Oddly, there is little about this in the news media. Liberal Democrats want to shut down Virginia? So what? So what if the schools shut down, and we have to empty the prisons? Do we really need traffic cops?
What does Delegate Scott Lingamfelter think? Well, here is what he said in an email today.
Liberals Threatening to Shut Down Virginia
Today is day 74 of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Obamacare budget impasse.
Governor McAuliffe’s decision to demand Medicaid expansion in exchange for passage of the state budget threatens to shutdown state government, leave state employees without a paycheck and cause an unprecedented constitutional crisis.
Essential services, such as the DMV and VDOT, could be impacted as well. Concerns were not eased Monday after the House Appropriations Committee held a briefing, which I attended; and we heard what could happen if the government fails to reach a budget compromise.
The issue: Medicaid expansion. Democrats want it, Republicans-for the most part-don’t. And across the state, Virginians oppose expansion by almost a 60-40 split. Under a possible shutdown, state workers could be paid in IOUs instead of cash, beginning July 1st.
The governor and other constitutional officers, like judges, would keep getting paid since their salaries are required by the Constitution. By the way, legislators would not be paid, nor should we if there is no budget.
The legislative lawyers who briefed us reiterated that we’re in “uncharted waters” since a shutdown has never occurred in the Commonwealth. No one wants to see a state government shutdown; I am adamantly against this. But Governor McAuliffe and Senate Democrats seem to be prepared to take Virginia over the cliff if they don’t get their way on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.
The Democratic Party of Virginia is weighing in by dredging up former opponents to legislators like me to distort my position and suggest that I am not listening to the people of my district. They are confused. They confuse “listening” to constituents with “doing” what far left liberals demand. They further mock me and other Republicans for being concerned by the $17 Trillion national debt and the $430 million the US borrows EACH hour to pay for day-to-day operations! That’s right, the Democratic Party of Virginia and my former opponent, Jeremy McPike (best known for wrongly firing a public employee for blowing the whistle on wrong-doing), are just fine with spending the nation into the ground. Predictable.
Unlike the lies liberals are putting out, here’s the truth: Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is the ONLY issue preventing passage of the state budget. As Governor McAuliffe said himself, no one should use the “threat of a government shutdown as a bargaining chip in other negotiations, including over the healthcare law.”
It’s past time to pass a budget. The compromise to resolve the impasse is to set Medicaid expansion aside and pass a state budget to avoid a government shutdown.
In the meantime, please help me counter the lies from the far left my making a donation today to my campaign fund. Go to www.scottforva.com, click on Donation tab and help me. We must get the truth out and your donation will help do just that!