Del. Kris Amundson spoke on the floor today, urging the House to focus on real solutions for Virginians as the General Assembly session progresses. You can watch the video or read the transcript below.
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, like many of you, I had the opportunity to go home over the weekend. It was good to be back in familiar territory.
I did speak to a number of people who didn’t have a really clear idea of what’s going on down here. Partly that’s because we haven’t done as good a job of teaching about the whole separation of powers thing as we might – I did have to tell several people that no, I personally wouldn’t be voting to invade Iran.
And of course partly it could be because if the Washington Post is your daily newspaper, serving in the General Assembly is akin to joining the witness protection program.
But mostly, people talked to me about real problems. They’re worried about the cost of health care. They’re worried about whether they can afford college tuition – or if there will be space for their kids to enroll in a Virginia college or university.
In Northern Virginia, they’re worried about real estate taxes that keep going up, even while the value of their home seems to be dropping. They’re worried about congestion on their roads.
Now, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, we have a real opportunity and a real privilege. Because during the next 55 days, we can take action on all those problems.
We can spend our time focusing on this kind of legislation-and there are good bills on these issues introduced by people on both sides of the aisle.
Or we can focus on things that really don’t matter in the lives of Virginians. We can get ourselves wrapped around the axle on the issues that divide us . . . rather than the problems that confront us.
Our plea as House Democrats is for all of us to remember who sent us here . . . and why. Let’s work for real solutions for Virginians.