Virginia Democrats Freak Out After Governor Glenn Youngkin Vetoes 25 Of Their Bills

Virginia Democrats are flipping out because the new Republican governor Glenn Youngkin is not acting as a rubber stamp for their bills.

Youngkin has reportedly vetoed at least 25 of their recent bills.

It’s been so long since a Republican was in charge here, they are clearly not used to it.

The Virginia Pilot reports:

Democrats ‘stunned’ as Youngkin vetoes 25 bipartisan bills — including 3 from Hampton Roads lawmakers

Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed 25 bills this week — all from Democrats — that received bipartisan support in the General Assembly, a move some lawmakers viewed as an act of retaliation.

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State Sen. Creigh Deeds told The Virginian-Pilot he believes the governor wanted to get back at certain Democrats for rejecting his picks for the state parole board, as well as for secretary of natural and historic resources.

“It’s tit for tat and he wants to continue that war with us,” Deeds said. “He doesn’t want to talk and have conversations and figure out how to govern or move forward.”

A Youngkin spokesperson declined to comment directly on Deed’s allegations Tuesday, instead directing The Pilot to Youngkin’s list of veto explanations.

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“My goal as Governor is to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family and the bills I vetoed today reaffirm that commitment,” Youngkin wrote in a Monday night news release…

Nine of the 25 bills vetoed were introduced by Sen. Adam Ebbin, who chairs the Senate committee that shot down Youngkin’s nominations, leading Deeds to conclude the governor was targeting certain legislators. Ebbin, however, did have a bill that the governor made recommendations for and sent back to the Senate.

Conservatives are cheering.

The people of Virginia wanted a fighter. They got one.

 

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