Virginia: Senate Democrats not sold on Hanger compromise

By Lynn R. Mitchell

“That’s a very bad idea. … I think the Tea Party finally got to [Emmett Hanger].”
–Virginia Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw

When state Senator Emmett Hanger sent a press release on Thursday (see Virginia: Emmett Hanger proposes compromise on Medicaid expansion) proposing a compromise in the Medicaid stand-off currently taking place between the state senate, House of Delegates, and Governor Terry McAuliffe, it caught Democrats by surprise, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Political reporter Julian Walker caught up with Virginia Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax):

Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw of Fairfax County rejected Hanger’s pitch, though.

“That’s a very bad idea,” he told The Virginian-Pilot as he strode through downtown Richmond.

Saslaw said he hadn’t been consulted by Hanger and wasn’t aware of his colleagues being briefed on the plan before it was publicly released Thursday afternoon.

“I think the Tea Party finally got to him,” Saslaw said of Hanger.

The debate over Medicaid expansion continues (see Top Senate Democrats say no to GOP compromise by Julian Walker).

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