House ignores Va. governor’s budget vetoes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are rejecting pro-labor and pro-Medicaid expansion tweaks Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried to make in the state budget through vetoes. 

House Speaker William J. Howell said Wednesday that he’d directed the House clerk not to include the attempted vetoes in the final enrolled version of the budget, saying they were invalid.

McAuliffe tried to veto a budget section he said “could preclude” unionized construction contractors from taking part in public-private transportation projects and a section prohibiting him from expanding Medicaid. Republicans oppose Medicaid expansion and said they’re trying to make sure non-unionized companies aren’t unfairly excluded from major construction projects.

Howell took similar action on an attempted Medicaid-related veto last year.

Brian Coy, a spokesman for McAuliffe, said the governor is reviewing the House’s actions.

Neal Augenstein

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