The Annual Dinner and Auction July 15th

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Thoughts from Derek Kilmer on the Comey Firing and the Republican wealthcare bill.

Hello Democrats!

In the past couple of weeks, two stories in particular stand out demonstrating the degree to which this president is failing the American people. The first was an attack on the very principles of our democracy. The second was an attack on the idea that our economy ought to work for everyone.

First, we saw the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. Let’s take a second to cover all the ways this is messed up.   So the person leading the investigation of Russian involvement in the last election was fired by the person who he was investigating who undeniably benefited from that Russian involvement. On top of that, the decision was purportedly based on the recommendation of an Attorney General who had recused himself for lying to Congress about his own interactions with Russian interests. Yeesh. This further proves that the only way we can get to the bottom of what actually happened and make sure our democracy is prepared for future attacks is by selecting a special prosecutor and continuing an independent, impartial investigation. This President can’t be trusted to oversee this.

Secondly, I was deeply disappointed to watch House Republicans vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I was sick to my stomach as I watched House Republicans high five and wheel kegs of beer into the capitol as they celebrated the passage of Trumpcare.

Let’s be clear.  Their bill will increase costs and reduce access to coverage for millions of Americans.

The bill that passed was, in fact, worse than what had originally been proposed. It removed protections for those with pre-existing conditions, meaning that people may be priced out of coverage or flat-out denied coverage for things like life-saving cancer treatments.

While President Trump celebrated with Speaker Ryan and Republicans in DC, I couldn’t help but think about the people I’ve met over the past year who will be harmed by this awful bill.  Parents.  Seniors.  Kids.  People who I represent and Americans all around this country who, plain and simple, deserve better than this.

Our motto on Team Kilmer is “don’t get frustrated, get motivated.” I’ll be honest, I gave myself a few hours (ok — it was two days) to be angry.  But there’s nothing to be gained by wringing our hands or shaking our fists at the sky.

These issues make clear, that — now, more than ever — we need to speak out, organize, and hold some folks accountable in 2018.  Thanks for all you do to strengthen our party.  I’m honored to represent you.

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Cantwell to oppose Gorsuch Nomination

03.30.17

Cantwell Statement on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I take very seriously the solemn responsibility of the Senate to provide advice and consent on nominations to our federal courts. If confirmed, Judge Gorsuch will have a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, and his impact on the lives of all Americans cannot be overstated.”

“Judge Gorsuch is commonly referred to as a proponent of originalism and textualism. He believes the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted by following the original intentions of those who drafted it as closely as possible.

“While no one expects Judge Gorsuch to reveal how he would rule on particular cases, during his Senate confirmation hearing he did not give Senators enough background about his judicial philosophy.

“Gorsuch told the Judiciary Committee he recognizes privacy rights. However, his earlier writings on unenumerated constitutional rights contradict this statement.  This contradiction raises questions about what Judge Gorsuch believes, and how and if he will protect critical privacy rights in the future.

“I am also troubled by Judge Gorsuch’s decision in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) case which was recently rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Gorsuch ruled to limit education opportunities for children with disabilities.  He had concluded that to comply with the law the school’s responsibility to the student was to make progress that was merely no ‘more than de minimis’  The Supreme Court held that public schools districts must give students with disabilities the opportunity to make meaningful progress.  This ruling impacts more than one hundred thousand students across Washington state.

“Judge Gorsuch has concluded Chevron vs. NRDC should be overturned. This long-standing precedent known as the Chevron doctrine provides that judges should defer to reasonable agency interpretations of ambiguous statutory language. It allows agencies to get expert input for agency decisions and regulations. Overturning this doctrine could make it easier for courts to overturn important agency decisions protecting public health and the environment.

“Gorsuch has also ruled against women’s rights and LGBTQ rights. He has frequently sided with employers over employees and favored corporate interests over public interests.

“Many difficult issues will come before the court in the months and years ahead. We need a U.S. Supreme Court justice who will stand up for equal justice for all. I still have questions and concerns about Judge Gorsuch. Therefore, I cannot support cloture and will not support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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