RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Virginia’s Senate has approved a new budget to fund state operations for the next two years, something that it failed to do during its regular session.
The 34-5 vote came after the Senate, on a party-line vote, rejected a Democratic amendment that would have compelled either insurance companies or the state to pay the costs of pre-abortion ultrasound exams that will be required before the procedure can be performed beginning in July. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the controversial abortion measure into law earlier this month.
Monday’s passage now sets up lengthy negotiations with the House of Delegates to resolve differences between their rival versions of the budget.
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