FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 20, 2021
Senate Democrat staged a show without the real intention to pass SB 5264, Chinese American History Month Bill
Senator Democrat Leadership put their anti-Asian mindset on display
Less than a week after we sent out a news alert and called out Senate Democrat’s inherent racism against Asian Americans, SB 5264 was revived – at least on the surface. Yet, a closer look at the bills new development suggests all was a staged show put up by Senate Democrat leadership. And this time, we want to particularly call out Senate Floor Leader, Senator Marko Liias for lacking the real intention to move the bill forward.
After SB 5264 was revived, we received news that senators were expecting to vote for it by the past weekend. Yet, that did not happen. We later learned that Senator Marko Liias was the one holding the bill up again. When we say again, it literally means again. In March, Senator Marko Liias’ unwillingness to bring the bill out for a floor vote caused the bill to die at cutoff. Unlike what was described by Senator Democrat Spokesman, SB5264 was not lost in the shuffle, it was intentionally let die despite our requests and reminders.
Senator Liias sponsored SCR 8403, gave people the impression that he truly wanted to move SB 5264 forward this time. Yet, once again, he came up with various excuses to sit on SB 5264, and refused bring SB 5264 forward.
If Senator Marko Liias’ lack of action in moving SB 5264 forward in March was a big disappointment, then his staged show to fool our community is a direct insult.
Senator Liias’ lack of support to the Chinese American community was also on display last year, at SR 8684, Honoring Chinese Americans, floor debate. While other senators were paying tribute to the Chinese American community, Senator Liias gave an empty political speech and talked about Iranian American at Canadian boarder.
There is no better time to pass SB 5264 than this year. We urge Senator Mark Liias and the legislature to do the right thing, and pass the bill. Time is running out.