Majority News Releases

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


11.14.23

Senator Murray Reiterates Need for Comprehensive Security Package in Objecting to Effort to Pass House GOP's Misguided, Partisan Israel-Only Aid Bill

***WATCH: Senator Murray's 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' Israel military aid package and joined a number of her colleagues on the floor in underscoring the importance of a serious, comprehensive package to deliver aid to Ukraine, Israel, and our partners in the Indo-Pacific and provide urgent humanitarian aid to civilians caught in conflict.   Sena… Continue Reading


11.08.23

Senator Murray Chairs Hearing on President’s Funding Requests, Underscores Need to Act on Request to Tackle Growing Child Care Crisis

  Senator Murray: “If we don’t act soon, the child care crisis is going to keep getting worse—and it will continue hurting our economy in the process.”   Senator Murray: “The recent partisan proposal reviving Trump’s border wall, closing our doors on many asylum seekers, and drastically rewriting immigration laws is not going anywhere …. I hope that—instead of wasting time on partisan nonstarters—we can work together on common-sense, bipartisan solutions.”   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s openi… Continue Reading


11.07.23

Senators Make Clear: We Need Comprehensive Package to Support our Allies in Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific and Deliver Vital Humanitarian Aid

As Republican Senator seeks to pass House GOP’s misguided, partisan bill providing military aid to Israel and conditioning aid on letting wealthy tax cheats off the hook, Senators reiterate: House Republicans’ bill is going nowhere ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s floor remarks*** Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) sought unanimous consent to pass House Republicans’ partisan legislation to provide military aid to Israel—leaving our allies elsewhere behind, failing… Continue Reading


11.07.23

Murray Remarks on Need for Comprehensive Security Package

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray objected to an attempt to pass House Republicans' Israel aid package and led a number of her colleagues on the floor in underscoring the importance of a serious, comprehensive package to deliver aid to Ukraine, Israel, and our partners in the Indo-Pacific and provide urgent humanitarian aid to civilians caught in conflict. Senator Murray’s remarks, as delivered, are below: “M. President, reserving the right to object, there are some fundament… Continue Reading


11.01.23

Senator Murray on Overwhelming Passage of Senate Minibus, Next Steps for Appropriations

   ICYMI: Senate Passes Bipartisan Funding Package in 82-15 Vote - MORE HERE   ***WATCH: Senator Murray's floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, following Senate passage of the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD appropriations bills, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor about the Senate’s passage of the package and next steps for appropriations:    “Thank you, M. President.… Continue Reading


11.01.23

Senate Passes Bipartisan Funding Package in 82-15 Vote

  Senate overwhelmingly passes MilCon-VA, Transportation-HUD, and Ag-FDA appropriations bills   Sen. Murray: “The three bills we just passed are the first and only serious, bipartisan appropriations bills to clear either chamber of Congress.”   Washington, D.C. — Today, in a 82-15, the U.S. Senate passed the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD appropriations bills as part of a bipartisan appropriations package. The bills, which were passed out of Committee unanimously this su… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Murray Chairs Hearing on National Security Supplemental Request: We Must Address These Urgent Challenges in One Package

  Senator Murray: “America must stand strong by our allies, dictators cannot be allowed to invade sovereign democracies, terrorism cannot be tolerated, and we cannot ignore the humanity, and the cries for help, from civilians caught in the middle of conflict and crossfire who we must protect.”   ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s full questioning of Secretaries Blinken, Austin regarding funding request***   Washington, D.C. — Today… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Murray Q&A with Secretaries Blinken and Austin at Hearing on National Security Supplemental Request

***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, gaveled in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s national security supplemental funding request. Her question-and-answer with the Secretaries follows:   Chair Murray: We have a lot of urgent challenges getting aid to Israel… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Murray Opening Remarks at Hearing on National Security Supplemental Request

  ***WATCH: Murray’s opening remarks***   ***WATCH and READ: Senator Murray’s full questioning of Secretaries Blinken, Austin regarding funding request***    Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, gaveled in today’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s national security supplemental funding request and delivered the followin… Continue Reading


10.25.23

Murray: We’ve Got to Fulfill the President’s Child Care Request

   Murray: “As we tackle critical national security priorities, we have also got to address the child care crisis and other urgent domestic priorities that President Biden has laid out in his request.”   ***WATCH: Murray talks supplemental funding request with Sen. Baldwin, Whip Clark, Ranking Member DeLauro***   ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Supplemental Request — MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. — Today—following the submission of the President’s supplemental funding re… Continue Reading


10.25.23

Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Supplemental Request

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the supplemental funding request the President submitted to Congress this afternoon:   “Today, the President has made a request for critical funding to tackle so many of the urgent challenges we face here at home: resources to keep a fragile child care industry afloat in the midst of a worsening crisis, investments to ensure brave wildland firefighters … Continue Reading


10.24.23

Senator Murray Announces Agreement To Move Forward on Milcon-VA, THUD, and Ag-FDA Appropriations Bills

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced a bipartisan agreement to proceed with amendment votes and final passage of the Senate appropriations minibus. The agreement tees up votes this week on a robust slate of amendments to and final passage of the appropriations package comprising the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD bills—each of which passed Committee unanimously.   Senator Murray's remarks, as … Continue Reading


10.20.23

Senator Murray 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 the national security supplemental funding request the President submitted to Congress this morning.   “In this precarious moment, it is essential that we continue to support our friends across the globe and invest in our own security. We must stand with Israel in the face of Hamas’ horrific terrorist attacks and deliver much-needed humanitarian aid; we mu… Continue Reading


10.04.23

Senators Murray and Collins Statement Following Senate Appropriations Committee Briefing on Ukraine

  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 below statement following a classified Senate Appropriations Committee briefing on U.S. Assistance to Ukrainian Air Defenses.   “This morning, we received an update on Ukrainian Air Defenses and the role of U.S. assistance—and it is clear as day that continued American military and economic support for Ukraine … Continue Reading

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