Following the blockage of the rules change, Del. Ayala stated, “The rules of the Legislature exist for moments exactly like this one, and I am horrified that a bill that has the support of eighty-one percent of Virginians and passed out of the Republican-controlled Senate will not even be considered in the House. How long must we wait for women and girls to be included in the Constitution?”
Ahead of the rules change proposal, Del. Ayala spoke at a rally in front of the Virginia State House, “No more lip service, no more empty promises, no more 'I respect you by shaking your hand.' Respect will be shown when we gain equality in the Constitution...To my Republican colleagues, if you believe and stand with women, you will vote for women.”
I am devastated and heartbroken over the recent revelations in Virginia. It has been painful to reconcile what we have learned with the people I thought I knew. People I stood by, fought with, and voted for. However, the truth should always come to light. Recreational degradation of people of color has no place in our state. All survivors deserve to be believed and have the space and support to come forward. Today is no exception.
Delegate Hala Ayala (D-51) of Woodbridge today issued the following statement in response to the tabling of a bill in subcommittee that would give a parental leave tax credit to small businesses. Introduced by Delegate Ayala, the bill would have created an income tax credit for a portion of the salary or wages paid by small businesses to full-time employees while on leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
“Two years ago, House Republicans voted to mark Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as a day to mourn fetuses. One year ago, House Republicans quietly killed a resolution to change this so-called Day of Tears into a Day of Women. Is anyone shocked that the same people who voted to shame women do not believe in their equality? Eighty-one percent of Virginians support the ERA. We call on Republican leadership to bring the ERA to the floor of the House of Delegates for a full vote.”
Delegate Hala Ayala spoke on the House Floor of the General Assembly to denounce the furlough, now the longest in U.S. history at 23 days. Delegate Ayala gave her personal experience on having been furloughed in 2013 for three weeks.