Patty in the News

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
Snohomish County’s Aerospace Training Institute might just be the start of something bigger. The newly unveiled plan to partner community colleges and aerospace companies was lauded as exemplary Wednesday when Sen. Patty Murray laid out a plan to create a new federal board to bolster workforce development programs for teens. If the “Promoting Innovations to 21st Century Careers” bill is successful, the federal grant program would distribute $912 million in its first year, Murray said Wednesday.

– Everett Herald
Federal lawmakers have introduced a new bill in Congress that would give federal grants to states to put toward linking up students with training for specific industries in need of skilled workers. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., sponsored the bill, called "The Providing Innovation to 21st Century Careers Act," that would help pay to provide student training.

- Seattlepi.com
Retired Senior Chief Engineman Gerald E. Patterson, a Renton resident, is being recognized for heroic achievement while serving as leading engineman with Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1) in Dong Ha Ramp, Republic of South Vietnam in 1967. “Senator Patty Murray and her staff were instrumental in making this award possible for Mr. Patterson,” Buchanan said.

– Whidbey News Times
No one predicted the roller-coaster ride Sound Transit would face moving forward. But we refused to let our economic growth be held captive by either traffic or political gridlock. As an original supporter and the chairman of the Senate committee that oversees America's federal transportation funding, I advocated for Sound Transit in Washington, D.C. I secured $3 million in federal funding for the environmental and planning work that made Sound Transit eligible to apply for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal transit startup funds. But it wasn't easy.

– Seattle Times
Dr. Grady Paden said the high demand for a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic was clear back when a handful of nurses and doctors worked out of a mobile trailer in the Skagit Valley Hospital parking lot….So Paden and a small army of military veterans gathered with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, Thursday morning to dedicate the new Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic on the second and third floors of the Mount Vernon Medical Building

- Skagit Valley Herald
Insurance may be the most talked-about aspect of the national health-care reform movement, but without more workers in this field America’s health-care system will remain broken. That was the message U.S. Sen. Patty Murray gave Wednesday to a crowd of health-care professionals at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.

- Kitsap Sun
"This must be just the beginning and not the end of the road to opening the VA to every veteran who serves," Murray said in a statement

- Tri-City Herald
After the Bellingham accident, Murray, D-Wash., shepherded a bill through Congress that cracked down on pipeline operators, tightened safety standards, increased fines, hired more inspectors and required better training.

– The Seattle Times