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Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 23rd-27th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the NOTAM Improvement Act and the Chance to Compete Act, along with Senate confirmation of Brendan Owens to be the Defense Department's Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment.
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NPI urges Senate to advance constitutional amendment to protect reproductive freedom

Excerpt: Read NPI's founder's remarks in support of Senate Joint Resolution 8202, a proposed constitutional amendment which declares that "the state shall not deny or interfere with an individual's reproductive freedom decisions."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 9th-13th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of a Republican bill to roll back part of the Inflation Reduction Act and the adoption of several antiabortion resolutions pushed by Republicans.
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NPI-requested bill to repeal Eyman’s push polls moves out of Senate State Government

Excerpt: After getting a hearing on the second day of session earlier this week, the bill was reported out of the Senate State Government & Elections Committee with a "do pass" majority recommendation.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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McCarthy’s uneasy majority tries to give rich tax cheats a gift as its first legislative act

Excerpt: “Only this extreme Republican majority would use its first bill of the 118th Congress to embolden tax cheats and cut services for working Americans: For decades, Republicans have been cutting necessary resources from the IRS,” Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Washington, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Governor Inslee delivers first in-person State of the State Address since pandemic’s onset

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of the annual address delivered by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to a joint session of the Legislature on the second day of the 2023 legislative session.
Written by:Kamil Zaidi
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NPI to Legislature: Let’s make voting in WA easier by abolishing Eyman’s “advisory votes”

Excerpt: Read the written version of the testimony prepared by NPI's founder and executive director in support of NPI's 2023 bill to repeal Tim Eyman's "advisory votes."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 3rd-7th)

Excerpt: The week's only consequential vote was the fifteenth attempt to elect a Speaker of the House, which ended in a Pyrrhic victory for Republican Kevin McCarthy.
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Washington State House Democrats set committee assignments for 2023 session

Excerpt: Several committees have been given new names and scopes, and several have new chairs. The membership of most committees has also changed in the wake of retirements and the election of new members to the House.  Here's a summary of those changes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (December 5th-9th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act and Senate confirmation of more than half a dozen of President Biden's judicial nominees.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (Nov. 28th — Dec. 2nd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional adoption of a resolution to avert a rail strike, Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, and House votes on bills to advance human rights and pregnancy care.
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Washington State Senate Democrats announce leadership changes, committee assignments for 2023 legislative session

Excerpt: Fresh of an outstanding midterm election cycle in which every frontline Democratic senator's reelection was secured, the Washington State Senate Democrats on December 1st announced a set of leadership changes for the 2023 session along with the caucus' complete committee assignments. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Supreme Court rules capital gains tax on wealthy can be collected for now

Excerpt: The ruling, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, frees the Department of Revenue (DOR) to proceed with collecting the new capital gains tax, which is a crucial new funding source for education, preschool, and early learning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (November 14th-18th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Speak Out Act and the Lymphedema Treatment Act as well as the Senate's invocation of cloture on the Respect for Marriage Act.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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