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Mar12

Wednesday morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap. “House Republicans continue to play Washington-style, shutdown politics that is costing Virginia taxpayers’ money and leaving thousands of uninsured Virginians without access to quality, affordable health care,” said Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan. “This obstructionism has already lost $355 million of our own Federal tax dollars this year, and we will continue to lose money until the House Republicans come to the table."

Mar12

If you thought the debate over healthcare expansion ended when the General Assembly adjourned last week, think again. Lawmakers will take it all back up again March 24, and they're using the break to hear from you. Republicans and Democrats say little has really changed since they left Saturday. They're still miles apart on healthcare expansion and the state budget but they say your voice could help break the stalemate.

"We need to get back to the people who would be directly affected by our decision," said 71st District Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D).

Mar8

As I write this column, the 2014 General Assembly is winding down its work in advance of our scheduled March 8 adjournment. Of course, the most important bill we have to address, the Biennial Budget, is still in conference committee. Once again, we appear to be headed for overtime. Unfortunately, this is not unusual.

Mar5

State lawmakers are moving forward with a precedent-setting change in school textbooks. The bill will require textbooks to note the body of water commonly known as the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea. The seemingly minor change is a sensitive topic for Korean-Americans.

“We as a commonwealth cannot and should not pick and choose whose history we will accurately portray,” said 71st District Delegate McClellan.

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The Washington, D.C. to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail (DC2RVA) Project is a joint project between the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to improve intercity passenger rail service in the north-south corridor between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. 
 
The purpose of the DC2RVA Project is to increase capacity to deliver higher speed passenger rail, expand commuter rail, and accommodate growth of freight rail service in an efficient and reliable multimodal rail corridor. The DC2RVA Project will enable passenger rail to be a competitive transportation choice for intercity travelers between Washington, D.C., Richmond, and beyond. It extends 123 miles along an existing rail corridor owned by CSX Transportation (CSXT) from the Long Bridge across the Potomac River in Arlington, VA, to Centralia, VA in Chesterfield County, south of Richmond.  
 
Last month, FRA and DPRT published a Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which can be found here.  The Draft EIS provides an overview and comparison of the alternatives under consideration, including recommendations for a preferred alternative in
each corridor segment.  

Read my Report to the 9th Senate District for a summary of key legislation, as well as my bills, that passed during the 2017 General Assembly Session.

Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, August 4th and runs through Sunday, August 6th. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax.
 
Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information for retailers can be found in the 2017 Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines.