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 no one wants to see a government shutdown and that preventing one now will require a very short CR so we can continue making good progress on our full-year funding bills.


“I have been at the table for a long time now, pushing to make progress every single day, and we are genuinely close.


“If bipartisan cooperation prevails, I am very confident we can at long last—at long last—wrap up our FY24 bills.


“And as my colleagues are aware: we plan to release the first six bills in the coming days to give everyone time to review them before a vote next week while we continue to lock up the last six bills.


“I am confident we can get all of our funding bills done in the next few weeks so long as partisan poison pills are taken off the table.


“We are working in a divided government. That means to get anything done, we have to work together, in good faith to reach reasonable outcomes.


“That has been true from day one of these negotiations, and we will only reach the last day of these negotiations if that happens.


“Again, M. President, we’re close. We are moving in the right direction.


“It’s full speed ahead.


“We will keep working hard with our colleagues to get this wrapped up and take a shutdown completely off the table by passing the strongest bipartisan spending bills we can—and hopefully soon.


“I urge all of our colleagues to vote yes on this CR so we have the time to get these done.


“Thank you.”