This morning legislators from across the state of Virginia announced the formation of the Progressive Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly
“Progressive values are Virginia values. Families across the Commonwealth want their legislature to focus on issues that matter to them.” Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) said, “The Progressive Caucus serves to fight for the interests of the average citizen and to educate the public on Progressive issues. We will define our agenda in time for this fall’s elections so voters can see what we stand for.”
Delegate Adam Ebbin, who is also eying a Senate seat, added “While Virginia can be slow to change, we have to keep pace with the times when it comes to issues like stem cell research, global warming and society’s attitudes towards gays and lesbians. As progressives, it is important that we stand together as we move Virginia forward.”
Members of the General Assembly continue to join the Progressive Caucus which will be working throughout the year to support and create legislation that upholds their goals and values.
Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) spoke at today’s press conference concluding that Virginians are fair and open-minded and the Caucus will reflect these values.
“We will work together to improve the environment, support a strong, vibrant, quality, twenty-first century, public education system for all our children, devise and implement a long-term transportation program including a critical component of mass transit and of updated infrastructure, create good-paying jobs and provide all Virginians equal opportunity, justice and fairness.”
Membership of The Virginia Progressive Caucus is below:
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