Speaker of the House of Delegates William Howell, R-Stafford, named the chambers budget conferees Friday - the day after the House passed its budget, but the Senate version of the budget was blocked by Democrats.
House and Senate budget conferees meet after both chambers pass their versions of the state's spending plan to work out a compromise budget to send to the governor.
This session's House budget conferees are Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford, M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox, R-Colonial Heights, Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Frederick, Johnny S. Joannou, D-Portsmouth, Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, and Steven "Steve" Landes, R-Augusta.
"The budget we passed out of the House yesterday is a structurally sound proposal," Howell said. "The entire House Republican Caucus is anxious to see a Senate budget and our experienced leaders are anxious to begin the important work of passing a biennial budget that provides for education funding, long-term fiscal stability and health care priorities.
"Chairman Putney's twelve years of experience as a conferee is a tremendous asset to the process as we work toward a final budget agreement. Delegates Cox and Joannou were first appointed as budget conferees in 2004. Delegate Sherwood has been a budget conferee since 2007. Delegates Jones and Landes first served as conferees in 2010.
"In light of the Senate's failure to pass a budget, the experience and insight of our seasoned conferees will be more important than ever during this year's budget negotiations. I hope that Senate Democrats will engage their Republican colleagues so that we might begin our work on the most important piece of legislation to come before us this year."