Patty in the News

Domestic violence blocks some insurance policies

Health care: Ban on pre-existing conditions possible

Oct 05 2009

Eight states and the District of Columbia don’t have laws that specifically bar insurance companies from using domestic violence as a pre-existing condition to deny health coverage, according to a study from the National Women’s Law Center….“This is insane,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who’s been trying to convince Congress to address the issue for roughly a decade.

- Tri-City Herald
The final version of the Hanford budget for the fiscal year that starts today includes $87 million more than the budget proposed by the Obama administration. That gives Hanford a budget of almost $2.1 billion for the year. It's a "big win," Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a senior member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.

- Tri-City Herald
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., came to Kent Monday to let Green River Valley residents know the federal government is prepared to help protect them from flooding. During her press conference along the banks of the Green River near Russell Road Park, Murray also emphasized that residents need to do everything they can to prepare for a flood. She said that message needs to be repeated over and over in order to reach every affected valley resident.

– KentReporter.com
Bremerton’s Dimension4 in line for defense funds
Murray helped pass the bill out of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday. “This spending will create good jobs in Washington state and help our armed forces get the cutting-edge military equipment they need and deserve,” she said.

- Kitsap Sun
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray has done it again. She has a long record of being a champion for veterans in our region and her influence has helped them once more. Thanks to her, a new outreach clinic will open at the VA Medical Center in Walla Walla that is designed to give readjustment counseling and other mental health services to soldiers who have served in combat.

– Tri-City Herald
A heartbroken Sen. Patty Murray called him a “valued friend, a courageous partner and a personal mentor,” while Sen. Maria Cantwell called him the “heart and soul” of the Democratic Party and prepared to cancel a trip to China so she could attend his funeral….“A very important person is gone,” Murray said in a conference call with reporters. “We are now responsible for doing things without him. The torch has been passed.”

– The News Tribune
Despite vocal opposition, health care reform likely will move forward this year, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said Thursday after giving a speech in downtown Spokane. “I think we will pass something. I do,” she said in an interview after her talk to the Spokane Rotary Club. “I can’t tell you what it’s going to look like today, but I can tell you we are all working hard to try to reach that goal.”

- Spokesman Review

Murray: Aerospace is crucial

The state’s senior senator weighs in on the vital role the industry plays in the state and in national security

Aug 19 2009

Keeping the aerospace industry strong in Washington state isn’t just a regional issue, it’s a matter of national security, Sen. Patty Murray said Tuesday. “It’s critical for the entire country,” said Murray, D-Wash., who spoke to the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon at the Future of Flight Aviation Center just a short distance from the Boeing Co.’s Everett plant. Murray said skilled workers in the industry are important to the nation’s defense.

- Everett Herald
U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MCAS), announced $398.8 million for military installations in Washington State. The funding will be used to make improvements to a number of installations that facilitate training and care for service members and their families. The funding is also expected to create family-wage construction jobs in communities throughout the state. The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Military Construction Appropriations bill.

- Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray introduced a new federal bill, the Promoting Innovations to 21st Century Careers Act, that establishes a new $912 million grant program that gives high school students a broader range of secondary and post-secondary options. “This is about closing the skills gap between what students have and what employers need,” Murray said in a statement on her Web site regarding the bill. “Right now we are at a crossroads. Drop-out rates are up, unemployment is up and the high-wage, high-skilled jobs of the future are going unfilled.

- Central Kitsap Reporter