Reports that House Republican leaders are dropping efforts to tie legislation to the debt ceiling increase is being met with cheers from lawmakers in the region.
Many rank and file lawmakers wanted the G-O-P to extract a policy priority in exchange for the increase. Some wanted tweaks to so-called Obamacare while others wanted to expand energy development. Party leaders are reportedly pulling the plug on those efforts. Virginia Republican Congressman Scott Rigell says that’s good news.
“This is really the last major legislative hurdle that we face as a country this year.”
The Virginia Senate has passed a series of bills to delay or weaken some of the controversial education accountability measures that were enacted in recent years.
One addresses the policy of grading schools using an A through F system that aimed to make school performance more understandable to parents.
Other bills would modify the rules governing when schools would be transferred to oversight of the newlycreated Opportunity Educational Institute and cut the number of Standards of Learning assessments.