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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 …


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Democrats call on Republicans to end Virginia budget stalemate

Wednesday morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap.


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House Republicans’ talking points on the uninsured: ‘They’re not dying’

The Washington Post reported Friday on the stakes for Virginians and health care providers in the ongoing debate over taking federal money to close the coverage gap. It also proved yet again how out of touch House Republicans are with the crisis facing many Virginians who would benefit from expanded access to health care.


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House Republicans kill ERA: Which was still alive?

Not sure what the bigger surprise was here – that a House of Delegates subcommittee voted 5-2 on a party-line vote to kill a bill that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, or that the ERA was on the docket in 2014 in the first place.


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Senate Democrats kill measure allowing legislators to defend state laws in court

The Senate Rules Committee voted Friday along party lines to defeat a bill that would have allowed members of the General Assembly to take the place of the attorney general in court. The bill was passed by indefinitely.


House of Delegates votes down Marketplace Virginia Medicaid proposal

The House of Delegates on Thursday voted down the Marketplace Virginia healthcare coverage proposal crafted by a bipartisan group in the State Senate to close the Medicaid coverage gap.


House committee kills minimum wage increase

A voice vote in the House Commerce and Labor committee killed a measure to increase the minimum wage in Virginia. The bill, SB 590 (Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax), would have raised the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.25 incrementally over the next two years.


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House GOP pushes passage of bill to enable members to defend state laws

On a mostly party-line vote on Monday, the House of Delegates passed HB 706, a bill that would give legal standing for any member of the General Assembly to defend a law that the Attorney General has deemed unconstitutional.


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House Republicans carry bills pushing limits on gun laws

The House of Delegates passed HB 705 (Gilbert) on Monday, largely on a party-line vote, that would eliminate important requirements for an out-of-state concealed handgun permit to be recognized in Virginia.


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Kirk Cox: Our number one priority is jobs

Growing Virginia’s economy and creating jobs have always been House Republicans’ number one priority. This emphasis yielded results as 177,300 new jobs were created over the last four years and Forbes ranked Virginia the number one state for doing business.


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House Republicans kick up heat on ObamaCare

The House voted 261-157 on Friday to pass legislation styled the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which would allow insurers to keep offering individual health coverage plans in 2014 that don’t meet the minimum requirements of ObamaCare.