Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Supplemental Funding Request


Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on President Biden’s supplemental funding request, which was submitted to Congress today. The request includes updated funding asks to meet urgent disaster relief needs across the country—building on the President’s domestic supplemental funding request from October.


“Making sure communities across America can recover and rebuild after disaster strikes is one of our fundamental obligations here in Congress.


“The President has requested new resources to rebuild the Francis Scott Key Bridge and help communities rocked by the string of devastating wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters we have seen all across the country—and I look forward to working with Vice Chair Collins, Chairman Cole, Ranking Member DeLauro, and our colleagues in the coming weeks to ensure we deliver this much-needed relief. Families who’ve lost homes, workers who’ve lost their livelihoods, and communities who are working to rebuild are counting on Congress to step up and provide the help they need—and it’s critical we do just that.


“As we work to deliver critical relief for communities struck by disaster, I continue to believe we must do more to address the growing child care crisis, restore funding that helped 23 million Americans afford high-speed internet, tackle the fentanyl crisis, and more. I’m going to keep pushing to do just that—but we need bipartisan support to make it happen.”