FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Delegate Ben Cline
Ben Cline Statement on House Budget
RICHMOND – Delegate Ben Cline (R-24) issued the following statement today regarding the House of Delegates budget:
“Today, I voted against the proposed House budget because it includes Medicaid expansion funded by a tax increase. I could not with good conscience support expanding a broken program that will continue to balloon Virginia’s budget and occupy scarce taxpayer dollars. We must be good stewards of every penny we ask taxpayers to send to Richmond and not look to the questionable promise of uncertain taxpayer dollars from Washington, D.C.”
“I will continue to lead the fight against Obamacare, which has been a disaster from day one. Instead of affordable care, Obamacare has led to skyrocketing premiums, reduced consumer choices and unaffordable healthcare for far too many people in the sixth congressional district and across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Medicaid is supposed to be a safety net, but what we are looking at today is a dangerous fiscal cliff for Virginia.”
“We have a responsibility to the Commonwealth’s citizens to pass a budget that is balanced and fiscally sound. I will continue to fight for the conservative economic principles we have long relied on to govern in Virginia: fiscal responsibility and limited government.”
Cline represents the 24th House District, including the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Bath County, Rockbridge County, and parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties. He was elected in 2002, and re-elected in November 2017. Cline is a member of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, the Finance Committee, the Courts of Justice Committee, and he is chair of the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee. In addition, he is House Co-Chairman of the Conservative Caucus.