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Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 22nd-26th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate passage of a bill to extend the Paycheck Protection Program and the confirmation of several Biden nominees, including Martin Walsh as Secretary of Labor.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 15th-19th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and Senate confirmation of Deb Haaland and Xavier Becerra to Cabinet positions, along with House passage of legislation to protect Dreamers and new Americans.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The American Rescue Plan: An opportunity to scrap Reaganomics and government bashing

Excerpt: It's time to show the country that governments works, while keeping Republicans from gobbling up credit for what they voted against.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 8th-12th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the House's final passage of the American Rescue Plan and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees, as well as House approval of labor rights and gun responsibility bills.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Amtrak restores daily service on long distance routes thanks to the American Rescue Plan

Excerpt: “Offering daily long distance service represents a vital step in our road to recovery,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn in a statement. “Recognizing the immense value of our employees, we’d like to thank Congress for enabling service restoration and helping us recall furloughed employees.”
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Relief on the way: U.S. House sends American Rescue Plan to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: This historic bill is a life-changer that will help hundreds of millions of Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better lives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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With revenue declining and costs increasing, Sound Transit lobbies for state and federal aid

Excerpt: The COVID-19 recession economy hit Sound Transit's finances hard. How bad is it, and how will the Puget Sound region's transit development be affected?
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Nicole Macri’s just cause eviction bill gets approved by the Washington State House

Excerpt: ESHB 1236 would require landlords to give a reason before they can evict a tenant, and also ensure tenants have enough time to find new housing before they have to be out.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 1st-6th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the For the People Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, along with Senate passage of the Biden-Harris American Rescue Plan.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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VICTORY! Capital gains tax on wealthy gets approved by the Washington State Senate!

Excerpt: In a huge breakthrough, NPI's top legislative priority has secured the support of an absolute majority of the state's forty-nine senators. Now it's on to the House of Representatives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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History in the making: Washington State Senate opens floor debate on capital gains tax

Excerpt: It's a big day in the statehouse! For the first time, a proposal to fund essential public services with a capital gains tax is getting considered on the Senate floor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate passes Biden’s American Rescue Plan with concessions to Senator Joe Manchin

Excerpt: With Alaska's United States Senator Dan Sullivan absent, Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote was not needed to pass the bill. All fifty Democratic senators voted for it, while the other forty-nine Republicans voted against it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Flashback: Six years ago, The Seattle Times was all for a capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: In this installment of the Cascadia Advocate's long running series, the 2015 Seattle Times editorial board debunks the 2021 board's position on taxing capital gains at the state level.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Must-read Seattle Times story details how Eyman initiatives sabotaged public health

Excerpt: Washington State's public health departments have been woefully underfunded for years, and we're now paying the price. The problem dates back to the early 2000s, when a pair of destructive Tim Eyman initiatives were implemented.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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