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Tag: Patty Murray


CONGRESS: Delegation mostly neglects veterans

I rarely agree with Sen. Patty Murray’s politics. However, her determination to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for its reprehensible treatment of veterans is commendable. Murray has been the only member of Washington’s congressional delegation to repeatedly questioned former secretary Eric Shinseki about pervasive VA malfeasance.

My research, which includes the Congressional Record, shows all other Washington state members of Congress members were markedly silent about veterans’ complaints before the VA scandal went public. After their brief display of indignation, their inattention quickly returned.

Frankly, Congress gives higher priority to illegal aliens’ care than in ensuring ethical treatment

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RECREATION: Murray, Inslee saluted for outdoors leadership

Re: “Veterans climb above trauma on Mount Rainier” (Your Voice, 3-14).

Echoing fellow veteran Joshua Brandon, I’ve found visiting America’s national parks to be restorative and essential. After I returned from my tour of service, teaching my daughter firsthand about our natural heritage provided the respite I needed.

One program with an outsized impact on the unparalleled public parks network we fought to protect is the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The fund uses revenues from offshore oil and gas resources to protect outdoor recreation across the nation. But year after year, Congress has diverted most of

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ACA: It’s hard to make lemonade out of this lemon

The gist I got from the Viewpoint by Sens. Patty Murray and Barbara Boxer (TNT, 3-25) is that the so-called Affordable Health Act (ACA) is good because it forces all employers to provide full abortion services and birth control coverage.

Never mind that under the metastasizing implementation of the ACA, health-care costs continue to escalate for those who are not subsidized, more people have been dropped from their previous coverage than have signed up for the new, and coverage choices themselves have been excessively reduced at the expense of added bureaucracy and red tape.

Under their tunnel-vision logic, it

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ACA: For many, plan is far from affordable

Re: “Health-care law is a winner for all, especially women” (TNT, 3-25).

Sens. Patty Murray and Barbara Boxer make a valid point that birth control is beneficial to many people. At this point, I have no problem with the government providing free reproductive services to all interested citizens. Planned Parenthood has a head start on that idea, and birth control certainly can be made even more accessible.

However, the astronomical costs and overreaching government intrusion associated with Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) – make it unaffordable for many of us who do not qualify for Medicaid – the happy-sounding

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WILDERNESS: We can save the Wild Olympics

I urge support for the bill in Congress to protect the Wild Olympics. Congressman Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray have introduced the bill. This would protect more than 126,000 acres of wilderness and 19 rivers in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park.

Pristine stands of trees and animals such as elk, deer, salmon, steelhead and trout will receive additional protection.

A detailed study shows little impact to timber jobs; 99 percent of the lands involved for wilderness are not presently being considered for the harvest of timber. New jobs are likely in the outdoor recreation and tourist

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IRAN: Our senators are right on sanctions

Senate Bill 1881 would call for even more severe sanctions on Iran, a move which could doom the opportunity to give diplomacy a chance. Some 59 senators signed on as co-sponsors, although a few are wavering.

The bill is heavily lobbied by AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee) and strongly urged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I am glad to see that our two senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, do not support the bill.

The bill would not only increase sanctions but would essentially give Israel a green light to attack Iran should it choose, which could drag

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OUTDOORS: Bill vital for Olympic Peninsula

I grew up amidst the Olympic Peninsula’s wonderful resources. I’ve joined with land trusts and organizations that work to protect and preserve the quality of this remarkable place.
Now I’m thrilled to learn that U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray have introduced “The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”

I appreciate the new congressman’s analysis of the legislation on what to him is a new district. He clearly treasures the natural resources of the Olympic Peninsula.

One of the most important parts of this bill is the protection of 460 miles of the wonderful

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PARKS: 2014 resolutions for our national parks

Re: “2014 look ahead” (TNT, 1-5).

With hopes for a better 2014, the National Parks Conservation Association appreciates the rear-view look at the particularly trying year for our national parks.

In addition to the noted closure of Mount Rainier National Park’s Ohanapecosh visitor center due to across-the-board cuts from the government sequester, the park had to implement earlier closures of its Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds, on top of indefinitely delaying needed road repairs and campgrounds maintenance.

Collectively, these closures impacted tens of thousands of park visitors. Across the country, national park operations budgets have faced a 13 percent

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