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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 We’ve improved the programs that have become outdated.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.”

Senator Murray, Op-Ed

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“For so many Spokane residents, and millions of Americans across the country, getting a college degree can be a ticket to the middle class. But today the price of admission can mean taking on a crushing amount of student loans. That’s why I am proud to support a plan in the Senate that would help ease that burden by letting borrowers refinance their debt to today’s lower rates.”

Full Article - “Sen. Patty Murray: Refinance bill lifts burden of student debt, strengthens economy” – Spokesman Review, Senator Murray Op-Ed

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“In less than two years on the job Patty Murray has already put a unique imprint on her position as Senate Budget chairwoman, not only through reaching a budget deal with the House last year, but also by seeking to shift attention to what she calls deficits in federal investment in areas such as education, infrastructure and research.”

Full Article: “Under Murray, Budget Committee Broadens Focus” - Congressional Quarterly
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“The nation’s $1.2 trillion — and growing — student debt is reshaping Americans’ economic lives in far-reaching ways, from slowing rates of homeownership to retirement security to choice of specialty for medical students. The consequences of that financial burden on both borrowers and the U.S. economy were the focus of a Senate Budget Committee hearing Wednesday chaired by Sen. Patty Murray.”

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“‘The House passed a very different bill than we did in our committee and getting people to understand there was a compromise possible between two very different bills was a big hurdle,’ Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) said in an interview Wednesday. Ms. Murray said she was ‘very hopeful’ the bill would pass the Senate.”

Full Article:  “Lawmakers Reach Deal on Job Retraining” – Wall Street Journal

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“‘I’m hopeful that Democrats and Republicans can act on bipartisan proposals that would use corporate revenue to shore up the trust fund to keep those construction projects up and running, and our economy moving,’ the Washington Democrat said, in commenting to the latest Transportation Department update on the trust fund’s health.”

Full Article - “Murray Steps Up Pressure on GOP to Avoid Highway Projects Shutdown” - Congressional Quarterly
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“The top budget writer of Senate Democrats said Tuesday that the ‘threat is growing’ of a bankruptcy in the Department of Transportation’s Highway Trust Fund. Sen. Patty Murray took the Senate floor Tuesday to warn lawmakers of the consequences of allowing the trust fund that is normally used to pay for road and transit projects to run out of money this year. ‘Mr. President, since the mid-1950s, our nation has relied on the Highway Trust Fund to support transportation projects – projects that create jobs and keep our economy moving,’ Murray said. ‘But as soon as July – just a few months from now – the Department of Transportation predicts the Highway Trust Fund will reach a critically low level,’ Murray continued. ‘If this isn’t resolved, construction projects to improve our roads and bridges could shut down and leave workers without a paycheck.’”