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Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 13th-17th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the confirmations of David Estudillo and Angel Kelley to be U.S. District Court Judges in Washington and Massachusetts.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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NPI’s July 2021 survey of Seattle voters found deep support for JumpStart revenue plan

Excerpt: 67% of Seattle voters support Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's JumpStart revenue ordinance, with 27% opposed and 6% not sure. That’s a margin of well over two-to-one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (August 23rd-27th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House approval of reconciliation rules for the American Jobs & Families Plan, along with passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
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Read the guest essay defending City Attorney Pete Holmes that The Seattle Times refused to publish before the August Top Two election

Excerpt: With self-absorption and self-praise, The Seattle Times has made a big deal of its dogged pursuit of public records and commitment to open government. The newspaper should display an equal commitment to public comment.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (August 9th-13th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate passage of the Invest in America Act (as altered by bipartisan negotiations) and a reconciliation instructions bill to allow a $3.5 trillion investment plan in jobs and families to move forward.
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Will Democrats unite to defend good deeds of the Biden-Harris administration, or snipe while Republicans fire their guns?

Excerpt: Progressive and partially conservative Democrats are split on how quickly to approve infrastructure. The Republicans are directing their fire at the priorities included in the budget reconciliation process. Can Democrats unite to wage a strong front in the midterms?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A momentous day: U.S. Senate gives final approval to bipartisan infrastructure bill

Excerpt: Bipartisan legislation to invest serious money in tackling America's persistent infrastructure deficit has won final approval, with more than a dozen Republicans crossing the aisle to deliver a lopsided margin of victory for President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (August 2nd-6th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included confirmation of Ur Mendoza Jaddou to serve as the Homeland Security Department's director of citizenship and immigration services and passage of several amendments to the Invest in America Act, the bipartisan infrastructure bill currently under consideration in the Senate.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 26th-30th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House and Senate passage of the Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act to fund the Capitol Police, along with a key vote on infrastructure in the Senate and House passage of several crucial appropriations bills.
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Bipartisan infrastructure bill advances in U.S. Senate, but still faces hurdles to passage

Excerpt: The compromise legislation, which has the support of the White House, is being hailed by the Biden-Harris administration as a groundbreaking set of investments in everything from bridges and broadband to mass transit and water pipes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most voters favor Seattle Charter Amendment 29 (concerning homelessness) out of the gate

Excerpt: A July 2021 survey of Seattle voters commissioned by NPI finds Charter Amendment 29 in a healthy position, with 61% of voters likely to vote in the current Top Two election saying they favor the amendment. Just 23% are opposed, and another 16% said they were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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No surprise: Seattle voters’ top concern this election year is addressing homelessness

Excerpt: There is a strong desire for results over rhetoric. While respondents diverge on how to get there, they are in agreement that there needs to be action. What the city has done to date just isn't enough. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Oregon changes its ballot return policy to match Washington’s more voter-friendly laws

Excerpt: Beginning in 2022, Beaver State voters will be able to vote through the Postal Service and have their ballot count as long as it's postmarked by Election Day and received within seven days. That's a win for democracy and ballot access.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday clears Congress; Biden to sign it tomorrow

Excerpt: Legislation that would make Juneteenth a federal holiday has cleared the United States Congress by an extremely lopsided margin, with only a few extremist, white supremacist House Republicans in opposition.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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