U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today released the following statement on the state of negotiations in the Virginia General Assembly over a comprehensive transportation proposal and expanding Medicaid:
"I am heartened by the General Assembly's discussion about compromise solutions for Virginia's transportation and health care needs. The Governor wants to invest in Virginia's transportation system and legislators of both parties are working to come together. Many legislators, citizens and health care providers hope to see an expansion of Medicaid that would benefit over
400,000 low-income Virginians and the Governor's team has worked with them to find a path forward that balances patient care, innovation and cost effectiveness.
"A legislative session that would finish with a comprehensive transportation deal and Medicaid expansion would go down as the most consequential session in many years. It would be to the great credit of both parties and Virginia citizens would be in their debt. I hope the Governor and General Assembly can make this happen, not only for the citizens whose lives would be improved, but also to show good faith compromise is still possible. We need that example as we return to Washington this week to tackle our fiscal challenges."