Majority News Releases

10.03.23

ICYMI: Senator Murray Discusses Next Steps for Appropriations After Congress Averted Needless Shutdown

***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — In case you missed it: on Saturday—after the Senate passed a continuing resolution 88-9 to extend government funding at current levels through November 17 and deliver much-needed new resources for disaster relief—U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about how House Republicans’ extreme proposals and tactics drove the U.S. just hours away from a government shutdown and talked about … Continue Reading


09.30.23

Schumer, McConnell, Murray, Collins, Coons, Graham Joint Statement On The Senate’s Commitment To Supporting Ukraine

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following joint statement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Susan Collins (R-ME), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Chair Chris Coons (D-DE), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the Senate’s bipartisan commitment to supporting Ukraine:   “We we… Continue Reading


09.30.23

Senator Murray Speaks on Senate Passage of CR to Prevent Needless Shutdown—and Path Ahead for Appropriations

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor after the Senate’s overwhelming passage of legislation to avert a needless government shutdown and underscored her commitment to delivering on other essential priorities—including supporting Ukraine—in the weeks ahead.   Senator Murray’s full remarks, as delivered, are below: “M. President, I have been down here … Continue Reading


09.29.23

On Senate Floor, Senator Murray Details How Extreme House Republicans Are Pushing a Senseless Shutdown—and Urges Quick, Bipartisan Action to Avert One

   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s floor remarks***    Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the urgent need to avoid a devastating and utterly unnecessary government shutdown by passing the Senate’s bipartisan stopgap measure—and laid out how House Republicans’ extreme tactics and funding proposals have led us to this point, just days away from a shutdown that would hurt millions of public servants… Continue Reading


09.26.23

Murray Releases Bipartisan Continuing Resolution

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released a bipartisan Continuing Resolution to extend government funding through November 17, prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month, and allow work on full-year appropriations bills to continue.   “A shutdown would be nothing short of a catastrophe for American families, our national security, and our economy. It is critical that we avoid one, and that’s exactly what thi… Continue Reading


09.14.23

Chair Murray Remarks on Next Steps in Consideration of Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the Senate's consideration of the appropriations package comprising the MilCon-VA, Agriculture-FDA, and Transportation-HUD bills after seeking unanimous consent to proceed with 5 Republican and 5 Democratic amendments to the bills—and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) objected.   Senator Murray’s full floor remarks, as delivered, are below:   “M. President. Let’s… Continue Reading


09.13.23

Chair Murray Remarks on Senate Consideration of Appropriations Package

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray's floor remarks***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the first three appropriations bills on the floor and the Senate's consideration of the package after the Senate voted 85-12 on Tuesday to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bills.   Senator Murray’s full floor remarks, as delivered, are below: “Mr. President, I want to start today by thanking S… Continue Reading


09.12.23

Murray and Collins Kick Off Consideration of First Appropriations Bills on the Senate Floor

  Senate voted 85-12 this afternoon to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to first three appropriations bills on the Senate floor, commencing debate on the package ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY’S FLOOR REMARKS HERE*** ***WATCH SENATOR COLLINS’ FLOOR REMARKS HERE***   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, spoke on the Senate floor, kicking off consideration of … Continue Reading


09.06.23

Senators Murray and Collins Issue Statement on Plans to Proceed with First Package of Appropriations Bills on Senate Floor

  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 on plans to proceed with consideration of the first set of appropriations bills on the Senate floor.   The first three bills set to be considered by the full Senate include: the Fiscal Year 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; Transportation, Housing and Urban … Continue Reading


08.11.23

Senators Murray and Collins Issue Statement on Biden Administration Supplemental Funding Request

  Washington, D.C. — 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 in response to the Biden administration’s supplemental funding request:  “We look forward to reviewing the administration’s supplemental funding request carefully. Whether it’s supplemental funding to defend against Russian aggression in Ukraine, to stren… Continue Reading


07.28.23

ICYMI: Murray Leads Senate Appropriations in Passing All 12 Bills Out of Committee in Overwhelming Bipartisan Votes

  For first time in five years, Senate appropriators advanced all 12 spending bills out of committee   Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it: on Thursday, Senate Appropriations Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) led the fourth and final full committee markup of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s fiscal year 2024 spending bills, advancing the Committee’s final four bills for consideration by the full Senate. This marks the first time since 2018 that Senate Appropriator… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Senators Murray and Collins Issue Statement After Passing All 12 Appropriations Bills Out of Committee for First Time in Five Years

Washington, D.C. — 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 today after the Senate Appropriations Committee concluded its work to successfully mark up all twelve appropriations bills for the first time in five years:    “For the first time in five years, this committee finished passing all twelve individual appropriations bills with … Continue Reading


07.27.23

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Defense, Interior-Environment, LHHS, and Homeland Security Bills

  Committee approves Defense bill in 27-1 vote   Committee approves Interior-Environment bill in 28-0 vote   Committee approves LHHS bill in 26-2 vote   Committee approves Homeland Security bill in 24-4 vote   Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee met and approved the Fiscal Year 2024 Defense; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; and Homeland Security appropr… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Chair Murray Remarks at Full Committee Markup of Defense, Interior-Environment, LHHS, and Homeland Security Bills

  ICYMI: Summary of the Fiscal Year 2024 Defense Appropriations Bill – READ HERE  ICYMI: Summary of the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill – READ HERE   ICYMI: Summary of the Fiscal Year 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill – READ HERE   ICYMI: Summary of the Fiscal Year 2024 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill – READ HERE   Washington, D.… Continue Reading


07.27.23

BILL SUMMARY: Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill

  Bill helps goods and people move through our ports and borders in an orderly and timely way, delivers new funding to stop the flow of fentanyl and transnational crime, and supports the refugee resettlement program   Washington, D.C. – The Fiscal Year 2024 Homeland Security Appropriations bill provides $61.3 billion in total discretionary funding.   The bill provides new resources to stop the flow of fentanyl and strengthen efforts abroad to disrupt and dismantle trans… Continue Reading


07.27.23

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

  Strengthens investments in students and families, commits new resources to address the opioid and mental health crises, sustains key health care resources, propels lifesaving biomedical research, and protects workers’ rights   Washington, D.C. – The Fiscal Year 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill provides $224.4 billion in total funding.   “Our bipartisan legislation improves the lives of working famil… Continue Reading


07.27.23

BILL SUMMARY: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill

  Protects our environment, public lands, and Americans’ health, funds key efforts to combat wildfires, and invests in Tribal communities   Washington, D.C. – The Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act provides $42.695 billion in total funding.   “This Interior-Environment bill is the result of a bipartisan effort to meet our trust and treaty obligations to Tribes, protect our lands and waters, and ensure clean air an… Continue Reading


07.27.23

BILL SUMMARY: Defense Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill

  Bill strengthens our deterrent capabilities and global readiness and supports our servicemembers and their families   Washington, D.C. – The Fiscal Year 2024 Defense Appropriations Act provides $831.781 billion in total funding.   “As Chairman of the Senate committee that sets the military’s budget, my top priority is making sure our armed forces have the necessary resources to defend our freedoms and keep our nation safe,” said Senator Jon Tester (D… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-HUD Bills

  ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee met and approved the fiscal year 2024 Energy and Water Development; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bills.   “Today, our Committee will continue passing serious Appropriations bills that can actually be signed into law and making sure the voice o… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Chair Murray Opening Remarks at Full Committee Markup of Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations, Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bills

  ICYMI: Summary of the Energy and Water Development Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill – READ HERE   ICYMI: Summary of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill – READ HERE   ICYMI: Summary of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill – READ HERE   Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriat… Continue Reading

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