Majority News Releases

03.29.23

Senator Murray On Agriculture Investments: “We Can’t Have Strong Communities If People Can’t Put Food On the Table”

ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President's Budget Request - MORE HERE ***WATCH: Senator Murray's full remarks and questioning*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on the President's FY24 budget for the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke ab… Continue Reading


03.29.23

At Hearing with Secretary of the Interior, Senator Murray Highlights How Conservation Keeps Our Economy Strong, Families Safe, and Nation Globally Competitive

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing with Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on the President's FY24 budget for the Department of the Interior, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, highlighted the many ways funding to protect and restore our environment helps keep families safe, local economies strong, and the U.S. globally competitive. "Defense spending isn't the … Continue Reading


03.28.23

Senator Murray Highlights Key Investments at DOJ Hearing to Build Safer Communities

ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President's Budget Request - MORE HERE ***WATCH: Senator Murray's full remarks and questioning*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland on the President's FY24 budget request for the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the importance of strengthening key investments across DOJ to help build safer communities as we seek to end gun vio… Continue Reading


03.28.23

Senator Murray Underscores Importance of Support for Military Families and Timely, Bipartisan Spending Bills

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, at an Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the President's FY24 budget for the Navy and Marine Corps, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, emphasized the importance of-and her commitment to-working together to pass bipartisan funding bills in a timely way to keep our country safe and competitive, ensure our military remains the best in the world, and get military families the support they need. "The conversations we are… Continue Reading


03.24.23

ICYMI: Top Senate Appropriators Express Strong Support for Return to Regular Order and Timely Passage of Bipartisan Spending Bills

ICYMI: Senators Murray and Collins Release Tentative Appropriations Subcommittee Hearings Calendar - MORE HERE ICYMI: Senators Murray and Collins Respond to President's Budget: Full Steam Ahead on Appropriations Process - MORE HERE (Washington, D.C.) - In case you missed it: over the last week plus, the Senate Appropriations Committee has been busy with subcommittee hearings to examine the President's FY 2024 budget, assess our country's needs for the year ahead, and begin work on bipart… Continue Reading


03.23.23

At Hearing on Transportation Budget, Senator Murray Underscores: We Can’t Compete Without World-Class Ports, Safe Bridges and Railways, and Strong Transit Systems

Senator Murray: "The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law we passed laid a strong foundation for an infrastructure decade-now, we have to build on it." ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President's Budget Request - MORE HERE ***WATCH: Senator Murray Discusses Transportation Budget with Secretary Buttigieg*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, at a hearing with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on the President's FY24 budget request for the Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


03.22.23

At Hearing on HHS Budget, Senator Murray Makes Clear: Investing in Families’ Health and Basics Pays Dividends

ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Budget Request – MORE HERE   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s full remarks and questioning***   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, at a hearing with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on the President’s FY24 budget request, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, underscored the importance of continuing to invest in families’ health and prosperity … Continue Reading


03.22.23

At Hearing on Treasury Budget, Senator Murray Highlights Need to Strengthen Main Street Economy

Senator Murray emphasized Treasury’s role in supporting and safeguarding the economic wellbeing of Main Street while also highlighting the important role the agency plays in advancing key national security imperatives   ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Budget Request – MORE HERE   ***WATCH: Senator Murray Discusses Treasury Budget with Secretary Yellen***   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, at a hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yelle… Continue Reading


03.22.23

Senator Murray’s Remarks at Hearing on State Department’s Budget

***WATCH: Senator Murray's remarks*** (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke at a State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittee hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the President's Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State. Senator Murray's remarks, as delivered, are below: "Thank you very much, Chair Coons and Ranking Member Graham. "I'm really glad to jo… Continue Reading


03.15.23

Senators Murray and Collins Release Tentative Appropriations Subcommittee Hearings Calendar

ICYMI: Senators Murray and Collins Respond to President's Budget: Full Steam Ahead on Appropriations Process - MORE HERE ***All hearing dates are tentative until they are officially noticed one week prior*** (Washington, DC) - Today-following Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young's testimony before the Senate Budget Committee-U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, releas… Continue Reading


03.09.23

Senator Murray on President Biden’s Proposed Investments to Tackle the Child Care Crisis: “Huge for Families”

ICYMI: Senator Murray Statement on the President's Budget Request - MORE HERE (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on President Biden's plan to tackle the child care crisis in his fiscal year 2024 budget request. "You simply can't talk about strengthening our economy without talking about fixing the child care crisis-parents need affordable child care to go to work. And I am so glad the … Continue Reading


03.09.23

Senator Murray Statement on the President’s Budget Request

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the President's fiscal year 2024 budget request: "President Biden's budget is a roadmap for a stronger America that puts working people-not billionaires and giant corporations-first, and sets our country up to thrive in the decades to come. The President's plan invests in American families, strengthens Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security for the next… Continue Reading


03.09.23

Senators Murray and Collins Respond to President’s Budget: Full Steam Ahead on Appropriations Process

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, issued the following statement in response to the release of the President’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal:   “Now that the President has released his budget, we are pressing forward with the work of writing our nation’s spending bills as quickly as possible. We have a real opportunity—and an important responsibility—to work together… Continue Reading


02.15.23

Murray, Collins Announce Appropriations Subcommittees Leadership and Rosters for 118th Congress


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02.02.23

Murray, Collins Officially Take Helm of Senate Appropriations Committee

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), issued the following joint statement as they officially assume the roles of Senate Appropriations Committee Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.“We look forward to leading this Committee in making life better for families back home and addressing the many pressing challenges our nation is facing here and abroad. We understand the enormous responsibility of this Committee, which is why we are dedicated to working… Continue Reading


12.22.22

Leahy Statement On Final Passage of the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

This week, after months of bipartisan and bicameral negotiations, the Committees on Appropriations introduced a $1.7 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2023. With only days remaining on current government funding, we must act quickly before we precipitate yet another unnecessary, made-in-Washington crisis. The bill we are about to vote on is a strong, bicameral, and bipartisan bill; and it adheres to the framework announced by Vice Chairman Shelby, Chair DeLauro, and myself l… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Leahy Statement On The Introduction Of The Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

I am pleased to announce that late last night, I introduced the bipartisan, bicameral, fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations bill. This bill invests $772.5 billion in non-defense discretionary programs, including $118.7 billion - a 22 percent increase - for VA medical care, and $858 billion in defense funding. It provides $44.9 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and our NATO allies and $40.6 billion in emergency funding to assist communities across the country recovering from drought… Continue Reading


12.20.22

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (Monday, December 19, 2022) - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday released the $1.7 trillion fiscal year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The omnibus includes $772.5 billion for non-defense discretionary programs, including $118.7 billion - a 22 percent increase - for VA medical care, and $858 billion in defense funding. To combat the pain of inflation felt by American families across the country, the bill makes significant investments in our commu… Continue Reading


12.13.22

Leahy Statement on Bipartisan, Bicameral Framework for the Omnibus

Today, Vice Chairman Shelby, Chair DeLauro, and I reached a bipartisan, bicameral framework that should allow us to finish an omnibus appropriations bill that can pass the House and Senate and be signed into law by the President. The pain of inflation is real, and it is being felt across the federal government and by American families right now. We cannot delay our work any further, and a two-month continuing resolution does not provide any relief. I look forward to continuing to work with my… Continue Reading


12.08.22

Leahy Floor Statement On The Path Forward For The Omnibus

Today, we are careening toward another unnecessary, manufactured crisis with current government funding set to expire in 8 days. I want to take a moment to talk about how we got here and the path forward. In fiscal year 2022, Leader McConnell required parity between defense and non-defense funding. This was a requirement that we met, and it provided the commonsense framework that allowed us to complete our work. Now, the Republicans have abandoned this framework, demanding steep cuts to prog… Continue Reading

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