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“This summer, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray argued that if climate change is not addressed aggressively and soon, it will ‘add tens and potentially hundreds of billions of dollars in fiscal costs over the next decade alone, with much larger costs in later decades.’ In a memo to her Senate Democratic colleagues, Murray argued that the economic and fiscal impact of climate change is ‘largely unaccounted for in current budget projections’ and if the nation does not act soon to address climate change ‘the budgetary and economic costs will continue to grow and will worsen our long-term fiscal outlook.’”
“Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) dared Republicans to defend their votes against raising the minimum wage, ensuring equal pay for women and allowing student to refinance loans. Senate Democrats have made those three issues key to their ‘fair shot’ agenda ahead of the midterm elections. ‘Democrats have put solutions on the table — a higher minimum wage, student debt relief, giving women more tools to fight pay discrimination, and more,’ Murray said on the Senate floor Tuesday. ‘And if Republicans have more to say than ‘no,’ it’s time for them to do the same. If Republicans are going to reject our ideas, I think our constituents deserve to hear what else they have to offer.’”
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“The climate change debate found a new arena on Tuesday: The Senate Budget Committee. The hearing coincides with a new report from the White House which concludes that delaying action on climate change could cost the U.S. about $150 billion per year. ‘These costs are too important to ignore, and it’s time for the Budget Committee to begin to assess the damage climate change will have on our budget and economy,’ Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the committee, said on Tuesday. Murray added that the added costs of climate change are not ‘adequately’ included in long-term budget outlooks.”
“‘Today’s report... shows once again that our fiscal outlook has improved significantly in the near-term,’ Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement. ‘While we need to continue to tackle long-term deficits fairly and responsibly, we have room to focus on other deficits in areas like jobs, innovation, infrastructure, and education.’”
“Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Tuesday that Congress ‘needs to act’ on approving a new round of transportation funding or risk creating another version of the 2013 government shutdown. ‘The Department of Transportation, and many of us in Congress, have been warning for months that the Highway Trust Fund needs more revenue to pay for these critical projects in my home state and those across the country,’ Murray said in a speech on the Senate floor. ‘Without it, the trust fund will reach critically low levels next month,’ Murray continued. ‘This is coming just a few months after Republicans pushed us into a government shutdown. And if Congress fails to act soon, families, businesses, and states would see another shutdown, this time with highway projects around the country.’”

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“Six months after negotiating a bipartisan budget compromise, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has again successfully worked with Republicans, this time to shape a long-overdue updating of the nation’s workforce development programs. … Murray and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., took the lead in the rewrite, sometimes discussing the fine points on walks to the Senate floor from their adjacent offices. Congress needs more of the honest brokering based on mutual trust exemplified by the budget and workforce training bill efforts.”

Full Article: “Murray shows there’s hope for Congress” - Spokesman-Review Editorial
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“‘We’ve doubled down on the programs that work. We’ve improved the programs that have become outdated. And we’ve created a workforce system that’s more nimble and adaptable, better aligned with what our businesses,’ said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, another co-sponsor. Murray said negotiations with Isakson were boosted because the two have offices next to each other in the Russell Senate building and they would often discuss the legislation while walking to the floor for votes. ‘We started with a House proposal and Senate proposal and we all met in the middle,’ she said. ‘It’s an all too rare opportunity for us to get behind a strong bipartisan, bicameral bill.’”
“The six-year reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed by a 95-3 vote. The approval is a triumph for Sen. Patty Murray. The Washington Democrat was one of half dozen principle bipartisan architects of the bill, which melded clashing proposals passed separately by House Republicans and a Senate committee. Murray worked especially closely with Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia.”