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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) helped to pass vitally important spending legislation that includes millions in funding she secured for projects throughout Pierce County. The funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill which passed the Senate by voice vote today. Now that the Omnibus has passed the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, it will be sent to the President for his signature. President Obama has signaled that he will sign the bill.

“This is a big victory for Pierce County at a critical time,” said Senator Murray.  “With area unemployment rates surging, this bill will help get Pierce County residents back to work by investing federal funds in projects in their own backyard.  From building affordable housing, to reducing congestion, to fighting gangs and meth, this bill supports local needs and creates local jobs.”

Read about the projects in Pierce County Senator Murray has funded.