State House Approves Financial Aid for Illegals – Bill Heads to Senate
In a VERY quick debate and vote on Monday during the first day of the 2014 legislative session, the State House voted to expand financial aid to students who are here illegally.
According to sources in Olympia, House Speaker Frank Chopp said providing education to all students in Washington was a priority.
"It's fundamental to our state and nation," he said.
The Democratic-controlled House passed the measure by a vote of 71-23. However, it could likely meet the same fate it did in 2013. The plan then sailed through the House but stalled and died in the GOP-controlled Senate. The Coalition -- a group of 23 Republicans and 2 Democrats -- kept the bill from passing.
Chopp claimed the state constitution requires lawmakers to provide educational assistance, but opponents say passing such a measure could result in serious ramifications -- especially for those legislators up for re-election.
Critics say supporting financial aid for illegal aliens is essentially giving tuition assistance to people who are breaking the law.
The measure is expected to reach the Senate soon.