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Virginia House Speaker Deems McAuliffe Veto Unconstitutional

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In Virginia, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell is ruling that one of Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's key line-item budget vetoes is unconstitutional. That creates a new obstacle to expanding health insurance for 400,000 Virginians with living in poverty or with disabilities.

The governor vetoed a Republican-backed amendment in the budget aimed at preventing him from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval, and the speaker is ruling that the governor's veto is outside the scope of his authority.

The move effectively overrides the veto without the House or Senate having to vote on them.

That means that the governor will be required to get legislative approval from the General Assembly before moving forward with expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, which is unlikely considering Republican control of the House and Senate.

Democrats say they're hoping the governor might have some other way of moving forward on Medicaid expansion at the end of the summer.

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