Senator Don Davis pushing Senate to support Eastern NC and Vidant

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Senator Don Davis is calling on the Senate to support Eastern North Carolina.

Davis is asking Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Senate Conferees to remove a budget that would cut $35 million from Vidant Medical Center.

In a press release, Senator Davis said, "Now that all parties have agreed to come together for mediation, we must settle this unease in our part of the state. I am hopeful that much of this will be worked out soon."

A conference committee has been organized to negotiate a compromise budget, and negotiations are ongoing. Mediation between the UNC Board of Governors, ECU, and Vidant is set for June 18th and 19th, and lawmakers are working toward voting on a compromise budget by the end of next week.