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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee, announced that she has included funding to boost Northwest Washington education and health care priorities in the Fiscal Year 2011 LHHS Appropriations bill.

"In the 21st century economy, it is critical that we continue investing in local projects that train our workforce, teach our students, and boost our economy in communities throughout Northwest Washington," said Senator Murray. "These investments will fund community priorities like education services for foster children and health care improvements. I was proud to fight for these local investments, and I'm going to continue working to help Washington state communities meet the needs of their families.”

Having passed the LHHS Subcommittee, the bill will now go to the full Senate Appropriations Committee before going to the full Senate for consideration.

The following projects were included in the bill for Northwest Washington:

Northwest Indian College, Financial Literacy Training Program Expansion – $150,000

This funding would allow for the expansion of financial literacy education opportunities.

Cheryl Crazy Bull, Northwest Indian College President, said, “Indian people have always managed resources wisely, whether it was catching salmon or harvesting materials for clothing or tools. Our Financial Literacy Training Program succeeds because it helps Indian people adapt their traditional skills to the wise management of financial resources.”

Olive Crest Pacific Northwest, Push for Performance – $250,000
This funding will allow Olive Crest Pacific Northwest to provide vital support services to foster children and children in unstable home situations with successful living skills.

“Olive Crest is providing strategic leadership at a critical time in the lives of thousands of kids caught in the web of the child welfare system. The strategic solutions it is offering will help countless young people while saving the tax payer’s money at the same time,” says Tim Myers, V.P. Boeing Capital Corporation.

United General Hospital, Community Health Improvement Initiative – $150,000

Funding would be used for the purchase of equipment for United General Hospital’s Community Health Improvement Initiative which includes the implementation of an electronic ICU, as well as purchasing bariatric equipment.

"United General Hospital strives to provide the highest quality health care for our patients in Skagit County and our hospital district," said Greg Reed, CEO of United General Hospital. "The more services we can provide locally, the safer the care environment.  The new eICU and the upgrades to our equipment for bariatric purposes will allow United to be able to continue to provide the highest level of care that our patients have come to expect.”