Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover), and Senate Republican Caucus Whip William M. Stanley, Jr. (R-Franklin) commented today on the adoption of Senate Resolution 26.
“Effective today, the Senate of Virginia has ceased to operate under rules consistent with the custom, usage, and tradition of the Senate,” Norment remarked. “There is a dark shadow hanging over the Senate today. It has not been the Senate of Virginia’s proudest day.
“Abandoning the body’s rich traditions, they have put forward operating procedures that are, by design, intended to be changed and altered depending on the circumstances, effectively managing by caprice. The Senate of Virginia is no longer a deliberative body and, with today’s actions, barely a legislative one.”
“As a member of the Senate, I am astounded that a Caucus with senior members could have orchestrated today’s debacle,” Stanley noted. “To think that these anti-democratic, anti-transparent procedures were generated by the same Caucus whose members were bemoaning the bi-partisan ethics reform package as inadequate adds a level of hypocrisy heretofore unseen in the Senate of Virginia.”
“In a day full of outrageous power grabs, the decision by Senate Democrats to transform the Rules Committee into a ‘super committee,’ and granting extraordinary powers to a single senator rates as most outrageous,” declared McDougle.
“Senate Republicans take solace in the knowledge that now, thanks to today’s rulings by the Lieutenant Governor Northam, the Senate is merely an absence away from reorganization. That may not amount to stability in the procedures of the Senate, but, unlike our Democrat colleagues, we know how to follow rules.”