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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that she has secured over $7.3 million for critical investments in workplace, healthcare, and education priorities throughout Washington state. The funding was included in the Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. Senator Murray is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"I am proud to have helped bring funding to a variety of very worthwhile programs throughout our state," said Senator Murray. "This bill will get health care initiatives off the ground, bring new technology to existing programs, support workforce training programs, and will ultimately make a difference in the lives of Washingtonians."

In southwest Washington, Senator Murray was able to secure $100,000 for the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council. The funding will be used to match mentors from the business community with southwest Washington AP teachers and students with an emphasis on math and science. Mentors will meet monthly with their students to assist them in their coursework, to share real life and business applications on the subject matter, and to spur students toward additional education, training and career opportunities.

"When I travel across the state, employers tell me they are desperate to find workers with the skills they need to grow their businesses," said Senator Murray. "Yet, for the sixth year in a row President Bush has proposed cutting hundreds of millions of dollars to job training programs. This short-sighted approach would eliminate the hopes of millions of dislocated workers, youth and disadvantaged adults who want to share in the American dream. I am glad that I could secure this funding that will help produce a well trained and productive workforce in Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties."

Now that the bill has passed the full Appropriations Committee it must be brought up for a vote on the Senate floor.

To view a full list of projects that Sen. Murray was able to provide funding for across Washington state visit :