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McAuliffe carves up budget, vows to expand Medicaid on his own

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) will sign the budget, meaning most government services will remain in place by July 1st and this avoid a shutdown.

But that doesn't mean he is backing down in any way in the debate over Medicaid Expansion.

"Let me be crystal clear," McAuliffe said. "I am moving forward to get Virginians health care."

And he plans to do that with a series of targeted line-item vetoes designed to take all the power away from the GOP led General Assembly that sent him a budget that made it impossible to expand Medicaid. 

Among the vetoes the Governor is proposing:

*The complete elimination of the MIRC, a committee designed to address Medicaid outside of the General Assembly.

*A complete elimination of all language in the budget that prevents the executive branch from expanding Medicaid without express permission from the General Assembly.

*Funding for judicial appointments outside of a regular session.

*Item that would revert $4.6 million away from the Federal Action Contingency Trust (FACT)

*An appropriation that will allow Chesterfield County to partner with the City of Petersburg to improve the quality of Petersburg schools.

*Appropriation for the newly created Virginia Conflicts of Interest Advisory Commission

*Budget language dealing with asset forfeiture settlements at the request of the Office of the Attorney General.

*Funding for the renovation for of the General Assembly Building and Old City Hall in Richmond.

McAuliffe said that he is still reviewing the budget and said he may offer more vetoes before the deadline on Sunday.

But the headline is Medicaid expansion and the Governor is now prepared to move ahead without the help of the General Assembly.

"Secretary Hazel will have a plan on my desk by no later than September 1st detailing how we can move Virginia health care forward even in the face of the demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice that have gripped this debate for too long," McAuliffe said.

Republicans are already calling the Governor's actions illegal and they are prepared to call him on it.

"We are prepared to challenge this blatant executive overreach through all available avenues, including the court system," said Speaker William Howell (R).

You can read more about the political fallout from the Governor's move on DecisionVirginia.com.

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