Arlington, VA

Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are on a “values crusade,” newly-elected state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) told a press conference last week.

Favola accused Republican lawmakers of focusing on various red-meat social issues while neglecting issues like education.

“The so-called party of small government is rushing bills through the Senate that interfere in the most intimate, personal details of people’s lives,” Favola said. “Virginia’s families want a crusade to improve public schools across the Commonwealth. We need to educate a workforce for the 21st century.”

Among the bills Democrats have opposed during the current legislative session are:

Republicans, however, say that Democrats are the ones in Richmond obsessed with ‘values’ legislation

“While our Democrat colleagues remain singularly focused on a small number of social issues, we are enacting the reforms necessary to move Virginia forward,” Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) told the Washington Post.

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