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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) helped to pass vitally important spending legislation that includes millions in funding she secured for projects throughout Southwest Washington. The funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill which passed the Senate by voice vote today. Now that the Omnibus has passed the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, it will be sent to the President for his signature. President Obama has signaled that he will sign the bill.

“This is a big victory for Southwest Washington at a critical time,” said Senator Murray.  “With area unemployment rates surging, this bill will help get Southwest Washington residents back to work by investing federal funds in projects in their own backyard.  From waterfront redevelopment, to transportation upgrades, to Columbia dredging, this bill supports local needs and creates local jobs.”

Read about the projects in Southwest Washington Senator Murray funded in the is bill.