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House Republicans Attack Senate Over Va. Budget

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates are mocking their senate colleagues for leaving town without passing a budget.

After voting along party lines to pass their version of a roughly $96 billion two-year budget late Tuesday, a group of House Republican leaders posted a sign reading "Gone Home" on the door of the empty Democratically controlled Senate.

The move was the latest in an ongoing and long-running public relations battle between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over whether Virginia should undergo a large-scale expansion of its Medicaid program.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Democratically controlled Senate want to accept federal Medicaid funds, while the GOP-controlled House does not.

The impasse has led to a protracted battle over the state's budget, with no sign of compromise between the two sides.

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