Patty in the News

End anonymous blocking in Senate


Jul 12 2010

The U.S. Senate may soon become a bit more functional. A time-honored but much abused Senate tradition that allows a single member to secretly block confirmation votes or hold up legislation looks to be on its last legs….Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., framed the issue well during a recent Senate Rules Committee hearing on the Wyden-Grassley bill: "If I decide to hold up a nominee or bill, my constituents deserve to know that I am doing it, and why. I believe this should hold true for all of us. We need to move away from secretive, back room politics."

- Longview Daily News
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., credited with being a key champion of the monument, remembered coming to the sage- and brush-covered land as a child when her grandparents lived nearby. "I've had a chance to work on a lot of important issues for our state, but protecting the Reach really has had a special, personal meaning for me," she said. "I still remember how much I loved this area when I was young and how much I was in awe of the wide open landscape and the way everyone cared for the land as if it was their own backyard." Protecting the Reach "is about capturing our future," she said. Salmon spawning habitat must be protected and families must be ensured they will be able to use the river for recreation for years into the future, she said.

- Tri-City Herald
Ninety-one members of Congress urged the Department of Energy on Tuesday to immediately halt work to dismantle the Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear repository. They signed onto a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu written by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

- Tri-City Herald
A Vancouver nonprofit organization has been awarded $173,280 to help homeless veterans with children….The grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. It was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, through its Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. “I am so glad that Partners in Careers will be receiving this federal investment to help local homeless veterans get the support they need to stay off the streets and get their lives back on track,” Murray said in the announcement.

- The Columbian

Nuclear Regulatory Commission must do right thing on Yucca Mountain

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will consider arguments about whether to reverse an administrative law panel decision that the Obama administration cannot unilateral end the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository project in Nevada. The NRC should not let the administration proceed.

Jul 02 2010

Unworkable politically, that is. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has long opposed the Yucca site in his home state. Washington's own Sen. Patty Murray, an unfailing champion of the Yucca site, nailed Energy Secretary Steven Chu when he could not produce any scientific reason for the decision

- The Seattle Times (Editorial)
Washington's senators are calling for improvements in a program to compensate ill Hanford workers or their survivors. They continue to hear from workers and their families that getting a claim approved is slow and difficult. "Since the average length of time to process a claim takes between one and three years, one of the biggest concerns of Hanford workers is fully understanding upfront the requirements to qualify, rather than investing months and even years of time and resources to ultimately be denied," said the staff of Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., in a statement.

-Tri-City Herald
Sen. Patty Murray and nearly 50 veterans celebrated the opening of the new VA Puget Sound Health Care System clinic in the Lewis County Mall on Friday. “The situation for many of our veterans in the South Sound has dramatically improved,” Murray said to applause in a packed room in the mall. “This is yours, and you deserve it.

Centralia Chronicle
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray joined local leaders Friday in celebrating the upcoming $10.5 million revamp of Percival Landing, which is scheduled to begin in August and last a year. It's the first phase of the planned work and involves replacing boardwalk – from State Avenue to Thurston Avenue, some 725 feet. Murray said the project means “jobs, hundreds of jobs, right here” for the construction. “This is absolutely critical for the economy,” she said.

The Olympian
Standing at the president’s side at the signing ceremony was Washington Sen. Patty Murray, whose bill expanding and improving health care for female veterans was part of the comprehensive bill. The legislation addresses the unique needs of female veterans, including maternity care for newborn children. The bill launches a pilot program to provide child care for veterans receiving intensive medical care.

The Olympian
When Mike Brown goes to Washington, D.C., he apparently gets heard. Brown, a case manager with Corps of Recovery and Discovery -- a Walla Walla program that helps veterans re-enter life after substance abuse treatment -- spoke before the U.S. Senate's housing appropriations subcommittee last month, explaining the importance of secured housing for recovering, homeless veterans…U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who chairs the Senate subcommittee, spoke at the same meeting, sharing the same concerns. "Each one of these vouchers represents a year's rent for someone who has sacrificed for our nation but is now struggling to find housing," she said in a press release. "For too long homeless veterans have been forgotten heroes. These vouchers will help us step up our efforts to provide all veterans with housing and the dignity that comes with it.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin