State lawmakers should be heading into the home stretch. The General Assembly session is supposed to end on March 8th, but a showdown over Medicaid expansion could threaten that schedule.
Thursday, the House and Senate approved competing budgets.
They're still at odds over whether to accept billions in federal aid and extend health benefits to more low-income Virginians.
"Not to be concerned about the health of others to me is hypocritical," said State Senator Donald McEachin (D-Richmond).
"At the end of three years, how much is the state going to pick up then," asked House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg). "10 percent. Well if you think it's 10 percent I got a bridge I want to sell you."
The budgets are headed for a conference committee, but members will have their work cut out for them as they try to craft a compromise.