RICHMOND -- This afternoon, Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) issued the following joint statement regarding the Senate budget:

"A lot of time and effort has gone into developing the Senate and House budgets that were rolled out this afternoon. We are encouraged that our colleagues in the House -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- have recognized that the time has come to extend the opportunity of health coverage to over 300,000 Virginians. We need to rise to the occasion on the Senate side and join our colleagues in the House. As it stands, we have serious concerns over the Senate version. We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to conform the budgets to transform Medicaid as we know it in the days and weeks ahead, as we strive to build stronger and safer communities across our great Commonwealth."

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