Majority News Releases

04.23.24

Ahead of Final Passage, Murray Urges Senators to Pass National Security Supplemental

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor speech ahead of final passage in the Senate of the 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 ahead of final passage of the House-passed national security supplemental—which is nearly identical to the supplemental that Murray and others negotiated and passed through the Senate in February. Murray also spoke ahead of Senate consideration… Continue Reading


04.23.24

Senator Murray Urges Senate to Pass National Security Supplemental: “Show the World that American Leadership is Still Alive and Well.”

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor speech ahead of Senate consideration of the House-passed 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 ahead of the first votes to advance passage of the House-passed national security supplemental—which is nearly identical to the supplemental that Murray and others negotiated and passed through the Senate in February.     “Here in the S… Continue Reading


04.17.24

Senator Murray Statement on House National Security Supplemental Legislation

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the release of three bills comprising the House’s national security supplemental legislation, which mirror the Senate’s comprehensive bipartisan national security supplemental that Senator Murray negotiated and that passed the Senate overwhelmingly in a 70-29 vote in February.   “I am glad to see the House finally moving forward to pass this critical le… Continue Reading


04.17.24

Murray Discusses Key Investments to Support Victims and Survivors of Violent Crime, Ensure a Fair and Functioning Justice System at DOJ Budget Hearing

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Attorney General Merrick Garland***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Justice (DOJ)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed DOJ’s work in protecting Americans’ safety, and emphasized the importance of providing the Department with necessary funding to … Continue Reading


04.16.24

At HHS Budget Hearing, Murray Emphasizes Need to Keep Up Investments in Child Care and People’s Health

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Secretary Becerra ***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed recent progress made to help families get child care and the significant investments still needed and unde… Continue Reading


04.16.24

At Hearing on Navy & Marine Corps Budget, Murray Presses Secretary on Child Abuse Allegations at Child Development Centers; Reiterates Need to Pass Supplemental

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening comments and questioning of Secretary Carlos Del Toro***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Navy and Marine Corps—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed how important it is we invest not only in equipment but, critically, in the brave servicemembers in the Navy and Marine Corps—and their families—who help keep ou… Continue Reading


04.15.24

Senator Murray Objects to Attempt to Pass Israel-Only Aid Bill, Again Calls for Comprehensive Bipartisan National Security Supplemental

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, again objected to an attempt to pass House Republicans’ bill to deliver military assistance to Israel alone and reiterated the need to comprehensively address the urgent national security challenges we face.   Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below:   “Reserving the right to object.   “Iran’s attacks over the weekend undersc… Continue Reading


04.10.24

Senator Murray Reiterates Need to Fund Increased Operational Needs at DHS After Republicans Tanked Bipartisan Package

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening remarks and questioning of Secretary Mayorkas***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the importance of ensuring the Department has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission and how Republicans’ rejection of the bipartisan bo… Continue Reading


04.10.24

Senator Murray Talks Conserving National Forests, Importance of Fire Fix at Hearing on Forest Service Budget

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s remarks and questioning of Chief Moore***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the U.S. Forest Service—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the importance of ensuring the Forest Service has the resources it needs to maintain our public lands for generations to come. In opening comments, sh… Continue Reading


04.09.24

Senator Murray Remarks on Kicking Off FY25, Urgent Need to Deliver Aid to Ukraine

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today—as the Senate Appropriations Committee kicks off its first fiscal year 2025 subcommittee hearings—Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) spoke briefly about the last year in appropriations, the urgent need for the Speaker to finally put the national security supplemental up for a vote and deliver aid to Ukraine, and the hard work ahead to write and pass fiscal year 2025 appropriations bills. Senator Murray delivered the remarks at today’s … Continue Reading


04.09.24

At Hearing on USAID Budget, Senator Murray Discusses Importance of Our Investments in International Development—and of Urgently Getting More Aid into Gaza

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning of Administrator Power***   Washington, D.C. — Today—at a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2025 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed our investments in USAID and the urgent need to help ensure more aid gets into Gaza to meet the dire needs on the ground… Continue Reading


04.04.24

ICYMI: “How Patty Murray Used Her Gavel to Win $1 Billion for Child Care”

ICYMI: Senator Murray’s Statement on Funding Boost for Child Care, Pre-K Washington, D.C. — In case you missed it: in this year’s funding bills, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured $1 billion more for our nation’s primary child care program and for Head Start, in addition to a variety of steps across government programs to help tackle the growing child care crisis that is crunching families, forcing child care workers to leave their profession… Continue Reading


03.23.24

Senate Approves Final FY24 Funding Package in Overwhelming 74-24 Vote

  Funding legislation strengthens America’s national security and invests in the American people—lowering families’ child care costs, protecting workers’ pocketbooks, investing in people’s health, supporting students, and much more   Rejects steep cuts and extreme Republican policy riders that would have set our country back decades   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks after passage of the legislation***   Washington, D.C. - Today, the Senate voted 72-24 to send the final set of bic… Continue Reading


03.22.24

Senator Murray Remarks Urging Swift Senate Passage of Bipartisan Funding Package

   House passed legislation in overwhelming bipartisan 286-134   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   ICYMI: Murray, Top Appropriators Release Second Funding Package - MORE HERE   ICYMI: Former Preschool Teacher Patty Murray Delivers $1 Billion More to Help Families Find and Afford Child Care & Pre-K - MORE HERE    Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor urging swift Senate passage o… Continue Reading


03.21.24

Murray, Top Appropriators Release Second Funding Package

  Funding legislation strengthens America’s national security and invests in the American people—lowering families’ child care costs, protecting workers’ pocketbooks, investing in people’s health, supporting students, and much more   Rejects steep cuts and extreme Republican riders that would have set our country back decades   ICYMI: Former Preschool Teacher Patty Murray Delivers $1 Billion More to Help Families Find and Afford Child Care & Pre-K - MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. - Toda… Continue Reading


03.21.24

Former Preschool Teacher Patty Murray Delivers $1 Billion More to Help Families Find and Afford Child Care & Pre-K

  Across funding bills, Murray secures new steps to help families find quality, affordable child care—including $1 billion more to lower families’ child care costs and strengthen Head Start   ICYMI: Murray, Top Appropriators Release Second Funding Package - MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a former preschool teacher herself, issued the following statement after releasing the second and final funding pack… Continue Reading


03.21.24

Senators Murray and Collins Statement on Release of Final FY24 Funding Bills

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, issued the following statement after releasing the second and final bipartisan package of fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills.   “These final six bills represent a bipartisan and bicameral compromise—they will invest in the American people, build a stronger economy, help keep our communities safe, and strengthen our nat… Continue Reading


03.21.24

BILL SUMMARY: State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill

  Bill advances America’s national security interests by investing in U.S. global leadership and competitiveness, strengthening our alliances, and maintaining U.S. preeminence in development and humanitarian assistance to build a safer and more prosperous world   Rejects draconian cuts and scores of extreme riders that would have undermined U.S. leadership abroad    ***Bill text, explanatory statement, & more available HERE***    Washington, D.C. - The Fiscal Year 2024 State, Foreign … Continue Reading


03.21.24

BILL SUMMARY: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill

  Protects investments in Americans’ health, workers’ rights, schools, students, and families in every part of the country—rejecting draconian cuts that would have decimated programs people count on every day   Lowers child care costs for families—building on recent historic progress with $1 billion increase for early childhood education   Boosts funding for cutting-edge medical research, the 988 lifeline and mental health research, our nation’s K-12 schools, and more   Rejects scores of … Continue Reading


03.21.24

BILL SUMMARY: Financial Services and General Government Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill

  Bill delivers resources to maintain essential government functions, support small businesses, protect Americans’ bank accounts, and more   Rejects drastic cuts and scores of extreme Republican riders that would hurt consumers, help scammers, block action on climate change, promote discrimination, block Free File for taxpayers, and much more   ***Bill text, explanatory statement, & more available HERE***     Washington, D.C. - The Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Services and General Gover… Continue Reading

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