Archive for January, 2018

No Dream ACT? No CHIP? No Deal!

Right before Christmas, I voted “no” on the spending bill passed by the House and Senate to fund the government for another four weeks.

I made this decision because the bill does not protect 800,000 Dreamers — and it lets the vital Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) become defunded in March.

As a Democrat, I believe we have a responsibility to hard-working, everyday Americans. Not just the rich ones, or the ones who give out big checks, or the ones who call the shots in big corporations.

This month, Congress will vote again on a longer-term budget. 60 votes will be needed in the Senate. Democrats have leverage and should draw a clear line in the sand: NO DREAM ACT? NO CHIP? NO DEAL!

Can you join me in demanding that members of Congress oppose any spending bill that doesn’t include the DREAM Act and long-term funding for children’s health care?

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I am Thrilled

Tim Eyman is disappointed. I am thrilled. Eyman and his local Spokane buddy failed to collect enough signatures to qualify their initiative for 2018 for 30 dollar car tabs.

(Thursday, December 28, 2017) I’m really disappointed: we didn’t collect enough voter signatures for our $30 Tabs Initiative to qualify.

Despite months of hard work and effort by a lot of great people, I’m really disappointed to announce that we didn’t make it.

Even though bringing back our $30 car tabs has overwhelming public support (85% according to KOMO 4′s poll), we didn’t collect the 350,000 signatures needed to get our measure on the ballot. I know that this is heartbreaking news.

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