Mosbrucker renamed ranking member on labor committee, receives other legislative committee assignments

When the 2019 legislative session convenes Jan. 14, Rep. Gina Mosbruckerwill continue in her leadership role as ranking member of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.

House Republican committee assignments were released Friday in Olympia.Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, has been appointed to three House committees.

The Labor and Workforce Standards Committee considers issues relating to industrial insurance, unemployment compensation, collective bargaining, family leave, and employment standards.

“On the issues that come before this committee, it’s my priority to ensure we find a balance that is both pro-business/employer and pro-employee,” saidMosbrucker.

The 14th District lawmaker has also been appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which considers the operating budget bill, budgeting processes and fiscal issues.

“We need to ensure fiscal responsibility with the taxpayers’ dollars. That includes reining in excessive state spending, including the governor’s proposal to increase spending by 22 percent with a $9 billion tax increase. A capital gains income tax and an increase in business taxes would create a chilling effect on our state’s economy,” noted Mosbrucker. “We already have an additional $4 billion in new revenue coming to the state, more than ample to fund essential state government operations.”

Mosbrucker will also serve on a new committee: State Government and Tribal Relations.

“I’ll be working on issues relating to state government operations. This also extends my efforts on tribal issues, such as shining the spotlight on the tragic disappearance of Native American women, and my work on the governor’s Task Force on Tribal Health Care,” added Mosbrucker, whose district includes the Yakama Tribal Reservation.

Additionally, Mosbrucker was recently appointed as vice chair of the House Republican Caucus. In her new role, she will assist Caucus Chair Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, in presiding over daily caucus meetings when bills, amendments and voting are discussed.

The legislative session is scheduled for 105 days.