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 crucial package.


“We have more work ahead to get this passed in the Senate and House and ultimately signed into law. And we, frankly, do not have a minute to waste.


“So I hope this vote isn’t just the start of moving this package now in earnest, because this is serious. As the senior senator from Maine just outline: our allies are at war, civilians are in harm’s way, and dictators are watching closely to see what we are going to do about it. So really the stakes could not be higher.


“How we answer this moment will define America’s future on the global stage and could well redefine the balance of power in the world.


“So I hope today is truly a breakthrough for bipartisanship, that cooler heads will prevail from here on out, and that we can move this forward in a reasonable, bipartisan way. We will be doing everything in our power to move this forward. I stand ready to work with my Vice Chair, the Senior Senator from Maine, on any amendments that senators want to bring forward, and as the leader just said to everyone: we will stay here until this is done.”