Patty's Updates

Fighting Against Cutting Off Unemployment Benefits for Washington Families

In a spECONOMY: Supporting Out of Work Washington Families colleagues to end blockage of unemployment benefits for millions of American workers who lost their jobs to this recession. In the speech, I discussed the struggles of out-of work families this holiday season and told the story of one such family from Mill Creek who is on the verge of running out of benefits.

I am a co-sponsor of the recently introduced Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Act of 2010, which would provide benefits through the end of next year. As I emphasized on the Senate floor, extending unemployment benefits is also one of the best ways to boost our overall economy.

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“Jobless would gladly trade unemployment check for work” – The Everett Herald

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USS Nimitz to be Stationed at Naval Station Everett

On Thursday, I announced that the Navy will be stationing the USS Nimitz at Naval Station Everett following the departure of the USS Abraham Lincoln. I have been pushing the Navy to bring a new carrier to Everett, citing the station’s strategic advantages, as well as first-rate quality of life and strong support from the local community. Naval Station Everett will be a great home to the USS Nimitz, and I know they will receive a warm welcome.  - Details

“USS Nimitz to be stationed in Everett”– The Everett Herald

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Republicans Block Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Even After Pentagon Report Indicates that It’s Not Working for our Troops

Last week, Senate Republicans blocked yet another attempt to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” This comes after the release of a critical Department of Defense report that found that the policy is not working for our troop. Defense Secretary Gates and other top military officials have also said the report, which includes a survey of U.S. servicemember’s views, paves the way for the Pentagon to institute a repeal.

We have heard the stories of the lives this policy has ruined, we have heard from top-ranking military officials that it simply doesn’t work, and now we have heard from servicemembers that they too want it to change. I am glad that the military has released this report. And last week, I urged my colleagues in the Senate to stand with me to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” - Details

“End the military 'don't ask, don't tell' ban”– The Seattle Times

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Recognizing Mariners Broadcast Legend Dave Niehaus

A letter from Senator Maria Cantwell and I was delivered last week to the Seattle Mariners celebrating the life of broadcast legend Dave Niehaus. The letter, and a framed copy of a resolution we introduced, were delivered ahead of Saturday’s memorial service for the famed baseball broadcaster at Safeco Field. In 2000, he was the second individual inducted into the Mariners Hall of fame, and while his voice will be truly missed, it will never be forgotten.

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Social Security Adjustment for Washington State Seniors and Disabled Veterans Blocked by Republicans
 
On Wednesday, I voted to approve a one-time payment of $250 for Washington state seniors and disabled veterans who will not be getting a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in their social security checks this year. Unfortunately, Republicans blocked this common sense step to help those in our state who are struggling to get by during this recession. I’m going to continue fighting for the needs of middle class Washingtonians as we work to get our economy back on track.

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Protecting Washington State Families from Food Borne Illnesses

Last week, I helped to pass the first major overhaul of our food safety regulations in decades.  The bill, which is a result of two years of bi-partisan collaboration, will go a long way toward making sure that the U.S. continues to have the safest food supply in the world. My grandparents ran a family farm in the Tri-Cities and I worked to make sure that this bill maintained the right balance between allowing small farmers to operate and the need for protections for families. - Details

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