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Sen. Murray: “When Democrats and Republicans work together and reject President Trump’s demands, we can make progress and get things done for the workers, women, and middle class families we represent”
 
Sen. Murray, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, fought for investments in Hanford cleanup, Puget Sound cleanup, year-round Pell Grants, transportation investments, and more

 

Washington, D.C. – Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) today announced that a bipartisan deal on government spending, reached over the weekend to fund the federal government through September, includes critical investments for families across the country, including health care and year-round Pell Grants, as well as many Washington state priorities, including investments in cleanup at Hanford and the Puget Sound, the Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund, investment in local transportation projects, PILT programs, and new funding to mitigate earthquake hazards, to name a few.  The bipartisan deal rejects many of the extreme cuts President Trump initially proposed, and did not include funding for Trump’s border wall.

 

“Although this wasn’t the bill I would have written on my own, we showed that when Democrats and Republicans work together and reject President Trump’s demands, we can make progress and get things done for the workers, women, and middle class families we represent,” said Sen. Murray, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. “I am especially glad that this bill continues to fund health care for women and families and that we protected and expanded our investments in college affordability by making Pell Grants available year-round.

 

“President Trump sent a proposal to Congress to cut this bill’s domestic investments by $18 billion, but I am very glad that this request was ignored and we were able to work together to make important investments in education, health care, innovative medical research, transportation, and jobs at the levels we agreed upon when President Obama was in office.

 

“I am also very glad that despite President Trump’s demand to use this bill to fund his ill-conceived and expensive border wall, Democrats made it clear that this was a non-starter, and we successfully fought it off. President Trump said that Mexico will be paying for this terrible idea, so I am looking forward to hearing him push for it to be included in Mexico’s next budget and am hoping that he doesn’t come back again to ask American taxpayers to foot the bill.  

 

“With this bill we once again made it clear that Democrats will not allow women’s health to be attacked—not now, not ever. This bill funds the Affordable Care Act, continues investments in Planned Parenthood, and protects women’s health care across the board. Republicans should finally realize that if they want Democrats to work with them, they are going to have to write bills that don’t attack the health care and rights of more than half of our country’s population. I believe that economic stability for women and families in this country is contingent on access to health care and on women getting the services they need when they need them—and I made it clear that I wasn’t going to allow this bill to erode that.

 

“Now that we have made it clear that Democrats and Republicans can work together on a responsible budget when President Trump’s extreme and damaging proposals and cuts are rejected, I am hoping that Republicans choose to continue with this bipartisan approach as we quickly head toward negotiations on next year’s budget.”

 

 

Partial list of investments important to Washington state:

 

Hanford Cleanup: $2.3 billion

Donor and Energy Ports: $28 million

Small Ports: $49 million

Western Drought Response: $40 million

National Institutes of Health (NIH): $34 billion

Biological and Environmental Research: $612 million

Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund: $65 million

Tribal Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction: $4 million

Puget Sound cleanup through EPA’s Geographic Programs: $28 million

Legacy Roads and Trails: $40 million

Land and Water Conservation Fund: $400 million

PILT Program: $465 million   

Earthquake Hazards: $64 million

TIGER grant program: $500 million

Capital Investment Grants program: $2.5 billion

Homeless Assistance Funding: $2.4 billion

Community Development Block Grant: $3 billion

US Interagency Council on Homelessness: $3.6 million

Homeless Veteran’s Reintegration Program: $279 million

HUD-VASH vouchers: $40 million

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance: $77 million

Potato Research Program: $2.25 million

Alfalfa and Forage Resarch: $2.25 million

Year-round Pell Grants

TSA programs at SeaTac

FEMA programs, including Port Security, Pre-disaster Mitigation Fund, Emergency Food and Shelter program

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund: $248 million

ApprenticeshipUSA Initiative: $95 million

Job Corps: $1.7 billion