Halftime: Where Do Senate Democrats Stand?

February 17, 2022

With Crossover complete and all Senate bills sent to the House of Delegates, Senate Democrats reflect on the hundreds of bills the Caucus has passed, and the defeats delivered to the Youngkin administration so far.

Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “For every Virginian, economic security and educational pathways to ensure that security must be attainable.

“Senate Democrats so far this Session have passed legislation to protect workers, address workplace safety particularly in terms of covid, availability of sick leave and family care, housing and food stability, and assurances for businesses to continue their growth in the Commonwealth.

“In terms of education, we have worked hard to help every single child have a pathway to prosperity at school and after graduation. From ensuring each student can learn without fear for their safety and stability to providing pathways for meaningful employment after graduation or after college, our top priority is the next generation of Virginians.

“I look forward to working with the House of Delegates to pass these bills as we further the business of the Commonwealth.”

Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said: “Senate Democrats have stood firm to ensure justice, protect rights, and provide safety to everyone at home, school, and work.

“We are seeking equal opportunity in voting, the justice system, environment and energy, and education. Governor Youngkin has sought to divide, but Senate Democrats remain steadfast in challenging the status quo and helping those who need it the most.
“We stand up for all Virginians–no matter their zip code, gender, orientation, identity, ethnicity, race, or religion. We have stood together as a brick wall against threats to create communities of second-class citizens, and will continue to do so in the second half of this General Assembly Session.”