The House of Delegates Democratic Minority Leader David Toscano says he will call for an Inspector General’s investigation into the resignation of former Senator Phillip Puckett, which gave control of the Senate to the Republicans. On the House floor Thursday night Toscano raised questions about whether Puckett’s resignation was given in exchange for a 6 figure job with the state Tobacco Commission.
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Governor Terry McAuliffe says the Tea Party has blocked 400,000 Virginians from access to life-saving health care by limiting his authority to expand Medicaid. The Republican majority in the state legislature amended the budget Thursday to prohibit the Governor from taking executive action to expand the state’s Medicaid program in compliance with Obama-care.
Supporters of Medicaid expansion on both sides of the aisle say Eric Cantor’s defeat this week emboldened Tea Party conservatives in the General Assembly in their opposition to using federal dollars to expand health care services for the poor. At the insistence of a group conservative Republican members, the legislature inserted an amendment into the budget prohibiting Governor McAuliffe from taking executive action on Medicaid without the approval of the legislature. Governor McAuliffe says he will carefully be evaluating the budget and will take actions he deems necessary.
The General Assembly has ended its three-month standoff and passed a two-year budget without Medicaid expansion. At the insistence of a group conservative Republican members, the legislature inserted an amendment into the budget prohibiting Governor McAuliffe from taking executive action on Medicaid without the approval of the legislature. Governor McAuliffe says he will be evaluating the budget carefully and will take actions he deems necessary. Though population and the need for state services has grown, state spending will remain essentially flat.
Congressman Eric Cantor says he will resign as U.S. Majority Leader by July 31st in order to avoid a messy fight to name his successor. Though he will no longer be Majority Leader, Cantor will remain in Congress until his term expires in January.
Cantor called on the GOP to put their differences aside and help elect a Republican House and Senate. Cantor says should Majority Whip and fellow Young Guns author Kevin McCarthy choose to run for Majority Leader that he will support him.
House and Senate budget negotiators have reached an agreement on the state’s two year spending plan and the General Assembly returns to Capitol Square today to consider it’s passage.
The plan reduces the new spending introduced in Governor McDonnell’s outgoing budget in December, by over 800 million dollars. The rest of the state’s projected 1.55 billion shortfall will be offset by the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform stormed an election night reception for U.S. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, shortly after he lost his seat to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. While Brat attacked Cantor for being too liberal on immigration, supporters of reform say the Majority Leader has been the main roadblock in congress.
Tea Party favorite Dave Brat, a virtually unknown economist, calls his surprise primary victory over U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor a "miracle from God." Brat, who was outraised in fundraising by Cantor more than ten to one, says he claimed victory because "dollars do not vote, people do."
A stunning upset last night as U.S. Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his bid for re-election to primary challenger and Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. Brat, an economist from Ashland was outraised by Cantor by more than 10 to 1, but picked up momentum by calling Cantor the most liberal Republican in Congress on immigration reform.
Today 7th District Republican Congressman Eric Cantor faces the first serious primary challenger since his election to Congress in 2000, from economist and Tea Party favorite David Brat. Though he’s been outraised by more than 10 to 1, Brat has picked up momentum calling Cantor the most liberal Republican in Congress on immigration reform.