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.
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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.
Following the resignation of Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett, all 20 Republicans, with the help of Democratic Senator Chuck Colgan have recalled the Senate to the State Capitol this Thursday to pass a budget and put it into conference with the House of Delegates. The GOP is expected to retake control of the Senate Thursday evening and advance a budget free of Medicaid expansion.
Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett will resign June 9, effective immediately, giving control of the evenly divided Senate chamber, at least temporarily, to the GOP and threatening Democrats' hopes to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Republicans reportedly have offered Puckett a spot on the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission staff and given assurances that his daughter will be confirmed as a juvenile circuit court judge.
Ahead of Saturday’s Republican nominating convention GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveiled a five-point plan yesterday that he says will unleash private sector investment and create jobs. Number one for Gillespie is to replace Obamacare with private market alternatives with more portability that he will flesh out in the near future.