Skip to comments.VIRGINIA - Speaker rules invalid McAuliffe vetoes on Medicaid, judgeships
Posted on 06/23/2014 4:41:12 PM PDT by 11th_VA
The House of Delegates sustained five budget vetoes of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, while refusing to consider vetoes related to funding for expansion of Medicaid and filling of judgeships as constitutionally invalid.
The House overrode one gubernatorial veto on a 70-27 vote, preventing McAuliffe from stripping funding for a new advisory council on conflicts of interest and ethics.
House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, ruled that McAuliffe could not veto amendments made to the budget on June 12 that stripped sum-sufficient funding for Medicaid expansion and inserted new language that requires the General Assembly to approve any appropriation of federal funding to pay for expanded health coverage of uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act.
Howell said the language vetoed did not constitute a budget item, with a specific sum of money, and sought to eliminate conditions and restrictions adopted by the legislature without vetoing the entire budget. He said the veto was out of order, which prevents it from being considered by the Senate.
On judgeships, the speaker said the $20 million in supplemental funding for new and vacant judgeships could not be separated from other portions of the budget that finance the entire judiciary, making that veto also out of order.
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Good, shut it down, then everybody in Virginia is better off.
I still can’t believe this idiot is governor.
That will make a good campaign commercial - Democrats vote against an ethics commission :)
Fricken Carpetbagger, neither can I ... but he might be a lame duck with 3.5 years to go after tonight ...
Senate is in recess but expected back any minute to consider the House amended Budget.
LeMunyon said the Reps anticipated the amendments, which is why they convened the GA on Monday.
I hear people say that, and I hope they are right, but I believe if they send back an amended Budget to McAweful, he can veto it
I hope the VA House Republicans make this sleazebag’s time in Richmond absolutely miserable. Be careful what you wish for, Terry, you may get it.
Neither can I. It's like a sick joke that isn't funny. I can't look at his face nor listen to his voice when he shows up on my local news.
The corrupt piece of garbage has taken a page out of Barry's playbook...he's trying to rule like a king.
Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Donald McEachin said Howell's arguments "were not well reasoned." "If I'm the governor, I tell the (state) comptroller to withhold any money for the judges, and I proceed on Medicaid," McEachin said, as he headed into a closed door meeting with fellow Senate Democrats.
I still can’t believe the State GOP preferred this idiot over Ken Cucinelli.
“Well reasoned” = agreeing with a corrupt Marxist tyrant.
RINOs love Democrats (just not enough to formally switch parties, it’s too much fun and productive destroying the GOP from within than from without).
McAuliffe is a marxist thug. He’ll just have the Republicans shot and then call for more gun control.
Virginians, you leftist/liberal/undereducated pond scum. Thanks for giving us this political equivalent of syphillis.
Excellent news. A Republican Speaker with a spine. McAuliffe tried Obama tactics and got shut down.
Obama Jr. must be livid he can’t execuscrew Virginia like Obama is the rest of the U.S.
I think he’s still going to try by telling the Comptroller to Spend money on Medicaid - screw the law ...
One can only hope that Conservatives in Virginia are able to make this mcaulfie idiot a capon for the rest of his ill-gotten term.
Good to see that Speaker Howell grew a pair. He proved to be a panty-waist sissy last year when the Republican state Senate amended a bill that made technical changes in the state House of Delegates districts by redrawing the state Senate map that the Democrats had gerrymandered in 2011.
The Republicans masterfully waited for the day of Obama’s second inauguration, when a Democrat state senator went to DC to party instead of going to the legislative session, and approved, by a 20-19 vote, a new map that would almost certainly have had the effect of changing the 20-20 Senate to a 27 R, 13 D Senate and actually had support from a couple of black Democrat Delegates because it created a sixth black-majority district. (As an aside, the GOP Senators had to wait for the one day in which they had a 20-19 edge because the worthless RINO Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling opposed redrawing the Senate map so as not to be “divisive.”)
The VA GOP Senate had pulled a huge legislative coup, and would have cemented GOP majorities in both houses for at least the rest of the decade. So what does Speaker Howell do? He ruled that the Senate’s amendment was not “germane” to the House-passed redistricting bill, even though the House-passed bill also modified the district lines from the 2011 redistricting (granted, the House changes were minor, while the Senate’s changes were huge, but the amendment still related to the same subject matter as the original bill). Howell thus prevented the heavily Republican House from voting on the bill as amended; if he didn’t like the amendment, he could have voted against it, but instead he didn’t let anyone vote on it. So Howell will need to show a backbone on quite a few measures, not just on McAuliffe’s illegal veto attempt, before he can be in my good graces.
And they did. The Senate democrats upheld Terri’s veto of the ethics funding.
So they created a commission, and then refused to fund it.
That veto was a shock, because there is no good politics to come out of it. What politician can run on a platform of vetoing ethics?
His reasoning is based on actual supreme court rulings on exactly the points being raised. It is pretty clear.
If Terri wants to expand medicaid, he will probably just do it. My guess is the feds will give him money to implement, so he will be able to say he needed no money, so it wasn’t a budget issue.
Unfortunately for Terri, his stupid fight over the budget lost him the senate, and the house/senate then stripped all language from the budget that would provide authorization to expand medicaid. He has no leg to stand on.
I am sure that they are the major factor but I suspect the Beltway Bandits (the private contractors who live off the government) are also a major input of liberal votes in Virginia.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a permanent problem. Virginia will not recover.