Delegate Jennifer McClellan

Quotes Of The Day: Language Matters

Today is budget day at the General Assembly. The House of Delegates Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, after weeks of work, submitted their budgets earlier this week. Today was the day each chamber debated floor amendments for hours before, finally, coming to their respective budget bills proper for yet more debate and a vote on final passage — and that was after amendments and debate on the "Caboose Bill," which cleans up and modifies the current budget. Budget day is one of the longest days on the floor during session. No other bills are discussed, generally. Today, each chamber got under way at noon and each wrapped up business at 6:00 or a little after. The point is, a lot of talkin' went on today.

In fact, as an aside, it was quite a day for words. This morning, Delegate Manoli Loupassi (R-68, Richmond) and Senator Steve Martin (R-11, Chesterfield) got into a frustrating debate in committee over the words "and" and "or" in an amendment to HB 1054, a bill that would allow for computer science courses to be counted toward science credit requirements. The surreal and strange is never in short supply at the Virginia General Assembly.

More substantively, statements during the House budget debate by Minority Leader David Toscano (D-57, Charlottesville) and Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71, Richmond) are of particular note. On one budget amendment, concerning advanced manufacturing of all things, Delegate Toscano had concerns. The responses to his questions of the amendment's floor manager, he apparently thought, were lacking. Not getting the clarity he sought, Delegate Toscano uttered:

"Language means a lot." 

It sure does!

But only when it's convenient for the Left. The statement was devoid of any recognition the the Left has perverted our language, constantly redefining the meaning of timeless institutions. Marriage and parents quickly come to mind. How about life? It's only a life if it's outside the womb, and even then, in some circumstances, that's debatable. Which takes us to Delegate McClellan's remarks.

While most people consider abortion a tragedy, Delegate McClellan has a knack for making not being able to get an abortion sound tragic. She called for the defeat of budget language that would bring Virginia in line with the federal Hyde Amendment restricting Medicaid funding of abortion in Virginia to the rarest of cases, and eliminating it for unborn children diagnosed with abnormalities, calling it . . .

the cruelest amendment. 

Saving a life is "cruel"? I wonder what Webster would say to that.

But that's not all. Far removed from the Holy City of Richmond, in Sochi, Russia, a 23-year-old, sunshine-faced American by the name of David Wise won our country an Olympic gold medal in halfpipe skiing. It so happens that, according the Olympic network NBC that Wise, who was married at 19 and has a child with his wife, is living an

alternative lifestyle.

That's, like, so different, dude! Mollie Hemingway, at The, expounds here.

According to the NBC article ("David Wise’s alternative lifestyle leads to Olympic gold") by Skyler Wilder, Wise's is unusual because:

At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexander, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada.

At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult. He wears a Baby Bjorn baby carrier around the house. He also attends church regularly and says he could see himself becoming a pastor a little later down the road.

How weird! But if he was homosexual, I'm sure his "lifestyle" would be normalized by NBC. Which takes us back to abortion and Delegate McClellan. One has to wonder how pro-abortion she and the Left would be if, as they claim, homosexuals are born homosexual, and that it could be detected in the womb. What would they then call "abortion doctors" in those cases? Redefining the language wouldn't be so convenient, then, would it?


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Our Quote of the Day comes from Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71, Richmond), one who is about as nice and refined a woman as one will meet — but someone with whom we almost always have significant and substantial policy differences. This session, she is the patron of HB 1187, which adds a reference to "bullying" to a certain part of the code, and is a bill that we support, as we did last year in a predecessor bill she carried. Speaking to the bill today on the House floor, she said to great affect:

This will probably double my score with The Family Foundation.

Actually, that won't be hard to do. On our last Report Card she rated five percent. Five! That wasn't the lowest score — she tied with three others and four delegates came in at zero percent! — but she's pretty much propping up the table.

Yet, all that work may have gone for naught later in the day when she cast a wrong vote on an important bill (HB 1113) in the House Courts of Justice Civil Sub-Committee. As she left the committee room, she walked by a team of Family Foundation lobbyists and said, "I guess my score just dropped back down," which cracked us up. I provided the laugh for her when I told her she had already qualified for our Quote of the Day during her floor speech.

Not all down here is at the media and some partisans portray it. There is respect for those of opposing views despite serious disagreements. Cheers to Delegate Jennifer McClellan for being a great sport!

A Real Choice, An Informed Choice

In the House today, HB 1042, patroned by Delegate Kathy Byron (R-22, Lynchburg), which would require a woman seeking an abortion to see an ultrasound of her baby, was reported from the House Courts of Justice Civil Sub-committee to the full committee on a 7-3 vote, with only the predictably liberal pro-abortion members voting no. Delegate Byron calmly refuted claims by Planned Parenthood and NARAL and their chief legislative ally on the sub-committee, Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71, Richmond). Interestingly, Planned Parenthood and NARAL claimed ultrasounds would cost several hundred dollars, much more than the $400 they claimed abortions cost. In fact, ultrasounds can cost as little as $30 and are free at crisis pregnancy centers. As Delegate Byron said, if "pro-choice" advocates truly want "choice" then why not get a good look at the "choice" and make "a real choice, an informed choice"?

Delegate Kathy Byron asks what's wrong with making a real choice, an informed choice?