Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the announcement that Washington state’s House of Representatives voted yesterday to pass bills establishing a twelve dollar minimum wage and paid sick days.

“We need to make sure our government and our economy are working for all families, not just the wealthiest few, so I was proud to see the Washington House of Representatives pass bills to increase the minimum wage and to guarantee paid sick leave so parents can care for themselves and their loved ones without losing a day’s pay, or worse, losing their job. Washington state is leading the country in so many ways, and I am fighting in the other Washington for federal policies to increase wages and economic security and build on the work being done back in our state to help families and the economy.”