(Washington, D.C.)  – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of State announcement that the United States and Canada will begin formal negotiations next week to modernize the Columbia River Treaty, or CRT.

The Columbia River Treaty is integral to so much of the Pacific Northwest way of life—from our economy, to our environment, to our culture and heritage—so it’s hard to overstate the importance of updating this Treaty to meet modern-day issues and getting this right. I applaud the U.S. Department of State for the extensive preparation and time already invested in the upcoming negotiations, and I look forward to productive conversation and action that benefits every party involved in this critically important pact.”

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