Bill Howell

             Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates

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Jan 23

Statement of Speaker William J. Howell on Attorney General Herring’s Refusal to Defend the Constitution of Virginia

RICHMOND, VA – Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Thursday on Attorney General Mark Herring’s refusal to defend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia:


“Less than two weeks ago, Mark Herring took an oath and swore to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Virginia. I am very concerned about his announcement today and the dangerous precedent it sets with regard to the rule of law.


“The Attorney General has a constitutional and statutory obligation to enforce and defend the duly adopted laws and Constitution of Virginia. This is not an obligation that can be taken lightly. The Attorney General’s decision today demonstrates a great deal of disregard for that obligation, as well as the legislative and democratic processes by which those laws are adopted.”


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Jan 10

Howell Addresses 2014 House of Delegates

Speaker William J. Howell was re-sworn in as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

After taking the oath of office, Speaker Howell delivered the following remarks:


Jan 05

Op-Ed: Virginia must find an alternative to Medicaid Expansion

Originally published in the Free-Lance Star
By: William J. Howell


AS THE General Assembly prepares to convene for the 2014 session, lawmakers continue to debate the future of Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

As I have said many times before, Medicaid should not be expanded in Virginia for several reasons. First, the rollout of Obamacare is demonstrating that government-run health care does not work. Second, Medicaid still needs serious reforms. Third, there is no guarantee the federal government will keep its promise to pay for the expansion.

Instead of expanding Medicaid, Virginia should explore an alternative approach to covering those in the Obamacare coverage gap. We can do this without becoming entangled in Obamacare, expanding a broken program or relying on borrowed federal dollars.


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