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Murray re-elected to Senate leadership post

Post by lesblumenthal on Nov. 16, 2010 at 11:47 am with 8 Comments »
November 16, 2010 11:47 am

WASHINGTON – Fresh from her campaign victory, Washington Sen. Patty Murray was re-elected today to the post of Democratic Conference secretary. That means Murray ranks fourth in Senate Democratic leadership.

Murray has held the post since 2006. It gives her a seat at the table when Democrats set their agenda and shape legislation as it moves to the Senate floor.

Her election was expected.

“At a time when so much is on the line for Washington state and the nation, I am looking forward to the opportunity to ensure our state’s priorities are given a voice as we make difficult choices about our future,” Murray said in a statement. “In the coming Congress, I plan to use my role in the leadership to contribute to put Washington state workers back on the job, to fight for veterans care, to ensure every Washington state child has a shot at a quality education, and to make tough choices about our budget priorities.”

The Senate is in session this week, but is not expected to deal with such meaty issues as extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class and the wealthy until after Thanksgiving.

While Republicans will have control of the House in the next congressional session, Democrats remain in the majority in the Senate. Republicans picked up six Senate seats, but Democrats still have a 51-47 edge with two independents who usually vote with the Democrats.

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  1. Candles16 says:

    Murray represents the state well, and her seniority brings the clout to Washington State issues get the attention we need.

    We elect people to represent us, the people, and to look out for the people’s interests, and not to look out for the special interests trying to buy elections.

  2. Earmark Patty is back in her seat and will continue to rob Peter to pay Paul and spend us down the drain even further. If only she would use her ‘clout’ to vote to ban earmarks, stop bail-out spending, demand elimination of illegal aliens being given in-state student residency rates for state college tuition, and vow to refrain from being a Senate leader in taking lobbyists’ money. Now THAT would be leadership! Likely? NO!

  3. Sour grapes.

  4. gonefishin69690 says:

    candles16 must be an illegal right? Either that, or 16. If you think Patty did nothing to “buy” this election, you need to take another look.

  5. gonefishin69690 says:

    ……….and to make tough choices about our budget priorities.” First Patty, you must start with yourself.

  6. It was the only place they could stick her. She holds seniority, but you dont want to put her in a position that requires talent or intellect. As the conference kahuna, she can get her assistants to do the tough bits for her.
    She is not the brightest spark in the Senate. So now the Dems had to find a place to hide here for 6 more years.
    It just shows what a lousy campaign Rossi ran (again). Muri was even worse.

  7. Proconsul8 says:

    There is truly no good “timing” to be had in dealing with the important issues before the lame duck session. Suffice it to say that this truly inept Senator will help kick the can down the road on most of them, so that she can join in the Kabuki theater that will characterize the start of the 112th Congress. In the meantime, don’t be surprised at a last-minute CR for government running – maybe after a 2-day shut-down. Ya mean, the best they can do is today’s agenda? Dickering over FDA and hidden illegal alien privileges?

  8. Patty Murray is a Fraud

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