Former Democratic State Sen. Phillip Puckett.
- Resignation’s impact
Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, has resigned. Here’s what it means:
REPUBLICANS take a 20-19 majority in the state Senate — a blow to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to expand Medicaid within the budget.
SENATORS will need 20 of the 39 votes to pass a budget. Democrats hope to keep a working majority with the votes of three Republicans who want to expand health coverage.
REPUBLICANS could try to reorganize the Senate, giving themselves majorities on committees.
DEMOCRATS could have trouble holding Puckett’s Southwest Virginia seat when McAuliffe sets a special election.
SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 9:31 pm
Updated: 10:20 pm, Mon Jun 9, 2014.
RICHMOND — The resignation of a Democratic state senator on Monday has dealt a serious blow to his party’s push for Medicaid expansion in Virginia and cleared a path for Republicans to pass a budget without compromising on the health care plan.
Sen. Phillip P. Puckett’s resignation gives the GOP a 20-19 majority in the chamber to go with their control of the House. Senate Democrats had linked passage of the state’s $96 billion biennial budget to expanding Medicaid, creating the threat of a government shutdown on July 1 if Republicans wouldn’t relent.
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Sunday, June 8, 2014 9:31 pm.
Updated: 10:20 pm.