Virginia lawmakers head back to Richmond Monday to consider line-item budget vetoes
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's line-item budget vetoes.
Most prominent is the Democratic governor's veto of a Republican-backed amendment aimed at preventing him from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval. The House GOP majority blocked McAuliffe's top legislative priority, leading to a protracted budget stalemate that threatened to shut down government. Now the governor is examining ways to expand Medicaid on his own.
It takes a two-thirds vote of both legislative chambers to override a governor's veto. Republicans hold more than two-thirds of the House seats but have only a one-seat advantage in the Senate.
The House convenes at 5 p.m. Monday, the Senate at 7 p.m..