Patty in the News

With more than one in five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unemployed, Sen. Patty Murray introduced legislation Tuesday that would provide expanded training, job placement and small business assistance to them, calling the current situation unacceptable.

McClatchy
Fairhaven Shipyard will use a $1.3 million federal grant to add a crane and other improvements to its floating drydock on the southside waterfront… The grant was announced Thursday, April 15, by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The grants came through the Maritime Administration's Supplemental Grants for Assistance to Small Shipyards program. Murray is chairwoman of the Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Department of Transportation and Maritime Administration. "Small shipyards in Washington state are a critical piece of our domestic maritime industry and our economy," Murray said in a press release. "Especially while families in Washington state continue to struggle, these grants are important to helping our domestic shipping industry stay strong and competitive."

Bellingham Herald - April 16, 2010
For months, Joe Legett seemed unable to catch a break. He would send out resume after resume, but in the past six months he only had two interviews. It may be because he is a member of the National Guard and may need to leave his job to serve overseas, something some employers are not willing to accept….U.S. Sen. Patty Murray listened to Legett and others during a roundtable discussion on the problems facing veterans trying to find civilian jobs last week at Monroe’s Damar Aerosystems. This week the Democrat plans to introduce legislation that creates a program to teach veterans business skills to start their own businesses. She also wants to increase skills training and apprenticeships for veterans. “I want to make sure veterans who want to open up a small business can do that,” Murray said.

- Snohomish County Tribune
The travails of troops over the past decade have been well-chronicled. Deployed to regions where unconventional warfare is conducted. Victims of “stop-loss” orders to extend tours of duty. A steady rise in the suicide rate. Increased need for mental health counseling…Some political leaders want to help. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., wants to expand the GI bill to cover more vocational and technical training. U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, has announced legislation that would do that.

Spokesman-Review - April 14, 2010
Ron Graham has invested his life serving his country as an Army sergeant in Iraq. Yet when he returned home, he couldn’t find an employer willing to invest in him. His story strikes a familiar chord among veterans returning from the rigors of war amid a grinding recession. Jobs are scarce, businesses choosy, soldiers are too often viewed as damaged and their military training and experience dismissed as irrelevant, Graham told U.S. Sen. Patty Murray during a forum Friday afternoon in Spokane.

Spokesman-Review - April 10, 2010
Six small business owners sat down with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in Vancouver on Thursday to share a common woe: their inability to get credit to hire new workers, maintain inventory and expand their companies.

The Columbian - April 9, 2010
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray stepped into a large silver and white composite mill at the Janicki Industries facility Wednesday afternoon for a quick education on the Skagit-based company.

Skagit Valley Herald - April 9, 2010
During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Washington, D.C., Murray asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide money to keep the center open past 2011.

Bellingham Herald - February 25, 2010
During 18 years in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, has been in the minority party. She’s been in the majority party. She’s seen fierce debate on a host of issues. But the anger and divisiveness she has witnessed this election year — inside the Senate and out — is new and disturbing, she said Friday in an interview with The Columbian’s editorial board.

- The Columbian
Ports praise development anchored by investors’ certainty about river The economy in Southwest Washington is already benefitting from an as-yet-unfinished project to deepen the Columbia River’s shipping channel, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray heard during a round-table discussion today at the Port of Vancouver. The $190 million project to deepen the channel from 40 feet to 43 feet will be finished by the end of this year.

- The Columbian - February 20, 2010