SENATE DEM LEADERSHIP SINE DIE STATEMENT

RICHMOND -- This afternoon, the General Assembly of Virginia adjourned sine die, bringing an end to the 2018 regular session. Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) issued the following joint statement: 

 “We have covered a lot of ground over the past 60 days, but we are dismayed at the continued lack of a biennial budget. Passing a budget is the most important item on the agenda in these 60 day sessions. Conferees have had time to air their concerns. The Governor is where he needs to be, the House is where they need to be, but Senate Republicans are holding up the entire budget process for political reasons. Today, we adjourned without a budget. When Virginians cast their ballots last year, they voted loud and clear for healthcare for over 300,000 Virginians who currently fall in the coverage gap, and for the myriad other priorities we could be funding with the federal tax dollars that we have already paid into the system and that would be returning to Virginia if only we were to expand our Medicaid program. We hope that our Republican colleagues will be more willing to work in a bipartisan manner when we come back for special session to finally adopt a budget, keeping in mind that we are here first and foremost to serve the Virginians who put us here.”

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