AFP-Virginia: Statement on Senator Puckett’s Resignation

Jun 9, 2014 by AFP

Arlington—AFP-Virginia State Director Sean Lansing issued the following statement Sunday after news broke that Senator Phillip Puckett is resigning, giving Republicans a 20-19 majority in the Virginia Senate:

“With Senator Puckett’s resignation, Senators Hanger, Stosch and Watkins now undeniably hold the key to preventing a government shutdown in Virginia. There are only a few weeks to go before 8.1 million Virginians are denied funding for our schools and our safety, and it is only a matter of time before Governor McAuliffe’s Washington-style shutdown politics devastate our AAA credit rating and our business climate. With the clock ticking, AFP-Virginia and our 70,000 activists are strongly urging Senators Hanger, Stosch and Watkins to join the majority of Commonwealth citizens who oppose Medicaid expansion and who want a budget by agreeing to pass a clean spending bill and avoiding disaster.”