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Va. Budget, Transportation to Get Final Votes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - On its final adjournment deadline Saturday, the two biggest initiatives of the 2013 General Assembly await make-or-break votes.

The House and Senate will cast up-or-down votes on revisions to the second year of Virginia's 2-year, $88 billion budget. The Senate also will vote on a package of tax and fee increases and revenue diversions that will yield an estimated additional $880 million for repairing and maintaining the state's 58,000-mile highway network.

The House approved what would become the first major overhaul of transportation funding since 1986 on a bipartisan 60-40 vote Friday. But Senate Democrats threatened to block passage of Gov. Bob McDonnell's legacy initiative unless he agreed not to block expansion of Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians just above the poverty level.

The House and Senate convene at 10 a.m.


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