McDonnell and Cuccinelli vs. Democrats on health care, continued
Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, both Republicans, today defended Virginia's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health-care law filed Tuesday.
McDonnell said that as attorney general he and former Democratic governor Tim Kaine sued President George W. Bush's administration several times, including once to get Virginia removed from the national energy transmission corridor. "This is something attorneys general do on a regular basis, Democrat and Republican, with the consent of their governors, to discharge their constitutional duty,'' he said.
Earlier today, Democrats filed a public information request with the attorney general's office, asking for a list of attorneys who have worked on the case and how much time they have expended, as well as the attorney general's schedule. They are trying to prove Cuccinelli is wasting taxpayer money on the suit. "This is going to be a frivolous lawsuit," Sen. Don McEachin said.
Cuccinelli scoffed at that idea, noting that he was elected in November on a platform of using the office to challenge federal overreach.
McDonnell and Cuccinelli appeared together at a packed news conference this afternoon where the governor ceremoniously signed a bill that will make it illegal for the state to require citizens to purchase health care. Virginia was the first state in the nation to enact such a law when its General Assembly accepted tweaks McDonnell had recommended to the measure on March 10. It officially goes into effect on July 1.
(Photo courtesy Michaele White, Office of the Governor.)
March 24, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate
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