In a press conference this morning, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that he will sign the budget proposed by state legislators on Thursday. He will sign the budget but veto the Medicaid amendment, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
This announcement marks the end of the on-going struggle between Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly. The standstill hinged on McAuliffe’s agenda to expand Medicaid and other healthcare programs and the opposition it faced from Republicans.
The Medicaid amendment would have prohibited McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid or a private option without the approval of both houses of the legislature.
In the press conference, McAuliffe expressed his disdain for the amendment saying “Republicans in the General Assembly had refused to compromise, turned their backs on Virginians who need health care and forfeited millions of dollars.”