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McAuliffe Slams General Assembly for Passing Medicaid-Free Budget

After four hours of conflict, the Virginia General Assembly passed a budget with an amendment preventing Gov. McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid without prior legislative approval.

The General Assembly adopted a state budget Thursday night after hours of internal GOP disputes and the addition of an amendment preventing Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval.

The Senate voted 21-18 to pass the bill. The House passed the amended budget with a 69-31 vote.

Prior to the Senate floor session, Republican senator Dick Black proposed an amendment that would prevent McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid without General Assembly approval, delaying the scheduled start of the floor session by more than four hours.

“At no point did the budget include language that would have allowed the Governor to expand Medicaid without the approval of the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission,” Speaker of the House William Howell said in a statement. “However, because reports have suggested that Governor McAuliffe may try to do so, the General Assembly added an additional, clarifying section that unequivocally prohibits the expansion of Medicaid without the approval of the legislature.”

“This evening’s actions demonstrated how deeply committed Republicans in the General Assembly are to denying 400,000 Virginians access to life-saving health care,” McAuliffe said in a statement issued Friday morning. “...Virginians deserve better than representatives who put narrow ideology ahead of what is best for our families, economy and budget.”

Debates over Medicaid expansion prevented the General Assembly from passing a budget at the end of the session that ended in March. Legislators could either extend the current legislative session beyond June 30 to address Medicaid or call a special session after the end of the fiscal year.

“When this budget reaches my desk I will evaluate it carefully and take the actions that I deem necessary, but this fight is far from over,” McAuliffe said. “This is the right thing to do for Virginia, and I will not rest until we get it done.”

Luke Whitis June 15, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Thank God we have Republicans with spines in the state legislature. McAuliffe, you are such a weasel!
Steve Wright June 16, 2014 at 08:25 AM
How dare the Governor be forced to use the constitutional process of having any "bill" passed through the assembly first! <sarcasm>. MacAuliffe, just like Obozo, has this idea he can dictate to the people how we should proceed as a society. No one is being denied Medicaid, which is intended for the poor. The Medicaid expansion allows anyone making under 40k per year, to qualify for the program in accordance to the ACA. This includes college students/ recent grads over the age of 26 who no longer qualify to remain on their parents plan. Financially the Medicaid expansion is going to wreck what's left of our economy and truly diminish the crumbs of the middle-class. MacAuliffe, who has no prior experience Legislating, ( like Obozo ), is going to make every effort to pillage our state into oblivion and our assembly needs to make sure he doesn't.
Deborah Kelly June 19, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Couldn't have said it better myself Steve Wright! Bottom line, the majority of Virginians DON'T want Medicaid expansion but somehow McAwful doesn't give a damn WHAT WE WANT. He's simply following OZero's plan to destroy our economy - with McAwful attempting to bankrupt Virginia. Bloomberg's money put him in office - Bloomberg bought this Governor for Virginia. We don't want him - we never did. Thank God for the smart thinking Republicans that made this move to PROTECT Virginia and all Virginians from the reckless intentions of McAwful.
Steve Wright June 19, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Remind me to buy you a beer!
Deborah Kelly June 19, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Sounds good!

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