Friends, I want to take a moment to thank Del. Charniele Herring. Charniele is Alexandria's Delegate and I have never been prouder of our representation. I know how hard it is to get work done in the General Assembly. I know what it's like to have to fight against overwhelming odds to pass legislation that will protect and empower all members of our community.
Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer released today his Financial Disclosure Report and the summary of his 2012 tax return.
As I campaign for Congress – and especially today – I think about my mom. Nancy Beyer was the original social justice liberal and she expected no less of her six children. She always taught us to think about the less fortunate in the world. And she told us, time and again, to put ourselves in other people's shoes – to try to imagine what their life is like. So this Mother's Day and for the last few weeks, my mind has been racing to Nigeria.
One of the primary functions of government is to help the most vulnerable in society. I worked hard as Lieutenant Governor during Virginia’s poverty and welfare reform to push back against stringent Republican proposals and to keep the system compassionate and fair. And today, I am again disturbed by the war against the poor in America, and specifically by budget proposals such as Rep. Paul Ryan’s that would enact punitive cuts to SNAP -- the former Food Stamps -- as well as to health insurance programs and Social Security.