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Murray Commends Larsen, Dunn On Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Effort

Aug 03 2001

Working in a bipartisan fashion is the only way to get it done

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today commended Representatives Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.) for sponsoring a bipartisan pipeline safety bill in the House. Murray is hopeful that this latest bipartisan effort could finally bring the House to act on an important issue to Washington State and the nation.

"The Pipeline bill authored by Rick Larsen and Jennifer Dunn represents real and significant progress in addressing one of the most important safety issues facing our communities," said Murray. "For two years the House has failed to respond to Senate action and has refused to consider pipeline legislation. But with the leadership and hard work of Representatives Larsen and Dunn, we may finally be able to move forward."

Senator Murray has been the leading advocate in the United States Senate for improving pipeline safety. She has successfully passed pipeline safety bills in each of the last two sessions of Congress. This year, Senator Murray worked with Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) on a bill, which the Senate unanimously approved in February. Unfortunately, efforts have languished in the House

"Rick Larsen has put an enormous amount of time and energy into this issue, and I commend him for teaming up with Jennifer Dunn in this latest bipartisan effort," said Murray. "Working in a bipartisan fashion is the only way to get it done. Once the House passes this bill, we will work in conference to deliver a tough, comprehensive bill to the President."