Republican response to the governor’s inaugural address | January 13, 2021

“Republicans will continue to offer real solutions that provide Washingtonians with real opportunities. I assure you: Republicans see what you see. Our frustrations are your frustrations. But there is hope. Republicans offer a home for anyone, because we stand for the principles that matter to everyone — freedom, equality, and opportunity. Republicans will not stop fighting for these principles and what we know is right.”

— Rep. Drew Stokesbary

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s inaugural address on January 13, 2020. Both video and written versions of Stokesbary’s speech are made available here.

Every week during the legislative session, Republican leaders meet with reporters to answer questions at media availabilities. You can watch each event since December 2020 below by clicking on the left…

While the Capitol Campus facilities are closed to the general public and most legislative staff during the 2021 legislative session, there are several ways for you to be involved in the…

Safely getting Washingtonians back to work, school, and a more normal life

The governor’s myopic response to the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated parts of our economy and created a persistent feeling of frustration and hopelessness for communities across our state. His shutdown orders led to the closure of thousands of small businesses, many of which will never reopen. Meanwhile, parents have struggled with childcare and students have fallen behind academically in the face of prolonged school closures. Additionally, these shutdowns have exacerbated problems related to mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and more.

We are amplifying these forgotten voices in the legislative arena and fighting to safely get people back to work, school, and a more normal life in 2021.

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.

Representative Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, the Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced a comprehensive $4 billion economic recovery package. The REAL Recovery for Washington Act (House Bill 1334) would…

Concerning safely reopening Washington. Sponsors: MacEwen, Chapman, Maycumber, Boehnke, Vick, Chase, Klippert, Barkis, Robertson, Eslick, Gilday, Dufault, Chambers, Rude, Stokesbary. Companion Bill: SB 5114. Jan 20: First reading, referred to Health…

Building economic strength through manufacturing. Sponsors: Boehnke, Paul, Walsh, Kloba, Shewmake, Santos, Springer, Dolan, Dye, Graham, Leavitt, McCaslin, Young, Walen, Riccelli, Bateman, Lovick, Lekanoff, Eslick, Frame, Barkis, Sutherland, Robertson, Dent. Jan…

Providing a business and occupation tax credit to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses in the state. Sponsors: MacEwen, Eslick, Dent, Corry, Young, Graham, Vick, Robertson, Barkis…

Providing employer relief in unemployment insurance by relieving COVID-19-related benefit charges, providing contribution relief, making appropriations to rebuild the unemployment trust fund and making clarifying changes. Sponsors: Hoff, Stokesbary, Chambers, Corry…

Concerning rural infrastructure. Sponsors: Abbarno, Barkis, Dent, McEntire, Mosbrucker, Ybarra, Eslick, Boehnke, Gilday. Jan 18: First reading, referred to Community & Economic Development. Jan 27: Public hearing in the House Committee…

On February 1, the House debated COVID-19 relief legislation – House Bill 1368. House Republicans offered six amendments, but only one was accepted by the majority party. The five rejected amendments would….

The state House of Representative debates House Bill 1368 – a COVID-19 relief package. House Republicans offered six amendments, but the majority party only adopted one of them. Our amendments focused on…

Throughout the 2020 interim, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, legislative Republicans sent Gov. Inslee and other government officials more than 30 letters. In these letters, legislative Republicans: requested changes to – and…

We created this website to provide you the latest information and resources on coronavirus (COVID-19). We will update it frequently as new information and resources come forward. If you think something…

Standing up for families by opposing unnecessary tax increases that ultimately hurt our state’s most vulnerable, including any form of an income tax, and working to make life more affordable

As families and employers attempt to recover from the economic devastation caused by COVID-19, the governor and majority party are pushing for punitive and unnecessary tax increases. These proposals would make health care, gasoline, and home energy more expensive. They are also pushing for an unpredictable income tax on capital gains, which is unconstitutional. Washingtonians have repeatedly rejected tax increases and we stand with them.

We are advocating for tax relief and a responsible operating budget that prioritizes struggling families, students, vulnerable people, and small businesses.

Providing property tax relief by reducing both parts of the state school levies based on an amount that approximates the fiscal impact of extraordinary growth in property values that exceeded the…

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.

Representative Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, the Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced a comprehensive $4 billion economic recovery package. The REAL Recovery for Washington Act (House Bill 1334) would…

Concerning consumer affordability and reliability in energy supply. Sponsors: Dye, Klicker, Young, Jacobsen, Schmick. Jan 8: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First reading, referred to Environment & Energy. Jan 22: Public…

Addressing residential landlord-tenant requirements in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Sponsors: Barkis, Walen, Dent, Hoff, Jacobsen, Chambers, Ryu, Graham, Ybarra, Caldier, MacEwen, Walsh, Chapman, Boehnke, Dolan, Springer, Chandler, Eslick…

Dedicating the state sales tax on motor vehicles for transportation. Sponsors: MacEwen, Eslick, Dent, Corry, Young, Graham, Vick, Robertson, Barkis. Dec 8: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First reading, referred to…

During a December 18 press conference, House Republican budget lead Drew Stokesbary answers a question about why Gov. Inslee’s tax proposals are wrong for Washington state.

House Bill 1368 would appropriate $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds for a variety of COVID-related programs. House Republicans offered six amendments to the bill, but the majority party only accepted…

Throughout the 2020 interim, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, legislative Republicans sent Gov. Inslee and other government officials more than 30 letters. In these letters, legislative Republicans: requested changes to – and…

Despite record state tax collections the last two legislative sessions, majority Democrats in the Legislature still chose to increase taxes on individuals, families and businesses in our state. By how much?…

Holding government accountable, fighting for transparency, and shedding light on mismanagement — especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The costs of significant failures in state government overseen by the governor and his appointees include:

  • A slow, inefficient, and bureaucratic state vaccination plan that included several missteps.
  • The Employment Security Department’s inability to prevent massive fraud and deliver timely unemployment benefits.
  • Data breaches.
  • Early release of prisoners.
  • Cost overruns for transportation projects.
  • Decertification of Western State Hospital.
  • Heartbreaking outcomes for children in our foster care system.

Some of these failures have meant fewer resources for communities in need. We are holding the governor and his state agencies accountable and working to restore the public’s trust by increasing oversight and implementing reforms that improve outcomes.

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.

Concerning oversight and management of the state budgeting and expenditure process. Sponsors: Stokesbary. Jan 12: First reading, referred to Appropriations.

Implementing the periodic review of state spending programs. Sponsors: Stokesbary, Dufault, Young, Walen, Barkis, Robertson. Jan 13: First reading, referred to Appropriations.

Improving state budgeting through zero-based budget reviews. Sponsors: Stokesbary, Dufault, Young, Kraft, Barkis, Robertson. Jan 13: First reading, referred to Appropriations.

Addressing fiscal notes. Sponsors: Stokesbary, Dufault, Young, Barkis. Jan 13: First reading, referred to Appropriations.

Concerning the emergency powers of the governor. Sponsors: Klippert, Walsh, Boehnke, Eslick, Caldier, Young, Graham, Kirby, Barkis, Schmick. Dec 10: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First reading, referred to State Government…

Concerning orders and rules during a state of emergency. Sponsors: Walsh, Klippert, Boehnke, Eslick, Young, Graham, Kraft, Barkis, Sutherland. Dec 16: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First reading, referred to State…

Concerning the use of social security numbers by the department of labor and industries and the employment security department. Sponsors: Mosbrucker, Boehnke, Young, Sutherland, Jacobsen. Feb 2: First reading, referred to…

Elevating road maintenance and preservation in transportation planning. Sponsors: McCaslin, Young, Barkis, Schmick, Graham. Companion Bill: SB 5465. Jan 8: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First reading, referred to Transportation. Jan…

We have talented and dedicated state employees who deliver important services and programs to Washingtonians every day. However, with the last 33 years of Democratic control of the governor’s mansion, we…

Editorial boards across the state have been critical of the majority party’s policies, proposals and processes in governing the state of Washington.

Strengthening communities by providing appropriate resources for vital mental health services, working to end the homelessness crisis, and supporting effective community policing

If communities are going to have an opportunity to thrive, we must help people facing chronic homelessness, addiction, crime, and untreated mental health needs. Rather than addressing the root causes of these problems, destructive policies have left our law enforcement professionals without needed support.

With a focus on compassion and accountability, we are working to keep our streets, neighborhoods, and families safe while respecting those who serve and protect our communities.

Funding priorities for working families, growing students, vulnerable populations, small businesses and all Washingtonians, with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes.

On March 23, House Republicans introduced a comprehensive package of legislation to address the Washington Supreme Court’s Blake ruling that struck down the state’s felony drug possession law. Details on the…

Expanding mental health support for law enforcement officers. Sponsors: Maycumber, Lovick, Ryu, Leavitt, Boehnke, Eslick, Shewmake, Lekanoff, Fitzgibbon, Johnson, J., Slatter, Wylie, Tharinger, Goodman, Bronoske, Valdez, Callan, Young, Graham, Cody, Robertson…

Establishing a law enforcement professional development outreach grant program. Sponsors: Maycumber, Lovick, Ryu, Boehnke, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Tharinger, Goodman, Young, Graham, Cody, Robertson, Johnson, J. Dec 7: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11…

Planning for affordable housing under the growth management act. Sponsors: Barkis, Griffey, Eslick, Robertson, Young. Jan 18: First reading, referred to Local Government. Feb 9: Public hearing in the House Committee…

For years, the state of Washington has failed those facing homelessness. We have heard this issue is a priority for you and the majority party in the Washington State Legislature, yet…

Reining in the governor’s unilateral emergency powers and ensuring public engagement in all aspects of the legislative process

The power to create laws belongs to the Legislature and the people. To grapple with time-sensitive emergency situations, the Legislature has granted a portion of its lawmaking power to the governor. Riots, enemy attack, weather disasters, and the like require a rapid response, but the lawmaking authority granted to the governor must have limits. The people of Washington state should not be ruled by proclamations and unilateral orders.

Meaningful participation in the legislative process is critical to the success of our state. We must remove any barriers for the single mother, the farmworker, the small business owner, and all Washingtonians to have a voice in the decisions made in the Legislature. Learn more: How you can be involved in the legislative process

Concerning the emergency powers of the governor. Sponsors: Klippert, Walsh, Boehnke, Eslick, Caldier, Young, Graham, Kirby, Barkis, Schmick. Dec 10: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First reading, referred to State Government…

Concerning orders and rules during a state of emergency. Sponsors: Walsh, Klippert, Boehnke, Eslick, Young, Graham, Kraft, Barkis, Sutherland. Dec 16: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First reading, referred to State…

Requiring legislative approval to extend a gubernatorial proclamation of a state of emergency. Sponsors: Dent, Dufault, Caldier, Corry, Young, Graham, Rude, Jacobsen, Schmick. Dec 29: Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11: First…

Increasing legislative involvement in gubernatorial proclamations relating to a state of emergency. Sponsors: MacEwen, Chapman, Boehnke, Jacobsen, Ybarra, Dufault, Dent, Robertson, Goehner, Stokesbary, Griffey, Corry, Orcutt, Klicker, Young, Paul. Mar 19…

Public hearing on House Bill 1029 (limiting governor’s emergency powers) Learn more about House Bill 1029 here…

What authority does the governor have in the case of an emergency? RCW 43.06.220 acts as the primary source of the governor’s powers during times of emergency. These powers are quite…

Q: Have legislative leaders approved an extension of the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order? A: No. A lot of people have asked: Have legislative leaders approved an extension of the…

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox released the following statement on the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402 today: “My ten years in the Legislature have taught me the importance of the…

Throughout the 2020 interim, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, legislative Republicans sent Gov. Inslee and other government officials more than 30 letters. In these letters, legislative Republicans: requested changes to – and…

With the February 15 policy cutoff fast approaching, it was looking like the legislature was not going to hold a public hearing on any of the numerous emergency powers reform bills…