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Monday News: “G.O.P. Visions of Tectonic Realignment”; “A Reckoning with Women Awaits Trump”; TMac 100% Wrong on Renewables, Natural Gas

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, February 12.

  • How many lies, deceptions, evasions, etc. can you find in DICK $a$law’s latest b.s. about his master’s “rate freeze” bill?” I’ll bold parts that are questionable at best…

    “In the first half of this legislative session I have been especially focused on two major pieces of legislation for the long-term health and prosperity of our Commonwealth. The first will end the utility rate freeze and take major steps toward modernizing our power grid. SB 966, which passed through the Senate on Friday and will now move to the House, represents many hours of discussion and compromise from parties across our Commonwealth. With support from the business community, environmental groups, the Governor’s office, and nearly a dozen other stakeholder organizations, this legislation is a uniquely comprehensive solution to one of Virginia’s most pressing issues.

    SB 966 incorporates several of my own bills, including two that will massively expand the quantity of solar energy in the public interest. This ten-fold increase represents enough power generation to support 1.25 million homes-a monumental investment in the future of clean energy in our Commonwealth. Additionally, this bill provides over $1 Billion in customer benefits and refunds, including passing along the entire recent Federal Corporate Tax cut from the utilities to ratepayers. Further, SB 966 will expand support for Virginians in need, providing subsidized energy to those who struggle to to pay their power bills. In sum, this legislation strikes a balance between immediate benefits and much needed long-term reforms, which is a compromise I firmly believe is in the best interest of our citizens.

  • From Sen. Tim Kaine’s office:

    KAINE STATEMENT ON TRUMP INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL, BUDGET FRAMEWORK

    Trump’s infrastructure proposal fails to make serious federal investments, relies on toll roads and higher taxes across Virginia

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after President Trump released his budget proposal for FY19, which included an infrastructure package that falls drastically short of the trillion dollar plan Trump promised throughout his campaign, and requires local governments in most cases to cover 4/5 of the costs of projects with either their own funds or by securing their own public private partnerships:

    “Last week’s two-year spending agreement that came out of the Senate put us back on track by funding our national defense and critical programs like children’s health care, higher education and opioid abuse prevention that Virginians have been waiting for. Unfortunately, the budget framework that President Trump laid out today would hurt the communities we are working to help – including in rural Virginia – and is out of line with Virginia’s priorities.

    “The biggest disappointment is President Trump’s insufficient commitment on infrastructure. From the HRBT to Metro to I-81, Virginia has serious transportation needs, and I strongly support investments to fix them. But President Trump’s plan today skimps on real federal investments to deal with those needs, and instead relies on local governments and private interests to foot the bill. We need an infrastructure plan that makes daily life easier for families in Virginia – not one that sticks them with more taxes and tolls.”

  • STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER

    ~ On the President’s budget and infrastructure proposal ~

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal and infrastructure “principles”:

    “Once again, the Administration has put forth a budget that attacks the pay and retirement security of federal workers, slashes funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup, and fails to seriously invest in critical infrastructure.

    “What the President proposed today isn’t a real infrastructure plan. It is simply designed to let the President take credit for the investments, while sticking states and localities with the bill. Selling off property like the GW Parkway, Dulles Airport, and Reagan National will not improve our infrastructure – it will only mean higher costs for the traveling public. And as with the rest of the President’s budget request, the Administration does nothing to describe how it would pay for its own transportation proposal.

    “The President’s budget proposal puts the burdens of deficit reduction on all the wrong places by slashing funding for Medicaid, college loans, and food assistance for needy families, and bringing overall non-defense investments down to levels not seen in modern times. But even as working families struggle, corporations will continue to spend tens of billions of dollars on share buybacks after receiving a windfall in the form of the $2.5 trillion unpaid-for tax cut.

    “Even using economic assumptions rejected by leading economists, this budget would still leave America deeply in the red. Over the long term, this unsustainable level of debt will jeopardize everyone’s prosperity. While this Administration has abandoned the Republican Party’s longtime goal of reducing deficit spending, Congress must come together to find balanced solutions to address our fiscal situation.”