Senate Democrats are committed to Progress, Opportunity and Prosperity for all Washingtonians. It is our goal to work with our counterparts in the House, the Governor’s office and with Republicans who can stand up against the far right wing of their caucus and show a willingness to put their state ahead of their party.
In 2014 we cannot see a repeat of 2013, which saw two special sessions and a nearly unprecedented shutdown of our state.
We have unfinished business to attend to in 2014.
Washingtonians have demanded that we pass a transportation revenue package, defend the rights of women and families to control their own health care choices and meet our obligation to our kids and fully fund K-12 education.
Senate Democrats support the transportation package which passed out of the House last year that included better funding for ferries, transit and safer roads and bridges. We look forward to Senate Republicans offering up their compromise proposal.
Gov. Inslee proposed a plan to make a $200 million down payment toward education this year. We too support increased funding for K-12 education and encourage the Senate Republicans to join us in fulfilling our obligation to our kids.
The Reproductive Parity Act also passed the House with bipartisan support, but also was prevented from receiving a vote by Senate Republicans – this despite having the necessary votes to become law. It is important that Washington women and their families can make their own choices when it comes to health care. That is what the RPA will allow.
Our priorities are those of the vast majority of Washingtonians. We believe in safe roads, high quality education and access to health care just as you do. We will fight to deliver on these priorities.