April 21, 2016
CONTACT: Emily Bolton,

Yesterday’s veto session was an enormous success for Governor McAuliffe, who did not lose a single veto despite Republican majorities in both chambers. None of the Governor’s 68 vetoes have been overturned during his tenure. This would not have been possible without House and Senate Democrats who took a stand against these bills through tireless advocacy, floor speeches, and by sustaining all of the Governor’s vetoes.

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) is content with Virginia’s status quo, in which, in one of the nation’s wealthiest states, hundreds of thousands of people have no health insurance. That ongoing disgrace will be an undeniable part of Mr. Howell’s legacy.” – Washington Post Editorial

Governor McAuliffe and Democrats reject discrimination, efforts to limit women’s access to health care, efforts to disenfranchise voters, and legislation that limits economic opportunity for the middle class. These are Virginia values. Yet, Republicans in the General Assembly continue down a divisive path, taking their political cues from Washington and GOP presidential spectacle.

It’s simple: Virginians want leadership focused on growing the Commonwealth, not creating barriers. This legislative session, Republicans doubled down on creating barriers.

Read the rest of the story at the 2016 Veto Session: Key Takeaways