The Loudoun County Republican Committee on Monday night overwhelmingly approved a resolution censuring state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27) for voting to expand Medicaid in Virginia.
According to the resolution’s author, Virginia Constitutional Conservatives Director S. Chris Anders, the committee voted 45-2 to censure Vogel and requested that she be removed by the GOP leadership from her Senate committees. Last year, Vogel was the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor.
“While I introduced the resolution of censure, it passed only due to the hard work of fellow true conservatives in both the County Issue Committee and the County Committee as a whole,” Anders said in a statement announcing the vote.
After months of deadlock on the state budget, in May the General Assembly passed a compromise bill based on negotiations between two Republican committee chairmen, Sen. Emmet W. Hanger Jr. (R-24), co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee; and Del. S. Chris Jones (R-76), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. It implements the Affordable Care Act in Virginia by covering all adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, estimated at 300,000 people. Those above the federal poverty level—this year set at an annual income of $25,100 for a family of four—would pay premiums on a sliding scale. In so doing, it also opens Virginia up to greatly expanded federal funding.
It lays out a path to Medicaid expansion incorporating a training, education, and employment requirement and a tax on private acute care hospitals to help fund the state’s costs. Debate in the Senate was largely between Republicans on either side of the vote, including a debate between Hanger and his finance committee co-chair, Williamsburg Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3), that continued through the vote.
The budget bill, which also funded every vacant judgeship in the state, won support from every Loudoun state representative except Del. Dave A. LaRock (R-33) and Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13). The county saw a Democratic surge in its recent elections, leaving LaRock, Black and Vogel as the last state Republicans with district territory in Loudoun.
The resolution passed by Loudoun Republicans cites the Republican National Party Platform, which calls for the repeal of Obamacare and specifically states, “We oppose government-run health care and seek to protect the liberty of American patients.”
“The Loudoun County Republican Committee has lost all faith in the abilities of Senator Vogel,” the resolution reads. “We request that Senate Majority Leader Norment remove Senator Vogel from Chairmanship of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee, as well as her membership in the Finance, Rules and Laws and Technology Committees.”
Vogel’s 27thDistrict encompasses all of Fauquier County, parts of Culpeper and Prince William counties, and the southwestern portion of Loudoun County.