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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How Rodney Tom Can Save the Day for Reproductive Access

Posted by on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Hi there, Senator Tom. Let's talk, huh?

As Goldy reported in Morning News, the senate committee to which you referred the Reproductive Parity Act seems destined to abort the bill. The anti-choice committee chair, Randi Becker (R-Eatonville), released a statement last night saying that after a packed hearing yesterday, "the decision of the committee is that the bill will not move forward from here this year." Which, c'mon, Senator Tom, you knew. You knew this would happen when you assigned this important bill to the Republican-controlled health care committee instead of the insurance committee, which is led by Democrat Steve Hobbs.

But I know you support the bill—you told me so. Your office did, and so did you. And it's passed in the house already. And the governor supports it. And a majority of the senate has come out in support of it, pledging in a public letter that "when House Bill 1044 comes to the floor of the Senate we are all committed to vote for it." (And hey! That's your signature right there on that letter of support, second to last!)

And I mean, there's no way you're just using your "pro-choice" position and the support of pro-choice voters and advocates to look more bipartisan and moderate than you are, right? There's no way you've bragged about your 100 percent NARAL rating and let them vociferously defend you in elections (listen to that press release! "Senator Tom's steadfast support for women's health care and women's rights"!), that you've spoken to a rally of women's health advocates as recently as this February—Planned Parenthood presented you as one of the "inspiring... pro-choice voices in Olympia!"—and then you're just going to let this legislation die.

You have other options.

The deadline for bills to pass out of committee is tomorrow. But you have a little time—you can show some of that "steadfast support for women's health care" by throwing your weight around. You did get yourself this sweet-ass majority leader status, after all—you know how to pull some shit when you need to. So go ahead: Move that the senate advance to the ninth order of business. Yeah, it's a weird parliamentary workaround, but you can do it. I know you know how it works—you did it last year to help Republicans hijack the budget. And you'd have the votes, that majority of senators who signed that letter, to pull the bill out of committee, and put it to a floor vote, and pass it.

So do it.


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sperifera 1
I've known Rodney Tom personally since about 1973, and he's always been a sneaky shit. It is his nature. Don't go expecting too much.
Posted by sperifera on April 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM · Report this
hey jay, i want you to speak up on this issue right here as governor, ok:

-> womens reproductive rights <-

we should be leading the nation right now, there is overwhelming support for womens reproductive rights here in washington state. f the republicans jay, they have no mandate in this state.

(*and don't trust those seattle bar and restaurant owners either jay, they tried to get rob mckenna elected. i just had to put that in there too because they are closet republicans like rodney tom over there. keep your eye out for their anti-tax right-wing bullshit)
Posted by tim koch on April 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM · Report this
I just sent Mr. Tom an email with the last paragraph from this post. Maybe he'll get the message.
Posted by Anon123456 on April 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM · Report this
@2 Governor Inslee spoke out women's reproductive rights in his inaugural speech and the RPA was the only policy bill he called out by name in his remarks. He also spoke at the Reproductive Health and Rights Lobby Day rally. Inslee's stance on this subject is not in question at all.
Posted by nowyaknow on April 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM · Report this

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