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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:36

Va. Gov. McAuliffe touts first 100 days in office

Written by  Associated Press | Washington Post

Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated his first 100 days in office Monday by highlighting his work to improve the state’s economy and by renewing his call to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income residents.

GOP lawmakers oppose the governor’s plan to expand Medicaid eligibility to as many as 400,000 low income residents, which McAuliffe reiterated his support for Monday.

“Let us redouble our efforts on behalf of those 400,000 Virginians who are counting on us,” McAuliffe said.

Expanding Medicaid coverage is a key element of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment.

The current fight in Virginia has led to a stalemate on passage of a proposed $96 billion two-year state budget, with both sides accusing the other of refusing to negotiate.

State agencies could run out of money if no budget is passed by July 1.

Matthew Moran, a spokesman for House Speaker William J. Howell, said the McAuliffe’s most significant action to date has been creating the stalemate.

“He’s put Obamacare ahead of Virginia,” said Moran.

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