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VIRGINIA SENATE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS
 9 March 2018
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Phone: 757.713.5333 9 March 2018
SENATE DEMOCRATS JOIN SENATE REPUBLICANS
TO APPROVE CALL TO SPECIAL SESSION
HOUSE FOLLOWS SUIT IN ISSUING RESOLUTION OF ITS OWN
RICHMOND, VA, 9 MARCH 2018: Senate Democrats today voted to
support Senate Joint Resolution 248, formally requesting
Governor Northam call a Special Session of the General
Assembly to approve a budget agreement.
Yesterday, Senate Democrats rejected two resolutions
that would have extended session for 30 and 3 days,
respectively.
Today, Senate Democrats joined Senate Republicans and
approved Senate Joint Resolution 248 by a 40 to 0 vote.
Subsequently, the House of Delegates introduced and passed
its own resolution calling for a special session. House
Joint Resolution 576 was approved after Senate Joint
Resolution 248 was communicated to the House.
Both the Senate and House resolutions call on Governor

Northam to convene a Special Session. They would also

TO APPROVE CALL TO SPECIAL SESSION
HOUSE FOLLOWS SUIT IN ISSUING RESOLUTION OF ITS OWN
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allow the General Assembly to elect judges during the Special
Session.
“I am grateful to Senate Democrats for joining us in approving
this resolution for a Special Session,” said Senate Majority Leader
Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). “I was also glad to see the
House follow our lead in issuing a resolution of their own.
“This budget impasse may prove as difficult to resolve as those
that occurred in 2006 and 2014. With more than $3.3 billion
separating the two budget proposals on revenues and over $840 million
in differences on spending, I cannot envision how this situation

could be resolved quickly.

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    TO APPROVE CALL TO SPECIAL SESSION
    HOUSE FOLLOWS SUIT IN ISSUING RESOLUTION OF ITS OWN
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    “There is only one way to resolve this matter expeditiously: The
    House needs to produce a ‘clean’ budget, with responsible,
    conservative, and sustainable levels of spending.”
    “The House has been very disingenuous in characterizing the
    provisions of the Senate budget regarding Medicaid,” Senate President
    Pro Tempore Stephen D. Newman (R-Bedford) remarked. “Nothing in the
    Senate budget plan – nothing – is in anyway comparable to Obamacare’s
    Medicaid expansion.
    “As Virginians know, the Senate budget plan rightly places a
    priority on those for whom Medicaid was intended. We make no
    apologies for laying out a framework for how future revenues should
    be directed. Their claim that our proposal either spends or would
    spend $440 million is simply false.
    “Every Virginia budget includes features that are aspirational
    in nature. In fact, the House’s budget has similar features on
    additional salary increases beyond the two percent they included.
    That we prioritized those on the waiting list for intellectual and
    developmentally disabled waivers is a good thing.
    “The Senate budget rejects Medicaid expansion but continues our
    nearly two decades effort to cover a few thousand of the most
    vulnerable in our state.
    “We have been in contact with the Trump Administration, and they
    have been unequivocal in their position that states should not be
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    TO APPROVE CALL TO SPECIAL SESSION
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    expanding Medicaid. The House has chosen to ignore OMB Director
    Mulvaney’s admonitions of at their own risk – and at Virginia’s.
    “House Republicans worked with us to pass our Healthcare
    package, which included practical conservative solutions to provide
    relief from the high premiums and exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses
    characteristic of Obamacare. I hope we can use that model of
    cooperation, and retain our conservative principles, by producing a
    budget agreement that spends $800 million less.”
    “I relayed to the entire House Republican Caucus yesterday that
    I do not support their plan or their budget,” said Senate Finance
    Committee Co-Chairman Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R-Augusta).
    “I would not support what the House has referred to as
    ‘straight’ Medicaid expansion. I would insist on a much more robust
    work requirement, similar to those we enacted to reform welfare
    during the Allen Administration. If the Governor sends down a plan
    that doesn’t include a real work requirement, bend the cost curve,
    and stabilize the marketplace, I will not support it.”
    “From the first day of session to Sine Die, Senate Republicans
    have had 21 members united for a clean budget, without Obamacare’s
    Medicaid expansion scheme,” noted Senate Republican Caucus Chairman
    Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover). “We have communicated this to House
    Republican leadership repeatedly. Yesterday, we reiterated our
    position to the entire House Republican Caucus.
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    TO APPROVE CALL TO SPECIAL SESSION
    HOUSE FOLLOWS SUIT IN ISSUING RESOLUTION OF ITS OWN
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    “We are committed to keeping the promises we made to the
    citizens who elected us. Our position on this issue has not changed
    during this session and will not change in a Special Session –
    regardless of length.
    “As Chairman Jones and Speaker Cox realize that a clear majority
    of their caucus opposes Obamacare expansion, we look forward to the
    House joining us in supporting the Senate’s conservative and fiscally
    responsible budget – without Medicaid expansion.”