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Billig: I condemn any violence, intimidation and destruction

Billig: I condemn any violence, intimidation and destruction

Washington State Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) released the following statement on Wednesday's events in Washington D.C. and Olympia: “We all have the right to protest, but we all also have a responsibility to not cross the line into intimidation or violence. Today at our state capital and in our nation’s capital, we have seen that line crossed. I condemn any violence, intimidation and destruction in the strongest terms possible. “I ask all elected officials, at all levels and of every political affiliation to join me in denouncing today's actions and to fully support a smooth and peaceful ...

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Senate Members of Color Caucus express support for governor's equity package

Senate Members of Color Caucus express support for governor's equity package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 14, 2020

Senate Members of Color Caucus co-chairs support governor’s equity package

The Washington State Senate Members of Color Caucus (MOCC) co-chairs today issued the following statements concerning Gov. Jay Inslee’s Equity Proposal.

“Our communities have long been calling out for leadership that takes a hard look at inequity in our state and steps forward with bold action to respond to these needs,” said Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle). “I look forward to partnering with the governor in this work to serve every ...

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Sen. Andy Billig’s statement on Sen. John Braun’s election as Republican Minority leader

Sen. Andy Billig’s statement on Sen. John Braun’s election as Republican Minority leader

“Congratulations to Sen. John Braun. This is a well-earned honor for someone who has been at the center of many of the key decisions that have impacted our state in recent years.

“I have frequently found myself in deep policy debates with Sen. Braun on the Senate floor and at numerous negotiating tables. And although we have had differences of opinion on many issues, he has always shown himself to be a thoughtful, honest, and hard-working legislator.

“As we enter a critical moment in our state’s history, I look forward to working ...

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Senate Democrats set committees, leadership for 2021

Senate Democrats set committees, leadership for 2021

OLYMPIA – The Senate Democratic Caucus on Monday voted to confirm committee membership and leadership positions ahead of the 2021 Legislative session. “I am proud of the work Senate Democrats have done in putting people first in recent years,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane). “The pandemic has challenged our state like never before and this upcoming session will be unlike any other. I am confident that we have the team to meet these challenges head on and do our part in helping all Washingtonians battle back stronger than before.” Key changes to committees include the following:

Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on COVID-19 economic aid for businesses and individuals

Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on COVID-19 economic aid for businesses and individuals

OLYMPIA – State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement following today’s announcement from Gov. Jay Inslee on economic relief for individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. “This economic aid package was developed in consultation with budget writers and prioritizes much-needed relief for small business owners and the thousands of workers who find themselves without a job through no fault of their own. Senate Democrats remain committed to helping our state’s small businesses, including through regulatory relief and assistance for displaced workers. We are counting on communities across the ...

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Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on November revenue forecast

Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on November revenue forecast

OLYMPIA – State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement following today’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council meeting: “This updated forecast will put the Legislature in a better position to meet the needs of struggling families and small businesses when we convene in January. Our state still has a lot of challenges ahead, which I’m confident we will continue to meet, and we continue to look to our federal government to help get us through these trying times.”

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Sen. Billig reelected Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Hasegawa elected Caucus Chair

Sen. Billig reelected Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Hasegawa elected Caucus Chair

Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane) was reelected Senate Majority Leader on Monday by the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Sen. Bob Hasegawa was elected Caucus Chair, filling the position left vacant with the retirement of former Sen. John McCoy in April. “It is an incredible honor to receive the trust of my colleagues,” Billig said. “I have the good fortune of working alongside dedicated, compassionate and thoughtful public servants in the Senate, and I cannot imagine a better team to help our state move forward. Washington families and small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges, but Washingtonians have never ...

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Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on state revenue forecast

Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on state revenue forecast

OLYMPIA – State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement following today’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council meeting: “Washington’s diverse economy is showing signs of resilience. While we will still face many challenges ahead, there are some extremely positive signals for our state’s financial picture in this forecast and it represents an enormous step in shoring up our state’s projected budget deficit. “Thanks to action by lawmakers to hold $3 billion in reserves and difficult decisions made earlier this year by the governor to veto legislation and reduce spending, ...

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Sen. Saldaña on DACA decision: “We are home.”

Sen. Saldaña on DACA decision: “We are home.”

Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle) on Thursday issued the statement below on the US Supreme Court's decision to reject the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA): “This news comes as a tremendous relief for the thousands of DACA recipients living in Washington. From the time the Trump Administration began its racist, xenophobic campaign against immigrant communities across this nation, people who know no other home but this one, have lived in fear. “In our Washington we have taken strides to ensure immigrants have access to education, health care and jobs. This includes our ...

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Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on state revenue forecast

Statement from Sen. Christine Rolfes on state revenue forecast

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement following today’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council meeting: “Today’s forecast gives us a better understanding of the enormous fiscal challenges facing our state in the months to come. We will continue our work to address the immediate impacts of the pandemic and prepare to make smart, informed budget decisions that will protect households from the continued impacts of a sustained downturn. “While we remain hopeful that our federal partners will act responsibly and support states with a relief package, it will ...

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