“As Washingtonians are forced to comply with the detailed demands of the governor for marginal impacts on public health, he has demanded no accountability from important state agencies involved in the pandemic response. His Employment Security Department failed to prevent massive fraud and deliver timely unemployment benefits to those in desperate need. It continues to fail them. And after months of criticizing the federal government’s efforts, the governor’s Department of Health just admitted that the state has fallen behind in its vaccine rollout. We need the governor to hold his state agencies accountable, help those who have been devastated by his actions and safely reopen businesses and schools.

“The legislative session begins Monday. Republicans have already introduced solutions and will be putting more ideas on the table soon. We will also bring the voices of forgotten Washingtonians to the legislative arena.”