Majority News Releases

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


12.14.23

NEW: Secretary of Defense, Top Pentagon Leadership Sound Alarm That a Year-long CR Would Jeopardize Our National Defense

  In new letters to top Senate Appropriations leaders, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Army, Navy, and Air Force service secretaries detail the harm of a full-year continuing resolution for DoD   ICYMI: Chair Murray Warns of Devastating Implications of a Full-Year CR - MORE HERE   ICYMI: Vice Chair Collins Calls for Action on Appropriations, Full-Year Defense Funding Bills - MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. — In new letters to Senate Appropriations… Continue Reading


12.12.23

Senator Murray’s Remarks on the Urgent Need to Pass National Security Supplemental Funding, Full-Year Funding Bills at Democratic Leadership Press Conference

  ***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 discussed what needs to happen so that Congress can pass a supplemental funding package to meet urgent national security priorities and pass full-year appropriations bills ahead of the fast-approaching funding deadlines.   Senator Mu… Continue Reading


12.12.23

Senator Murray Statement Following All-Senators Meeting with President Zelenskyy

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alongside her colleagues in the Senate.   “There’s no doubt that delaying aid to Ukraine is a gift to Putin and his army as they continue to wage a brutal invasion of Ukraine—and that failing to renew aid altogether may well allow Putin to win the war and extinguish a sovereign democracy and U.S. a… Continue Reading


12.07.23

FACT SHEET: Senator Murray Details Devastating Harm of Speaker Johnson’s Full-Year CR Threat That Would Undercut America’s Economy and National Security

  ***READ: Senate Appropriations Committee Fact Sheet Detailing Devastating Harm of a Date-Change, Full-Year CR***   ICYMI: Chair Murray Spoke on the Senate Floor to Detail How Johnson’s Full-Year CR Backup Would Jeopardize Our National Security, Devastate Families - MORE HERE   Date-change, full-year CR would mean tens of billions of dollars less for defense and non-defense funding alike   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Comm… Continue Reading


12.06.23

Senator Murray on Republican Attempt to Pass Israel-Only Aid Bill, Urges Colleagues to Support Aid for Ukraine

  ICYMI: Senator Murray urges Senate Republicans to move forward on national security supplemental - MORE HERE   ***WATCH: Senator Murray responds to failed cloture vote***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor after objecting to a Senate Republican attempt, led by Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), to pass military aid for Israel only, excluding Ukraine, by unanimous consent. Senator Murray joined c… Continue Reading


12.06.23

Murray on Senate Republicans Blocking Security Supplemental

  ICYMI: Senator Murray urges Senate Republicans to move forward on national security supplemental - MORE HERE   ***WATCH: Senator Murray responds to failed cloture vote***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Republicans voted to block consideration of the Senate’s national security supplemental comprised of bipartisan priorities.   Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered. are bel… Continue Reading


12.06.23

Senator Murray Urges Senate Republicans to Move Forward on National Security Supplemental

  ICYMI: Senator Murray urges Senate Republicans to move forward on national security supplemental - MORE HERE   ***WATCH: Senator Murray responds to failed cloture vote***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Republicans voted to block consideration of the Senate’s national security supplemental comprised of bipartisan priorities.   Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered. are bel… Continue Reading


12.06.23

Murray Warns of Devastating Implications of a Full-Year CR, Calls on House Republicans to Get Back to Bipartisan Spending Agreement So Congress Can Pass Funding Bills

  In speech on Senate floor, Murray underscores how Speaker Johnson’s backup spending plan to pass a date-change, full-year continuing resolution would be devastating for families, jeopardize our national security, and undermine our country’s future   With next funding deadline just weeks away, Murray urges House Republicans to get back to the spending deal they negotiated: “When you negotiate a deal, you don’t then bargain over how much of your word you are going to keep. Deals are built on … Continue Reading


12.05.23

Murray Releases National Security Supplemental

  ICYMI: Senator Murray speaks on next steps for the supplemental at Senate Democrats’ weekly press conference - MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released a national security supplemental funding package to: support Ukraine and Israel; deliver vital humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza, Ukraine, and elsewhere; invest in strengthening our industrial base; support regional partners in the Indo-Pacific; … Continue Reading


12.05.23

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… Continue Reading


11.29.23

Senator Murray, Colleagues Take to Floor to Share How Child Care Crisis is Hurting Constituents, Urge Action from Congress

  ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s remarks***   ***WATCH: Senate highlight urgency of tackling growing child care crisis on Senate floor***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led a number of her colleagues in speaking on the Senate floor about how the worsening child care crisis is hurting families and local economies in every state in the country—and stressing the need to address the crisis by acting on President B… Continue Reading


11.15.23

Senator Murray Talks CR, Next Steps for Appropriations

Senator Murray: “Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back. It is time to roll up our sleeves and pass supplemental funding to address urgent global challenges and critical priorities here at home.”   Senator Murray: “We can only get spending bills done if we are all on the same page when it comes to the topline numbers. The good news is that this is already a settled matter, because we actually passed bipartisan toplines in the debt limit deal that House Republicans and the President n… Continue Reading

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