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The Resistance continues: Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Oregon Governor Kate Brown pledge to team up to fight Trump's scheme to weaken emission standards

The Resistance continues: Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Oregon Governor Kate Brown pledge to team up to fight Trump's scheme to weaken emission standards

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The Cascade Mountains beckon on a late spring afternoon

The Cascade Mountains beckon on a late spring afternoon

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We owe the Democratic Party an apology. Oh, you may not like that I’m saying it, but it’s owed. A big one. Why? Because we called them liars for years and it turns out they were somehow right about something… You cannot simply “amend” the Affordable Care Act. You ran on repeal and replace, and you should repeal and replace. But, the Democrats were right all along. Republicans ultimately didn’t have a plan. And it shows.

— RedState’s Joe Cunningham: We must apologize to the Democratic Party

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Suzan DelBene lambastes Trumpcare in blistering House floor speech

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If Republicans crafted legislation that lived up to the promise of ‘insurance for everybody,’ they’d have broad bipartisan support.

But that’s not what they did. This bill threatens massive disruption and chaos — not only to our healthcare system, but to middle-class families.

Families who sit around their kitchen table trying to figure out how to pay their mortgage, buy groceries, and also get health coverage for their kids.

The Republican bill does nothing to help them.

In their rush to check a political box, Republicans have crafted legislation that does nothing but hurt working Americans.

And in the last 24 hours, it’s gone from bad to worse.

Make no mistake — the changes made in the 11th hour, to appease the most extreme members of Congress, put life-saving care even further out of reach.

Some may use “alternative facts,” but this is reality. And the reality is their bill jobs $75 billion from Medicare, forces older Americans to pay 5 times more than others and shifts $312 billion in out-of-pocket costs onto middle-class families.

But this is about more than numbers. It’s about people.

Like Rachel, from Kirkland, who suffered a heart attack and blood clot at the age of 35.

She now depends on frequent tests, medications and doctor visits to stay healthy. Thankfully, it’s all covered by her insurance.

Rachel told me, “I’m horrified by the talking point that equates repealing the Affordable Care Act with getting freedom back. For me, the loss of the ACA gives me nothing but the freedom to die sooner and worry more.”

I’m not voting against this bill because it’s a Republican bill. I’m voting ‘NO’ for families like Rachel’s.

Healthcare doesn’t need to be a partisan issue. I stand ready and willing to work on commonsense solutions that expand coverage and reduce costs.

But I was sent here to make my constituents’ lives better. this bill doesn’t do that and I encourage my colleagues to vote no.

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Dave Reichert is undecided on Trumpcare bill — Call his office and tell him to vote NO

A spokesperson for Dave Reichert has told The Seattle Times’ Jim Brunner he is not yet committed to voting for the Trumpcare bill being pushed by Paul Ryan:

Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, says he’s undecided on the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) — which he voted for in committee earlier this month.

Breanna Deutsch, a Reichert spokeswoman, said in an email the bill has changed since that committee vote.

“There are likely more changes to be made. Until we know what those changes are, Congressman Reichert is undecided,” she said.

Please call Dave Reichert’s office (1-202-225-7761) now and tell him to vote NO on the Trumpcare bill. Reichert needs to hear from as many of us as possible.

Courtesy of Governor Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, here are some essential points you can make in your message regarding the destructive impacts Trumpcare would have on Washington State:

  • The working families in our rural communities will be hit hardest, but all of our communities will be affected by the huge decreases in coverage and barriers to care for those with cancer, chronic illnesses and high pharmaceutical costs.
  • Over 700,000 people in our state will be at risk of losing coverage unless we can find $1.3 billion in 2023, increasing to $2 billion in 2028, to continue Medicaid coverage for 600,000 of these people – an unrealistic amount to raise in the current fiscal climate.
  • Our long-term and support services system will lose $90 million immediately – a 6 percent cut.
  • Charity care and bad debt decreased by $1.1 billion due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and we can expect this to increase, impacting everyone going to a hospital in Washington.

You can contact Dave Reichert by calling his D.C. or in-district offices:

Washington, DC Office
1127 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7761
Fax: (202) 225-4282

Issaquah Office
22605 SE 56th Street Suite 130
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: (425) 677-7414 or (877) 920-9208
Fax: (425) 270-3589

Wenatchee Office
5 South Wenatchee Ave, Suite 315
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509)885-6615

Reichert’s website has a form that accepts email; be advised that only messages from constituents receive a response from Reichert’s staff.

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New evidence: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

“Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to ‘greatly benefit the Putin Government,’ The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.”

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I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.

— Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey (Excerpts from the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia)

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Happy spring from the staff at the Northwest Progressive Institute!

Happy spring from the staff at the Northwest Progressive Institute! We are forty days out from our 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala; we cordially invite you to join us on April 29th to celebrate the season! Tickets and more info here.

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Mount Baker at sunset (Art Filter: Pin Hole III)

Mount Baker at sunset (Art Filter: Pin Hole III)

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Snoqualmie Falls at night

Snoqualmie Falls at night

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From ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: “Trump released a proposed budget that would cut funding for PBS, Meals on Wheels, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Not only does he want to put a stop to federal funding for public broadcasting, he’s already started cleaning house.”

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U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene and Pramila Jayapal have been forcefully speaking out against the House Republicans’ extremely destructive Trumpcare bill as it has speedily made its way through committee in the House of Representatives. These videos show them in action.

Jayapal on Republicans’ Massive Tax Cuts for the Rich

TRANSCRIPT:

Thank you, Mr. Higgins, for your leadership to prevent this unprecedented shift of wealth from working people to millionaires, billionaires and corporations.

Let us be clear that this Pay-More-For-Less bill is not a health care bill, it is a tax bill that gives $600 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest, and is paid for on the backs of poor and middle-class households. In fact, the one basic principle that seems to be consistent in this bill is that the richer you are, the bigger your tax cut.

For instance, the top 4% of income earners who earn more than $300 million a year will get a total tax break of $275 million, or about $200,000 a year each.

Meanwhile, working families will see their benefits cut and their premiums rise.

Madam Chairman, this is America. We don’t begrudge people’s good fortune. But this bill is pure greed.

The rich get richer while 24 million people are stripped of health care. That is simply not right.

I yield back.

Suzan speaking in support of Jayapal’s motion on preserving Medicaid expansion

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No $, no college: Money, our enemy (A drawing by four students, hanging in a corridor at Tyee Middle School in Bellevue, Washington) #EveryEducationMatters

No $, no college: Money, our enemy (A drawing by four students, hanging in a corridor at Tyee Middle School in Bellevue, Washington) #EveryEducationMatters

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Highlights from court ruling halting Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

Courtesy of the New York Times: “Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson of United States District Court in Honolulu, who issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump administration’s revised travel ban from going into effect nationwide.”

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State Representative Larry Springer listens as his colleague Roger Goodman provides an overview of bills that are moving in the statehouse

State Representative Larry Springer listens as his colleague Roger Goodman provides an overview of bills that are moving in the statehouse

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Roger Goodman offers an update on the 2017 legislative session at a public meeting in Kirkland

Roger Goodman offers an update on the 2017 legislative session at a public meeting in Kirkland

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State Representative Larry Springer tries to calm down an angry pro-Trump constituent at a public meeting in Kirkland

State Representative Larry Springer tries to calm down an angry pro-Trump constituent at a public meeting in Kirkland

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State Representative Joan McBride addresses a packed house at Redmond City Hall during legislative public meetings weekend

State Representative Joan McBride addresses a packed house at Redmond City Hall during legislative public meetings weekend

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U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal — the newest member of Washington’s congressional delegation — calls for courage and persistence in dark times

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal — the newest member of Washington’s congressional delegation — calls for courage and persistence in dark times

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U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer stresses the importance of protecting Social Security and Medicare from Trump’s clutches

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer stresses the importance of protecting Social Security and Medicare from Trump’s clutches

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Rick Larsen vows to resist Trump at the 2017 Washington State Democratic Crab Feed

Rick Larsen vows to resist Trump at the 2017 Washington State Democratic Crab Feed