Patty in the News

U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Congressmen Dave Reichert and Adam Smith have called on the Departments of Commerce and Interior to provide critical weather forecasting and river monitoring resources from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey to address the flood threat posed by structural damage to the Howard Hanson Dam, in a letter sent yesterday afternoon.

- Kent Reporter
Unemployment benefits could end soon, leaving those receiving the benefits without any source of income unless a new bill is passed. U.S. Senator Patty Murray gave a speech today to try and get more support for unemployed people in Washington. The senator says it's time to address a real kitchen table issue for families all across the country, and for those in Washington who could have no where else to turn if their benefits run out by the end of the year.

Sen. Patty Murray says Washington will receive $2.9 million in federal aid to promote and market the state's specialty crops.

– Seattle Times
Washington Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, told CNN that she heard about the issue several years ago while talking to women who trying to escape abusive relationships. One of the women "told me that she did not report her domestic violence because her health insurance company would drop her. I [initially] didn't believe" the woman, Murray said. Murray introduced an amendment banning the practice in 2006 but was unable to get the measure approved.


Domestic violence blocks some insurance policies

Health care: Ban on pre-existing conditions possible

Oct 05 2009

Eight states and the District of Columbia don’t have laws that specifically bar insurance companies from using domestic violence as a pre-existing condition to deny health coverage, according to a study from the National Women’s Law Center….“This is insane,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who’s been trying to convince Congress to address the issue for roughly a decade.

- Tri-City Herald
The final version of the Hanford budget for the fiscal year that starts today includes $87 million more than the budget proposed by the Obama administration. That gives Hanford a budget of almost $2.1 billion for the year. It's a "big win," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a senior member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.

- Tri-City Herald
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., came to Kent Monday to let Green River Valley residents know the federal government is prepared to help protect them from flooding. During her press conference along the banks of the Green River near Russell Road Park, Murray also emphasized that residents need to do everything they can to prepare for a flood. She said that message needs to be repeated over and over in order to reach every affected valley resident.

Bremerton’s Dimension4 in line for defense funds
Murray helped pass the bill out of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday. “This spending will create good jobs in Washington state and help our armed forces get the cutting-edge military equipment they need and deserve,” she said.

- Kitsap Sun
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray has done it again. She has a long record of being a champion for veterans in our region and her influence has helped them once more. Thanks to her, a new outreach clinic will open at the VA Medical Center in Walla Walla that is designed to give readjustment counseling and other mental health services to soldiers who have served in combat.

– Tri-City Herald
A heartbroken Sen. Patty Murray called him a “valued friend, a courageous partner and a personal mentor,” while Sen. Maria Cantwell called him the “heart and soul” of the Democratic Party and prepared to cancel a trip to China so she could attend his funeral….“A very important person is gone,” Murray said in a conference call with reporters. “We are now responsible for doing things without him. The torch has been passed.”

– The News Tribune