Majority News Releases

06.18.24

FACT SHEET: Murray Details How FY25 Spending Caps Mean Painful Shortfalls for Essential Domestic Programs, Calls for More Nondefense Funding

  Senator Murray: “Congress needs to decide—do we want a stronger America?”   Senator Murray underscores insufficiency of FRA’s 1% increase for domestic programs in FY25 after nondefense funding was effectively frozen in FY24; calls for increase in nondefense funding   ***READ: Senate Appropriations Committee fact sheet on FY25 spending caps and implications for vital nondefense programs***   ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s floor speech detailing how important nondefense funding is to… Continue Reading


06.18.24

REMARKS: Murray Details How FY25 Spending Caps Mean Painful Shortfalls for Essential Domestic Programs, Calls for More Nondefense Funding

   ICYMI: Fact Sheet Details How FY25 Spending Caps Mean Painful Shortfalls for Essential Domestic Programs   WATCH: Senator Murray's floor speech    Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about how the spending caps imposed by the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) hold America back—undercutting our economy, competitiveness, and future—and present particularly acute challenges for all manner of essent… Continue Reading


06.04.24

At Treasury Budget Hearing, Senator Murray Highlights Importance of Robust Nondefense Investments to Our Economy and Our Country’s Future

  Murray asks Yellen about Direct File, 45-V rulemaking, child tax credit, more   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s back-and-forth with Secretary Yellen***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of the Treasury—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the indispensable role Treasury plays in protecting our ec… Continue Reading


05.23.24

Senator Murray Emphasizes Need for Strong Nondefense Investments to Keep Propelling NIH’s Lifesaving Research

  Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the need for strong nondefense investments to continue advancing NIH’s life-changing and lifesaving research. In opening comments, Senator Murray said:   “You know, the fact of the ma… Continue Reading


05.23.24

Senator Murray Chairs Hearing on Department of Energy’s Budget, Underscores: We Cannot Cut Investments Without Ceding Ground

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Secretary Granholm***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, led a hearing on the President’s fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE)—at which she underscored the need for robust nondefense funding to continue propelling all of the Department’s vital wor… Continue Reading


05.22.24

Senator Murray Discusses Keeping Capitol Safe for All Who Work and Come to Visit at Capitol Police Budget Hearing

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray speaks at hearing***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget requests for the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) and Doorkeeper of the Senate and the United States Capitol Police (USCP)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, noted the importance of the agencies in keeping lawmakers, staff, and visitors to our nation’s capitol safe. In opening comments, S… Continue Reading


05.21.24

Senator Murray at Army Budget Hearing: Our Servicemembers Need Safe, Affordable Child Care and Housing

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Secretary Wormuth***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Army—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, stressed the importance of both delivering the resources the Army needs to keep us safe and take care of servicemembers and their families—and of adequately funding agencies across government that keep Americans safe … Continue Reading


05.21.24

At State Department Budget Hearing, Murray Asks Blinken About Ensuring Security Assistance is Used in Compliance with International Law, What Aid to Ukraine Means on the Ground

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Secretary Blinken***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the U.S. Department of State—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, reiterated the importance of investing in our diplomatic tools to keep America safe and reduce conflict across the globe. She asked Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken about s… Continue Reading


05.16.24

Senator Murray: Our Investments in the Department of Commerce Essential to Our Competitiveness and Country’s Future

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Secretary Raimondo***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Commerce—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about how essential the work the Department does is to our country’s competitiveness and success. In opening comments, she underscored that Congress mu… Continue Reading


05.15.24

Senator Murray Chairs Hearing on Army Corps and Reclamation Bureau’s Budget Needs, Discusses Key Bridge Cleanup and Need to Deliver More Non-Defense Resources to Fund Agencies’ Essential Work

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning and exchange with witnesses***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the resources needed to meet key challenges in the upcoming year and again … Continue Reading


05.09.24

Senator Murray Questions FDA Commissioner Califf on Avian Flu, Cosmetics Reform, Human Foods Reorganization; Rebukes Republicans and Anti-Choice Activists for Attacking FDA’s Authority in Mifepristone Case Before SCOTUS

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of FDA Commissioner Califf***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Appropriations Committee, asked FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf about FDA’s role in the response to the avian flu, steps FDA has take… Continue Reading


05.08.24

At Interior Budget Hearing, Murray Discusses Essential Funding for Salmon Recovery, National Park Staffing, and Upholding Commitment to Tribes

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Secretary Deb Haaland***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of the Interior—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the importance of investing in the Department’s critical efforts despite tough funding constraints—and of upholding Tribal treaties.   In openi… Continue Reading


05.08.24

Senator Murray Discusses Importance of Investing in All-of-Government National Defense Strategy with Defense Secretary Austin

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Defense—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about the pressing global challenges and national security threats we face and the importance of not only ensuring the Department of Defense (DOD) has the resources it needs … Continue Reading


05.01.24

Murray Talks Importance of Strong Investments at EPA at FY25 Budget Hearing

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan ***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the importance of strong investments to support EPA’s vital work—and strong investments in key domestic programs general… Continue Reading


04.23.24

Ahead of Final Passage, Murray Urges Senators to Pass National Security Supplemental

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor speech ahead of final passage in the Senate of the national security supplemental***   Washington, D.C. — Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor ahead of final passage of the House-passed national security supplemental—which is nearly identical to the supplemental that Murray and others negotiated and passed through the Senate in February. Murray also spoke ahead of Senate consideration… Continue Reading


04.23.24

Senator Murray Urges Senate to Pass National Security Supplemental: “Show the World that American Leadership is Still Alive and Well.”

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor speech ahead of Senate consideration of the House-passed national security supplemental***   Washington, D.C. — Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the first votes to advance passage of the House-passed national security supplemental—which is nearly identical to the supplemental that Murray and others negotiated and passed through the Senate in February.     “Here in the S… Continue Reading


04.17.24

Senator Murray Statement on House National Security Supplemental Legislation

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the release of three bills comprising the House’s national security supplemental legislation, which mirror the Senate’s comprehensive bipartisan national security supplemental that Senator Murray negotiated and that passed the Senate overwhelmingly in a 70-29 vote in February.   “I am glad to see the House finally moving forward to pass this critical le… Continue Reading


04.17.24

Murray Discusses Key Investments to Support Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime, Ensure a Fair and Functioning Justice System at DOJ Budget Hearing

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Attorney General Merrick Garland***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Justice (DOJ)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed DOJ’s work in protecting Americans’ safety, and emphasized the importance of providing the Department with necessary funding to … Continue Reading


04.16.24

At HHS Budget Hearing, Murray Emphasizes Need to Keep Up Investments in Child Care and People’s Health

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Secretary Becerra ***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed recent progress made to help families get child care and the significant investments still needed and unde… Continue Reading


04.16.24

At Hearing on Navy & Marine Corps Budget, Murray Presses Secretary on Child Abuse Allegations at Child Development Centers; Reiterates Need to Pass Supplemental

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening comments and questioning of Secretary Carlos Del Toro***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Navy and Marine Corps—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed how important it is we invest not only in equipment but, critically, in the brave servicemembers in the Navy and Marine Corps—and their families—who help keep ou… Continue Reading

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