Mamie Locke

On July 1, 2024, Senate Democrats proposed crucial funding for Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) and Full Repeal of the 2024 Session Budget Language. Senate Democrats' bill to repeal the 2024 restrictive budget language and inject much-needed additional funds into VMSDEP was blocked from passage by Senate Republicans on waivable, procedural objections. This bill was crucial for providing educational benefits to the dependents of military personnel and rolling back the restrictive language of the 2024 Budget. Despite the lack of support and cooperation from Governor Youngkin, Senate Republicans, and the House of Delegates, Senate Democrats remain committed to Virginia's military families. The Senate Democrats' proposal not only ensures additional immediate financial support for VMSDEP but also sets the stage for sustainable, long-term solutions. The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus issued the following statement:

"Senate Democrats have been the only ones focused on preserving the VMSDEP program for generations to come. Our proposed legislation, SB 6011, not only repeals the budget language passed this session but also fully funds VMSDEP through the fiscal year, giving the nonpartisan Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the time to study and recommend lasting solutions. Meanwhile, the Governor, Senate Republicans, and the House of Delegates have failed to engage as productive partners. While they play politics and engage in political games, we remain the adults in the room, dedicated to sustainable, long-term solutions that honor the sacrifices of Virginia's military families with the dignity and resources they deserve."

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