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Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement following the Virginia Senate’s vote to pass Senate Bill 5003, the budget bill the Governor introduced at the beginning of this special session:
“Today the Virginia Senate acted in bipartisan fashion to pass a balanced, responsible budget that funds a number of priorities that will make life better for the Virginia families we serve. When I introduced this bill, I asked members of the General Assembly to put politics aside, offer their ideas for compromise and pass a budget. That is what the Senate did, and the budget they passed offers Virginia state employees a two percent raise, funds payments to families that lose a loved one in the line of duty, and includes a market-based plan to use our federal tax dollars to close the health care coverage gap.
“Now it is the responsibility of the House of Delegates to take this budget bill up, make their amendments and pass it so that legislators from both chambers can get to work negotiating a final product in a conference committee. As House leaders have said repeatedly over the past few weeks, Virginians are awaiting a budget. It is now up to the House of Delegates to put politics aside and act on the bill that is before them so that we can get Virginians the budget they deserve.”