Despite these objections, House Democrats from the Northwest remained silent before a vote on the Infrastructure Act on the COP provision. The Spokesman Review asked each House of Representatives from Washington and Idaho and three representatives from Oregon whose districts border the Columbia River if they supported the provision that increases the borrowing literacy of BPA.
Of the Democrats, only Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett confirmed through a spokesman that he supported the measure, along with a general statement declaring his support for the Infrastructure Bill as a whole, “because it gets Washingtoners back to work and.” ensures that critical local projects remain “. on course and building a greener national transport network. “
Despite the fact that BPA’s territory encompasses all of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon – plus parts of five other states – most House MPs did not respond to questions about increasing the borrowing authority, including the Washington Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, Kim Schrier, D-Sammamish, Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, and Marilyn Strickland, D-Tacoma; Simpson and colleague Idaho GOP Rep. Russ Fulcher; Oregon Democratic Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer and Oregon GOP Rep. Cliff Bentz.
Two Republicans, Spokane MPs Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Battle Ground’s Jaime Herrera Beutler, said they support increasing BPA’s credit limit while speaking out against the infrastructure bill overall.
“One thing is clear, the Pacific Northwest installers are paying too much,” McMorris Rodgers spokesman Kyle VonEnde said in a statement. “While Cathy supports actions that correct the long-standing imbalance, such as increasing the borrowing skills of BPA, she believes the approach must be holistic and drive the goal of a fair contract.”