Virginia House to reconvene in hopes of passing budget

(Richmond, Va.) (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates plans to reconvene next week in hopes of being able to finalize a state budget.

GOP Speaker Kirk Cox announced Thursday that the House would gavel in on May 23.

Cox said he expects the Senate to have passed a state budget by then for the House to consider.

The Senate is set to meet on May 22, but it’s unclear whether it will pass a budget that day.

Republican lawmakers in both chambers are currently split on whether to include Medicaid expansion in the state budget. The disagreement has led to a lengthy stalemate on the spending plan.

State government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed.