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Friday, April 3, 2009

BREAKING: Maria Cantwell wins Seattle Times' endorsement for 2012 reelection!

Okay, not really. But she's got it in the bag after this vote:
Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) recently introduced a $250 billion amendment to slash estate taxes for the heirs of multimillion-dollar estates. Yesterday, the Senate narrowly passed the bill by a 51-48 vote. Joining Republicans in approving the bill were ten Senate Democrats:
Baucus (D-MT), Bayh (D-IN), Cantwell (D-WA), Landrieu (D-LA), Lincoln (D-AR), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Tester (D-MT)
This is incredibly disappointing... no, make that shameful.

Four Northwest Democratic senators voted for a tax break for millionaires? What were you thinking, Senators?

On second thought, scratch that. You obviously weren't thinking when you took that vote. Especially you, Senators Cantwell and Murray. Have you forgotten that in 2006, Washingtonians overwhelmingly rejected a right wing initiative (I-920) to repeal our state's estate tax?

Your constituents believe that asking our wealthiest citizens to pay their fair share in taxes is appropriate and just. Why don't you?

Thankfully, Oregon's delegation to the U.S. Senate haven't forgotten that they represent three million people instead of three hundred millionaires. Senators Merkley and Wyden voted against this nonsense, and for that, we thank them.

We call on the U.S. House to nix this terrible budget amendment.


OpenID Mr_Grant said...

What gutsy votes by our Washington senators! All those condems sure are filled with spunk!

But seriously -- are Murray and Cantwell aware we had an election last November?

April 3, 2009 9:46 PM  

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