House Rises to Meet Their Responsibilities to Virginia
–Passes a Second Budget Bill to Send to the Senate–
Here is a quick update from Richmond. Senate Democrats are stonewalling Virginia’s Budget because they are angry that they didn’t get the committee assignments they wanted in the Senate when the Republicans took charge in that body. But I want to assure you that the House is going to meet this challenge forcefully. Today, we passed a second budget that we will send to the Senate Democrats and make them do their job: attend to the people, not the politics.
I am fighting mad about this. It is dead wrong to block our efforts to fund the core functions of government. And I will stay here with my colleagues in the House as long as it takes to get this done.
The House of Delegates is the “People’s House” and we will demand that we fund our fire, police, schools, colleges, transportation, health safety net, and many other areas citizens expect us to do.
Join us by calling your Senator and tell him or her, “Enough stonewalling by Democrat Senators. Do your job and pass a budget”!
In the News
“Virginia Senate Democrats kill another budget plan” from the Washington Post- http://wapo.st/yamJiR
- “In a bid for more committee power and more state spending, Senate Democrats killed the only remaining state budget plan Wednesday, a move likely to heighten partisan rancor in the General Assembly and force a special session.”
“Virginia law enforcement urges passage of state budget, citing safety risk” from the Washington Post- http://wapo.st/zgQCiJ
- “A state shutdown because we do not have a budget will not allow public safety in Virginia regardless of the color of uniform to provide for the protection and security of the people we have sworn to serve,” writes Galax Chief R.C. Clark, Jr., who serves as president of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
“Virginia Democrats should avoid tit-for-tat overreach” from the Washington Post Editorial Board- http://wapo.st/yXv2az
- “The few, flimsy objections Democrats have raised about the budget are a smokescreen. Their real issue is power-sharing: Democrats want it; Republicans won’t give it.”
Words From The Past
Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him. I think I understand something of human nature; and I tell you, all these were men, and I am a man: none else is like Him; Jesus Christ was more than a man. I have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would have died for me but to do this it was necessary that I should be visibly present with the electric influence of my looks, my words, of my voice. When I saw men and spoke to them, I lighted up the flame of self-devotion in their hearts. Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers of time and space. Across a chasm of eighteen hundred years, Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy; He asks for that which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for the human heart; He will have it entirely to Himself. He demands it unconditionally; and forthwith His demand is granted. Wonderful! In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powers and faculties, becomes an annexation to the empire of Christ. All who sincerely believe in Him, experience that remarkable, supernatural love toward Him. This phenomenon is unaccountable; it is altogether beyond the scope of man's creative powers. Time, the great destroyer, is powerless to extinguish this sacred flame; time can neither exhaust its strength nor put a limit to its range. This is it, which strikes me most; I have often thought of it. This it is which proves to me quite convincingly the Divinity of Jesus Christ. -- In a statement about Jesus Christ, Napoleon Bonaparte while he was exiled on the rock of St. Helena he called Count Montholon to his side and asked him, "Can you tell me who Jesus Christ was?" Upon the Count declining to respond Napoleon countered. (from here)
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