Senator Murray’s Remarks on Appropriations, Supplemental Funding at Dem Leadership Presser

***WATCH: Senator Murray’s Remarks***


Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered the following remarks at this afternoon’s Senate Democratic leadership press conference. Senator Murray highlighted the need for a comprehensive national security supplemental package that includes aid for our allies and humanitarian assistance, and reiterated the need to pass serious bipartisan, bicameral full-year spending bills. Video of Senator Murray’s remarks is available HERE.


Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below:


“Right at the top, every Senator needs to recognize that funding for Ukraine has run dry. Time has run out and the situation is dire.


“Senators need to decide if they want to strengthen Putin’s hand and abandon our Ukrainian allies or if they will vote to protect democracy and keep America safe.


“It is past time that Senators make clear where they stand. So we are releasing a supplemental comprised of overwhelmingly bipartisan priorities to tackle the many national security challenges that we face.


“Whether it’s funding for Ukraine or stopping the flow of fentanyl—the vast majority of us agree on these priorities!

“So I know some Senate Republicans want to talk about what is not in this package—and I could spend just as much time talking about what I care about that is not in this package.

“Except that wouldn’t help the soldiers in Ukraine or keep fentanyl out of our neighborhoods.  


“Now, one Republican Senator said this process was quote ‘not a traditional negotiation, where we expect to come up with a bipartisan compromise on the border. This is a price that has to be paid in order to get the supplemental.’


“Well, I have news for him: we don’t govern by extortion.


“With this package headed to the floor, Senators will have to decide if they want to invest in protecting democracy, in strengthening our key alliances, and stability around the world—or if they want to abandon our allies, deliver a gift to Putin, Hamas, the Chinese government, and pay a lot more later.


“That is the choice.


“Now, I support Leader Schumer’s decision to allow Senate Republicans to put forward an amendment that addresses our challenges at the Southern border.


“But the onus is on them to work with Democrats in good faith and put forward strongly bipartisan policies—something that can get 60 votes.


“If they refuse to and they continue to block this supplemental—let there be no mistake: the failure to support our allies in Ukraine, in Israel, and so much more for our national security will be a failure of the Republican party that caved to the far-right.


“Before I turn it over, I understand the Speaker has proposed an unprecedented, date-change, full-year CR.


“I want to be very clear that is a nonstarter. I will have more to say on this, but it is deeply dangerous; it would lock in outdated spending plans and devastating across-the-board cuts with no rhyme or reason and completely lock Congress out of any kind of thoughtful decision-making process for our nation’s future.


“It should be obvious, but the country cannot run on autopilot and Congress should absolutely not abdicate its power of the purse. 


“I refuse to entertain such a catastrophic, unforced error that would devastate our economy, our security, and our future.


“Speaker Johnson needs to get back to the spending deal that he voted for and work with us to pass bipartisan, full-year spending bills without poison pill riders—that’s the minimum.”