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Newhouse Stands with Hanford Firefighters, Slams Biden-Inslee Mandates

September 20, 2021
Press Release
“If they truly wanted what was best for Washingtonians and the American people, they would stand down these dictatorial policies.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Chad Riley, President of Local 24, Hanford Firefighters released the following statements after Governor Inslee’s latest mandate which calls for the termination of all unvaccinated personnel on October 18th.

“I stand with the Hanford firefighters who have been working to keep our communities safe for the last year and a half. The nonsensical Biden-Inslee mandates fail to take into consideration the more-than-adequate safety protocols these workers are already following and that it will, once in place, put the safety of our communities at risk by terminating employees whose very role is to protect our communities,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Vilifying the men and women who have been working round-the-clock for the last year and a half on behalf of Central Washington with no scientific basis is not the way to promote good will or encourage vaccinations. If they truly wanted what was best for Washingtonians and the American people, they would stand down these dictatorial policies.”

“Governor Inslee’s latest mandate goes too far. Our firefighters and first responders have been leading on the front lines the entirety of the pandemic, working round the clock to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Chad Riley. “Now, Governor Inslee is attempting to use his authority to coerce the same men and women who have put their personal safety at risk to help others into making a personal medical decision. Local I-24 is deeply disturbed by this shotgun approach to leading our state that only threatens the safety of our communities.”

 

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