Sep 18 2014
Yesterday, Senator Murray was honored with the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Education Advocacy at a Committee for Education Funding gala. The Committee for Education Funding is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of education associations dedicated to adequate federal funding on education. Past winners of the Terrel H. Bell Award include President Obama and former President Clinton.
As she accepted the award, Murray spoke about how she was inspired to advocate for education when her children’s preschool was facing cuts, and discussed the work she has done since to protect investments in education:
“As Chairman of the Budget Committee, I made it a priority to have witnesses at our hearings who could put a face to the issue—and make sure my colleagues understood that this wasn’t just about numbers on a page, it was about real people, and real lives.
“I brought in teachers and students, moms and dads. People who ought to have a voice at the table—who ought to have their stories heard—but too often don’t. I went back home to Washington state, I visited Head Start centers, talked to families impacted by the cuts—and then I came back here to D.C. to share their stories on the Senate floor.
“The two year deal we reached set bipartisan spending levels through the end of next year. It replaced almost two-thirds of this year’s across-the-board cuts to education and other domestic investments.”
Senator Murray has fought for continued investment in our nation’s future through early childhood, K12, higher education and training programs. In April, Murray stressed the impact of education and training on economic mobility in a hearing on Opportunity, Mobility, and Inequality in Today’s Economy and continued to highlight these issues in a May hearing with Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Education Budget Request.
Read Senator Murray’s full remarks at the Committee for Education Funding gala here.