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
Friday, November 18, 2011
- Congressman Morgan Griffith
WASHINGTON – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement regarding the disappointing outcome of today’s vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment (H.J. Res 2) in the House. The Amendment failed to garner the 290 votes needed for passage.
“I came to Washington to change the way our government works. A Balanced Budget Amendment would make much-needed structural changes for long-term debt control.
Earlier this week, the national debt surpassed $15 trillion. Congress can’t ignore the debt problem any longer.
“While I voted to support the Balanced Budget Amendment, I am disappointed that some of my colleagues in the House did not. This is not a partisan issue. Why is the Minority trying to make it so? Why did Minority Whip Steny Hoyer vote in 1995 for this very same amendment but today flip his position and push his members to oppose it? Is it because the Obama Administration wants to make it a partisan issue?
“I’ve seen how effective a Balanced Budget Amendment can be in controlling government spending from my time as Majority Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates. In fact, it was the Democrats that crafted the balanced budget requirement in Virginia’s Constitution. It is hard to understand why 161 Democrats today voted against this measure when Democrats in the Virginia legislature know a Balanced Budget Amendment works. The Balanced Budget Amendment would force us to live within our means.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: National, Politics
Tags: budget, congress, law