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House passes ObamaCare repeal: Virginia Democrats respond

A Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare passed the House today by a narrow 217-213 margin.


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Democrats condemn removal of Jane Roush from Virginia Supreme Court

Today, the Virginia House Republicans voted to reject the confirmation of Justice Jane Roush to the Virginia Supreme Court.


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House Republicans release state budget blueprint

The Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Appropriations proposed a two-year state budget Sunday that includes no tax or fee increases.


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House of Delegates to present budget proposal on Sunday

The Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Appropriations will present a budget proposal for the 2016-2018 biennium on Sunday.


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House Democrats offer up midterm report card for House Republicans

Wednesday, the day after crossover and the mid-point in the 2016 General Assembly session, House Democrats released their Midterm Report Card.


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House Republicans highlight successful and productive start to 2016 General Assembly session

House Republican leaders highlighted the House’s legislative accomplishments at a press conference Wednesday.


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House subcommittee continues attack on women’s reproductive health choices

Two bills that would have made access to reproductive health choices for women more accessible and affordable were blocked by a House subcommittee.


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House Republicans double down against paid family, medical leave

Laws providing paid family and medical leave allow workers to meet these needs without jeopardizing their economic security.


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House Republicans outline education agenda

Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday outlined their legislative agenda to promote opportunities in education.


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Robert Hurt: House Republicans set pro-growth agenda

Earlier this month, Republicans in the House of Representatives met to establish our priorities for the coming year.


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House Republicans advance gun lobby agenda

A House subcommittee passed several bills that will make firearms more accessible and permissible in more locations by more untrained people.


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House Republicans outline agenda to prevent domestic violence, empower women

House Republicans outlined their legislative agenda to prevent domestic violence by enacting tougher penalties for chronic and repeat offenders.


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House Republicans lead efforts to pass legislation reforming structured settlement sales

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates are leading the effort to pass legislation reforming Virginia’s laws governing structured settlement sales.


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House Republicans criticize Attorney General Herring’s unilateral actions on concealed carry permits

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring unilaterally ended concealed carry reciprocity with 25 states Tuesday.


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2016-2018 Medicaid forecast grows by nearly $1 billion

The official consensus forecast for Virginia Medicaid, long-term care and mental health services expenditures through fiscal year 2018 is up nearly $1 billion from the previous biennium, according to a report from the Department of Planning and Budget delivered to the General Assembly money committee chairs and presented at the House Appropriationns Committee Annual Retreat.


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Robert Hurt: New leadership provides a renewed opportunity

Last week, we saw a remarkable moment in our history as Paul Ryan was elected as the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives. The position of Speaker is one of great significance in our constitutional system; the Speaker is third in line to the presidency and is responsible for managing the functions of the House.


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Speaker Howell, House leaders encourage voters to reject Governor McAuliffe’s $17 toll plan

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and House Republican leaders commented Sunday ahead of Governor McAuliffe’s campaign stops in Northern Virginia. House leaders encouraged voters in Northern Virginia to reject the Governor’s plan to add $17 tolls on I-66 and criticized the Governor’s divisive, Washington-style campaign.


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Virginia House Democrats respond to Republican budget

The House Democratic Caucus released the following statements on the budget that passed today in the House of Delegates.


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House budget includes funds to increase access and affordability for higher education in Virginia

The House budget proposal unveiled Sunday will include $19.8 million targeted to additional enrollment slots at Virginia schools and to increasing graduation rates.


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House Republicans to working families: Drop dead

Today, the House Democratic Caucus released the following joint statement from Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-57) and Caucus Chair Scott Surovell (D-44) slamming House Republicans for voting against legislation that would work towards building a new Virginia economy.


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House Republican leaders discuss veterans care centers legislation

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-4th), Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st), Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Rich Anderson (R-Manassas) and Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) discussed the veterans care center legislation before the House.


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House Republican leaders criticize President Obama’s plan to tax college savings

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to tax college savings accounts, which was released by the White House prior to the State of the Union Address.


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Public notice ads are a thing of the past: And yet, they’re here to stay?

Legislation proposed by Staunton Republican Del. Dickie Bell would give local governments in Virginia flexibility in advertising public notices outside current requirements to pay to publish the notices in local newspapers.


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House Republicans propose Classroom Success education reforms

House Republican leaders announced their education agenda for the 2015 General Assembly on a press conference call with reporters Thursday.


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Democrats decry do-nothing GOP after Medicaid special session

Virginia Democrats blasted House Republicans after an uneventful special session of the Virginia General Assembly came and went on Thursday without any action on Medicaid reform.


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Will Speaker Howell support his own party’s healthcare bill?

If House Republicans were serious about using this special session to close the healthcare coverage gap, you think they’d be wiling to at least consider a bill coming from their own party.


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Planned Parenthood commends Gov. McAuliffe’s healthcare plan

This morning, Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to extend healthcare services to Virginians.


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Senate Democrats respond to McAuliffe’s healthcare plan

While welcoming Gov. McAuliffe’s announcement of a ten-point plan to expand coverage and improve healthcare for more than 200,000 Virginians, Senate Democrats today urged Republicans to build on that progress by closing the coverage gap.


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Susan Kubany: Republicans care about immigration reform

I am frustrated the media has failed to explain the full picture about Republicans’ desire to resolve the border crisis.


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Robert Hurt: Our commonsense plan for a stronger economy and a brighter future

Creating jobs, boosting our economy, and providing a foundation for a brighter tomorrow: these are the simple facets of House Republicans’ plan for expanding opportunity for all Americans.


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House Republicans file first bills of 2015 General Assembly Session

Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates announced Monday the first pre-filed bills of the 2015 legislative session.


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Democrats respond to GOP on Medicaid expansion

In response to House Republicans’ release of a white paper arguing that Gov. Terry McAuliffe lacks the authority to close the coverage gap, Democratic leaders in the General Assembly issued the following statements.


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Democrats decry Virginia House GOP dirty tricks

Virginia Democrats are raising issue with the dirty tricks that they say House Republicans are using to make sure that 400,000 Virginians are denied their healthcare.


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Senate Democrats comment on House veto action

This evening, Senate Democrats criticized Speaker Howell’s ruling that Gov. McAuliffe’s line-item veto of the Stanley amendment was out of order.


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McAuliffe statement on House action regarding his budget vetoes

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement this evening after the General Assembly failed to override any of his line item vetoes to the 2015-2016 biennial budget.


Stunner! Eric Cantor loses Republican primary, ousted from Congress

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost his battle with Randolph-Macon economics professor Dave Brat for re-nomination to the ballot in the Seventh Congressional District in Virginia Tuesday, a political stunner that sent shock waves down both sides of the aisle.


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Did House GOP resort to bribery to keep 400K Virginians uninsured?

Calling it a ‘new low in GOP health care obstructionism’, Americans United for Change issued the following statement reacting to the Washington Post’s reporting that Virginia House Republicans appear to have persuaded a Democratic senator to resign his seat.


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Patronage: How the great Medicaid expansion battle was lost

State Senate Democrat Phil Puckett is resigning, and it appears to have to do with ongoing Republican efforts to block his daughter from a Circuit Court appointment. And thus the great Medicaid expansion battle was lost. Basically because of patronage.


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Analysis: The Virginia state budget impasse endgame

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates holding off the inevitable deal on Medicaid expansion need to declare whatever victory they can and get moving toward setting a state budget for 2014-2016.


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Separate the two? Can’t have a budget without Medicaid vote, and vice versa

We’re hearing some talk that the perfect solution to the ongoing budget stalemate in Richmond would be to separate the two – voting now on a state budget, and then holding a special General Assembly session in the fall to consider Medicaid expansion.


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Democrats, McAuliffe snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on Medicaid

Remember when Gov. Terry McAuliffe was riding high? That was, like, two months ago, maybe even a couple of weeks ago, back when there was widespread, bipartisan support for Medicaid expansion.


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Emmett Hanger: A Republican who supports Medicaid expansion

Perhaps I am overly sensitive but it seems that if you say in your question pointedly that the Democrats want to expand Medicaid and the Republicans don’t want to, that you are prejudicing the outcome.


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Chris Graham: Quick advice for Virginia House Republicans

They don’t want to hear this from me; they don’t want to hear it from anybody, really. But it needs to be said: Virginia House Republicans would be wise to pick another battle, because the Medicaid expansion fight is lost.


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Senate passes budget with Marketplace Virginia as key feature

The full Senate passed a bipartisan budget containing Marketplace Virginia, the compromise “private option” designed to close the health care coverage gap and enable up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians to access care.


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Senate Finance Committee passes another budget

The Senate Finance Committee voted on a bipartisan basis on Monday to report a new budget that would use the Senate’s private option approach — Marketplace Virginia — to close the health care coverage gap, enabling up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians to access health care.


Ken Plum: Governor proposes new budget

In Virginia a governor can serve two terms, but the terms cannot be successive. All newly elected governors of Virginia take office at the beginning of a biennial budget cycle where the outgoing governor has proposed a budget for that cycle.


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Democrats take aim at Republicans on budget squabble

Virginia Democrats are pointing fingers at their Republican counterparts in the Virginia General Assembly over the ongoing state budget stalemate.


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Virginia Democrats: Republicans have no excuses left

Today, after Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposed his biennial budget that used $225 million of savings from accepting federal funds to close the coverage gap to provide a 2% pay increase for state employees, investments in the Virginia Retirement System, and Line of Duty funding, House Republicans can’t even get their ducks in a row to pass a joint resolution to move forward with the budget.


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Senate Democrats renew call for budget that closes coverage gap

With special session approaching, Senate Democrats drew attention to the outpouring of public support over the last two weeks for efforts to close the health care coverage gap, renewing their calls for House Republicans to negotiate on, or offer an alternative to, Marketplace Virginia.


Ken Plum: Defeating ObamaCare

In a speech on the floor of the House of Delegates recently I spoke of experiences I had in my first years as a member when others in the House smoked during the daily floor sessions. One member was notorious for lighting up a long cigar. A cloud of smoke hung over the House chamber …