Skip to comments.In Va., Republican lawmakers will try to thwart McAuliffe’s line-item vetoes
Posted on 06/23/2014 10:41:54 AM PDT by 11th_VA
RICHMOND Republicans will try to thwart Gov. Terry McAuliffes bid to expand Medicaid without the legislatures approval when the General Assembly reconvenes Monday night.
Legislators return to Richmond to consider the governors line-item vetoes on several portions of the state budget. Two of the vetoes relate directly to Medicaid, and it will be much harder for the Democratic governor to expand the federal-state health-care program unilaterally if Republican lawmakers are able to override the vetoes or undermine them through parliamentary moves.
Regardless of whether McAuliffes vetoes are sustained or not, the two-year, $96 billion spending plan will be in place to fund government services come July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. McAuliffe, due to leave for a trade mission to Southern California Monday afternoon, signed the budget over the weekend.
(I wouldn't by those tickets yet ...)
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
"The Governor may recommend one or more specific and severable amendments to a bill by returning it with his recommendation to the house in which it originated. The house shall enter the Governor's recommendation in its journal and reconsider the bill. If both houses agree to the Governor's entire recommendation, the bill, as amended, shall become law.
Each house may agree to the Governor's amendments by a majority vote of the members present. If both houses agree to the bill in the form originally sent to the Governor by a two-thirds vote of all members present in each house, which two-thirds shall include a majority of the members elected to that house, the original bill shall become law.
If the Governor sends down specific and severable amendments then each house may determine, in accordance with its own procedures, whether to act on the Governor's amendments en bloc or individually, or any combination thereof. If the house of origin agrees to one or more of the Governor's amendments, it shall send the bill and the entire recommendation to the other house. The second house may also agree to one or more of the Governor's amendments.
If either house fails to agree to the Governor's entire recommendation or fails to agree to at least one of the Governor's amendments agreed to by the other house, the bill, as originally presented to the Governor, shall be returned to the Governor. If both houses agree to one or more amendments but not to the entire recommendation of the Governor, the bill shall be reenrolled with the Governor's amendments agreed to by both houses and shall be returned to the Governor.
If the Governor fails to send down specific and severable amendments as determined by the majority vote of the members present in either house, then the bill shall be before that house, in the form originally sent to the Governor and may be acted upon in accordance with Article IV, Section 11 of this Constitution and returned to the Governor. The Governor shall either sign or veto a bill returned as provided in this subsection or, if there are fewer than seven days remaining in the session, as provided in subsection (c).
With Democrats, you have to always ask the additional question. Or What? What if he neither signs nor vetoes the bill? Does it become law or does it turn into litigation and a Judge ends up deciding?
but latest rumors are he will again veto an amended budget and force a shutdow - you heard it here first !
I think Governor Macawful will find taking on the Virginia House of Delegates is a far more formidable task than his hero faces with the US House of Representatives.
I hope you are right - someone needs to show them on the Hill, how it’s done ...