Patty in the News

Nuclear Regulatory Commission must do right thing on Yucca Mountain

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will consider arguments about whether to reverse an administrative law panel decision that the Obama administration cannot unilateral end the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository project in Nevada. The NRC should not let the administration proceed.

Jul 02 2010

Unworkable politically, that is. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has long opposed the Yucca site in his home state. Washington's own Sen. Patty Murray, an unfailing champion of the Yucca site, nailed Energy Secretary Steven Chu when he could not produce any scientific reason for the decision

- The Seattle Times (Editorial)
Washington's senators are calling for improvements in a program to compensate ill Hanford workers or their survivors. They continue to hear from workers and their families that getting a claim approved is slow and difficult. "Since the average length of time to process a claim takes between one and three years, one of the biggest concerns of Hanford workers is fully understanding upfront the requirements to qualify, rather than investing months and even years of time and resources to ultimately be denied," said the staff of Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., in a statement.

-Tri-City Herald
Sen. Patty Murray and nearly 50 veterans celebrated the opening of the new VA Puget Sound Health Care System clinic in the Lewis County Mall on Friday. “The situation for many of our veterans in the South Sound has dramatically improved,” Murray said to applause in a packed room in the mall. “This is yours, and you deserve it.

Centralia Chronicle
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray joined local leaders Friday in celebrating the upcoming $10.5 million revamp of Percival Landing, which is scheduled to begin in August and last a year. It's the first phase of the planned work and involves replacing boardwalk – from State Avenue to Thurston Avenue, some 725 feet. Murray said the project means “jobs, hundreds of jobs, right here” for the construction. “This is absolutely critical for the economy,” she said.

The Olympian
Standing at the president’s side at the signing ceremony was Washington Sen. Patty Murray, whose bill expanding and improving health care for female veterans was part of the comprehensive bill. The legislation addresses the unique needs of female veterans, including maternity care for newborn children. The bill launches a pilot program to provide child care for veterans receiving intensive medical care.

The Olympian
When Mike Brown goes to Washington, D.C., he apparently gets heard. Brown, a case manager with Corps of Recovery and Discovery -- a Walla Walla program that helps veterans re-enter life after substance abuse treatment -- spoke before the U.S. Senate's housing appropriations subcommittee last month, explaining the importance of secured housing for recovering, homeless veterans…U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who chairs the Senate subcommittee, spoke at the same meeting, sharing the same concerns. "Each one of these vouchers represents a year's rent for someone who has sacrificed for our nation but is now struggling to find housing," she said in a press release. "For too long homeless veterans have been forgotten heroes. These vouchers will help us step up our efforts to provide all veterans with housing and the dignity that comes with it.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Sustainable, diverse and walkable: The Bel-Red Corridor's Spring District hits all the buzzwords, even though it will be years before the first earth mover preps the site for development. On Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray joined a short roundtable session with Eastside leaders, transportation officials and developers to discuss future plans for the Bel-Red Corridor, and what the federal government might do to speed things along/

Seattle Times
The Bellingham Housing Authority will receive 25 vouchers worth $163,080 to help homeless veterans find housing, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray announced Tuesday, June 1.

Bellingham Herald
The Longview Housing Authority will get $132,000 in federal housing vouchers to help homeless veterans and their families move into stable housing. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) announced Tuesday that 25 housing vouchers worth about $7,500 each will be allocated to the local area.

Longview Daily News
Between tracking the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, helping guide cleanup crews and testing oysters for contamination, scientists at Seattle's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office also have developed a new website that will help the public and officials monitor progress and damage as the oil continues to spread….Murray reiterated her call to rewrite the law that caps liability for spills at $75 million, recalling how Exxon battled in court to reduce damages paid to fishermen after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

Seattle Times