Sutherland: Statement on Trump Administration announcement to rescind DACA

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PULLMAN —  5th Congressional District Candidate Matthew J. Sutherland released the following statement regarding the September 5th announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

"There are 17,843 DACA recipients in Washington state that could be ripped from their families if this administration moves forward with removing protections for undocumented children. Dreamers have only known America. They were raised here, they share our culture and they are our friends and neighbors.

I cannot imagine forcefully taking children from their homes and sending them to a place where they are strangers. Before DACA was implemented by President Obama, nearly 15% of the children deported were never reunited with family. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell joined 40 other senators and sent a letter to Trump in July, asking him to protect DACA. 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers agreed in her statement this morning, saying “...we must protect children who are already here in this country and those who are currently protected under DACA.”  

McMorris Rodgers, as the 4th highest ranking Republican in the House, must pressure the President and urge him to protect DACA and work toward a bipartisan solution, rather than send these children into uncertainty. I believe that if they grew up as children here, seek education or work here, then they ought to stay here. In a moral and Christian sense, these children are our fellow Americans and we must protect them."

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Sutherland for Congress: Statement On Spokesman Review Article, "Sexual assault allegation investigated after Democratic meeting."

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PULLMAN — The Sutherland for Congress campaign released the following statement regarding the Spokesman Review Article titled “Sexual assault allegation investigated after Democratic meeting.”

The article written by the Spokesman Review about the events that transpired at the Washington Democratic Party’s quarterly meeting on April 22, 2017 includes factual errors and misrepresents the timeline of events leading to Matthew Sutherland’s involvement. We have reached out to the Spokesman Review for corrections.

The article makes several mentions of Sutherland under the misspelling “Sunderland.” 

The timeline of events in the article assumes that Sutherland was complicit to the events leading up to the sexual assault. The young activist from the article was at the party and drinking before Sutherland arrived with alcohol as a gift to the host of the party, and later noticed that the activist was intoxicated. 

Sutherland had also been drinking before arriving at the party, but after noticing the activist was drunk, he was the first adult to intervene in the activist’s drinking by assuring she had a designated driver take her back to her hotel. 

“At a time when a young woman was vulnerable, I empathized with her,” said Sutherland. “Instead of chastising her drinking I decided to ensure she got home safely. My priority was her safety.”

The next morning after realizing what had happened to the activist, Sutherland requested the State Party take action, gave a statement to police and ensured the activist had contact with victim advocacy groups at her school to ensure her well-being. 

Since Sutherland was the only one to take action, his name was on the police report.  

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PULLMAN — Washington 5th Congressional District candidate Matthew J. Sutherland released the following statement regarding the Spokesman Review Article titled “Sexual assault allegation investigated after Democratic meeting.”

“As someone who has personally intervened in multiple situations to forbid potential situations of sexual violence, I will absolutely continue to be an advocate for victims of sexual violence by supporting the strengthening of existing legislation such as the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, and introducing additional bystander training and education provisions for future legislation.”
 

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Democrats Precinct Committee Officer Madeline Brown released the following statement regarding the Spokesman Review Article titled “Sexual assault allegation investigated after Democratic meeting.”

"I attended the Washington Democratic Central Committee meeting on the weekend of April 21st and 22nd in Walla Walla as a PCO for the Walla Walla County Democrats. 

On Sunday morning we learned about the assault on our friend. 

Matthew immediately took action by contacting party leaders as well as comforting the victim in her time of need. Over the hours we spent together on Sunday and in every interaction since I’ve seen a loyal friend, an ally for women and assault survivors, and a true leader. 

Many men in his position would try to distance themselves from potential controversy but he has proven himself to be an honorable man by encouraging and aiding in the investigation to bring justice for the victim of this sexual assault.

I have had the great privilege of knowing some outstanding men in my life, and I consider Matthew Sutherland among those men. The people of Washington's 5th Congressional District would be lucky to have a man of such distinction as its Representative."


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Sutherland: Statement in response to White House Press Conference

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PULLMAN — Washington 5th Congressional District Candidate Matthew J. Sutherland released the following statement regarding the August 15th White House Press Conference.

"I am absolutely appalled at our administration's attempts to morally equivocate White Supremacists and literal Neo-Nazis with those that oppose their hateful, bigoted assault on our American values. Words cannot adequately convey my disbelief in watching these statements be made by the President of the United States, and the utter lack of leadership shown by the White House. Heather Heyer's death was the result of a domestic terrorist attack against American citizens on American soil. I am dismayed that while Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has commented on the events of #Charlottesville, and attempted to distance herself from White Supremacist and former WSU College Republicans President James Allsup, she has yet to condemn Trump's intentional ambiguity in his response and his leadership as our President."

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Sutherland: Statement following Spokane vigil honoring lives lost in Charlottesville

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PULLMAN — Washington 5th Congressional District Candidate Matthew J. Sutherland released the following statement regarding the events in Charlottesville. 

"Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at SPOKANE CITIZENS STAND AGAINST RACISM during the heartfelt vigil honoring the lives lost in #Charlottesville. I spoke in solidarity with Heather Heyer, who was murdered by white supremacists during the domestic terrorist attack on American citizens.

Her incredible bravery and tragic death must be a reminder to us that there is still much more work to be done. We stand on the shoulders of giants who fought and died to pave the path toward equality, and it is our patriotic duty to defend these values that unite us as Americans – that all Men are created Equal.

That truth is one we have spent the entirety of our Country’s history fighting for.
We must honor Heather by carrying the torch forward. We must find strength in our families and communities, and know that we are strongest when we are united. In that, our resolve will know no bounds because we will face our opposition with overwhelming force and numbers.

In the absence of coherent leadership and direction from our administration for our country, it is up to us – the American people, to stand up to hatred, bigotry and violence wherever it rears its ugly head."

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Sutherland: Statement on President Trump's Military Transgender Ban

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PULLMAN — Washington 5th Congressional District Candidate Matthew J. Sutherland released the following statement after President Trump announced his intentions to disallow transgender Americans "to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military" this morning on Twitter.

"While it is not clear how President Trump intends to carry out the arbitrary, unpatriotic and discriminatory ban he announced this morning on Twitter, what is clear is that he has no loyalty to the thousands of courageous transgender American service members in uniform actively protecting our country. 

Transgender Americans have been serving openly since last year when then-Secretary of Defense Carter ordered the Pentagon to end the previous ban.

Just last month, Secretary of Defense Mattis extended a review by six months regarding whether transgender individuals serving in the military affects the "readiness or lethality" of the force.

This announcement by the President confirms an incoherent administration that is actively seeking to weaken our military and the nation it defends. 

We must have the courage to stand up for our fellow Americans, particularly those who are willing to stand up for us and risk their lives by serving our country." 

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Sutherland: Statement on 'A Better Deal' — an economic plan for the future

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PULLMAN — Washington 5th Congressional District Candidate Matthew J. Sutherland released the following statement on The Democratic Party's economic plan for the future.

"Today, U.S. Senate Democrats unveiled A Better Deal, an economic plan for the future that is focused on three specific objectives; raise wages and create jobs, lower the cost of living and build a 21st Century economy. I fully support the revitalized economic message, and commend Washington Senators Cantwell and Murray for their commitment toward addressing the priorities of working class Americans. 

The Democratic Party brought the first New Deal and fostered the largest and longest peacetime economic expansion in American history. I've been advocating for a bold, new and sustainable approach to the modernization of our economy while holding Town Halls across Eastern Washington's 5th Congressional District, and I am glad to see a renewed interest from party leaders to put people -- American families, at the forefront of our economic policy-making."

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Endorsement: Former OutSpokane President & Board Member Michael Jepson endorses Matt Sutherland for U.S. Congress.

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SPOKANE - Former OutSpokane President, Board Member and LGBTQ+ activist Michael Jepson has formally endorsed Matt Sutherland for Washington's 5th Congressional District.

Michael is a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in Spokane.

"Matthew is a progressive voice and a fresh face for the Democratic Party, and believes the party needs positive reform. He is a veteran, and has lived pay check to pay check. He is reaching out to all of the district, not just Spokane, which I believe is necessary in today's fractured political landscape."

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Sutherland: Statement on Senate Release of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA)

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PULLMAN - Matt Sutherland, 2018 Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington’s 5th Congressional District, released the following statement regarding the release of the Senate version of the American Healthcare Act:

"Last month, I denounced Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her role in leading the charge in the House of Representatives to pass the dangerous and cruel American Healthcare Act (AHCA); a bill seeking to remove critical protections for everyday Americans. Today, after weeks of 13 white men having closed back-room discussion, Senate Republicans revealed their own disastrous version of the AHCA which did nothing to alleviate the negative aspects of the House bill. The Senate version of the AHCA makes even deeper cuts to Medicaid, maternity care, and mental health care to provide large tax breaks to large corporations and the wealthiest one percent of Americans. This bill does absolutely nothing to fix the state of healthcare in America, instead punishing anyone who isn’t rich and handing the insurance giants everything they asked for.

Even some Republican Senators are denouncing the bill for its cruelty. This bill is not a show of bipartisanship. As your Representative, I will fight for the freedom to research a single-payer system in the United States, which is something also denied to us by the Congressional Republicans. I will fight for this because I believe healthcare is a human right; that hard-working Americans shouldn’t have to choose between putting food on the table and quality medical care for their loved ones."

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Endorsement: Washington State Progressive Caucus Endorses Matt Sutherland for U.S. Congress

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PULLMAN - Matt Sutherland, 2018 Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington’s 5th Congressional District, released the following statement regarding his endorsement by the Washington State Progressive Caucus:

"I am pleased to receive the endorsement and support of the Washington State Progressive Caucus. Together, we can unite with a common cause to dump Cathy McMorris Rodgers and flip the 5th. As I have said, it’s far past time we put people over profit, over party, and over blind patriotism. I look forward to working alongside the Progressive Caucus to bring real change to the 5th Congressional District. We need a government that works for everybody, not just a select few. With your further support, we can accomplish this."

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Sutherland: Statement on LGBTQ+ Pride Month

 

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PULLMAN - Matt Sutherland, 2018 Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington’s 5th Congressional District, released the following statement regarding his support of LGBTQ+ Pride Month:

"This month, we recognize the leaders who fought for LGBTQ+ rights throughout history. From the protests at the Stonewall Inn to the 2015 decision by the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage, these activists fought long and hard for equal rights, and they still fight today. We are proud of our state for legalizing same-sex marriage three years before federal legalization, and our state’s laws protecting our citizens from loss of employment because of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Washington may be one of the most progressive states, but there is still more to do. The struggle for equality is far from over.


"Harvey Milk, one of the greatest LGBTQ+ civil rights leaders of all time, once said that “Hope will never be silent.” Together, we can fulfill that message for everyone. We have the means to change the status quo and to work as a country to guarantee the rights every American is entitled to under our Constitution.  Our voices will never falter or quiet, not until we have built a safe, fair and more hopeful future for all."

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Sutherland: Statement on U.S. withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

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PULLMANMatt Sutherland, 2018 Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington’s 5th Congressional District, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's announcement of the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords:

"Today, President Trump formally announced the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accords at 3 p.m. EST this afternoon. This ill-planned and short-sighted move will have long-term consequences for both United States foreign relations and the path to solving climate change. Over 190 nations signed this landmark accord to work together as a global community to solve this pressing issue. As a nation, we have been placed on the wrong side of history; this decision leads us down the path to irreparable harm to our families and the children of generations to come. Twenty-five major U.S. corporations signed a letter urging President Trump not to withdraw the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, including giants like Facebook, Apple and Google. They were ignored. There’s only one Earth. We cannot simply walk away from the best of saving it.

Unlike our President, I believe in climate change. I also believe that refining plans for a Green New Deal with the creation of more renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions doesn’t have to be obscenely expensive. We can work together because when the government, hard-working citizens and businesses cooperate, we create sustainable solutions that everyone agrees with. Twenty-five major corporations signed a letter today in protest of the White House’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords, which shows businesses are willing to work with government and private citizens. Solving complex issues isn’t easy and it shouldn’t be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. It’s more important than ever that we elect a Democratic Congress because it’s clear that the 115th Congress and White House does not represent our values or have our best interests in mind."

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