RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Democratic controlled Virginia Senate is set to hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed budget.
McAuliffe proposed a budget last month after the General Assembly adjourned from its regular session without passing a roughly $96 billion two-year spending plan.
The governor and Democratic lawmakers want a budget that expands Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income residents. The GOP-controlled House of Delegates oppose Medicaid expansion.
At a news conference Tuesday morning, House Speaker William J. Howell called the Senate's hearing a dog and pony show and urged Democrats to allow a state budget without Medicaid expansion to pass. Other Republicans riffed on the timing of the Senate's hearing occurring on April Fools' Day.
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