LIVE: I’m on the Senate floor voicing my strong, enthusiastic support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.…
Judge Jackson is one of the most exceptional SCOTUS nominees I’ve ever met with. I am so excited that she’s on her way to our nation’s highest court. It’s incredibly well deserved.
It’s clear she’s got the experience, understanding of the law, a seemingly endless supply of (perhaps unwarranted) patience, and the heart, compassion, and commitment to justice needed for this role.

It should be no surprise her nomination was met with wide acclaim.
She also has experience that is less common on the highest court in the land—bringing perspectives that are desperately needed. Like her experience as a public defender—something no other Supreme Court Justice has ever had.
Her background is more than simply her resume. It’s her perspective as the daughter of 2 public school teachers, her perspective as a working mother with 2 daughters of her own, & her perspective as a Black woman working in a profession where stories like hers were missing.
The way she gracefully and knowledgeably handled her confirmation hearings shows us even more. Even as some Republicans tried to make the process incredibly ugly, she showed the kind of poise and patience befitting a Supreme Court Justice.
There are so many critical issues that come before SCOTUS that matter deeply to the American people & to people in WA state—like reproductive rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, & Tribal rights to name a few. My constituents deserve a justice as thoughtful as Judge Jackson.
I first ran for office because I watched the Supreme Court process and I was frustrated. Today I am no less energized—but for a very different reason. Today, I’m excited. I’m inspired. And I hope people across the country watching this are too. Let’s make history. #ConfirmKBJ

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Mar 16
LIVE: I'm on the Senate floor to speak out against the recent wave of hateful attacks on transgender youth happening across the country.

We all have a responsibility to stand up and make clear that this isn’t right.…
Republicans are targeting trans & gay students, & taking incredibly important & personal decisions away from parents & families.

Right now, it feels like far-right lawmakers are racing to pass the most extreme, most hateful bills they can think up at the expense of trans kids.
Trans kids deserve to just be kids. To play sports, to go to school, to see a doctor, to get health care.

They should be able to get the same opportunities as any other kids to learn, grow, play, and thrive—free from fear and discrimination.
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Jan 12
The Senate is broken.

My colleagues know I am someone whose focus is always on getting things done for WA state & our country. But outdated, misused procedure is getting in the way of debate & legislation. With all our country faces right now, we’ve absolutely got to fix it.
When a single Senator can block even a debate on legislation a majority of us support or hold up the otherwise uncomplicated, run-of-the-mill confirmation of very non-controversial administration officials—just by hitting send on an email—that’s absurd.
Millions of Americans wonder why bills that pass the House only ever come to the Senate to die. It’s because a single member of this institution can shut down even the opportunity to confirm a nominee or debate legislation that a majority of this chamber supports.
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Jan 11
LIVE: I’m chairing a Senate HELP Committee hearing with our nation’s leading public health experts and COVID-19 response team on the pandemic and our efforts to address new variants like Omicron.…
Nearly 2 years into this pandemic, people are exhausted after all we’ve been through. We’re all alarmed by how quickly Omicron has spread—& anxious about what’s next. I’ve heard from people back in WA state who are frustrated & worried about the course of this pandemic.
They’re worried about persistent challenges—like how hard it still is to get a test, the long lines to get tested, and the cost of tests.

People have also found the communications about the new isolation and quarantine guidance confusing and frustrating.
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Dec 8, 2021
I’m speaking on the Senate floor to call for action here in this chamber to end the crisis of gun violence we’ve long seen in our schools, neighborhoods, and across our country.

I will not stay quiet & will keep pushing for change. Watch live:…
Last week, we mourned the deaths of 4 high school students following the tragic school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan.

My heart goes out to their families and friends, and to every student there who is now carrying the trauma of that experience.
And my heart breaks for every student in this country who grows up thinking something like this will eventually happen to them at their school—and for every parent who worries each time they send their kid off to school.
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Jan 8, 2021
I come to the Capitol every day to fight for what I believe in. I often have issues I feel very strongly about—whether it’s a woman’s right to choose, or immigration, or health care, or the issue of the day.
I use my voice to tell people what I believe to be right, and I listen to the other side. We hear each other out, we vote, and whoever has the votes wins. And I accept that.
Do I always like the outcome? No, but I accept it, because that is what our democracy requires. People having a voice, being able to use it, and all of us accepting that no one person or group should get their way all the time.
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Oct 1, 2020
Tonight Senate Republicans forced a vote on a bill they claimed would protect patients with pre-existing conditions.

But the truth is, this bill wasn't about protecting patients, it was about protecting Republicans from their record of undermining health care.
Republicans have tried *repeatedly* to overturn protections for pre-ex conditions—& right now, they're rushing to confirm a SCOTUS justice who could rule in a case that will be argued just days after the election to end those protections & upend health care entirely.
Senate Republicans were hoping the bill they offered tonight would distract people from the facts. But let me be perfectly blunt about what happened: Republicans, who are steering the Titanic toward an iceberg, tried to offer passengers an umbrella to stay dry.
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