I hope you are staying safe and healthy! We made some terrific progress for our Commonwealth during this first week of special session. I am happy to report that nearly all of my bills have already passed the Senate unanimously and are heading to Governor Northam’s desk. I am thrilled to see that all of my bills have earned overwhelming bipartisan support.
I hope you are staying safe and healthy! We made some terrific progress for our Commonwealth during this first week of February. 71% of my bills have passed the House and will be sent to the Senate! I was thrilled to see that all of my bills earned overwhelming bipartisan support. The House also met its crossover deadline on Friday afternoon. This deadline required for the House to complete all its legislation that needs to be sent over to the Senate for their action on it, and vice versa.
We’re all hard at work here to pass legislation to support our working families throughout the COVID pandemic. Next Friday, February 5th, is designated as this year’s Crossover. This deadline means the House must complete all its legislation that needs to be sent over to the Senate for their action on it, and vice versa.
While I wish I had better news, I have to notify you that COVID cases in Virginia are rising. We are now averaging about 4,000 cases per day, on average. This number is much higher than it has been anytime during this pandemic.
While we spend the holiday season each year with our loved ones, going out to shopping malls and restaurants, and doing other similar social activities, we must practice social distancing and other precautions this year.
With Thanksgiving coming up, many of you will want to gather with your loved ones. I am asking you to make one more sacrifice and limit any in-person social gatherings during this holiday season. We need to do this so more Virginians can see next year's Thanksgiving, and many more after that.
I am thankful to the many Virginians who have taken the steps to mitigate the virus’ spread. While our Commonwealth is doing relatively better than a lot of other parts of our country, we are currently experiencing a rise in cases. Now more than ever, we must continue to follow proper social distancing protocol.
We just wrapped up our nearly 3 month long special session. This session was called for two very important reasons: to combat racial injustice, and to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While our Commonwealth still has a way to go before we can achieve true equality and security, I am so proud of the progress we made.
I hope you and yours are doing well. As we continue to fight against this pandemic, I wanted to give you some positive news.
While it is troubling to see much of the country experience a surge in cases, Virginia is one of a handful of states where cases have remained steady and relatively low. This is a testament to the sacrifice we Virginians have given to ensure this pandemic’s dire effects are mitigated.
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