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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 the Tri-Cities, Senator Murray was able to provide $500,000 for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). This funding will help the PNNL accelerate the search for proteins that may be early indicators of breast cancer and cardio-vascular disease and may lead to better diagnostics and treatments for such diseases.

"While this Administration continues to undermine federal scientific endeavors, I have made it my priority to bring research and technology development funding back to our state," said Senator Murray. "This funding will help the PNNL remain on the cutting edge of science and technology research."

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 :