Richmond, Va, 16 June 2020: Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover) and Co-Chairman Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham) today issued the following statement in response to the appointment of senators to boards and commissions by the Senate Committee on Rules:
“Today, Senate Democrats effectively silenced different viewpoints and perspectives from being heard on critical boards and commissions.
“By appointing only Democrat senators to a dozen boards and commissions that previously had senators from both parties serving, Senate Democrats effectively silenced the voices of four million Virginians represented by Republicans in the Senate of Virginia. On critical issues like criminal justice, transportation, healthcare, electric rates, and housing, Democrats are not interested in hearing diverse views or any perspective other than their own.
“Consistent with longstanding Senate tradition, Republican and Democrat senators were appointed to these important boards and commissions under Republican leadership. We understood that sound policy decisions must take into account differing viewpoints and perspectives. Once again, Senate Democrats have demonstrated an intolerance for the expression of any views they do not share.
“The people of Virginia are poorly served by a legislative majority that refuses to even allow dissenting opinions to be expressed. Today’s decision by Senate Rules makes building consensus around future policy initiatives remote, if not impossible.”
Boards and Commissions that previously had senators representing both parties, but will now have only Democrat senators serving:
- Commission on Electric Utility Regulation
- Commission on Unemployment Compensation
- Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
- Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
- Health Insurance Reform Commission
- Metro Reform Commission
- Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
- Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
- Virginia Code Commission
- Virginia Housing Commission
- Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind Board of Visitors
- Virginia State Crime Commission