(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Enhancing her ability to work on Washington state priorities, Senator Patty Murray was named to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, the Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. Murray secured the new subcommittee assignment following the transfer of power in the Senate.

"I actively sought a seat on the Agriculture Subcommittee," said Murray. "I wanted to be in a better position to fight for the many issues that are important to the farmers, rural communities and low-income people in our state."

The Subcommittee makes spending decisions for nearly all agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including those that implement and fund nutrition assistance, food safety enforcement, research, voluntary conservation initiatives, agricultural trade promotion, and foreign food assistance. In addition, the Subcommittee appropriates money for the food and drug safety and drug approval activities of the Food and Drug Administration.

"The activities funded by the Agriculture Subcommittee are critical," said Murray. "Whether it is a farm worker in Chelan County who needs housing, a farmer in Whitman County who needs open markets, an infant in Spokane who will receive nutritional assistance through WIC, a small rural community in Grays Harbor County that needs to enhance it's drinking water quality, or a biotech firm in Puget Sound that needs FDA approval for new HIV/AIDS treatments, this Subcommittee makes decisions that are important to people's lives."

Senator Murray has served on the Senate Appropriations Committee since 1993, and with her new post, now serves on six subcommittees. She is the Chair of the Transportation Subcommittee, and a member of the subcommittees on Labor, Health, and Human Services; Energy and Water Development; Interior; Commerce, State, Justice; and Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration.