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Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 19th-23rd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Presidential Election Reform Act and the Invest to Protect Act along with Senate ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and Senate confirmation of Florence Pan to be an appeals court judge.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 12th-16th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Preventing a Patronage System Act and Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act along with Senate confirmation of several of President Biden's appellate nominees.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 6th-9th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes consisted of Senate confirmation of ohn Z. Lee to be a judge on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Andre Mathis to be a judge on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (August 7th-12th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional adoption of the climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act as well as Senate confirmation of Constance J. Milstein to be the U.S. ambassador to Malta.
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Inflation Reduction Act passes the U.S. House, heads to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: The historic climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act is one of the most consequential environmental bills ever enacted by Congress. It now heads to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden signs CHIPS and Science bill crafted by Washington’s own Maria Cantwell

Excerpt: Senator Cantwell does the grunt work of governing. She has repeatedly pulled progress out of a balky, divided body. She was able to get a Republican-controlled Senate to permanently authorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Teaming with Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. On Tuesday, August 9th, she was right next to President Joe Biden as he signed into law a key bill she steered across the finish line to keep America technologically competitive.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A win for America! U.S. Senate passes climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act

Excerpt: "Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share," said President Joe Biden in a special statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (August 1st-5th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate passage of the Honoring our PACT Act and the Senate's approval of Sweden and Finland's accession to NATO, along with confirmation of two Biden judicial nominees. Several House votes from the previous week are also included in this report.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 25th-29th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, along with the House's adoption of an assault weapons ban and the Senate's approval of water projects bill.
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Trump’s Republicans to American families: Don’t count on us when the CHIPS are down!

Excerpt: After mostly voting against the CHIPS and Science Act, Republicans used their legislation blocking powers to hold up a bill to help veterans that they'd already previously voted for, while claiming their behavior had nothing to do with the Schumer-Manchin Inflation Reduction Act breakthrough.
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Schumer, Manchin announce agreement on major climate and health focused budget bill

Excerpt: "This is the action the American people have been waiting for," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "This addresses the problems of today – high health care costs and overall inflation – as well as investments in our energy security for the future."  
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 11th-15th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the 2022 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees, including Steven Dettelbach to head the ATF.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 20th-24th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional approval of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in both chambers, along with House passage of bills concerning cybersecurity and mental health. The Senate confirmed two Biden nominees.
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Washingtonians remain supportive of a capital gains tax on the wealthy, despite right wing efforts to overturn ESSB 5096

Excerpt: 56% of 1,039 Washington voters interviewed from June 1st-2nd, 2022 expressed support for levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy after hearing a selection of arguments for and against it, while 37% expressed opposition. 7% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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