WILLIAMSBURG, VA, 6 APRIL 2018: Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover), Senate Republican Caucus Co-Chairman Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham), Senate Majority Whip William M. “Bill” Stanley, Jr. (R-Franklin), and Senate President Pro Tempore Stephen D. Newman (R-Bedford) today issued the following statement regarding the statement issued earlier today by Senator Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach):
“The statement released earlier today by Senator Wagner does not alter the current dynamic regarding the budget impasse.
“While Senator Wagner’s plan may be well-intentioned, it is neither well-conceived nor well-designed. Giving some Virginians what would amount to a $20-per-month tax credit provides negligible assistance when people are dealing with multi-thousand-dollar deductibles and outrageous monthly premiums.
“Senator Wagner’s proposal is effectively as distant from the respective plans being advocated by the Governor and the House as the Senate’s budget plan. His plan does, however, have one thing in common with the House’s proposal: it fails to account for the administrative costs inherent in its implementation. By allocating half of the $307 million new tax on hospitals to a $20-per-month tax credit, Senator Wagner’s plan would eviscerate the House’s profligate spending scheme.
“The position of the Senate Republican Caucus is unchanged. We believe that the best route – indeed, the only route – to reaching a budget agreement before July 1 is to pass a ‘clean’ budget without Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. That position is reflected in the Senate budget plan, which is the only fiscally responsible and sustainable proposal currently under consideration.”