize for the large number of alerts lately, but events can transpire quickly at the General Assembly, especially with a contentious issue like Medicaid expansion. Thank you for your steadfastness on this issue.
Yesterday the Senate took an extended recess and indicated that the full body will not return until April 7 to continue work on the budget. The justification is that they need time to work on the Governor’s new budget proposal, but their actions send a clear message: they are not serious about finishing the budget in a timely fashion.
“It’s INCREDIBLE that they would leave town, and if we don’t respond strong, they’ll get away with it. It’s an absolutely unnecessary delay considering that we have the budget sitting right here and we can finish it.” -House staffer
The Senate also announced it will hold a public hearing next Tuesday, April 1st at 2pm at the General Assembly. They are hoping the delay will give them time to gather public support and parade a host of advocates before the hearing of the Senate Finance Committee. Here is the link to the hearing: http://sfc.virginia.gov/committee.shtml .
We encourage everyone to put next Tuesday’s public hearing on their calendar to speak before the Committee. We need to have as strong a showing as our opposition. We cannot let them have the stage for their show all to themselves!
AFP is considering sending buses to the hearing. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in riding a bus to Richmond.
There isn’t any official notice yet on-line to announce this date or if folks will need to sign up ahead of time, how long they will have to speak etc. However, we should plan to plan to attend with as many supporters as possible. As soon as there are additional details, we’ll pass them along
The House reconvenes this evening at 7:30 PM. It is critical that you contact them before that time, preferably as soon as possible.
Senator Walter A STOSCH (R) Senate District 12