Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this afternoon following the rejection by the United States Senate of two important job-related amendments to S. 1813, the Surface Transportation bill. Despite majority votes in favor of both, the Senate failed, due to 60-vote requirements for passage, to approve the two non-germane amendments. The first would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, which would lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, and the second would have provided the EPA with additional time to review and revise their proposed Boiler MACT rules, which could put at risk thousands of American jobs.
“Today, the United States Senate had the opportunity to act positively on two important job-related amendments. The first would have cleared the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a critical project that would increase our nation’s energy security while creating thousands of good-paying jobs for our citizens. America needs more energy and more jobs. The Keystone XL pipeline would deliver both. This vote is especially disappointing given the rising energy prices – especially at the gas pump – that are impacting all Americans in this difficult economy.
In addition to a failure to take a major step forward in creating thousands of energy-related jobs, the Senate also put thousands of currently existing jobs at risk through its failure to provide relief from the negative economic consequences that could result from the proposed EPA Boiler MACT rules. According to the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners, the rules could impact 87 boilers in Virginia, at a cost to comply of $609 million. They would jeopardize 9,748 jobs. In short, Virginia businesses can’t afford the costs and the impact of these onerous proposed EPA regulations. This amendment would have stayed the current proposed rules, and allowed for a thoughtful consideration of the issue to ensure that regulations from Washington would not lead to job losses in our states. I thank Senator Susan Collins for offering this amendment, and I am disappointed that it was not able to gain the 60 votes necessary for passage.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Business, National, Politics
Tags: economy, environment, governor, McDonnell, US_Senator