Ferguson sends stern message to Biden administration

By on Thursday, September 16th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is criticizing the Biden administration for continuing a Trump-era challenge to Washington’s law strengthening workers compensation access for sick Hanford workers.

In December 2018, the Trump administration filed a lawsuit to gut Washington’s protections for Hanford workers that get sick on the job. Ferguson’s legal team defeated the Trump administration in a federal court in Yakima and again at the Ninth Court of Appeals.

“Now the Biden administration is continuing Donald Trump’s cruel effort to eliminate these critical protections for the hardworking men and women at Hanford,” Ferguson said Tuesday. “President Biden’s Department of Justice recently filed an appeal to the United States Supreme Court – just days after Labor Day, no less.”

Ferguson said the Trump administration’s lawsuit angered him and he’s upset now that the Biden administration is continuing it. He said he will continue to fight for not only Hanford workers, but all Washington workers.

“The Biden administration should withdraw their appeal immediately,” Ferguson added.

File photo of Hanford Tank Farm provided by U.S. Department of Energy