Home Medicaid As Virginia Medicaid Expansion Comes Thiiiiiiiis Close, Far-Right Republicans Threaten Primaries, Whine

As Virginia Medicaid Expansion Comes Thiiiiiiiis Close, Far-Right Republicans Threaten Primaries, Whine


With Virginia Medicaid expansion sooooooo close to actually happening, the hard right of the Virginia GOP is busy threatening to primary any Republican who votes to help hundreds of thousands of Virginians, rural hospitals, Virginia taxpayers, Virginia’s economy, etc. Check out the following comments from several of the most extreme members of the Virginia General Assembly: Sen. Amanda Chase, Sen. Dick Black, Del. Brenda Pogge and Del. Tony Wilt. According to Sen. Chase, “Any Republican who changes their position should be challenged in a primary.” Which means, I guess, that we should expect primaries for House Speaker Kirk Cox, House Appropriations Committee Chair Chris Jones, House Commerce and Labor Committee Chair Terry Kilgore, etc.  Haha, this should be fun. 😉

Of course, what’s actually going to happen today – most likely – is that the Senate will vote to “discharge” the budget bill from Senate Finance Committee to the full floor, followed by hours of ranting and raving (lots of “sound and fury,” signifying…not much, really, other than posturing and face saving/ass covering) by Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment and others, followed by passage of the budget with Medicaid expansion. At least that’s one theory I heard last night from a good source. So we’ll see what happens today, but my bet at this point is on Medicaid expansion actually happening – FINALLY! My bet is also that the Amanda Chases and Brenda Pogges of the world are mostly full of hot air and…other stuff. But fine with me if the Virginia GOP wants to tear itself apart (between its normal conservatives and its American Taliban conservatives); I’m always up for that! LOL

P.S. The one who actually SHOULD be primaried is Amanda Chase. I hear rumors she might be; let’s hope they are correct.

  • XV.

    Suspension of Rules.

    49. Any rule of the Senate may only, except where otherwise provided by the Constitution of Virginia, be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the Senators present and voting.These Rules may be suspended by a vote of two-thirds of the Senators present and voting. If the Senate is meeting due to a state emergency or enemy attack pursuant to Article IV, Section 8 of the Constitution, then the Rules of the Senate may be suspended by a vote of two-thirds of the quorum.

    Simple majority to overrule the LG

    XVI. Appeals.

    50. If the presiding officer rules on any matter under these Rules by his own act, or upon request of any Senator, and if any Senator objects to the ruling of the presiding officer, then an appeal to the Senate shall lie. The appeal shall be stated as a motion to sustain the ruling of the Chair. To overrule the ruling of the Chair shall require a majority of those present and voting. A ruling of the Chair shall not be overruled on appeal by a tie vote.

    LG doesn’t preside as Senate President during Committee of the Whole

    XVII. Committee of the Whole.

    51. The Senate may go into the Committee of the Whole only upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present and voting. When the Senate shall resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole, the President shall leave the Chair and the President pro tempore shall preside in the Committee. If the President pro tempore is absent from the Senate, then the Senate shall elect a chair to preside therein. The Committee of the Whole shall consider and report on such subjects as may be committed to it by the Senate.

    The Rules of the Senate shall be observed in the Committee of the Whole, so far as they are applicable. The proceedings in the Committee of the Whole shall not be recorded on the Journal of the Senate, except so far as reported to the Senate by the Chair of the Committee.

  • And guess who was hanging out with far-right Amanda Chase yesterday? Yep, extremist pea in the pod Nick Freitas. Of course!


  • From State Sen. Scott Surovell:

    Today, at 3 pm, I return to Richmond to vote on budget amendments proposed by Finance Chairman Emmett Hanger and Appropriations Chair Chris Jones but expect procedural hiccups over the next two days.

    · Expands Medicaid to low income working adults making up to 138% of federal poverty level – 300,000 Virginians – effective 1/1/19
    · Fully funds K-12 re-benchmarking, provides a three percent pay raise for all funded SOQ positions, increases funding for early childhood education, and distributes 40 percent of lottery funds to local school districts
    · Includes a two percent across-the-board state employee pay raise and a two percent merit-pay increase, raises the minimum salary for sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers in DOC & DJJ to $32,500, and targeted pay raises for DBHDS direct care staff
    · Ensures that the medical provider assessment is used only to cover the cost of Medicaid expansion and reinvests over $191 million in general fund savings for behavioral health and developmental services
    · Accesses federal funds to increase the provider reimbursement rate to 88% for inpatient and outpatient services
    · Plans to invest the entirety of the FY18 revenue surplus in various reserve funds, bringing our total reserve fund balances to $975 million, or more than 5% of GF revenue, by the end of the biennium
    · Makes all major compensation spending items contingent upon the certification of revenues
    · Funds 6 new staffing positions at Widewater State Park.
    · Funds all 31 vacant authorized judgeships.

  • Del. Marcus Simon:

    The action today is in the Virginia State Senate. We received word from our House Appropriations staff yesterday that there appears to be a deal between the members of House of Delegates and the State Senate on a budget that expands Medicaid. Both bodies will, of course, have to read and approve the details, and the Governor still has an opportunity to make recommendations for amendments and to exercise his line item veto authority. That said, we are closer than ever to agreeing to provide health care coverage to ~400,000 Virginians, bringing billions of your federal tax dollars back to Virginia and freeing up hundreds of millions for teacher raises, public safety, transportation and other important priorities in our state budget.

    Stay tuned.