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SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE DEMOCRATS

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Democrats Make a Difference

Good things happen when Democrats are in charge! Democrats are committed to and engaged in the serious business of governing our country. When they are in charge, good things happen for the American people. Here’s a list of accomplishments over the past two years. (Largely from Accomplishments: Joe Biden.)

  • The Inflation Reduction Act has made its mark. Inflation is easing and gas prices are lower than last year. The economy remains strong and the January jobs report showed 223,000 new jobs, putting the total new jobs under the Biden administration at 10 million (from NDN).
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
    • is creating thousands of jobs with funding to repair bridges and roads, replace lead pipes, upgrade ports and airports, and expand broadband access to all.
    • includes the largest federal investment in public transit ever. 
    • provides the largest investment in clean energy by cleaning up abandoned mines and oil wells, funding research of next-generation clean energy technologies, building zero-emission public transit, and creating a national network of EV charging stations.
    • includes investments to strengthen our supply chains and to encourage companies to bring good-paying manufacturing jobs back home.
  • Improved healthcare for veterans with the PACT Act.
  • The CHIPs and Science Act
    • will accelerate semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.
    • will help lower the cost of everyday goods.
    • will strengthen American manufacturing and innovation.
    • will create good-paying jobs.
    • will bolster our national security.
  • The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
    • broke a 30-year streak of federal inaction on gun violence legislation.
    • requires people under 21 to undergo enhanced background checks.
    • closes the “boyfriend loophole.”
    • provides funding to address youth mental health.
  • The American Rescue Plan helped combat COVID-19 and supercharged a historic economic recovery. 
  • The Biden administration brought home Britney Griner and continues to work on bringing home other political “hostages.”
  • The Respect for Marriage Act became law. Every Democrat representing Virginia voted yea on the bill.
  • The January 6 Committee investigated the insurrection in 2021 and has started the process of holding people in leadership positions accountable for their actions on that day.
  • Strengthened the Affordable Care Act by expanding eligibility and extending open enrollment.
  • The Senate passed the $1.7 trillion government funding bill before Christmas. It ioncluded:
    • a provision allowing states to use leftover pandemic funds for infrastructure projects.
    • investment in education, childcare, healthcare, National Institute of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health programs, food security programs, housing and heating assistance, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, the National Science Foundation, state and local law enforcement.
    • raises pay for members of the armed forces, provides supplemental funding for Ukraine aid and for disaster relief.
    • reforms the Electoral Count Act to prevent another plan to overturn an election.
    • funds prosecutions stemming from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“Everyone should be able to marry the person they love and be treated with dignity and respect. But after the Supreme Court’s shocking decision in Dobbs, we can no longer assume that the Court will continue to protect marriage equality. That’s why I’m so glad that the Senate took action to protect interracial and same-sex couples by ensuring their marriages are recognized in every state.”

Senator Tim Kaine, D-VA

What Will Republicans Do Now?

Democratic accomplishments in Virginia prior to the leadership of Gov. Youngkin included a booming economy, record low unemployment, the best state for business two years running, historic investments in public education, expanding health care to more than 600,000 Virginians, raising the minimum wage, and a host of progressive reforms and investments that have elevated Virginia as a leader in the South and across the nation, according to Susan Swecker, Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Things have changed under the leadership of Gov. Glenn Youngkin. And unlike Democrats, the national Republican party’s published agenda is focused on continuing to create fear, anger and chaos. The GOP published a summary of its proposed rules in 118th Congress House Rules Package. (A more detailed explanation of the rules package is outlined in Forbes: Here’s What Republicans Plan To Do As They Retake The House — Including Investigating The DOJ And Gutting The Ethics Office.)

“[Today’s] Republican Party is working against the interests of every American . . . on democracy, the economy, taxes, Social Security, drug prices, climate, reproductive liberty, gun safety, personal privacy, LGBTQ equality, . . . .” (Source: Robert B. Hubbell, 11/2/22, in Today’s Edition Newsletter.)

  • Note that not one of the House Republicans worked on the funding bill to keep the government running through September 2023. It was, however, a compromise in the Senate, where the bill was hammered out.
  • The next pandemic response will be worse if a Republican presidential candidate is elected after running on an “anti-vaccine” platform. (Per Robert Hubbell: The House Intelligence Committee issued a report that concludes Trump failed to communicate the urgency and severity of the Covid threat as reported to him by the intelligence community. See WaPo, Trump downplayed drumbeat of intelligence warnings on Covid, report finds.)
  • Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican Committee, said that the top priority of Republicans in the new congressional term is “getting to the bottom of Hunter Biden’s laptop.” And Republicans kicked off their leadership this week by announcing investigations of investigators.
  • And there’s more to come, now that Kevin McCarthy has finally been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. We don’t yet know all the compromises he made to finally get there, but we do know Republican extremists will be pulling the strings.

Threatening a) the rule of law (interfering
with criminal investigations), b) the full faith
and credit of the U.S. (debt ceiling), c)
standing with allies fighting aggressive
dictators (the spending cuts)…the House
GOP rules package really does its best to
damage the nation.

Never-Trump Republican Bill Kristol

Be Heard and Make a Difference

If you want to take action, check out our Armchair Activist page. We’ll tell you about local, state and possibly national issues where your voice should be heard. By participating in the discussion, we can influence the direction of our government, even when Democrats are not in power. Together we are strong!

Join Us

SML Democrats is open to all people of voting age who live in the three counties surrounding Smith Mountain Lake: Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania. Some members have property at the lake, but maintain permanent residences elsewhere.

Our club is active and you’ll find many ways to participate. You can join a committee, attend monthly meetings and social events, or help at election time, which is every year in Virginia. We look forward to welcoming you!

Learn more in our Members section.

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Office at Halesford Center
16483 Moneta Road, Suite J
Moneta, VA 24121

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Hardy, VA 24101

SML Democrats includes members from communities around Smith Mountain Lake: Bedford, Glade Hill, Goodview, Hardy, Huddleston, Moneta, Penhook, Redwood, Union Hall, Westlake and Wirtz.