NEW: Senate Passes Budget
Obenshain Opposes Plan, Hanger Supportes It
HARRISONBURG — The Virginia Senate passed its budget today and will now wait for the House of Delegates to make the next move.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 22-15 in favor of a two-year, $96 billion plan that includes a form of Medicaid expansion, an idea the GOP-led House rejected in its version of the spending plan.
The two chambers will form a conference committee to hash out differences; the House meets at 4 p.m. today. Three senators were absent for today’s vote, but their presence would not have affected the outcome. Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, voted against the plan, while Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, supported it.
The Daily News-Record will have more on this story as details become available and will have a complete report in Wednesday's print and web editions.