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Appreciation Thread for VA House Democrats’ Classes of 2017 and 2019

Now, we've got to make sure that NONE of this progress is rolled back by Glenn Youngkin, Todd Gilbert, etc.

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There are so many accomplishments by the VA House Democrats’ Classes of 2017 and 2019, it’s hard to know where to start! Just incredible, really…massively improving Virginia in just two years, with 100s of pieces of progressive, clean energy, environmental, etc. legislation passed by VA House Democrats. See below for some of the accomplishments, courtesy of a Twitter thread started by VAPLAN.  I’d add a bunch, including (just a VERY short list!):

  • Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Combating predatory lending
  • Establishing access to collective bargaining for public employees
  • Removing the criminal penalty for simple possession of marijuana
  • Passing the Virginia Values Act, making Virginia the “first Southern state to provide sweeping anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people”
  • Allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses
  • Providing paid sick leave for home health care workers
  • Implementing the G3 jobs training program
  • Expanding the Virginia Human Rights Act to include those with disabilities
  • Giving teachers 5% pay raises

And SO much more, such as in the following items in VAPLAN’s Twitter thread. Finally, thanks so much to Virginia House Democrats – both members who will be returning and those who will not be, sadly – for the incredible work you all did the past two years with a hard-earned Democratic majority! Now, we’ve got to make sure that NONE of these gains are rolled back by Republicans, as much as they’d love to do so!

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