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Thursday, May 24, 2018

VA to Senators: "Do your job!" Jennifer Boysko, Run Everywhere.

When the Senate reconvenes on May 29, it will mark seven weeks since the Special Session of the General Assembly was called for the sole purpose of completing a two-year state budget.

It took the House of Delegates just SIX DAYS to pass a bipartisan budget that expands Medicaid and still creates enough savings to give teachers a raise.

Frustration with Republican obstructionism has reached a boiling point. In a rare outburst from the Senate gallery during recent dithering, one observer shouted, “People are dying!”
Added another, “Do your job!”

None of which moved Senate Finance Committee co-chair “Thirsty Tommy” Norment (who infamously sent his members home for a sarsaparilla break two weeks ago).
Although he recently admitted that, “there is a probability [Medicaid expansion] will pass,” Norment and his old boy network are putting off a vote as long as possible.

Jennifer Boysko
Finance Chair, Virginia Democratic House Caucus
Chair of Run Everywhere

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