Governor Youngkin Continues To Demonstrate He Doesn’t Understand How Government Works
Gov. Youngkin falls behind with 1,669 Bills to sign by Monday
Richmond, VA – Governor Youngkin has fallen weeks behind on his duty to act on legislation passed by the General Assembly. In order to finish acting on the 1,669 bills on his desk before Monday’s legal deadline, he will have to sign them at a rate of 278 bills per day. Governor Youngkin is once again showing that he is an incompetent governor who is scrambling to meet his basic responsibilities after entering office unprepared to govern.
Governor Youngkin received 1,768 bills, which passed by the General Assembly during the regular session that concluded weeks ago. He has acted on a mere 99 bills, accounting for just 5.6% of all the bills he’s required to act on with less than six days left to meet the Monday, April 11 deadline. He will need to sign at least 278 bills each day, starting today, to meet the deadline.
Most of the bills passed the House and Senate on a bipartisan basis, including many essential reforms to the state code that state agencies, local governments, and businesses rely on. Governor Youngkin is making an embarrassing show of his inability to govern.
This is the latest mismanagement crisis in the Executive Mansion following months of the governor’s legislative failures during the legislative session and his failure to communicate with his own party in the General Assembly, which led him to prematurely call legislators back to Richmond to vote on a budget that is not ready.
“It’s clear that Governor Youngkin isn’t even capable of fulfilling his most basic role as Governor,” said DPVA spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “Since he was inaugurated, Governor Youngkin has been dedicated to politics rather than doing his duty to serve Virginians. And now by failing to sign passed legislation, Governor Youngkin is continuing this disturbing pattern of incompetence and harming our Commonwealth.”