Patty in the News

Congress this month refined and expanded the Post-9/11 GI Bill in ways that should benefit more Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and, at the same time, deliver a boost to the national economy. In a press release hailing the changes in the 2009 GI Bill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., explained: "This new package makes it easier for some veterans to use their benefits to pay for tuition at public and private universities, and others who want to enroll in training programs that will place them directly in the workforce, helping us get our economy back on track.

- Longview Daily News
When Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., spoke on the Senate floor in favor of repealing the ban on openly gay service members, she had Margaret Witt in mind. Witt, an Air Force flight nurse from Spokane who was discharged in 2004 for being a lesbian, recently won a landmark court order for reinstatement. "Major Witt is a true hero, and her commitment to our country should be recognized and honored," Murray said. "But she should never have been put in this position.

- Seattle Times
Amid increasing speculation that EADS North America will win the U.S. Air Force's $35 billion aerial refueling tanker contract, Boeing-friendly senators Wednesday called for forcing the Pentagon to account for illegal subsidies in the competition. A World Trade Organization panel ruled earlier this year that European nations illegally subsidized Airbus programs, including the A330, which is the basis for EADS North America's proposed KC-45 tanker. A separate WTO panel found in a confidential interim ruling that Boeing also received illegal subsidies, although those were reportedly much less than those that Airbus got.

Almost from the moment Everett was chosen in 1984 to host a Navy homeport, it was widely believed the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz would be its centerpiece. Destiny took its time. Nearly 27 years after the announcement that Naval Station Everett would be built, the Nimitz will steam into its new home on Port Gardner Bay a year from now. It will be welcomed with the enthusiasm and warmth that has come to define Snohomish County's relationship with the Navy and its families.

- Everett Herald
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., specifically mentioned Curtis’ plight in a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor. “These programs aren’t extravagant, but for so many workers they have made all the difference,” Murray said. “Workers like Judy Curtis, a woman from Mill Creek, Washington, who wrote to my office urging me to do everything I could to reauthorize the program.”

- HeraldNet
U.S. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday that Democratic Sen. Patty Murray made a "tough vote" but the "right vote to put people back to work" with the Obama administration's stimulus bill last year.

- SeattlePI
Bellevue-based Ramgen Power Systems will receive a $30 million grant from the Department of Energy to further develop the company's Supersonic Shock Wave Compression and Engine Technology.

- Bellevue Reporter
Years of debating and planning came to an end Wednesday when golden shovels dug into the soil of the biggest development project in Vancouver’s history. Elected officials including Sen. Patty Murray, Congressman Brian Baird and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt broke ground on the $44.6 million waterfront access project.

- The Columbian
U.S. Senator Patty Murray visited Whatcom County yesterday, touring Alcoa Intalco Works near Ferndale. Murray touted her work with the US Department of Energy to help broker a deal with the Bonneville Power Administration to lower energy rates and keep the aluminum smelter operating.

Randall Smith spent years on the street as a homeless veteran. When he finally got a place to live, “I purposely rented a three-bedroom home,” he said. Smith wanted to be able to help other veterans make that same transition to a stable life.

- The Columbian