Patty in the News

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray stepped into a large silver and white composite mill at the Janicki Industries facility Wednesday afternoon for a quick education on the Skagit-based company.

Skagit Valley Herald - April 9, 2010
During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Washington, D.C., Murray asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide money to keep the center open past 2011.

Bellingham Herald - February 25, 2010
During 18 years in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, has been in the minority party. She’s been in the majority party. She’s seen fierce debate on a host of issues. But the anger and divisiveness she has witnessed this election year — inside the Senate and out — is new and disturbing, she said Friday in an interview with The Columbian’s editorial board.

- The Columbian
Ports praise development anchored by investors’ certainty about river The economy in Southwest Washington is already benefitting from an as-yet-unfinished project to deepen the Columbia River’s shipping channel, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray heard during a round-table discussion today at the Port of Vancouver. The $190 million project to deepen the channel from 40 feet to 43 feet will be finished by the end of this year.

- The Columbian - February 20, 2010
It appears Seattle will finally have the money to fix the Mercer Mess. On Wednesday, Sen. Patty Murray's office announced a $30 million stimulus grant to the Mercer Corridor Project. That just about covers the project's remaining tab so Seattle can move forward on the long-debated plan to convert one-way Mercer Street into a two-way boulevard through South Lake Union.

- Seattle PI
The nation’s economy is growing and the Great Recession appears to be over. But for small businesses trying to get a loan, things are more bleak than ever. I listened in this morning as five small business owners met with Sen. Patty Murray to talk about how hard it is to get access to credit. Murray is sponsoring a bill that aims to help. More on that later. But first, the tales of woe.

- Puget Sound Business Journal
Questions remain about certain decisions in the Obama administration's proposed budget for Hanford next year, although it is better than its proposal a year ago, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday. She questioned Peter Orszag, director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, about Hanford and the Veterans Administration construction budget at a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee. On Hanford she got no immediate answer, but OMB agreed to meet with her to discuss issues.

- Tri-City Herald
The number of suicides among veterans in the Spokane region dropped dramatically last year, according to newly released records. In response to a Spokesman-Review request for information, the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center reported nine suicides from July 2008 to July 2009, including three veterans who had contact with the medical center.

- The Spokesman-Review
For Spokane International Airport Director Neal Sealock, a Wednesday afternoon news conference showcased a rebuilt tarmac. For Sen. Patty Murray, “It was nice to be standing on some economic recovery money.”

- Spokesman-Review
A pair of local veterans received due recognition Thursday when Sen. Patty Murray presented them with military decorations during a ceremony at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.

- Bellevue Reporter