03/10/2018 Senate Proceedings

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SB698—00:01:02
SB699—00:01:15
HB3—00:01:22
HB986—00:00:12
HB936—00:00:40
HB986—00:00:58
HB1583—00:00:51
HB118—00:00:14
HJ118—00:00:46
SB343—00:04:08
SB971—00:00:49
HB1000—00:00:31
HB1504—00:00:34
HB1539—00:09:58
SB856—00:00:40
HB767—00:01:41
SB983—00:01:17
SB856—00:01:32
SB858—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:49
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:17
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:12
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:20
SB858—00:00:40
SB855—00:00:10
SB856—00:00:19
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:29
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:32
SB858—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:22
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:18
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:01:13
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:00:17
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SB856—00:00:10
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SB856—00:00:32
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SB856—00:00:10
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SB856—00:00:13
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SB856—00:00:27
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SB856—00:00:10
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SB856—00:00:17
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SB856—00:00:26
SB855—00:00:40
SB856—00:01:22
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HB1539—00:01:24
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SB856—00:00:15
HB220—00:01:10
HB762—00:02:42
SB512—00:01:53
SB772—00:00:17
SB371—00:00:24
HB129—00:01:03
HB220—00:01:39
HB999—00:01:17
HB1010—00:00:56
SB149—00:01:25
SB371—00:00:42
SB991—00:00:32
HB1297—00:01:24
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—10:03
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:02
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:03
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:03
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:03
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—05:13
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Minutes

Called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Lt. Governor Justin E. Fairfax

Prayer offered by The Reverend Nathan Varnier, Oakland Baptist
Church, Gum Springs, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Locke dispensed with reading of Journal (36?Y
3?N)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10309): reading waived (35?Y 4?N)

The House of Delegates has agreed to the reports of the committees
of conference on the following Senate bills: SB 177, 278, 526, 556, 565, 796,
883

The House of Delegates has agreed to the reports of the committees
of conference on the following House bills: HB 153, 222, 278, 287, 345, 371,
443, 454, 640, 690, 709, 763, 796, 824, 877, 1055, 1333, 1351

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN20309): reading waived (35?Y 4?N)

The House of Delegates has passed the following Senate bill: SB 995

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following Senate joint
resolutions: SJ 218, 245

SUPPLEMENTAL CALENDAR NO.1

SENATE BILLS WITH GOVERNORS RECOMMENDATIONS 

SB 698 - Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (27-Y 11-N),
Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (40-Y 0-N), Senate
concurred in Governor's recommendation (29-Y 11-N)

SB 699 - Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (29-Y 11-N)

CALENDAR

BILLS IN CONFERENCE

HB1405 - Replacement conferees appointed: Senators Cosgrove,
Edwards and Chafin

SB 825 - Replacement conferees appointed: Senators Cosgrove,
Edwards and Chafin


Legislative Information System

Transcript

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[Unknown]
Calendar, by for the day.
Kirk Cox
Gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
[Unknown]
Point of personal privilege Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The gentleman has the floor >> We're down to 12 days left in the session I think most of you know that probably the most important thing that we do is left. That is the budget. I had a friend tell me look at your check look. That will tell you where your priorities are. The budget is all check book. I remind you of key things in that check book. We've worked hard to make sure that for example in higher ed, we've given access and affordability. As a matter of fact, by my calculations with the money we've put into the budget hopefully we're going to see tuition increases in 3% range. That is a savings for all students. 1700 new slots since 2011 we've funded continuing this year, for four of our biggest and most popular institutions James Madison, Virginia tech and uva, and william and mary. I can go on and on. Vrs. The chairman made that a priority with the vice chairman. We're fully funded vrs at 100%. I keep telling you how many employees go that is where my life was. The plan is crucial. Mental health. We can talk about pacting which are a way to help people that are struggling just small things make sure they're taking medication. Drop off centers we agree that is a tremendous thing we need to do. So if you look at that laundry list of things, they're our core priorities. Let me be blunt. They're in danger by injecting medicaid expansion into our budget, I 'll repeatedly say this, it has nothing to do with budget process, you're putting everyone of the things in danger. The chairman said the other day we're $40 million apart between Senate and House budget. I think we'll do a little bit of fighting for realistically that would be finished ease eyely by Tuesday of next week. So here is the key. The key is, that are we going to go down the path of we have great conservative ideas next year, can't get it passed. We're going to stick it into the budget to make sure you're hostage. You're going to be down here in April, and May, and June debating that. Is that way we want to go? Because that is the path we're going to go on. Let me remind you. We set a process up last year after very tough fight on medicaid expansion. That is the merk process. For the america reason of getting this out of the budget process. And one of the things we emphasized in that process, everything, everyone would agree on is reforms first. You can't argue you've got a program that struggles with 1600% increase over 30 years is 21% of all state budget. We gloss over that figure. But when you're up there trying to appropriate money you take 21% off the table to start with, it limits what you can do. So now, we're down to almost a game of chicken. And it does endanger our schoolteachers and higher ed, etc. Let's go to sort of who we're depending on in this debate. That is Washington. We've heard a lot from the other side of the aisle of free money. We've heard, I think from gentleman from Henrico given us a nice lecture and nice primer on what free money means, especially what debt means. What we have is real money. If you look at what hospitals are getting they get $118 million. But not only that, our free clinics and a whole safety net which we think is very, very important. The democratic proposal is a promise if you like your plan, you can keep it. I want to remind you of something. In 2011, little-known fact. The obama administration according to kaiser health news in September 2011 injected basically both medicare and medicaid into this debate. As a matter of fact says in 2011 obama administration included $320 billion in cuts to medicare and medicaid, planned included $15 billion in cuts to spending. National association of state medical directors opposed cuts with the executive director saying quote, it can only mean one thing, call shifts to state that cannot shoulder anymore burden in this area. And of course, we've just seen the medicare cuts that were announced recently at 2%. Those played aside I wish we can read the end of the book because I can guarantee you in 2022 you're not looking at a 90% match. So many people have told us that you're probably looking at 50% or 60% match. If you're 50% match you're looking at laying off 19,000 teachers or laying off 13,000 sheriffs or sheriff deputies, or, basically defunding $214,000 in state tuition slots. Here is the will point of the speech. Now we have attractive phrase private option. It's a game changer the one that is, and I find it fascinating. No one saying medicaid expansion anymore. That didn't didn't work. It's really no such thing. It's just medicaid expansion. It's a myth. Let's be fair to the obama administration. Fill so far -- if you look at the memos on medicaid expansion they say as follows under all of the arrangements, beneficiaries remain medicaid beneficiaries and continue entitled to protections. We talked about waivers. They are temporary waivers. Cms memo. Hhs will consider approving a limited number of premium assistant demonstrations to waivers to start in 2017. So frankly, if you get so called temporary waiver, it's got to become a permanent waiver. There is not one space that can tell you they've been approved for a work search requirement. We hear about that. It's great to say we're going to throw this stuff into the waiver. You've got to prove to us they've gotten things that you say they're going to get. Cost sharing. It's a level in the Senate plan hasn't been approved. This opt out I keep hearing about. Just disenroll people. We know they're not going to do that. Speaking of heartless it's just not going to happen. Look at arkansas. What they're told is seven months, everyone has the right of appeals. And they're funded. So when the temporary waiver goes away, you won't even get that. I guarantee you. It's not where the obama administration's heart s let me conclude we have an unworkable, plan in the Senate budget that depends on the good will of Washington. Ignores the process we've set up to take this out of the budget this, is the most-important point. Unfortunately I hope I 'm not saying this in April. It endangers our budget process, every priority this House believes in, thank you