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"Patty Murray won her first U.S. Senate campaign two decades ago as “a mom in tennis shoes,” turning an old insult into a powerful political tool. This past November, she led Democrats as they expanded their majority in the upper chamber by turning opponents’ words and beliefs against them. Now, as chairwoman of the Budget Committee, Murray is at the center of the country’s most contentious debate -- how to reduce the deficit and manage the debt -- by attempting to transform what she perceives as an election mandate into policy."
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“In any case, Ryan has long since emerged as the Republicans’ budget impresario. What’s new in the latest battle is the stronger leadership role being taken on by Washington Democrat Patty Murray, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Murray, who has been in the Senate since 1993, is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the upper house and the highest-ranking woman. As chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the last campaign cycle, she got the credit for increasing the Democratic majority in a year when her party had twice as many seats up for re-election as the Republicans. Now she has shown that if the federal budgeting process is to be the battlefield in an ideologically divided Washington, she is ready for the fight.”
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"This week, the American people were offered two very different plans for how our government should work, and who it should work for. The budget I introduced in the Senate takes a fair, responsible approach to tackling our debt and deficits that reflects the values and priorities of families across the country. And I am hopeful that it will help move us toward the balanced and bipartisan deal the American people expect and deserve."
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“For three years, Senate Democrats feared that presenting a budget would cloud their message against Republicans. But this year, they’re seeking to leverage a budget framework into a stronger hand at the table with the House GOP and Obama administration. Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington is set to unveil and mark up a budget next week, in the middle of a fight over a continuing resolution to keep the government open."
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"With the battle over across the first installment of across-the-board spending cuts all but over, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D., Wash.) Friday sent a memo to fellow Democrats girding for the next battle, launching a pre-emptive attack on House Republicans’ budget for 2014."
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“That's why I am proud to announce the launch of MyBudget, a new online platform for members of the public to engage with the Senate Budget Committee. MyBudget goes live today to help you share your stories, ideas, and priorities. It will give working families, students, and seniors one more way to let us know what a fair budget means to them."
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"Ultimately, Murray judged that a budget was worth doing — a choice other Democratic leaders supported her on. So when House Republicans decided last week to try to force the Senate to pass a spending blueprint for the first time in three years, Democrats were ready to say yes."