Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following the conclusion of budget amendments Friday morning:

“Tonight Democrats proposed numerous amendments, and saw one after another struck down.

“Why? That’s a good question. Other than voting ‘no,’ Senate Republicans said virtually nothing through hours and hours of debate.

“Republicans did take one action Thursday. They made a cynical rule change requiring a super majority to pass amendments. This provided them political cover and misinformed the public about the true values of those who are supposed to represent them.

“So a budget that was already in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own gimmicks and fund shifts is now also built upon beliefs crafted for the sake of political gain, not responsible solutions for the people of Washington.”