Today the Senate voted to pass the Washington Dream Act off of the floor. Sen. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, was proud to vote in support of the bill.
“I came to the Senate to help break the gridlock and get things done for the people of Washington,” said Liias. “I’m glad to see the Senate put politics aside today and act on behalf of the students this will help.”
The Washington Dream Act would allow students with Washington high school degrees who as children were brought to this country by their parents without documentation to apply on an equal basis for the State Need Grant, the state’s financial aid program for public colleges and universities.
The Dream Act was already passed out of the House on January 13 of this year, the first day of the legislative session, on a strong and bipartisan 71-23 vote. The two bills must now be reconciled between the two Chambers.
“Over 40 years ago, my grandparents brought our family to this country to seek a better life,” said Liias. “I’ve been blessed to follow my dreams in this country and honored to extend that opportunity to the next generation of dreamers today.”