Patty in the News

The U.S. Senate on Friday approved a $44 million emergency appropriation for interim repairs to the damaged Howard Hanson Dam that protects Kent, Renton and Auburn from flooding…."This is an investment in the safety of homes and businesses in one of the most economically vital regions of our state — the Green River Valley," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a statement. "I've worked hard to secure the funding for the Corps to conduct critical repairs because a flood in the valley would have devastating impacts that would ripple throughout Washington state.”

- The Seattle Times
Millions of dollars for regional transportation projects in Washington have been included in the fiscal 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, thanks to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash…. Many Tri-City public officials lauded Murray's efforts. Randy Hayden, director of planning and engineering at the Port of Pasco, said Murray understands the importance of transportation to spur economic growth and create jobs. The $1.4 million for the port would help the port continue its rail infrastructure rehabilitation project that began in 2005. Hayden said a rail-link helps to recruit manufacturers and provide a way to ship local products. If the port gets the money, construction of a new mile-long track will start next spring, he said "Once again, Sen. Murray has come through for the citizens of the Tri-Cities," said Benton County Commissioner Leo Bowman.

- Tri-City Herald
The Columbia River Crossing scored another $42 million in federal money in a proposed Senate transportation funding bill introduced Wednesday by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash . Although the money is a small fraction of the overall cost of a project with a price range up to $3.6 billion — to be split by the federal government, two states and local revenue generated by tolls — project supporters said Murray’s commitment generates fresh momentum at a crucial time.….. Murray, who chairs the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, also announced a slew of other local earmarks Wednesday.

- The Columbian
The proposed Hanford budget for next year got a $50 million boost, thanks to the work of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Tuesday. She also had planned to add money to allow work to continue to license Yucca Mountain, Nev., as a national repository for high-level radioactive waste. However, no amendments were allowed at the markup of the fiscal 2011 Department of Energy proposed budget before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. Instead, she plans to bring the amendment to a vote of the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

- Tri-City Herald
Sen. Patty Murray announced Wednesday she has earmarked $3 million toward a new South Park Bridge. The 79-year-old drawspan declined for years and was finally closed to traffic last month. It missed the cut during a round of federal stimulus grants last winter.Asked about the bridge at a Mercer Street funding celebration in February, she said leaders here should "get your funding together," if they hope win federal grants at South Park. Since then, local and state governments have proposed $95 million toward the $131 million estimated cost. Murray is running for re-election this fall.

- Seattle Times
The financial regulatory bill has passed Congress. It does not go far enough, but it is a good deal better than nothing, and The Seattle Times commends Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell for supporting it in the Senate last week.

- The Seattle Times
A military construction bill now making its way through the Senate includes $10.4 million to help build a new chapel at the McChord air base, part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Chapel services and activities are currently conducted in three deteriorating, World War II-era buildings that are so close to the McChord flight path that parishioners face 65-decibel noise levels and airfield odors. “Our service members deserve better than dilapidated, outdated facilities,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who secured the funding. Murray is a member of the Senate military construction appropriations subcommittee.

- The News Tribune

End anonymous blocking in Senate

Editorial

Jul 12 2010

The U.S. Senate may soon become a bit more functional. A time-honored but much abused Senate tradition that allows a single member to secretly block confirmation votes or hold up legislation looks to be on its last legs….Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., framed the issue well during a recent Senate Rules Committee hearing on the Wyden-Grassley bill: "If I decide to hold up a nominee or bill, my constituents deserve to know that I am doing it, and why. I believe this should hold true for all of us. We need to move away from secretive, back room politics."

- Longview Daily News
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., credited with being a key champion of the monument, remembered coming to the sage- and brush-covered land as a child when her grandparents lived nearby. "I've had a chance to work on a lot of important issues for our state, but protecting the Reach really has had a special, personal meaning for me," she said. "I still remember how much I loved this area when I was young and how much I was in awe of the wide open landscape and the way everyone cared for the land as if it was their own backyard." Protecting the Reach "is about capturing our future," she said. Salmon spawning habitat must be protected and families must be ensured they will be able to use the river for recreation for years into the future, she said.

- Tri-City Herald
Ninety-one members of Congress urged the Department of Energy on Tuesday to immediately halt work to dismantle the Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear repository. They signed onto a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu written by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

- Tri-City Herald