This press release was provided by Washington Senate Democrats.
OLYMPIA – Senate Republicans on Monday blocked funding for the 2019-21 Capital construction budget by voting against SHB 1101, which had received unanimous, bipartisan support in the House on Wednesday.
The bill failed because a 60 percent supermajority is required to approve a bond bill.
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The move is reminiscent of the 2017 Legislative session, when then-majority Senate Republicans blocked funding for the 2017-19 Capital Budget. Senate Republicans ultimately failed to pass the budget at all that session, which marked the first time in recent history the Legislature failed to pass a construction budget.
“I am extremely disappointed,” said Sen. David Frockt, the Senate’s chief capital budget writer. “This is a good budget for every part of the state. These projects were negotiated in good faith in a bipartisan fashion. There is no good reason to withhold votes for the bond bill today.”
The capital budget invests in infrastructure projects throughout Washington. Below is a list of just a few of those projects and policy areas funded in the budget:
- $1 billion for school construction statewide
- $200 million for behavioral health projects statewide
- $5.5 million: Housing in Airway Heights near Spokane
- $3 million: Veterans housing in Yakima
- $2 million: Sewer project in Wenatchee
- $2 million: Business park in Ridgefield
- $2 million: Food bank in Moses Lake
For a complete list of projects, please click here.