Eide: Republicans ‘looking for a skirt to hide behind’
OLYMPIA, WA — Sen. Tracey Eide,
D-Federal Way, issued the
following statement today regarding the Senate's failure to pass a
transportation revenue package during the 2014 legislative session.
"I am profoundly disappointed that the Senate
has gone two straight years without passing the revenue package that is so
desperately needed in communities across our state.
"There is no excuse for this. Negotiations have
been difficult but this was not impossible. All it required was a sincere will
on the part of Senate Republicans. Instead, they have resorted to playing the
blame game. This doesn't pass the chuckle test — not when you are in the
majority and control the floor and can pass any bill you want.
"The facts are clear. Last session, after the
House passed a transportation package, Senate Democrats tried to force the
package to the Senate floor. Senate Republicans blocked us. This was a year in
which we watched a bridge fall, yet Senate Republicans refused to allow a
package to maintain our infrastructure.
"At the outset of the 2014 session, Sen. Tom
said a transportation package ‘was not a priority' for the Republican majority.
Later in session, Sen. King suggested the state wait until next December.
"Senate Democrats found this unacceptable and
continued to push for a package. With time running out in session, I invited
Sen. King last week to hear and exec the latest Republican proposal — not our
proposal but the proposal his caucus wants — so we would bring it to the floor
"As you can see, no action was taken. Instead
of bringing their proposal to the floor, Republicans held a press conference to
blame me and my caucus for their own failure to lead.
"At this point, I have no choice but to
conclude that Sen. Tom's and Sen. King's earlier comments more accurately
represented their caucus' stance from the start. Anyone who tells you it was
Senate Democrats who lacked the will to pass a package this session is just
looking for a skirt to hide behind."