RICHMOND -- Today, in a letter addressed to Speaker Howell, concerned citizens of the Commonwealth gave the Virginia House Republicans a five-million dollar choice; "either spend $5 million a day to insure 400,000 Virginians, and create 30,000 jobs, or use this as a down payment to the Tea Party extremists that are holding Virginia's budget hostage."
"The Virginia House Republicans recent erratic behavior where they hastily rejected the Governor's budget without giving it even partial consideration is not only unfair to the 400,000 uninsured Virginians seeking a close to the coverage gap but unfair to the Commonwealth," said DPVA Spokesperson Ashley Bauman. "It's our hope that Speaker Howell, Delegate Cox, Delegate Jones and their colleagues observe the discussion happening today in Senate Finance and that they learn what it means to govern for the people in their districts.
"It's time for House Republicans to come to the table and work with their colleagues in the other chamber on a solution to pass a budget that closes the coverage gap for 400,000 working Virginians."
Text of the letter below