After exhausting all other legislative avenues, Senate Democrats on Monday announced their intention to use a procedural move to force a vote on two bills that have the support of the majority of the Senate, but have been blocked from consideration by the full Senate by Republican committee chairs.
The two bills which will be brought forward, the DREAM Act and Reproductive Parity Act, both passed the House of Representatives earlier this year. The DREAM Act, which received vast bipartisan support in the House, would allow students brought to the U.S. illegally at a young age and graduated from a Washington high school eligibility to apply for the State Need Grant which helps pay college tuition.
The RPA will require insurance companies that cover maternity care to also provide coverage for abortions. A letter signed by 25 senators stated their intention to vote for the RPA if it was allowed a vote on the Senate floor. Sens. Rodney Tom and Steve Litzow were among those who signed the letter.
“The Ninth Order is a vote on the DREAM Act and on the Reproductive Parity Act,” Sen. Ed Murray said. “It’s not our first place to go, it’s not the way I usually do business individually as a legislator, but we’re getting late here, we’re in the second to last week of session.”
You can watch the entire press availability below.