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GOP requests special session on Medicaid expansion

By COLIN KENNEDY

Capital News Service

 

RICHMOND — Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates proposed a special legislative session to address the debate on Medicaid expansion just days before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn.

The House and Senate are less than one-tenth of one percent (or $26 million) apart from compromising on a two-year, $96 billion state budget agreement. However, GOP leadership reinforced its position Tuesday that Medicaid Expansion does not belong in the budget bill.

Majority Leader Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, said the commonwealth’s local governing bodies need budgeting information by Saturday’s deadline, and urged the General Assembly to pass a clean budget and reconvene at a later date to discuss Medicaid Expansion as a separate issue.

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