Key Issues

  • 21st Century Careers

    21st Century Careers

    A skilled, prepared workforce in our nation is more critical than ever before as we strive to compete in an increasingly global and dynamic economy. read more
  • Agriculture


    Washington’s farmers and ranchers are critical to our state’s economy, environment, and quality of life. Agriculture is the largest industry in Washington state. We are the nation’s third-largest producer of... read more
  • Closing the Medicare Donut Hole

    Closing the Medicare Donut Hole

    In 2010, as the Affordable Care Act, I helped lead the successful fight to end the Medicare Part D prescription drug “donut hole” which left thousands of Washington state seniors paying the total cost of their pre... read more
  • Defense


    With our National Guard, Reserve, and active duty troops fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and supporting missions around the globe, it’s critical that we have a well-trained military ready to meet the challenges of... read more
  • Economy


    As the economic downturn has taken its toll, millions of families in Washington state and across the country have found themselves struggling with foreclosure, layoffs, and the loss of their savings. My top priority is to he... read more
  • Education: Share Your Ideas and Stories

    Education: Share Your Ideas and Stories

    As a mother, a former pre-school teacher and school board member, and a United States Senator, I feel very strongly that we need an education system that works well for our... read more
  • Education


    Education is essential for a bright future and a productive economy. All of our students deserve the best education we can provide. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to work on education from many angles – as ... read more
  • Energy


    Our nation is faced with a growing global demand for energy, a severe reliance upon fossil fuels, high energy prices, and environmental concerns surrounding many of our current energy supplies. I believe it will take American... read more
  • Environment


    Washington state residents take great pride in our state’s tremendous beauty – from old-growth forests to high-altitude mountains, and from rugged coasts to low-lying salmon streams. I believe that environmental... read more
  • Financial Education

    Financial Education

    Thank you so much for visiting this site, and for your interest in financial education. I am currently working to pass major legislation that will ramp up financial and economic education efforts for students and adults. read more
  • Hanford Cleanup

    Hanford Cleanup

    Located on 586 square miles in Southeast Washington, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was the site of the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. Hanford workers made the plutonium used in the nation&... read more
  • Health Care

    Health Care

    Ensuring that everyone can have access to quality, affordable health care is one of the most critical challenges facing our state and our nation. While Washington has always been a leader in this area, we face a health... read more
  • Health Care Reform Resource Center

    Health Care Reform Resource Center

    No senior should ever have to worry about not being able to afford the prescription drugs they need to stay healthy. So I worked hard to make sure that the recent health care reform legislation signed by President Obama on Ma... read more
  •  Homeland Security

    Homeland Security

    As a border state and home to major international ports, we have unique homeland security concerns in the state of Washington. We must be constantly ready, at every level of government, to confront new and evolving terroris... read more
  • Joint Select Committee of Deficit Reduction

    Joint Select Committee of Deficit Reduction

    I accepted the role of co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to address the critical issue of our increasing federal debt. This Committee provided Congress an opportunity to avoid the pain of sequestrati... read more
  • Housing


    Everywhere I travel in Washington state, I hear from families struggling to find a safe and affordable place to live. Whether it’s a family searching for rental housing near their job, or a senior citizen who want... read more
  • Justice & Crime

    Justice & Crime

    Senator Murray supports giving law enforcement the tools they need to protect and defend our communities. Senator Murray has worked hard to provide adequate federal funding for additional law enforcement agents at the state a... read more
  • Labor


    I believe that keeping our families and economy strong begins with providing our workers with a safe and healthy workplace, opportunities to enhance their skills, and a guarantee of basic rights on the job. That is why throug... read more
  • LGBT


    Equal protection under the law is a fundamental right in our country. No one should suffer discrimination because of their race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. read more
  • Net Neutrality

    Net Neutrality

    As the Federal Communications Commission considers new rulemaking on Net Neutrality, Senator Murray believes it is critical that the FCC enact rules giving full force and effect to a free and open Internet. read more
  • Payroll Tax Cut and Washington Families

    Payroll Tax Cut and Washington Families

    The median Washington family has a yearly income of $56,479. Under the current 2% payroll tax cut, set to expire at the end of the year, that family is saving approximately $1,130 per year on their tax bill. If the current ta... read more
  • Port Security

    Port Security

    The deadly attacks of September 11, 2001, brought into sharp focus the need to address the security needs of our state and our nation’s ports. read more
  • Summer Hunger

    Summer Hunger

    During the school year, low-income children have the opportunity to receive free or reduced-priced meals at school. However, millions of these same children go hungry during summer break. read more
  • Transportation


    The safety and efficiency of our nation’s vast transportation network is critical to every American. Daily commuters, senior citizens, small businesses and so many more rely on our transportation infrastructure to go ab... read more
  • Tribes

    I am proud to be a voice in the United States Senate for Washington’s tribal governments and tribal people. I believe we have a responsibility to live up to the promises the U.S. government made and that means working t... read more
  • Women


    Every issue is a women's issue. However, there are several challenges that especially affect women, such as: women's health, reproductive health, reproductive rights, domestic violence, pay equity, child care, and retir... read more
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

    WIOA is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will improve our nation’s workforce development system and help put Americans back to work. Now more than ever, effective education and workforce development opportunities ... read more
  • VAWA


    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has successfully helped provide life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of women and families since it was first passed into law in 1994. read more
  • Veterans


    Our veterans are our nation’s greatest heroes and their care must always be among our greatest national priorities. As the daughter of a disabled World War II veteran and as an intern at the Seattle VA psychiatric wa... read more