Majority News Releases

02.29.24

Murray Remarks Ahead of Senate Vote to Avert Shutdown

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the floor ahead of the Senate vote on a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded as Congress works to finalize and pass full-year funding bills starting next week.   Senator Murray’s full remarks, as delivered, are below:   “Thank you M. President. I am really glad that we have a clear consensus that n… Continue Reading


02.28.24

Schumer, McConnell, Johnson, Jeffries, Murray, Collins, Granger, DeLauro Joint Statement On FY24 Appropriations Agreement

  Washington, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) along with Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Vice Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement:   “We are in agreement that Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to fund our government.… Continue Reading


02.27.24

Murray Floor Remarks on FY24 Funding and Preventing a Needless Shutdown

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the state of FY24 funding talks and what’s needed to pass final bills and prevent a government shutdown.    Senator Murray’s full remarks, as delivered, are below: “Thank you, M. President.  “‘We have the means and just enough time this week to avoid a shutdown and to make serious headway on annual appropriations. But, as always, the task at hand will r… Continue Reading


02.27.24

Senator Murray Details Harms of a Needless & Costly Shutdown as She Pushes to Get Final Funding Bills Across Finish Line

  SHUTDOWNS COST TAXPAYERS: The last three government shutdowns cost taxpayers nearly $4 billion—at least $3.7 billion in back pay to furloughed federal workers and at least $338 million in other costs associated with the shutdowns, including extra administrative work, lost revenue, and late fees on interest payments.   SHUTDOWNS STUNT ECONOMIC GROWTH: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the five-week partial government shutdown in 2018-2019 reduced economic output by $11 bil… Continue Reading


02.13.24

Murray Statement on Senate Passage of National Security Supplemental

   In a 70-29 vote, Senate approves package to support U.S. allies and deliver humanitarian assistance   ***WATCH: Senator Murray urges colleagues to pass national security supplemental***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the Senate voting 70-29 to pass the national security supplemental:   “Now that the Senate has passed a comprehensive national security supplemental with an overw… Continue Reading


02.12.24

Murray Remarks Ahead of Final Procedural Votes on Supplemental

***WATCH: Senator Murray's floor remarks***   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 final procedural votes to advance the national security supplemental.    Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below:   “Thank you, M. President. We all understand: we cannot leave our job here unfinished.   “The clock is ticking right now, and there is so much at stake. We have a strong, bipar… Continue Reading


02.11.24

Murray Remarks in Support of National Security Supplemental and Opposition to Effort to Table It

***WATCH: Senator Murray's floor remarks*** Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to a motion to table the national security supplemental.     Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below:   “I’ve spoken quite a bit about how the votes we cast as United States Senators for this funding have tremendous consequence. I’ve talked about how whether or not we deliver this aid, especial… Continue Reading


02.09.24

Murray Remarks Ahead of Motion to Proceed to National Security Supplemental

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray's floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in support of tonight's vote on the motion to proceed to the national security supplemental.     Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below:   “Let’s be clear—the stakes of this moment could not be higher. The question before us is nothing short of ‘what kind of future do we want for our kids?’   “Our r… Continue Reading


02.08.24

Murray Remarks on Senate Voting to Advance 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 about next steps for the national security supplemental after the Senate voted 67-32 to consider the package.     Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below:   “M. President, it should never have taken this long to move forward on this aid that so many of us are saying is necessary—but I am so glad that we are finally here making progress on this cruci… Continue Reading


02.07.24

Murray on Senate Republicans Voting Down Comprehensive Supplemental: They Will Be “Telling the World American Leadership Has Been Hollowed Out by Republican Obstruction”

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   “By voting it down, Republicans will be telling our allies our word cannot be trusted, telling dictators like Putin that our threats are not serious, and telling the world American leadership has been hollowed out by Republican obstructionism,” said Senator Murray. “And let’s be clear: they will be telling the American people they don’t want to solve the crisis at our border—they want to campaign on it.”   “Republicans went from ‘we demand bor… Continue Reading


02.07.24

With Republicans Planning to Block Bipartisan Supplemental with Border Policy Changes They Demanded, Murray Releases Supplemental without Border Provisions

  Washington, D.C. — Today—ahead of a vote on the Senate’s comprehensive bipartisan national security supplemental with border policy changes that Senate Republicans insisted upon but are expected to vote against—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released legislative text of a national security supplemental that includes: aid to Ukraine and Israel, humanitarian assistance, resources to support our allies in the Indo-Pacific and deter aggression by t… Continue Reading


02.06.24

Murray Floor Remarks on National Security Supplemental and Bipartisan Border Compromise

  Senator Murray: “If Republicans kill this deal—throwing out border policies they demanded, throwing their Senate colleagues under the bus, and throwing in the towel to dictators like Putin—how are they going to have any sort of credibility on addressing the border? They won’t. The American people will rightly see it for the kind of naked, partisan politics most people can’t stand.”   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), … Continue Reading


02.04.24

Murray Remarks on Bipartisan National Security Supplemental

  Washington, D.C. — Tonight, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about the Senate’s bipartisan national security supplemental package on a press call with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). Senator Murray’s full remarks, as delivered, are below:   “Tonight, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the full text of the bipartisan national security supplemental. A few things that I want to make clea… Continue Reading


02.04.24

Murray Releases Text of Bipartisan National Security Supplemental

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released text of the Senate’s bipartisan national security supplemental package and issued the following statement:   “As Ukraine runs low on ammunition to fend off Putin’s brutal invasion, it is imperative we finally extend our support. We must also live up to our commitments to our allies around the globe and quickly get more aid to innocent civilians caught in conflict, including in … Continue Reading


01.18.24

Senator Murray Remarks as Senate Advances CR in 77-18 Vote

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — This afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan Continuing Resolution (CR) to prevent a government shutdown in a 77-18 vote. U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the floor ahead of the vote urging speedy passage of the CR so Congress can continue negotiating and pass the strongest possible bipartisan, bicameral full-year appropriations bills in the coming weeks after Sena… Continue Reading


01.17.24

Murray Remarks on Averting Shutdown, Passing National Security Supplemental

***WATCH: Senator Murray’s Remarks*** Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke at this afternoon’s Senate Democratic leadership press conference about the need for bipartisan cooperation to quickly avert a government shutdown and the importance of soon passing the strongest possible bicameral, bipartisan funding bills and a comprehensive national security supplemental package.   Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are … Continue Reading


01.14.24

Murray Releases Text of Continuing Resolution

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released text of a bipartisan Continuing Resolution (CR) to prevent a needless government shutdown while Congress works to pass bipartisan, bicameral full-year appropriations bills following the framework agreement reached by Senate and House leadership last week. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) teed up a procedural vote on a shell bill for the CR, which the Senat… Continue Reading


01.09.24

Murray Remarks on Next Steps in Passing Full-Year Appropriations Bills

***WATCH: Senator Murray’s Remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke at this afternoon’s Senate Democratic leadership press conference about her efforts to hammer out the strongest possible bicameral, bipartisan appropriations bills.   Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below:   “After really months of needless delay caused by House Republicans going back on their word, we now have a spending framew… Continue Reading


01.07.24

Senator Murray on Framework Appropriations Agreement

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the framework agreement reached today by Senate and House leadership allowing both chambers of Congress to proceed with negotiations on full-year appropriations bills. “We now have a framework agreement to allow us to finally begin the hard work of negotiating—and passing—full-year spending bills. We cannot afford to delay further, so I will be working with… Continue Reading


12.15.23

Senator Murray on Record 12% Increase in Homelessness Reported This Year: “No Time to Talk About Slashing Our Investments in Tackling This Crisis”

  ICYMI: Murray Details Devastating Harm of Speaker Johnson’s Full-Year CR Threat That Would Cut Federal Housing Assistance for Nearly 700k Households - MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2023 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, an annual point-in-time snapshot of homelessness in the U.S., which found more tha… Continue Reading

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