To the Editor:
With a lot of our attention focused on the Presidential and Congressional races this year, we need to keep in mind what has been happening in the Virginia General Assembly session in Richmond.
In short, the Senate Democrats failed in their constitutional duty to pass a state budget. The session adjourned without approving a budget, which is the first time that this has happened that anyone can remember. So, an upcoming special session is required to pass a budget.
Importantly, one of our newest senators, Barbara Favola, who represents parts of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties (and also my Senator), was AWOL in the Senate when the budget vote was taken. Where was she you ask? She was taping a TV show with a national media outlet. That shows where her priorities lie -- not with her constituents.
This is a disgrace to all Virginians. Please let Senator Favola know how displeased you are with her behavior of holding the budget hostage and harming our local governments, schools, and kids, just for reasons of raw political power.
Chairman, 10th Congressional District