Patty in the News

The approval is a triumph for Sen. Patty Murray. The Washington Democrat was one of half dozen principle bipartisan architects of the bill, which melded clashing proposals passed separately by House Republicans and a Senate committee. Murray worked especially closely with Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia.

On the Senate floor, Murray said the updated law will enable Americans to fill the “high-tech jobs of the next century.”

- Seattle Times
The approval is a triumph for Sen. Patty Murray. The Washington Democrat was one of half dozen principle bipartisan architects of the bill, which melded clashing proposals passed separately by House Republicans and a Senate committee. Murray worked especially closely with Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia.

On the Senate floor, Murray said the updated law will enable Americans to fill the “high-tech jobs of the next century.”

- Seattle Times
Children shouldn't have to spend the summer months wondering when they'll get their next meal. We must do more to fight summer hunger.

Last month, I introduced a bill called the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act. The bill would use a common-sense strategy to address summer hunger. It would give families a Summer EBT card, which would act like a debit card, with $150 to buy groceries in the summer for each child who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals during the school year.


- Everett Herald
Ever since the first “Year of the Woman” in 1992 saw an increase in female lawmakers in Congress from 6 to 10 percent, the catchphrase has become an increasingly cliched way to describe the growth of women in politics. The moniker was attached to the 2010 boom in GOP women running for the House and then again to the 2012 election, which saw 11 women elected to the Senate. In 2014, however, it’s clear that the initial “Year of the Woman” was the most influential to date. This has nothing to do with the numbers elected: Only four female Senate candidates were elected that year and one re-elected, giving America a lower number of women there than it will see this fall. But what voters and the political elite could not have known 22 years ago was that two members of that historic class — Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland — would have the staying power and political savvy to attain Congress’ most valued and important asset: seniority.

- Yahoo News
Thanks to rulings in both Oregon and Pennsylvania striking down bans on same-sex marriage, May was quite a month of joy for the loving, committed LGBT couples in those states, and for all of us who respect and support them. These rulings were also joyous news for many residents of states that don't allow same-sex marriage, such as Colorado and Wisconsin. With the addition of each new marriage-equality state, loving couples have more options to travel to a nearby jurisdiction that will allow them to officially declare their commitment to each other under law.

- Huffington Post
Runaway college tuition and growing student debt are burdening both borrowers and the U.S. economy, witnesses testified Wednesday at a Senate Budget Committee hearing chaired by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The consequences from $1.2 trillion in outstanding loans likely will shape the entirety of young Americans’ financial lives, from being able to buy homes and cars to their choice of careers and whether they can afford to retire. Tuition and fees at colleges and universities historically have risen faster than the prices of most goods and services. In the past decade, that pace has quickened even further.

- Seattle Times
A new Federal Aviation Administration research center, co-led by Washington State University in the Tri-Cities, is in line to receive $5 million in federal funding for 2015. The center, which also received money this year, is in the initial stages of being set up, said Ralph Cavalieri, WSU associate vice president for alternative energy and the director and technical leader for alternative jet fuels for the FAA Center of Excellence at WSU. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., used her influence as chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development to include money for the center in the 2015 federal transportation and housing bill. The bill passed through the subcommittee Tuesday with bipartisan support and should be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

- Tri-City Herald
Two months ago, the future looked bleak for students hoping for a hand up at YouthBuild. The program that has trained hundreds of high school dropouts in construction trades while simultaneously preparing them for a GED faced an end to its funding after 20 years in Seattle. But last week, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers announced a deal that would fund YouthBuild through 2020, along with a host of other programs promoting workforce training for dislocated workers, the disabled, migrants, Native Americans, adults seeking literacy education and high school dropouts. “Millions of Americans rely on federal workforce programs to get the skills they need to compete,” said Senator Patty Murray, announcing the $10 billion Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which has support in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

- Seattle Times
”: U.S. Senator Patty Murray says the Secretary of Veterans Affairs needs to change the way the department works.
Thursday morning senators addressed the allegations that veterans died while waiting for treatment at VA hospitals and questioned the secretary about his plans to fix the system. Sen. Murray is the Senior Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. She pointed out that wait times and quality of care are not new issues for the VA. "What we need now is decisive action to restore veteran's confidence in the VA, to create a culture of transparency, and accountability, and to change the system wide, years-long problems. This needs to be a wake-up call," said Sen. Murray. Some republicans are calling for the secretary's resignation but the retired Army General says he will not. He says he will hold employees accountable for any misconduct, though.

- KNDO/KNDU
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki answered questions and responded to concerns about scheduling of medical appointments and services within the VA care system today in front of the Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a longtime warrior for veterans, is a senior member of the committee. The topic is a hot issue in the nation on the heels of allegations of a secret waiting list at the Phoenix VA Medical Center that resulted in the deaths of 40 veterans. Shinseki told panel members this morning he is angry and saddened by allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths in Phoenix. “Any adverse event for a veteran within our care is one too many,” he said in prepared testimony. “We can, and we must do better.” Murray agreed, pointing out there have been numerous reports over the last several years illustrating problems with VA care that still exist. “Clearly this problem has gone on for far too long,” she said.

- Walla Walla Union-Bulletin