Medicaid expansion dispute keeps Va. lawmakers from reaching budget deal

The Capitol building is bathed in sunlight in Richmond, Va., in this 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

WASHINGTON — The dispute over Medicaid expansion in Virginia has resulted in failure to reach a budget deal.

Lawmakers in Richmond have failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan due to the disagreement.

The legislative session was supposed to end this week. This dispute means either the session will need to be extended, or a special session will be called. A special session would have until June 30 to get a budget deal done.

The House included Medicaid expansion in its budget, but the Senate did not. That leaves the Senate budget hundreds of millions short of the House spending plan.

WTOP will update this developing story.

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