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Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

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."  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 13th-17th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and Recovering America's Wildlife Act along with Senate passage of the Honoring our Pact Act.
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Bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announces deal to advance modest gun safety package

Excerpt: Considering that the Senate has done pretty much nothing to protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence for decades, this is indeed a breakthrough. It is far from enough, but it is a start... and we have to start somewhere.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Manchin joins Republicans to defeat Women’s Health Protection Act in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: The bill, known as the Women's Health Protection Act, had been expected to get filibustered. Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer staged the vote anyway to put Republicans on record as opposed to reproductive rights
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 2nd-6th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate confirmation of three Biden nominees and the passage of multiple Republican-sponsored motions to instruct conferees on the negotiations for the America Competes Act.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (April 4th-8th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court and House passage of a resolution holding two Trump aides in contempt of Congress.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 28th – April 1st)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Affordable Insulin Now Act (H.R. 6833) and Senate passage of the tech and manufacturing-focused America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521).
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A win for the Emerald City’s trees: Seattle will soon require registration for tree removal

Excerpt: The implementation of Council Bill 120207 will make the tree care industry in Seattle more accountable and its collective conduct more transparent to residents.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 21st — 25th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate confirmation of Alison Nathan to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, along with confirmation of over half a dozen district court judge nominees.
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A late winter thaw in Congress yields another long-haul win for Senator Patty Murray

Excerpt: Last week, Congress approved an omnibus budget bill, long-overdue legislation to rescue the Postal Service, and a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 14th-18th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act and Senate confirmation of Shalanda Young to be OMB Director, along with the approvals of two Biden judicial nominees to sit on the federal district court bench in California.
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