OLYMPIA — The morning after Senate Republicans struck down a bill to help the homeless, Senate Democrats attempted to bring the bill to the Senate floor but were prevented from doing so on a party line 26-23 vote.

“In my district, and in districts across the state, this is the most important source of funding we have to help the homeless,” said Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island. “People are playing politics with an issue that should be supported by everyone. There shouldn’t even be a second thought.”

On Thursday Republican Sen. Jan Angel adjourned the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee before HB 2368 could be heard, essentially killing the bill in the Committee’s last day before today’s deadline for bills to clear committee.

Democrats say they aren’t going to give up on HB 2368 or a companion bill SB 6313 sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma. But on Thursday night and then again on Friday morning, Senate Republicans stood in the way of helping our state’s increasing homeless population find shelter on a cold night.

“We had reached a bipartisan and bicameral solution to this issue and for whatever reason that was blown up,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, co-chair of the Senate’s Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee. “To simply do away with a primary source of funding that actually helps solve the homeless problem is ignorant at best and evil at worst.”

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