Patty in the News

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray continued her series of conversations with the state’s veterans in Navy Yard City on Thursday before making a campaign stop in Bremerton. The three-term Democratic senator met with five veterans who have found it difficult to find work after military service, and with others trying to help them make the jump.

- Kistsap Sun
Peninsula resident Tiffany Turner was one of three Washington small business owners who met with President Barack Obama Tuesday morning for a round table discussion at Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square, Seattle. In a brief interview shortly after the meeting, Turner said excitedly, "It was crazy!" Turner and her husband Brady own the Inn at Discovery Coast in Long Beach.

- Chinook Observer
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., met with four local business owners Wednesday whose efforts to grow their businesses have been stymied by banks that won't loan them money. Murray was there to say she has one answer to the problem -- a Senate bill that would provide $30 billion to community banks to loan to small businesses. The bill has been stalled in the Senate in a partisan stalemate, and it will be at least until September before Congress can act.

- Everett Herald
Washington's U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell held a news conference this morning at Wallingford's Tutta Bella pizzeria to talk up the small-business lending bill Democrats are trying to push through the Senate. The Small Business Jobs Act would create a $30 billion fund for community banks to lend to small businesses. It would also increase limits on existing Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and give small businesses additional federal tax breaks. Supporters say the proposal, which passed the House in June, would free up credit frozen for many worthy small businesses.

- Seattle Times
As the U.S. Senate cut off a Republican filibuster and cleared for passage a $26 billion aid package to states, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., declared: "This is not politics. This is teachers going back to work." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would call the U.S. House of Representatives back from its summer recess to vote final approval for the legislation. Murray cheered the move, saying: "We can't wait until September.

A measure providing more than half a billion dollars in funding for Washington state’s Medicaid program and to help pay teacher salaries cleared a critical hurdle Wednesday in the Senate. The funding should allow the state to avoid a short-term budget crisis with the prospect of imposing across-the-board cuts. “This amendment will allow Washington state to avoid (state employee) layoffs, service cuts or tax increases and it will make sure our children don’t walk through the schoolhouse door this September to larger class sizes and fewer subjects,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who had introduced the measure.

- The News Tribune
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., last week inserted language in a fiscal 2011 transportation appropriations bill calling on the Obama administration to come up with a plan by Oct. 1 to end Mexico's retaliatory tariffs on Washington agricultural products. That plan, by necessity, would entail giving long-haul Mexican trucks full access to U.S. highways, as required under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement…. But the cost of that political calculation grows more intolerable by the day. The administration should heed Murray's call to end this trade dispute.

- Longview Daily News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to install additional drains as well as extend an existing drainage tunnel to repair the Howard Hanson Dam rather than extending a temporary grout curtain. The corps revealed the new plans at a press conference Friday in Seattle organized by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to announce how the corps would spend the $44 million approved for repairs as part of a $59 billion emergency supplemental spending bill approved earlier this month by Congress and signed July 29 by President Obama.

- The Kent Reporter
A Cashmere veteran can be credited for inspiring a new U.S. Senate resolution that recognizes the significance of service animals for veterans suffering from invisible wounds of war. Chris Goehner, a Wenatchee Valley native now serving as an intern in Sen. Patty Murray’s office, walked the bill to the Senate from Murray’s office Monday with the help of his service dog, Pele. Goehner suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He served two tours as a U.S. Navy corpsman attached to the U.S. Marine Corps unit in Kuwait and Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2006 and honorably discharged.

- West Seattle Herald
The Obama administration would have until Oct. 1 to create a plan to end tariffs by Mexico on Washington agricultural products, including frozen potatoes, under language included by Sen. Patty Murray in a transportation bill…."I am extremely frustrated that the administration has not yet acted while farmers across my home state of Washington continue to suffer under Mexico's retaliatory tariffs," Murray said in a statement. "I am urging both the Obama administration and the Mexican government to solve this issue and allow Washington state farmers to compete on a level playing field."

-Tri-City Herald