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Murray Increases Hanford and Howard Hanson Budget as Member of Senate Budget Committee

Apr 22 2010

The Senate Budget Committee Resolution will now head to full Senate for vote.

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), announced that as a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee, she was able to secure money in the budget for key Washington state priorities in the 2011 budget resolution that passed that Committee today.  In particular, the Senate Budget Committee resolution increases Emergency Management funding at Hanford and increases Army Corps of Engineers funding to help repair the Howard Hanson Dam.   

“As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, it’s my job to ensure that the needs of Washington state families and communities have a voice at the table.

“Today, I am happy to announce that I was able to work to increase the budget to clean up the nuclear waste at Hanford and meet our legal and moral commitments to the people of the Tri-Cities.  And as we continue to work to ensure families and businesses in the Green River Valley are protected from potential flooding, I will continue fighting to ensure that we have the resources needed to repair the Howard Hanson Dam.

“This budget is a statement of our priorities.  I have fought to make sure we are doing right by our children and grandchildren by passing a budget that helps pay down our debt, but I also believe we have to invest in the priorities that will continue to make Washington state strong far into the future.  Ensuring that we are cleaning up our nuclear waste and protecting our families and economy are priorities that I will continue to stand up for in the U.S. Senate.”


Senator Murray worked closely with the administration to substantially increase the Emergency Management budget, and she is going to continue fighting to make sure Hanford has the dedicated funding it needs to fulfill our legal and moral obligation to clean up waste.

  • FY10 President’s Budget: $5.8 billion for Environmental Management
  • FY11 President’s Proposed Budget: $6.047 billion for Environmental Management.
  • FY11 Senate Budget that passed through committee: $6.047 billion for Environmental Management.

Howard Hanson

Senator Murray successfully fought to increase budget levels for Army Corps projects to ensure they have the resources they need to fix the Howard Hanson Dam and continue work on other critical Washington state infrastructure projects 

Army Corps of Engineers – Construction and Dam Safety 

  • FY10 Final Spending Bill: $5.445 billion
  • FY11 President’s Proposed Budget: $4.939 billion
  • FY11 Senate Budget that passed through committee today: $5.445 billion