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WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, U.S. Senator Patty Murray was awarded the 2010 Best of Congress Award, presented by Working Mother Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families. The Best of Congress Award recognizes Congressional excellence in improving the lives of working families through advancing legislation, advocacy, and supporting family-friendly work policies.

“I am proud to stand up and fight for working mothers and families in Washington state and across the country,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Especially in these tough economic times, we all need to keep working to put policies in place that support families and help make sure working mothers are given every opportunity to succeed.”

Working Mother Magazine wrote the following about why they chose Senator Murray:

“Murray is the first woman to be elected to the Senate from Washington state, and throughout her tenure she has been a champion for women and families. She has fought to close the pay gap, protect women in retirement and increase access to child care. She helped write and pass the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and helped reauthorize it in 2000 and 2005. During this session of Congress, she sponsored legislation to provide funding for unemployment and training activities for dislocated and adult workers who need training in “green-collar” jobs and in industries, such as health care, that offer the promise of long-term employment...”

This year, Corporate Voices and Working Mother Media selected 10 U.S. Senators and 20 U.S. Representatives from both sides of the aisle for their leadership and their commitment to improving the quality of life for working families nationwide.