PIERCE COUNTY: Senator Murray Secures Support for Job-Creating Defense Projects in Pierce County

Sep 15 2010

Funding will support Armed Forces while creating family-wage jobs

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Defense Subcommittee announced that she has included critical funding for Pierce County companies in the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Appropriations bill.  The funding will create jobs and help Washington state remain at the forefront of technology, research, and innovation.

The key job-creating bill passed through the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee today, and will now move to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“This investment in companies right here in Washington state will help create family-wage jobs while supporting our national defense,” said Senator Murray. “This is about bringing Washington state tax dollars back to companies in our own backyard. And the plain truth is that if I’m not fighting for these job investments to be made here in our state, they will go to other states like Texas and California. Our state’s innovative companies deserve their fair share of federal funding so they can hire, expand and provide our service members with tools to keep them safe. I’m proud to have secured this support for local companies to help them create jobs.”

Pierce County projects are listed below:

Project Title: National Guard Employment Enhancement Project (NGEEP)
Recipient:       Washington Military Department
Amount:         $1,500,000
Location:        Camp Murray, Washington

To expand the National Guard Yellow Ribbon program by providing employment assistance such as pre-apprenticeships, short-term training, and certification and testing fees to Washington National Guard members.

With more than 14 percent of Washington Army National Guard currently unemployed, it is more important than ever to address gaps in federal, state, and private sectors employment assistance programs.  By enhancing the skills sets and employability of National Guard members, this funding would benefit Washington State employers and the economy as well as Washington State National Guard members and their families.

Project Title:  Madigan Army Medical Center Trauma Assistance Program
Recipient:       Tacoma Trauma Trust (TTT)
Amount:         $3,500,000
Location:        Tacoma, WA

This investment would provide military medical personnel at Madigan Army Medical Center with critical trauma care experience in local hospitals and also expand trauma treatment for military beneficiaries and civilians in the region. In addition to lowering the cost and improving the quality of health care for local residents, this would help deployed military doctors provide the best possible care to wounded warfighters.