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Gov. Wants Congress To Take Action Now

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SEATTLE, WA - Governor Inslee wants congress to know that the state of Washington needs it's federal funding.

In a press conference held Sunday in Seattle, the governor invited representatives from groups in Washington affected by the government shutdown to speak with him about how the lack of funding is hurting our state. He made clear that he thinks health care should not be up for debate as part of the federal budget.

"I do not believe any member of Congress or any Speaker of the House should be able to take out health insurance away from one single citizen in the state of Washington who signed up for health care in the last few days and use a hostage situation to try to take that away," explained Inslee. "That's wrong. It's unacceptable. It won't stand and I don't believe it's going to happen."

Inslee continued by pointing out that veterans services, cancer treatments and the National Guard are all examples of Washington groups that need the federal funding to function.