REP. JULIE PARRISH
HOUSE DISTRICT 37
For Immediate Release
July 6, 2013
Contact: Julie Parrish (503) 986-1437
HOUSE DEMOCRATS BLOCK VOTE ON BILLS TO HELP OREGON’S VETERANS
SALEM, OR – House Democrats voted today to block the vote on a series of bills which would help Oregon’s veterans and soldiers, despite the fact that many of the bills had bipartisan co-sponsors.
“Good legislation which would help a large segment of Oregon’s population in great need ran headlong into partisan politics today and that is disappointing,” said Rep. Julie Parrish, who has championed the bills all session long.
The three bills House Republicans sought to bring to the floor for a vote were:
HB 2086, which would create a special raffle with the Oregon Lottery to fund programs assisting Oregon veterans with education and economic development.
HB 2883, which would provide a tax credit to help Oregon National Guard soldiers with the cost of internet access while they are deployed. The internet is the top way soldiers communicate with their families back home and the cost from overseas is significant.
HJR 29, which would refer to Oregon voters designate one percent of lottery proceeds to go toward programs and services helping veterans, including mental health, housing, education and helping military members and their families access benefit programs. The bill was sponsored by 40 members of the Oregon House. This bill original dedicated five percent of lottery proceeds but was watered down by Democratic leadership.
“When it comes to veterans, we should do these things because they are the right thing to do,” Rep. Parrish said. “Instead, political games were played with these bills, some were held up and dangled as political trades, and some died for political purposes. Oregonians, and especially our veterans, deserve better than that.”
For more information, contact Rep. Julie Parrish at 503-432-9707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.