EBBIN STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF SENATOR PHIL PUCKETT

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    Voices concerns about resignation’s effect on Medicaid Expansion, calls for Attorney General Investigation

    Alexandria, VA – Senator Adam Ebbin  – candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District – today issued the following statement to address the abrupt resignation of Senator Phil Puckett.

    “Like many of my constituents, I was outraged to learn of Senator Phil Puckett’s sudden resignation. Since the beginning of this session, Senator Puckett had repeatedly assured me and other Senate Democrats that he intended to stay in office. This turn of events is a betrayal of that promise. Worse, 400,000 Virginians may now be denied access to expanded Medicaid coverage, including many who live in Senator Puckett’s former district.

    I remain committed to full implementation and expansion of the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion in Virginia. In 2012, I passed a law to provide Medicaid coverage to immigrant expectant mothers. I will support Governor McAuliffe as the fight for affordable access to health care for all Virginia families continues.

    Even more troubling were early allegations that Senator Puckett took this action based on the promise of a high-paying position on a government commission. I have reached out to Attorney General Mark Herring to voice my concerns about this situation and to encourage a thorough investigation.”

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    Virginia Senator Adam P. Ebbin took office in January 2012 after serving for eight years

    in the House of Delegates and is the co-chair of the General Assembly’s Progressive

    Caucus. He is running to represent Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and portions of

    Fairfax County in the United States Congress.