Richmond, Va, 17 April 2012: The Virginia Senate Republican Caucus expressed satisfaction over today’s passage of House Bills 1300 and 1301, fulfilling the General Assembly’s obligation to approve a budget. House Bill 1301 was approved by a 21-to-19 vote, with Senator Charles J. Colgan (D-Manassas) joining the entire Senate Republican Caucus in voting “aye”.
“After two months of obstructionism punctuated by one last ditch attempt by the leaders of the Senate Democratic Caucus to derail the budget process, the General Assembly has fulfilled its constitutional duty to pass a budget,” declared Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). “As with the initial breakthrough on this impasse in early March, today’s result would not have happened without the statesmanship of Senator Chuck Colgan. He demonstrated again today why he is one of Virginia’s most respected leaders.
”I am also very proud of the members of our Senate Republican Caucus. Our members never lost sight of the ultimate goal, and fulfilled their responsibility today. They have distinguished themselves throughout this process, and have reaffirmed the judgment of the voters who placed us in the majority.”
“Today was a good day for the Senate and a great day for Virginians,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Walter A. Stosch (R-Henrico) remarked. “The budget we approved provides much needed funding increases for K-12 public education and for our state-supported colleges and universities. It also provides critical funding for transportation needs across the state, our local governments, healthcare services, our state parks, and all operations of state government.
“The Senate Finance Committee and its staff worked diligently to achieve this result. I am pleased with the dedication shown by our members, our staff, and our conferees in completing our mission under very challenging circumstances. Today, partisanship yielded to statesmanship, reaffirming the ‘Virginia Way’.”