As another year comes to an end, I want to thank each of you for your continued support that allows me to serve as your delegate. Each year, during the General Assembly session, I am proud to represent the interests of residents in Prince William County and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
While we are beginning to enter post-COVID life, I wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season. This is a time to reflect on the previous year, remember those that we have lost and gained, and look forward to a new year of unknown opportunities.
General Assembly Session 2023
The Virginia General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, for a 45-day regular session. The House of Delegates and state Senate will consider legislation and revise the Commonwealth’s operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
In preparation, please fill out my annual Constituent Survey to tell me what is important to you during this upcoming session.
Next month, I will announce my 2023 legislative portfolio. Until then, feel free to contact my office to share your legislative and spending priorities: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happenings in Richmond
Last month, the House Appropriations Committee held its annual retreat at the Science Museum of Virginia on November 14. We were briefed on state financial trends and the budgetary outlook. We also received an update on the impact of inflation and the effects of supply chain issues. You can watch the retreat’s presentation here.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) will be meeting this month to discuss community services boards, state spending on K-12 Standards of Quality, and receive updates on the VRS Oversite Report. If you want to view the meeting or see presentations from previous meetings, please visit jlarc.virginia.gov.
On December 15, Governor Youngkin will have the opportunity to present his outlook on the Virginia budget to members of the Joint Money Committee. This is his opportunityto propose any amendments he believes are neededfor the current and upcoming fiscal year. While I hope there are topics we can work together on in the upcoming budget, I know there are priorities we view differently, and I will continue to fight for Democratic values that move Virginia ahead. You can watch the Governor’s Address here.
Student Debt Relief
Due to recent court rulings, the U.S. Department of Education is no longer accepting applications for its Student Loan Debt Relief program. If you have already applied, the department is holding all applications for processing once a final court decision has been made.
In the meantime, the Biden Administration recently announced that they will extend the student debt payment pause until June 30, 2023, or until the judicial branch issues a final order.
If you would like to receive updates on the Debt Relief program, please subscribe at www.ed.gov/subscriptions.
Stay Healthy this Holiday Season
Doctor’s offices and local hospitals have recently seen an influx of flu and respiratory illnesses in recent months. This year’s flu season is projected to be the worst in recent years. Along with COVID-19 continuing to be prevalent in the lives of Virginians, and increased numbers of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases, among children and older adults. The Virginia Department of Health is encouraging everyone to do their part by monitoring their health and getting vaccinated. To protect yourself and your family against flu, RSV, and other respiratory illnesses:
- Make an appointment to get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that “everyone six months and older, including pregnant women, should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions.” Flu vaccines are available at many doctor’s offices, pharmacies, local health departments, and community health clinics, among other locations. Contact your healthcare provider, local health department, or find out where you can get a flu vaccine in your community here.
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not done so already. Get boosted if you have been vaccinated, but it has been at least two months since your last vaccine dose. Bivalent booster doses are available for vaccinated individuals five years and older. VDH advises parents to discuss this option with their child’s healthcare provider. Find out where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in your community by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or call (877) VAX-IN-VA or (877) 829-4682.
2022 Holiday Market
Come support Prince William County local businesses and start the holiday season off right this year at the Holiday Market this Saturday!
The 2022 Holiday Market will be held at the Pfitzner Stadium, from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. where you will be able to find food, drinks, baked goods, produce, jewelry, clothing, books, woodwork, and much more.
How to Get in Touch
Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or concerns. Feel free to contact us directly at the district office; our email is email@example.com, and our telephone number is 703-785-2224.