Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, issued the following statement upon adjournment of the 2014 Washington State Legislative Session:
“The Sine Die adjournment is bittersweet. While I am pleased we were able to pass a supplemental operating budget within our 60-day session, I am disappointed that we were not able to address key issues central to the success of our communities.
“The supplemental operating budget made real investments in mental health services and did not cut away from our social safety net. This is progress. For the past five years, we have seen budgets that put the most vulnerable at further risk. This budget does not do that and passed nearly unanimously off the Senate floor.
“At the same time, the adjournment of this session effectively means the end of the Columbia River Crossing project for our community. I am extremely disappointed that we will not be replacing the antiquated bridges and infrastructure that impedes our region from being best positioned for a bright economic future. The reality is that we need a new bridge.
“I am committed to never giving up in working to meet that goal.”