Majority News Releases

06.02.23

Murray Statement on Senate Passage of Debt Ceiling Legislation

ICYMI: Senator Murray Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Debt Limit Agreement– MORE HERE ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s full floor remarks*** Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on Senate passage of debt ceiling legislation: “Tonight, I joined my colleagues in voting to avoid a default that would have decimated our nation’s economy, families’ financial security, an… Continue Reading


06.01.23

Senator Murray Speaks on Debt Limit Agreement on Senate Floor

***WATCH: Senator Murray’s full floor remarks*** Senator Murray: “The funding decisions we make right here in this chamber are not just numbers on a page. They are investments in people, in families, in our communities, and ultimately: in our country’s future.” Senator Murray: “While I know the President has pushed hard to hold the line on recent progress and protect vulnerable people who need support and reject House Republicans’ most extreme demands, we ha… Continue Reading


05.18.23

ICYMI: Senate Appropriations Hearing Makes Clear: Undercutting American Investments Forfeits Future to China

ICYMI: As Competition with China Intensifies, Senator Murray Makes Clear: America Cannot Stay Ahead Unless Our Investments Keep Pace – MORE HERE   ICYMI: Murray and Collins Plan to Begin Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Markups in June – MORE HERE   (Washington, D.C.) – In case you missed it: earlier this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee met for a full committee hearing with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Bli… Continue Reading


05.17.23

Murray and Collins Plan to Begin Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Markups in June

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, announced their plans to hold markups of bipartisan funding bills in June. "As yesterday's hearing made clear, passing bipartisan, on-time appropriations bills is critical if we want to stay ahead of competitors like the Chinese government," said Chair Murray and Vice Chair Collins. "There are countless challenges that hin… Continue Reading


05.16.23

As Competition with China Intensifies, Senator Murray Makes Clear: America Cannot Stay Ahead Unless Our Investments Keep Pace

Senator Murray: “China isn’t debating whether to invest in its future, or cut and cap the investments that keep it competitive, and China does not operate on CRs….If we want to stay competitive—if we want to stay ahead—we have to stay the course and build on our investments.”   ***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   ***WATCH: Senator Murray discusses need to ensure our investments keep pace with Secretaries Austin, Blinken, and Rai… Continue Reading


05.16.23

Senator Murray Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing on Strengthening America's Security and Competitiveness and the Path Ahead for the US-China Relationship

***WATCH: Senator Murray's opening remarks***   Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led a full committee hearing with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to examine President Biden’s budget request in the context of the U.S.-China relationship and discuss the investments needed in the upcoming fiscal year to stren… Continue Reading


05.11.23

Senator Murray Highlights Critical Importance of Strong Investments in Education and Workforce

***WATCH: Senator Murray discusses importance of investing in students*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the president's fiscal year 2024 budget request for the Department of Education, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about the need to invest in education in order to ensure our kids can live up to their full potential and to str… Continue Reading


05.11.23

At Hearing on Defense Budget, Senator Murray Underscores Importance of Passing Timely Funding Bills to Keep Pace with Competitors and Support Military Families

***WATCH: Senator Murray speaks at hearing on Defense budget request*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing on the President's fiscal year 2024 budget request for the Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, highlighted the importance of timely appropriations to keep pace with our competitors' investments, keep our country secure, and deliver the support our servicemembers and mi… Continue Reading


05.10.23

Senator Murray Makes Clear Delivering Resources FBI and DEA Need is Mission-Critical to Keep Communities Across America Safe

***WATCH: Senator Murray discusses importance of investing in keeping communities safe*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the president's fiscal year 2024 budget request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about the need to ensure our federal law enforcement agen… Continue Reading


05.10.23

Senator Murray: Living Up to Our Nation’s Commitments to Tribes Includes Delivering on Key Federal Investments—Not Slashing Them

***WATCH: Senator Murray discusses importance of our investments in Tribal communities*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the president's fiscal year 2024 budget request for Indian Country, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed the need for the federal government to better live up to its commitments to our Tribes, which includes providing key federal fu… Continue Reading


05.04.23

Senator Murray at NIH Budget Hearing: We Cannot Afford to Slash Our Investments in Lifesaving Research

***WATCH: Senator Murray discusses importance of funding cutting-edge medical research*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the president's fiscal year 2024 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed how investing in the scientific research NIH conducts and supports produces brea… Continue Reading


05.03.23

Senator Murray Discusses Efforts to Strengthen U.S. Competitiveness

***WATCH: Senator Murray speaks at press conference*** Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and many of her Democratic colleagues to discuss a new legislative effort to bolster U.S. competitiveness and reiterate the importance of her work as Appropriations Chair to craft and pass funding bills to keep pace with our competitors and keep America on the cutting edge. In her rem… Continue Reading


05.03.23

At EPA Budget Hearing, Senator Murray Highlights How House Republicans’ Cuts Threaten Clean Air & Water, Efforts to Combat PFAS Contamination

***WATCH: Senator Murray speaks at hearing on EPA budget request***   Senator Murray: “PFAS, or forever chemicals, aren’t just toxic—they are everywhere—to the point where they can even be found in our blood. We need to make sure we are cutting down on pollution—not cutting the funding EPA needs to protect our kids.”   Washington, D.C. – Today, at a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on th… Continue Reading


05.03.23

Senator Murray: Investing in Lowering Energy Costs, Protecting Our Grid, and Cutting-Edge Scientific Discovery is a No-Brainer

***WATCH: At hearing, Senator Murray discusses how investing in DOE's work is critical to stay ahead of our competitors and keep the lights on in America*** ***WATCH: Senator Murray questions witnesses on DOE budget proposal*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development subcommittee hearing on the President's fiscal year 2024 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE), including the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Senator Patty… Continue Reading


05.02.23

At Hearing on Army Budget, Senator Murray Stresses Importance of Supporting Military Families—and of Keeping Pace with Global Competitors’ Investments

***WATCH: Senator Murray speaks at hearing on Army budget request*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing on the President's fiscal year 2024 budget request for the Army, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, underscored the importance of passing bipartisan funding bills in a timely way to ensure our investments don't fall behind our competitors'-and of delivering the support our servicemembers and militar… Continue Reading


04.26.23

Murray Emphasizes Role Commerce Department Plays Ensuring Competitive U.S. Economy

***WATCH: Senator Murray's remarks and questioning*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on President Biden's FY24 budget request for the Department of Commerce, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about the need to build on investments that keep the U.S economy competitive, support innovation, and strengthen trade partnerships. "When we compete with our a… Continue Reading


04.26.23

Senator Murray: Our Water Resources Are Too Critical to Shortchange or Take for Granted

***WATCH: Senator Murray's remarks at Appropriations subcommittee hearing*** ***WATCH: Senator Murray's questioning*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development subcommittee hearing on President Biden's FY24 budget request for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke about the need to protect and maintain the nation's ports, waterways, energy … Continue Reading


04.26.23

At Hearing on VA Budget, Murray Underscores Commitment to Fully Funding VA Through Regular Order, Asks VA Secretary About Veterans’ Medical Care, Implementing PACT Act, EHR

***WATCH: Senator Murray’s opening remarks***   *** WATCH: Senator Murray’s questioning with VA Secretary McDonough***   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, at a Senate Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), who Chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction… Continue Reading


04.25.23

At Hearing on Capitol Police Budget, Senator Murray Underscores Commitment to Support Those Keeping Our Capitol Safe

***WATCH: Senator Murray's remarks and questioning*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch subcommittee hearing on President Biden's Fiscal Year 2024 budget request for the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) and Doorkeeper of the Senate and the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, thanked Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen H. Gibson and U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger for their agencies' tireless w… Continue Reading


04.20.23

At Hearing on HUD Budget, Senator Murray Emphasizes Urgency of Strong Federal Investments to Tackle Housing & Homelessness Crisis

***WATCH: Senator Murray's remarks and exchange with Secretary Fudge*** Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on President Biden's FY24 budget request for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, emphasized the importance of passing timely bipartisan spending bills that invest in making our countr… Continue Reading

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