I write you with a heavy heart and in genuine fear. I fear the resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy will plunge the United States of America into our greatest national crisis since the Civil War.
Virginia holds its primary elections this Tuesday, and if you won't be able to make it to the polls on Tuesday, TODAY (Saturday, June 9) is your last chance to vote.
Finally, We Pass Medicaid Expansion! Virginia Extends Healthcare to 400,000 Virginians! Legislation Brings Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Virginia Budget And Billions of Dollars to Virginia Economy. A Clear Victory for Empathy and Fiscal Sanity and all because you gave us 15 new Democrats last fall...
On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. Too easily we forget the real meaning of this day. Memorial Day is not just the start of summer. It is a time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for our country. Time and time again, our nation has called on our citizens to serve. And they have answered that call, with bravery and selfless devotion to the ideals of our republic. We all owe an infinite debt of gratitude to these courageous heroes who died so that we may live free.
Delegate Roem and I will also be speaking at an event organized by the Kingstowne Communion, a new United Methodist church in Alexandria. Please join us Tuesday night at Fiona's Irish Pub (5810 Kingstowne Center, Alexandria) at 7pm for a provocative discussion on faith, gender, identity, and the way in which religious institutions deal with these issues. I don't get a chance to talk about my personal theology very much, and I look forward to sharing my religious outlook and hearing yours.
Last week, the House of Delegates again passed a budget that included Medicaid Expansion. I was proud to cast my vote one more time for bringing health care to 400,000 Virginians, returning $400 million in Virginians' federal tax dollars to Virginia, and pumping almost $2 billion into Virginia's economy. I'm hopeful that this budget -- combined with the necessary action by the Virginia Senate -- will finally bring Medicaid Expansion to Virginia. We still have more work to do to get it through the Senate, but with some Republican Senators starting to waver, I remain optimistic. I expect to be called back to Richmond sometime in May after the Senate passes its version of the budget, although as of now, we don't know when that will be.