Friday, July 11, 2014

Returning to Richmond...

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96th District, Virginia House of Delegates      July 11, 2014
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District Office:

1201 Jamestown Road

Williamsburg, VA 23185



During Session:

General Assembly Building

Room 403

Capitol Square

Richmond, VA 23219



Please send all mail to:

P.O. Box 196

Norge, VA 23127
Legislative Aide
Amanda Johnston
Returning to Richmond
Less than a month ago, Virginia belatedly passed a biennial state budget. As you likely recall, the delay stemmed from the Governor's insistence on a provision to expand Medicaid in the Commonwealth. Despite the Governor's maneuvering, the General Assembly passed a clean budget that did not include language permitting Medicaid expansion.

Throughout the arduous budget debate, my Republican colleagues and I repeatedly insisted on calling a special session to debate Medicaid expansion. For reasons outlined in my previous newsletters, I remain unconvinced that expansion is the best option for Virginia. I am, however, committed to thoroughly reviewing the matter and hearing all arguments. A special session dedicated exclusively to discussing Medicaid expansion is the ideal opportunity in which to hold this debate.

As such, I am pleased to share that the Republican leaders of the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate plan to call the General Assembly into session during the week of September 22. At that time, we will fulfill our promise to analyze all aspects of expansion. Undistracted by threats of a government shutdown, we will be able to fully focus on the facts surrounding the proposal to expand Medicaid.

I look forward to engaging in this debate and also to hearing your feedback during the upcoming weeks. I take seriously my responsibility to represent your concerns, and I appreciate your active participation in the legislative process.
Thank you for your support
On June 19, over 100 guests joined Speaker Howell and me for a fundraising reception at the historic Hornsby House Inn in Yorktown. A providential thunderstorm cooled the day's scorching temperatures and ushered in a comfortable evening. Thanks to your support, I enjoyed an extremely successful fundraiser...not to mention a fun event the company of good friends! Thank you to all who attended or made a contribution in support of my campaign. I am humbled by your support.
Congratulations to Mike Watson!
During 2012 and 2013, I had the privilege of sitting beside Mike Watson on the floor of the House of Delegates. I learned to admire and trust Mike as a man of his word, a natural leader, and a humble public servant. Like you, I was extremely disappointed by the outcome of last year's race for the 93rd House of Delegates seat. 

I am excited, however, to learn about Mike's new role as coordinator of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Subcommittee. Mike's business acumen and legislative background make him a natural fit for this position. While I miss serving with Mike in the House of Delegates, I look forward to working with him in this new capacity. Congratulations, Mike! 
Have plans for Sunday afternoon?
If not, then consider attending the James City County Republican Committee's annual barbecue, the Just Right Party. Speakers include Representative Rob Wittman, Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins, and Cathy Gillespie. 

When: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13
Where: Williamsburg National Golf Club, 3700 Centerville Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Cost: Tickets are $20 per person or $40 per family
Questions? Email or call 757-220-4671.

For a printable invitation, click HERE.

Purchase tickets online at!

Brenda L. Pogge
Delegate, 96th District
Virginia House of Delegates   

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