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General Assembly back in Richmond today hoping to pass a budget

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State lawmakers will make their way back to Richmond to work toward finalizing a budget.

The General Assembly was called back into session shortly after Senator Phillip Puckett's (D-Russell) resignation on Monday.

That move gave Republicans control of the Senate to go with their majority in the House of Delegates.

In spite of the wishes of Democrats, it likely means Medicaid expansion will be dealt with separately from the budget.

"It does change the situation a little bit, that doesn't mean we cant get Medicaid expansion eventually. I think we can," said Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke). "The question is how do we go about doing it and we will see. The first step is this week, trying to get a budget and I'm hoping if we can't get Medicaid expansion in the budget we will find another way to do it."

"Medicaid is already a huge part of our budget and expansion would be another huge part of our budget," said Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem). "We need to take it very seriously. It deserves the time and special attention that a special session can give an issue like this."

Edwards and Habeeb agree the General Assembly could pass a budget by the end of the week.

From there it will be up to Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto the budget or allow it to become law.
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