Republican "Values Crusade"
Richmond, Virginia — Feb. 8, 2012 — Today, at a press conference in Richmond, Senator Barbara A. Favola (D-Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun) stood with members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses to denounce the dozens of extreme, divisive bills passed during the first month of session.
Senator Favola said, “Rather than bravely face the challenges of a modern society and creatively respond, Republicans have ignored education, transportation and the jobs crisis and prioritized a values crusade.”
“Republicans are sending bills to the Senate that subject welfare recipients to drug testing and allow state-funded adoption and child-placement agencies to turn away, for any arbitrary reason, parents and children who someone decides are not deserving of a family because of sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or marital status. This is state condoned discrimination.”
“The Senate has already passed bills forcing women to undergo a costly and medically unnecessary ultrasound before an abortion, a voter ID law rolling back voter’s rights and repealed an 18-year-old one-gun-a-month mandate. The so-called party of small government is rushing bills through the Senate that interfere in the most intimate, personal and private details of people’s lives.”
“Virginia’s families want a crusade to improve public schools across the Commonwealth so we can educate a 21st century workforce, to maintain the social safety net for Virginians who have fallen out of the middle class, and protect the quality of our water and natural resources. But the Republican budget is chipping away at these priorities,” Senator Favola added.
“My son went to Arlington County Public Schools in Virginia and with the quality education he received he now attends George Mason University. I want to preserve the opportunities my family had, for today’s Virginia families.”
"Senator Barbara A. Favola (D-Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun) says Republicans in Richmond are on a 'values crusade' that has flooded the Virginia House and Senate with 'dozens of extreme, divisive bills.'"
— Fairfax News 2/14/2012