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Tag: Patty Murray

Feb.
6th

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray congratulates REI exec Sally Jewell on expected appointment as Interior Secretary

Here’s the statement issued by Sen. Patty Murray’s D.C. office on the expected appointment.

Murray Applauds Nomination of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the Interior.

“President Obama has chosen an accomplished leader as the next Secretary of Interior. I have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Sally Jewell, who has proven to be an effective CEO in the business community, and will bring that skill set to the Cabinet,” said Senator Murray.

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Oct.
31st

Study of wilderness plan for Olympic Peninsula sees no effect on logging; Driscoll responds

Advocates of the Wild Olympics proposal to add wilderness protections for 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest land are highlighting a new study arguing the plan won’t reduce the supply of timber or affect logging jobs.

Here’s the study by consultant Stewardship Forestry, which was commissioned by the Wild Olympics Campaign as an update to an analysis of an earlier, more ambitious version of the plan. In a fact-check of an ad by Congressional candidate Bill Driscoll critical of Wild Olympics and opponent Derek Kilmer, I noted the earlier study found it would remove between 2.2 percent and 3.7

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July
13th

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray scolds fellow Democrats for ugly 1st Congressional District campaign

The state’s senior Democratic elected official (in length of service, if not age) and the onetime “mom in tennis shoes,” has a message for the Democrats in the 1st Congressional District.

“Hey, you kids. Stop fighting. I mean it. Don’t make me come up there.”

Not exactly those words. But this release from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray sounds kind of close.

“The shadowy Super PAC attacks in the 1st Congressional District race represent an unfortunate, ugly, apparently Democrat vs. Democrat assault, and I hope they stop. As Democrats, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be pulled into a messy intra-party

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Dec.
7th

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray criticizes Obama administration for blocking emergency contraceptives

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray today criticized the Obama administration for blocking a plan to make emergency contraceptives more widely available.

“We need to leave decisions about patient protections up to the experts,” the Washington state senator said. “No one should come between women and the experts that are charged with making impartial, non-political decisions about the safety of the drugs they use.”

Murray made her statement after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s decision that the contraceptives be sold over the counter, including to teenagers 16 years old and younger.

The pill

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Nov.
29th

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray plans hearing on long wait times for veterans seeking mental health care

Sen. Patty Murray plans to lead a hearing Wednesday that will examine long wait times for veterans who are trying to get mental health care services from the Veterans Administration (VA).

The hearing comes after the Washington state Democrat, who heads the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released a survey last month that found most VA mental health care providers across the country were ill-equipped to do their jobs.

Among the findings: Nearly 40 percent said they can’t schedule an appointment within 14 days, as required by the VA; 70 percent said they lacked adequate staff or space to meet the

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Nov.
8th

Murray, Cantwell want better oversight of program for disabled vets

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington state say the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs to do a better job overseeing a federal program that aims to help small businesses that are owned and operated by disabled veterans.

The senators are questioning the effectiveness of the program, noting that as many as 1,400 contracts were awarded to ineligible businesses last year.

The program is operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE). In 2006, in an attempt to support businesses run by disabled veterans, Congress created the Veterans First contracting preference

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Oct.
21st

Environment Washington launches mobile billboard to pressure U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to use Super Committee to end oil company subsidies

Environment Washington used a mobile billboard this week to bring attention to its effort to urge U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to help close $44 billion in tax advantages by oil companies.

The Washington Democrat was targeted because she is co-chairman of the so-called Super Committee which is charged with finding $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts or new revenues over the next decade.

“Big Oil gets tax breaks,” read the billboard, “We get the pollution.”

“Washington’s Congressional delegation has the opportunity to lead on ending oil subsidies,” said Katrina Rosen, the group’s field director in a press release. “Representative (Jim)

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