• House and Senate spending plans starkly different

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        The seventh week of the 2018 General Assembly session saw both the House and the Senate unveiling their respective versions of Virginia’s Biennial Budgets.  As was the case in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2014, the two spending plans are starkly different and don’t even agree on how much money Virginia will have to spend over the next two years.

  • Medicaid expansion primary difference between House and Senate budgets

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Welcome to Week 7 of the Virginia General Assembly – a week in which the House and Senate each rolled out its respective version of the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget. The two versions differ substantially. The difference originates with how each chamber proposes to approach Medicaid expansion, and Medicaid expansion, in turn, has ripple effects throughout the rest of the budget.
        I focus here on the House version of the budget bill because that is the one that I helped assemble.

  • Russian interference in 2016 wasn’t a ‘hoax’

        Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently announced 13 indictments of Russian nationals and companies for their role in subverting our presidential election in a clear effort to elect Donald Trump as president.
        This prompted the Clown-in-Chief to go into one of his patented “tweet storms,” in which he blamed everyone and everything but himself and Russia for his predicament.

  • Not what liberals want

        Rick Howell hasn’t mentioned a thing, lately, about President Donald Trump’s approval rating. I wonder if it’s because he and his fellow left-wingers are not happy with what they are seeing.

  • Work requirement part of Medicaid reform

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        This past Sunday, the House and Senate money committees released their separate versions of our Commonwealth’s biennial budget. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and chair the Health and Human Resources subcommittee of that body.  Many of you may have read the headlines that the House of Delegates is “expanding Medicaid.”  Let me address some of the confusion and misinformation on this.

  • Healthcare has dominated media coverage

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week, the 2018 General Assembly session passed the halfway mark of the legislative calendar, crossover. For the Senate, it’s been a very productive first half.
        Senators submitted 994 bills this session. By the crossover deadline, 469 had been approved and forwarded to the House of Delegates for consideration. That means we killed one-half of the bills before us which is also an important part of legislating.

  • Legislation developed in atmosphere of bipartisanship

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The General Assembly is now at the midpoint of this year’s sixty-day session. It’s a good time to take stock of work accomplished during the session’s first thirty days.
        To date, the House of Delegates has put forth nearly 1,600 pieces of legislation.  This work covers a wide range of issues, from economic development to health care, from transportation to education, and much more.

  • Byron bill requires AEP to pass tax savings on to customers

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With crossover behind us and approval of a new two-year budget ahead, the 2018 General Assembly session entered its home stretch this week.

  • Republican plan would lower the cost of coverage and care

    By Senator David Sueterlein

        The 2018 General Assembly has now passed the critical “crossover” deadline when each chamber must finish work on all of its own non-budget bills. Going forward each chamber can now only be consider legislation originating from our friends across the building and I will have begun presenting our bills in House committees and subcommittees. Seventeen of the nineteen bills I introduced were advanced by the Senate and are now being considered by the House of Delegates committee system.

  • He wants a military parade?

        When Senate Republicans reached a budget agreement, it included an utterly obscene increase in military spending, a full 15 percent, beyond what President Boy Child had proposed.
        Republicans have now made it clear they no longer care about budget deficits. They’ve decided to run government as sloppily and irresponsibly as Donald Trump does business. GOP “deficit hawks” have surrendered to the Trumpanzees in Congress.