Delegate McClellan with Mayor Dwight Jones in the 71st District
Delegate McClellan on the House Floor
Delegate McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award
Delegate McClellan supporting funding for Public Broadcasting

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Delegate Jennifer McClellan served as keynote speaker at the Richmond Department of Motor Vehicles Broad Street Headquarters for its Women’s History Month program on Thursday, March 27. The Delegate spoke on this year’s theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”


In honor of her consistent efforts in the General Assembly to support public education and the dedicated employees who work in our schools, Delegate Jennifer McClellan was given a Legislative Champion Award by the VEA at the convention today. In her acceptance speech, she spoke of her father's career as an educator and how it influences her work today.


At the 2014 VEA Convention, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law Del. McClellan's bill requiring school boards to develop lactation policies to support nursing employees and students. 


Wednesday morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap. “House Republicans continue to play Washington-style, shutdown politics that is costing Virginia taxpayers’ money and leaving thousands of uninsured Virginians without access to quality, affordable health care,” said Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan. “This obstructionism has already lost $355 million of our own Federal tax dollars this year, and we will continue to lose money until the House Republicans come to the table."

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On Monday, March 24th, the General Assembly convened for a Special Session to adopt a Biennial Budget. As the day began, Governor McAuliffe released his proposed Budget, HB 5003. Governor McAuliffe's budget was based on the budget introduced by Governor McDonnell last December, with 104 amendments that reflect the current Administration's priorities. 

On Saturday, March 8th, the General Assembly adjourned its 2014 session Sine Die. We were able to accomplish a number of things, which are summarized in the Session Highlights published by the Division of Legislative Services and my most recent Op-Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch. However, we adjourned without passing the most important bill deliberated this year: the Biennial Budget.

Check out the 4th installment of my General Assembly Update. In this issue, I discuss the Virginia budget. As introduced, the budget totaled $96 billion for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2014. This week, the House and Senate adopted their respective amendments to the Budget introduced by Governor Bob McDonnell.